Middle school mat sports

Seven Midcoast champions crowned at Pine Tree Wrestling League regional

Lions Bonin, Kelley, Watts; Mariners Ripley, Spear; Riverhawk Cox; Mustang Ward win titles
By Ken Waltz | Mar 21, 2017
Photo by: Bryan Gess Troy Howard Middle School mat athletes with their runner-up trophy at the Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional championship meet on March 18 at Belfast Area High School.

Belfast — Seven Midcoast champions were crowned and 30 young area middle school mat athletes finished among the top-four to qualify for the Pine Tree Wrestling League championships from the East regional on Saturday, March 18 at Belfast Area High School.

Oceanside Middle School of Rockland/Thomaston, Camden-Rockport Middle School, Medomak Middle School of Waldoboro, Mount View Junior High of Thorndike and Troy Howard Middle School of Belfast were the Midcoast representatives at the talent-laden meet.

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Troy Howard experienced the highest team finish for the locals, as the young Lions placed second to champion Mattanawcook of Lincoln. Medomak also finished fourth among the 18 schools represented.

Additionally, Camden-Rockport placed fifth, Oceanside seventh and Mount View ninth.

Individually, Midcoast athletes excelled on the mats in the day-long event.

In fact, seven young grapplers returned home with first-place finishers, including Troy Howard's Kaden Bonin (81 pounds), Gabe Kelley (117) and Cameron Watts (240); Medomak's Tyler Cox (155); Oceanside's Gavin Ripley (75) and Matt Spear (195); and Mount View's Zachary Ward (130).

The top four wrestlers in each weight class from the East regional advance to face the top four in each class from the West regional at the league championship meet on Saturday, March 25 at 9:30 a.m. at Skowhegan High School.

The following are the top-four finishers for the Midcoast teams at the East regional:

Camden-Rockport — Eric Andrews (2nd at 87), Henry Pharris (2nd at 137), Nate Stanley (2nd at 155), Annunthaya MacDonnell (3rd at 111), Julian Henderson (4th at 75 pounds), Zachary Wallingford (4th at 81), Ian Orsmond (4th at 117) and Jack Eagar (4th at 145).

Oceanside — Gavin Ripley (1st at 75), Matt Spear (1st at 195), Madolin Ripley (3rd at 81) and Hale Morris (4th at 93). The Ripleys are siblings.

Medomak — Tyler Cox (1st at 155), Marshall Sawyer (2nd at 93), Brady Carter (3rd at 99), Nolan Grubb (3rd at 137), Jakob Gess (3rd at 170), Levi Ward (3rd at 195), Gavin Readlinger (4th at 105) and Sam Sampson (4th at 240).

Mount View — Zachary Ward (1st at 130) and Emma Fonger (3rd at 123).

Troy Howard — Kaden Bonin (1st at 81), Gabe Kelley (1st at 117), Cameron Watts (1st at 240), Gavynn Young (2nd at 75), Jonah Lovejoy (2nd at 111), Cordell Larrabee (2nd at 123), Chris Fournier (2nd at 130) and Tanner Veilleux (4th at 170).

The team scores were: Mattanawcook 218, Troy Howard 163, Bucksport 148, Medomak 130, Camden-Rockport 117, Nokomis of Newport 100, Oceanside 84, Cony of Augusta 44, Mount View 41, Ellsworth 37, Winslow 34, Independent Surry 16, Independent Hermon 15, Independent Erskine 11, Independent Beach Hill 3, Independent Hampen 3, Independent Dedham 2 and Independent Lawrence no score.

The individual regional championship results for Midcoast student-athletes included:

75 pounds — Gavin Ripley, Ocean, pinned Liz Schmitt, Win, at 0:31; pinned Conno Langerak, Matt, at 1:43; and won by major decision over Gavynn Young, TH, 13-2, in the championship final. Ripley finished first.

Gavynn Young, TH, pinned Megan Lee, Med, at 0:45; pinned Julian Henderson, CR, at 0:53; and lost by major decision to Gavin Ripley, Ocean, 13-2, in the championship final. Young finished second.

