SOUTH BERWICK—Competitors from some 16 schools took part in the Class A South Wrestling Tournament at Marshwood this past Saturday, Feb. 10. Local outfits – in particular, Westbrook (who’re joined by athletes from Gorham and Falmouth) and Bonny Eagle (joined by one athlete from Sacopee Valley) – turned in a number of solid performances, and will thus advance a total of eight kids to Feb. 17th’s state tournament at Sanford.
Top-four finishers at Regionals make the States cut, to be specific. Thus, Colby and Caleb Frost (both Bonny Eagle) will be in attendance this coming weekend, as well as Chris Rankin (Bonny Eagle), Tyler Fitz (Bonny Eagle), Brian Dupuis (Bonny Eagle), Alex Smith (Bonny Eagle), Jared Grant (Westbrook/Gorham) and Henri Kuntz (Westbrook/Gorham).
“I was pleased with the team effort at Regionals in Marshwood,” said Westbrook/Gorham head coach John Nicholas. “We were down a few kids because of injury, so we knew that kids would need to step up. Most wrestlers won at least one match on the day.”
Nicholas elaborated: “The top performer was senior Jared Grant who won four matches and finished in third place at 152, qualifying for the state tournament. Sophomore Henri Kuntz also had a good day and placed fourth at 160 to qualify for States. Junior Nicco Pappalardo won two matches and will be an alternate. Senior Ryan Shackley is also an alternate. Overall, it was a good learning experience for the team and we look to make some noise at the state tournament in Sanford.”
Bonny Eagle’s Fitz remarked on a pair of critical matches: his loss in the semifinals to Noble’s Grenier, as well as his victory in the third-place contest over Biddeford’s Garcia:
“In the semis, I did not wrestle good at all,” he said. “I was getting frustrated because there wasn’t too much happening in the match, and I rushed myself into a terrible shot and [Grenier] was able to spin behind and stick me.”
“Against Garcia, I knew the first period was only a minute long, so I told myself either I’m gonna take him down or there’s not going to be any points scored – and there wasn’t. In the second, I got an escape; then, in the third, he reversed me. So I was losing 2-1 with about a minute left. Then I got a reversal and rode him out the last 15 seconds.”
Of special note, Garrett Gonyea, the Sacopee Valley wrestler, competes alongside Bonny Eagle, in part because he is Scots head coach Greg Gonyea’s son. Because Garrett took fourth in his weight class (losing, incidentally, to Bonny Eagle’s Brian Dupuis), he will also move on to States.
Complete Team Scores
1. Noble, 200.5; 2. Marshwood, 150.5; 3. Sanford, 123.0; 4. Bonny Eagle, 97.5; 5. Massabesic, 94.5; 6. Portland, 92; 7. Scarborough, 82.5; 8. Kennebunk, 79.0; 9. Cheverus, 69.0; 10. Biddeford, 59.0; 11. York, 50.0; 12. Westbrook/Gorham, 42.0; 13. Deering, 20.0; 14. Sacopee Valley, 15.0; 15. Falmouth, 0.0
Championship Finals Results
106 – Colby Frost (Bonny Eagle) defeated Anthony Napolitano (Portland) by pin at 1:13
113 – Alden Shields (Kennebunk) defeated Sean Moriarty (Marshwood) by pin at 2:58
120 – Joshua Cote (Noble) defeated Carsen Goodwin (Marshwood) by tech fall, 18-1
126 – Sam Martel (Noble) defeated Liam Coomey (Marshwood) by pin at 3:53
132 – Joseph Pilecki (Noble) defeated Matthew Thompson (Marshwood) by pin at :54
138 – David Spinney (Marshwood) defeated Caleb Frost (Bonny Eagle) by pin 6-5
145 – Jonathan Grenier (Noble) defeated Jeremy Sendrowski (Scarborough) by pin at 3:26
152 – Zach Elowitch (Portland) defeated Matt Pooler (Massabesic) by decision, 7-0
160 – Hil Keisker (Noble) defeated Elijah Holbrook (Scarborough) by decision, 4-3
170 – Sam Anderson (Sanford) defeated Dylan Strong (Marshwood) by major decision, 13-3
182 – Isaac Plante (Sanford) defeated Malcolm Gartland (Portland) by pin at 2:59
195 – James Thompson (Marshwood) defeated Chase Lamontagne (Kennebunk) by pin at 1:16
220 – Nick Works (Sanford) defeated Sean Sullivan (Cheverus) by pin at 1:04
285 – Zeb Leavitt (Cheverus) defeated Lincoln Andrews (Scarborough) by decision, 4-3 (3OT)
Consolation Finals Results
106 – Sean Radel (Kennebunk) defeated Adam Genereux (Sanford) by pin at 1:36
113 – Magnus Heisler (Deering) defeated Chris Rankin (Bonny Eagle) by pin at 2:33
120 – Joshua Mackamen (York) defeated Peyton Bissonnette (Biddeford) by decision, 9-2
126 – Qasim Abdullah (Portland) defeated Alex Kirven (Sanford) by tech fall, 15-0
132 – Cooper Van Gieson (Sanford) defeated Ethan Huff (Massabesic) by pin at 1:50
138 – Noah Beal-Hernandez (Massabesic) defeated Duncan McGilvery (Noble) by pin at 2:56
145 – Tyler Fitz (Bonny Eagle) defeated Josiah Garcia (Biddeford) by decision, 3-2
152 – Jared Grant (Westbrook/Gorham) defeated Matt Beerworth (Noble) by decision, 8-4
160 – Devon Whitmore (Biddeford) defeated Henri Kuntz (Westbrook/Gorham) by major decision, 10-2
170 – Teigan Lindstet (Cheverus) defeated Charles Russell (Noble) by pin at 1:13
182 – David Filatov (Scarborough) defeated Collin Cyr (Noble) by pin at 1:25
195 – James Cline (Massabesic) defeated Blake Ouellette (Noble) by pin at 1:40
220 – Brian Dupuis (Bonny Eagle) defeated Garrett Gonyea (Sacopee Valley) by decision, 5-0
285 – Sol Demers (Sanford) defeated Alex Smith (Bonny Eagle) by decision, 4-2
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Bonny Eagle heavyweight Brian Dupuis presses a Massabesic opponent to the mat.
Alex Smith competes at Regionals for the Scots.
Westbrook senior Ryan Shackley bear-hugs an opponent.
Marcus Lawson holds the high ground against a Scarborough opponent.
Bonny Eagler Colby Frost shakes hands with his opponent just prior to the start of a match.
Bonny Eagle’s Caleb Frost presses an opponent to the mat.
Bonny Eagler Tyler Fitz faces off with an opponent at Regionals.
Westbrook/Gorham’s Nico Pappalardo circles an opponent.
Westbrook/Gorham’s Henri Kuntz butts heads with an opponent at Regionals.
Bonny Eagle’s Dustin Brewer and Westbrook/Gorham’s Max Kimmel clash.