BATH — The Bath Middle School Destroyers wrestling team recently competed in the Pine Tree Wrestling League West Regional Tournament in Skowhegan.   

Bath brought 11 wrestlers (out of 16 weight classes).  Of those 11 wrestlers, five are moving on to the Pine Tree Lague Championships Saturday in Belfast.

BMS seventh grader Isaac Lindsey-Strout placed 3rd in the 75-pound weight class; Sean Bonzagni, a seventh grader at Woolwich Central School, placed third in the 81-pound class; Alton King, another seventh grader at BMS, placed 4th in the 137.

Sixth grade student at BMS Aubrie Cobb placed third in the 195, and the lone Destroyers champion seventh grade student athlete Braeden Cunningham captured the 111 weight class.  

As a team, Bath placed seventh out of 12 teams with 91 points, while only missing out of a top four finish by a margin of seven points.

A young team with loads of talent, all wrestlers heading into the league championships Saturday will be returning to the team next year along with other wrestlers moving up the ranks.

Taiton Schutt of Woolwich was one of our captains this year and wraps up four years of competing, hopefully taking the next step to the high school level next year.

Another hopeful for the Shipbuilders high school program, comes from the newly organized female side of the sport.  Delani Rector hung up her manager hat and competed this year.  While it took her most of the season to make her desired weight class, she still wrestled in exhibitions matches and was one match away from making it to the medal rounds of the Regional Tournament.

“I’m proud of all my wrestlers,” coach Arthur Reno said. “As long as they give me 100-percent out on the mat, I couldn’t ask for more.  Bath Wrestling is on the rise and hopefully we’ll be in the hunt for the title at the high school and middle school levels in the years to come.

Right now we just have to put in the work and come together as a wrestling community from the Bath Ironworkers (pre-k through fifth grade), the Destroyers and the Shipbuilders.”

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