Camden Hills top Class B squad in talent-laden KVAC meetWindjammer Powers wins 145-pound title; other Midcoast grapplers excel
Augusta — Camden Hills, Medomak Valley and Oceanside student-athletes toiled on the mat Saturday, Jan. 26 in the annual talent-laden Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference high school wrestling championships and, while none of the Midcoast squads could outpoint eventual overall champion Skowhegan, Windjammers, Panthers and Mariners did turn in strong individual performances.
Camden Hills, a perennial overall league championship contender, finished second to Class A Skowhegan, but the Windjammers were the top Class B squad in the competition at Cony High School.
The league has awarded separate Class A and Class B championships the last three or four years to bring wrestling in line with other league sports. Thus, the Windjammers, often the overall league champion, won the Class B portion of this year's event.
The lone Midcoast individual champion during the day's competition was Camden Hills' Coleman Powers, who placed first at 145 pounds.
Additionally, Camden Hills' John Underhill (2nd at 120 pounds), James Archer (3rd at 113), Chris Weiss (3rd at 126), Connor Winchenbach (3rd at 138) and Calan Bragg (4th at 132) had standout days.
Medomak Valley's Cyril Miller placed third at 182 pounds as the only other local athlete to finish among the top four.
The team scores were: Skowhegan 227.5, Camden Hills 142.5, Belfast 104, Mount Blue of Farmington 96, Gardiner 81, Mount Ararat of Topsham 79, Morse of Bath 77, Oxford Hills of South Paris 75, Cony of Augusta 70, Nokomis of Newport 69, Winslow 56, Erskine Academy of South China 55, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 49.5, Mount View of Thorndike 46, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 34, Brewer 32, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 32, Brunswick 28, Edward Little of Auburn 12, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston 10 and Hampden Academy 3.
Camden Hills, Medomak Valley and Oceanside will compete in the Eastern Class B championships on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield.
The Windjammers are the odd-on favorite to win the regional title and also challenge for the state crown the following weekend. Camden Hills was the defending league champion and is the defending regional and state titlist.
Camden Hills/Camden-Rockport has a pedigree for pinning down championships, having captured 13 state Class B titles, 17 Eastern Class B crowns and 11 KVAC championships in its 40-year history. The Windjammers also have been state runners-up seven times, regional runners-up three times and league runners-up four times, including last weekend.
The individual KVAC results for Camden Hills, Medomak Valley and Oceanside wrestlers were:
106 pounds — Hilary Merrifield, CH, was pinned by Mark Zaccadelli, LA, at 1:04; won by forfeit over Jonathan Robishaw, Ocean; and lost by major decision to Matt Hankey, OxH, 9-1.
Jonathan Robishaw, Ocean, received a first-round bye; was pinned by Damian Grubb, MtA, at 1:05; and lost by forfeit to Hillary Merrifield, CH.
113 pounds — James Archer, CH, received a first-round bye; pinned Dallas Ball, Ocean, at 2:17; lost by technical fall to Jacob Kenney, MtA, 15-0; pinned Orr, Cony, at 0:17; and pinned Cordell Brooks, OxH, at 5:33 in the consolation final. Archer finished third.
Rayanne Leach, Med, pinned Chandler Weiczorek, Gar, at 0:45; was pinned by Tyler Craig, Skow, at 1:14; pinned Chris Watrous, MCI, at 4:23; and was pinned by Alex Orr, Cony, at 2:01.
Dallas Ball, Ocean, received a first-round bye; was pinned by James Archer, CH, at 2:17; pinned Danielle Achorn, Brew, at 0:45; pinned Justin Studholme, EA, at 1:17; and lost to Brooks, OxH, 4-2.
120 pounds — John Underhill, CH, pinned Brittany Ezell, Brew, at 0:33; pinned Teran Booth, Nok, at 1:05; won by major decision over Dylan Dahlbergh, MCI, at 4:39; and lost by major decision to Julian Sirois, Skow, 12-2 in the championship final. Underhill finished second.
Deagan Poland, Med, was pinned by Brandon Waterman, Bel, at 0:31; pinned George Berry, MtA, at 1:23; and was pinned by Teran Booth, Nok, at 2:27.
126 pounds — Chris Weiss, CH, pinned Jason Berry, LA, at 1:04; pinned Riley McCollett, Med, at 2:43; lost by major decision to Dagan Bereyni, Bel, 11-2; beat Jon Hankey, OxH, 8-6; and pinned John Swett, Skow, at 2:20 in the consolation final. Weiss finished third.
