Camden Hills could be back to old championship tricks
Rockport — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Camden Hills Regional High School wrestling team:
Coach/years coached current team: Pat Kelly, first year (although he has led the team in the past).
Last year's record/playoff information: The Windjammers earned the trifecta last year, winning the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship (259 points), the Eastern Class B championship (246.5 points) and the state Class B championship (169 points).
Roster: Seniors Calan Bragg (132 pounds), Coleman Powers (145), Mike Haskell (170) and John White (220); juniors Marty Farrell (126), Connor Winchenbach (138), Max Bryant (152), Bryan Jones (182) and Alex Switzer (285); sophomores Zach Annis (106), Colby Hill (112), James Archer (112), John Underhill (120), Chris Weiss (126), Wyatt Parra (160), Jared Gilbert (170), Bryan Clement (195) and Kaylo Littlejohn (220); and freshmen Hilary Merrifield (106), Keira Hayes (120), Taylor Crosby (145), Eli Smith (152) and Alex Copeland (160).
Outlook: This year's Windjammer squad may look different with the stepping down of coach Levi Rollins last year and losing many talented seniors, such as Rhett Chase to graduation. But make no mistake, the goal of this year's team remains the same.
The 'Jammers swept to five victories at last weekend's Belfast Duals and again most certainly will be the team to beat, not only in the KVAC and regional, but perhaps the entire state.
This year's team will be led by captains Powers, Bragg and Winchenbach, along with Archer, the team's lone returning state champion at 112. Weiss, Gilbert and Underhill are also returning veterans, while the likes of Parra, Bryant, Annis and Smith — the latter of which was a Pine Tree Wrestling League champion last year as an eighth grader — will be among some of the new faces to watch on this year's team.
Kelly said Belfast, Ellsworth, Caribou and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield will be among the region's top teams, while Mountain Valley of Rumford, York and Fryeburg Academy — in addition to Belfast — also will pose a threat to the Windjammers at the state level.
"The coming weeks will tell a story in and of itself, both in terms of mat performance and how we develop as a team," said Kelly.
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