STANDISH – Westbrook/Gorham reached a milestone at Bonny Eagle on Wednesday, Feb. 1: The Blazes’ defeat of the Scots that day pushed the program to 500 wins all-time.
“We had set the 500 win mark as one of our goals for the season,” said Westbrook/Gorham coach John Nicholas. “We had a great opportunity at Cheverus (on Saturday, Jan. 28) to get it done and we came up just short against Kennebunk.”
Nicholas went on: “We didn’t let that get us down and we shifted our sights towards Bonny Eagle on the following Wednesday,” he said. “We knew it would be a tough battle because when we faced them earlier in the year it came down to the last match.”
The second time around, the Scots also battled the Blazes tough: “Once again it came down to the last couple of matches and we were able to pull it out,” Nicholas said. “We always stress having a total team effort and it ended up being just that.”
Neither outfit clearly dominated the other as the individual bouts rolled on and off the mat. The Scots had to forfeit the 106, 120, and 195 contests for lack of athletes in those weight classes.
But at 113, Dillon Miner (Bonny Eagle) defeated Nicco Pappalardo by decision; at 126, Ryan Shackley (Westbrook/Gorham) defeated Alissa Hill by fall; at 132, Caleb Frost (Bonny Eagle) defeated Max Kimmel by fall; at 138, Tyler Fitz defeated Henri Kuntz by major decision; at 145, Jared Grant (Westbrook/Gorham) defeated Justice Duquette by fall; at 152, Cody Mains (Bonny Eagle) defeated Theodore Burns-Bethune by fall; at 160, Connor Kerwin (Westbrook/Gorham) defeated Marshall Farwell by fall; at 170, Andrew Thomas (Bonny Eagle) defeated Hunter Sprague-Nason by fall; at 182; Mike DeBaker (Bonny Eagle) defeated Dantevious Edgerly by fall; at 220, Brian Dupuis (Bonny Eagle) defeated John Gilson by fall; and at 285, Stephen Foster (Westbrook/Gorham) defeated Alex Smith by fall.
Nicholas remarked on the significance of hitting 500 victories. “It’s important because you think of all the wrestlers and coaches who have worked so hard to make this a successful wrestling program. Coach (Ryan) Hutchins and I are continuing the work that Coach Walch started back in 1973, and we are going to work even harder so we can get to 600!”
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The Blazes pose after capturing the program’s 500th all-time win by defeating Bonny Eagle last Wednesday, Feb. 1.