Julian Henderson, CR, pinned Brody Simons, Ham, at 0:49; was pinned by Gavynn Young, TH, at 0:53; won by major decision over Ethan Miller, Nok, 13-3; and was pinned by Connor Langerak, Matt, at 0:37 of the consolation final. Henderson finished fourth.

Megan Lee, Med, was pinned by Gavynn Young, TH, at 0:45; and was pinned by Brody Simons, Ham, at 0:41.

81 pounds — Kaden Bonin, TH, pinned William Sargent, Beach, at 1:13; pinned Zachary Wallingford, CR, at 1:15; and pinned Brody Smith, Matt, at 0:49 of the championship final. Bonin finished first.

Madolin Ripley, Ocean, pinned Jacob Cole, Nok, at 3:50; was pinned by Brody Smith, Matt, at 0:55; pinned William Sargent, Beach, at 1:04; and pinned Zachary Wallingford, CR, at 0:55 in the consolation final. Ripley finished third.

Zachary Wallingford, CR, pinned Codie Jones, Con, at 0:14; was pinned by Kaden Bonin, TH, at 1:15; pinned Jacob Cole, Nok, at 4:17; and was pinned by Madolin Ripley, Ocean, at 0:55 in the consolation final. Wallingford finished fourth.

87 pounds — Eric Andrews, CR, pinned Conner Fitch, Buck, at 0:52; pinned Kaden Swett, Ells, at 0:03; and lost to Jackson Sutherland, Matt, 8-1, in the championship final. Andrews finished second.

Nate Fogarty, Ocean, was pinned by Kaden Swett. Ells, at 2:10; and was pinned by Conner Fitch, Buck, at 0:29.

Blair Barnard, MtV, was pinned by Jackson Sutherland, Matt, at 0:36; and was pinned by Jake Emond, Ersk, at 0:28.

93 pounds — Marshall Sawyer, Med, pinned Pete Lovejoy, TH, at 4:08; pinned Damien Gilley, Win, at 1:28; and lost by major decision to Deegan Tidswell, Matt, 10-0, in the championship final. Sawyer finished second.

Hale Morris, Ocean, was pinned by Damien Gilley, Win, at 2:11; pinned Pete Lovejoy, at 4:26; pinned Ayden Maguire, Buck, at 0:23; and lost by major decision to Damien Gilley, Win, 14-6, in the consolation final. Morris finished fourth.

Pete Lovejoy, TH, pinned William Haslam, CR, at 0:21 in a pigtail match; was pinned by Marshall Sawyer, Med, at 4:08; and was pinned by Hale Morris, Ocean, 4:26.

William Haslam, CR, was pinned by Pete Lovejoy, TH, at 0:21 in a pigtail match.

99 pounds — Brady Carter, Med, pinned Kristin Ray, Ersk, at 2:57; was pinned by Kaleb Nightengale, Buck, at 3:37; pinned Gabe Russewick, CR, at 3:19; and pinned Sam Flannery, Con, at 1:10 in the consolation final. Carter finished third.

Gabe Russewick, CR, lost to Sam Flannery, Con, 4-0; pinned Seth Spear, Ocean, at 0:56; and was pinned by Brady Carter, Med, at 3:19.

Seth Spear, Ocean, pinned Cameron Rae, MtV, at 3:17 in a pigtail match; lost by technical fall to Landon St. Peter, Ells, 15-0; and was pinned by Gabe Russewick, CR, at 0:56.

Cameron Rae, MtV, was pinned by Seth Spear, Ocean, at 3:17 in a pigtail match.

105 pounds — Gavin Readlinger, Med, pinned Nathan Lefebre, Con, at 2:24; was pinned by Travis Hutchinson, Buck, at 1:02; pinned Griffin Carnell, CR, at 0:23; and was pinned by Isiah Morin, Nok, at 1:22 in the consolation final. Readlinger finished fourth.