Riley McCollett, Med, received a first-round bye; was pinned by Chris Weiss, CH, at 2:43; beat Dylan Frost, HA, 7-4; and lost by major decision to Tanner Littlefield, MCI, 13-5.
132 pounds — Calan Bragg, CH, received a first-round bye; was pinned by Brent Waterman, Bel, at 3:21; pinned Emory Hudson, MtA, at 0:56; pinned Hunter Reed, Mor, at 2:28; won by technical fall over Jonathan Crocker, Nok, 15-0; and was pinned by Kevin Moore, MtB, at 4:02 in the consolation final. Bragg finished fourth.
Tim Jerome, Med, was pinned by Kameron Doucette, Skow, at 0:21; and was pinned by Patrick DeArmott, HA, at 3:17.
138 pounds — Connor Winchenbach, CH, pinned Ricky Brann, Cony, at 0:24; pinned Walker Roberts, Bel, at 3:14; was pinned by Dan DelGallo, Gard, at 3:59; pinned Stephen Soohey, CH, at 1:59; and won by forfeit over Walker Roberts, Bel, in the consolation final. Winchenbach finished third.
Andrew Cronk, Med, was pinned by Kaleb Brown, Skow, at 0:40; and was pinned by Adam Ewing, MtA, at 3:27.
145 pounds — Coleman Powers, CH, received a first-round bye; pinned Nick Hyde, MtB, at 3:05; pinned Sheldon Bang, EL, at 5:57; and pinned Genter, MtA, at 2:56 in the championship final. Powers finished first.
Morgan Black, Med, was pinned by Felipe Gunter, Med, at 0:16; and was pinned by Chad Bonti, Mor, at 1:10.
152 pounds — Eli Smith, CH, pinned Donald Camp, Win, at 1:54; beat Trevor Kitchin, MCI, 5-2; lost be major decision to Chris Paradis, Cony, 12-4; and lost to Dan Ewing, MtA, 4-3.
160 pounds — Nick Anderson, Med, won a pigtail match over Ethan Sewell-Berry, MtV; was pinned by Malik Geiger, OxH, at 1:25; and was pinned by Anthony Salisbury, Win, at 0:56.
Taylor Crosby, CH, was pinned by Drew Bryant, LA, at 1:41; won by major decision over Tony Baudanza, Ocean, 15-5; and was pinned by Griffin Richards, Cony, at 2:21.
Tony Baudanza, Ocean, was pinned by Jacob Richards, Nok, at 3:02; and lost by major decision to Taylor Crosby, CH, 15-5.
170 pounds — Jared Gilbert, CH, received a first-round bye; was pinned by Dakota Black, MtB, at 1:10; pinned Darien Williams, OxH, at 5:58; beat Jake Truman, Gard, 10-3; and was pinned by John Wilson, Nok, at 2:43.
Samantha Fowles, Med, was pinned by Jared Jensen, Brun, at 0:11; and was pinned by Corey Lent, Mor, at 0:15.
182 pounds — Cyril Miller, Med, pinned Tyler Engelhart, OxH, at 0:37; beat Brian Jones, CH, 8-0; lost to Rusty Wilson, Nok, 2-1; pinned Tyler Sennick, MtB, at 4:21; and beat Wyatt Roberts, Bel, 6-1 in the consolation final. Miller finished third.
Brian Jones, CH, pinned Kaci Rankins, Cony, at 5:45; lost to Cyril Miller, Med, 8-0; and lost to Nate Geoffrion, LA, 6-5.
195 pounds — Travis Stone, Ocean, received a first-round bye; was pinned by Peter Kelley, Bel, at 1:57; received a third-round bye; pinned Nathaniel Beckwith, Win, at 0:42; and was pinned by Mitchell Chelsey, Gard, at 2:17.
Alex Copeland, CH, was pinned by Chelsey, Gard, at 1:10; received a second-round bye; and was pinned by Beckwith, Wins, at 2:00.
Owen Gilbert, Med, received a first-round bye; was pinned by Andrew Pineo, Skow, at 0:29; received a third-round bye; pinned J.T. Williams, MtB, at 2:02; and was pinned by Nic Benner, Cony, at 2:31.
220 pounds — Bryan Clement, CH, received a first-round bye; was pinned by Sean Cote, Win, at 3:59; pinned Bryan Clement, CH, at 4:14; pinned Briar Bussell, MCI, at 4:33; and lost to Jake Fraser, Cony, 7-0.
285 pounds — Kaylo Littlejohn, CH, was pinned by Devan Fuller, MtV, at 3:50; and lost to Isaac Gingras, Cony, 3-2.
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