Blue Blazes grapplers had an exceptional Regionals at Skowhegan on Saturday morning, Feb. 6, with seven boys earning top-four honors and a trip to States.

“I was very pleased with the team effort at Regionals,” said Westbrook coach John Nicholas. “Seven States qualifiers and one alternate is a good day. It was a total team effort and everyone wrestled well.”

Kyle Hanson picked up his 100th win on Saturday, and ultimately finished third at 145 pounds, defeating Kolin Fraser of Nokomis in a 14-6 Major Decision.

“I was very happy for him,” said Nicholas of Hanson. “He wrestled tough all day.”

Brandon Lajoie took second at 170, succumbing at 5:18 to Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat/Brunswick. Chris Kennie at 285 also placed second; Hunter Glidden of Nokomis pinned Kennie at 1:49.

Ryan Shackley finished fourth at 106, losing to Josh Brown of Nokomis, a pin at 1:54; Austin Fecteau defeated Palak Patel of Cony 10-6 for third place at 120; and Jared Grant earned fourth at 132, losing to Jakob Arbour of Cony, a pin at 3:19. Finally, Noah Featherson claimed third at 160, narrowly defeating Nic Mills of Cony, 2-1.

“I’m looking for forward to wrestling against the best at States,” said Nicholas. “Our seniors have a good chance of placing. This will also be great experience for our underclassmen. We are going to work hard this week and give it everything we have!”

States unfolds on Saturday the 13th at Noble.

Westbrook’s seven States qualifiers pose with their coaches and new hardware after Regionals. In front, from left, are Austin Fecteau, Noah Featherson, Jared Grant, Chris Kennie. In back, from left, are Coach Hutchins, Ryan Shackley, Coach Grant, Brandon Lajoie, Coach Nicholas. 

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