Griffin Carnell, CR, was pinned by Jordyn Colorado, Matt, at 2:59; won by major decision over Davin Barnard, MtV, 16-5; and was pinned by Gavin Readlinger, Med, at 0:23.

Davin Barnard, MtV, was pinned by Isiah Morin, Nok, at 0:54; and lost by major decision to Griffin Carnell, CR, 16-5.

111 pounds — Jonah Lovejoy, TH, pinned Jethro Pease, Med, at 0:15; pinned Timber Parlin, Con, at 1:30; and was pinned by Isaac Hainer, Matt, at 2:36 of the championship final. Lovejoy finished second.

Annunthaya MacDonnell, CR, pinned Kase Honders, Buck, at 0:42; was pinned by Isaac Hainer, Matt, at 1:24; pinned Jethro Pease, Med, at 0:14; and pinned Timber Parlin, Con, at 0:12 in the consolation final. MacDonnell finished third.

Jethro Pease, Med, was pinned by Jonah Lovejoy, TH, at 0:15; pinned Tim Marcel, Ells, at 3:41; and was pinned by Annunthaya MacDonnell, CR, at 0:14.

117 pounds — Gabe Kelley, TH, pinned Shane Cross, Nok, at 0:30; pinned Aechariah Hessletine, Med, at 0:09; and pinned Jacob Jalbert, Buck, at 3:52 of the championship final. Kelley finished first.

Ian Orsmond, CR, pinned Gianna Anderson, Ells, at 0:18 in a pigtail match; was pinned by Jacob Jalbert, Buck, at 2:11; pinned Jon Lettre, Con, at 0:50; beat Zechariah Hesseltine, Med, 5-4; and lost by major decision to Clyde Carr, Matt, 9-0, in the consolation final. Orsmond finished fourth.

Zechariah Hesseltine, Med, pinned Morgan Fonger, Mt, at 2:48; was pinned by Gabe Kelley, TH, at 0:09; and lost to Ian Orsmond, CR, 5-4.

Morgan Fonger, MtV, was pinned by Zechariah Hesseltine, Med, at 2:48; pinned Shane Cross, Nok, at 1:10; and was pinned by Clyde Carr, Matt, at 0:32.

123 pounds — Cordell Larrabee, TH, pinned Damien Henry, Med, at 0:21; pinned Emma Fonger, MtV, at 2:42; and was pinned by Travis Mushero, Matt, at 2:16 in the championship final. Larrabee finished second.

Emma Fonger, MtV, beat Ben Nautel, CR, 5-2; was pinned by Cordell Larrabee, TH, at 2:42; pinned Everett Huckins, Ells, at 1:07; and beat Tyler Hallett, Buck, 10-4, in the consolation final. Fonger finished third.

Ben Nautel, CR, lost to Emma Fonger, MtV, 5-2; beat Damien Henry, Med, 5-0; and was pinned Tyler Hallet, Buck, at 2:50.

Damien Henry, Med, pinned Nick Christiansen, Ersk, at 0:11 in a pigtail match; was pinned by Cordell Larrabee, TH, at 0:21; and lost to Ben Nautel, CR, 5-0.

Nate Taylor, Ocean, was pinned by Travis Mushero, Matt, at 0:56; and was pinned by Everett Hutchins, Ells, at 2:56.

130 pounds — Zachary Ward, MtV, pinned Virgina Chattley, Ells, at 0:32; pinned Cameron Rich, Buck, at 2:53; and pinned Chris Fournier, TH, at 1:29 in the championship final. Ward finished first.

Chris Fournier, TH, pinned Cole Wallace, at 0:15; pinned Josh Hesseltine, Matt, at 1:01; and was pinned by Zachary Ward, MtV, at 1:29 in the championship final. Fourier finished second.

Cole Wallace, Med, was pinned by Chris Fournier, TH, at 0:15; and lost to Alden Trafton, Nok, 4-2.

137 pounds — Henry Pharris, CR, beat Nolan Grubb, Med, 8-6; beat Josh Miller, Buck, 8-2; and lost by major decision to Ryland Kimball, Matt, 8-0, in the championship final. Pharris finished second.

Nolan Grubb, Med, lost to Henry Pharris, CR, 8-6; received a bye; pinned Ryan Peavey, TH, at 1:18; and pinned Josh Miller, Buck, at 1:28 in the consolation final. Grubb finished third.

Ryan Peavey, TH, pinned Wilhemenia O'Brien, Ocean, at 0:40; was pinned by Rylan Kimball, Matt, at 1:44; and was pinned by Nolan Grubb, Med, at 1:18.

Wilhemenia O'Brien, Ocean, was pinned by Ryan Peavey, TH, at 0:40; received a bye; and was pinned by Josh Miller, Buck, at 1:55.

145 pounds — Jack Eagar, CR, was pinned by Elizabeth Bernier, Buck, at 2:26; pinned Nathan Gess, Med, at 1:15; beat Joey Bowman, Ded, 4-0; and was pinned by Chris Urquart, Nok, at 0:42 in the consolation final. Eagar finished fourth.

Frankie Martin, TH, was pinned by Joey Bowen, Ded, 5-4; received a bye; and was pinned by Chris Urquart, Nok, at 2:10.

Nathan Gess, Med, was pinned by Chris Urquart, Nok, at 0:28; and was pinned by Jack Eagar, CR, at 1:15.

155 pounds — Tyler Cox, Med, pinned Cody Benner, Ocean, at 0:23; pinned Ashton Caron, Nok, at 2:52; and pinned Nate Stanley, CR, at 1:29 in the championship final. Cox finished first.

Nate Stanley, CR, pinned Nathaniel Porter, TH, at 1:17; beat Jaxson Gross, Buck, 3-2; and was pinned by Tyler Cox, Med, at 1:29 in the championship final. Stanley finished second.

Nathaniel Porter, TH, was pinned by Nate Stanley, CR, at 1:17; received a bye; and was pinned Ashton Caron, Nok, at 0:53.

Cody Benner, Ocean, was pinned by Tyler Cox, Med, at 0:23; pinned Nate Mattingly, Win, at 3:31; and was pinned by Jaxon Gross, Buck, at 1:10.

170 pounds — Jakob Gess, Med, was pinned by Tanner Veilleux, TH, at 1:53; received a bye; pinned Grayson Fernald, Buck, at 0:25; and pinned Tanner Veilleux, TH, at 1:04 in the consolation final. Gess finished third.

Tanner Veilleux, TH, pinned Jakob Gess, Med, at 1:53; was pinned by Alex Munson, Matt, at 1:48; pinned Saxton Smith, CR, at 1:04; and was pinned by Jakob Gess, Med, at 0:54 in the consolation final. Veilleux finished fourth.

Saxton Smith, CR, was pinned by Grayson Fernald, Buck, at 0:42; received a bye; and was pinned by Tanner Veilleux, TH, at 1:04.

195 pounds — Matt Spear, Ocean, received a first-round bye; pinned Kaleb Blackwell, CR, at 0:07; and pinned Romeo Melittis, Her, at 2:29 in the championship final. Spear finished first.

Levi Ward, Med, was pinned by Jacob Coghill, Buck, at 4:05; received a bye; pinned Kaleb Blackwell, CR, at 0:54; and won by major decision over Jacob Coghill, Buck, 9-1, in the consolation final. Ward finished third.

Kaleb Blackwell, CR, pinned Kyle Getchell, Nok, at 2:24; was pinned by Matt Spear, Ocean, at 0:07; and was pinned by Levi Ward, Med, at 0:54.

240 pounds — Cameron Watts, TH, had a first-round bye; beat Thomas Folckemer, Surr, 4-1; and pinned Calvin Gould, Nok, at 1:11 in the championship final. Watts finished first.

Sam Sampson, Med, was pinned by Thomas Folckemer, Surr, at 0:33; received a bye; pinned Zack Davis, Ocean, at 2:03; and was pinned by Thomas Folckemer, Surr, at 0:27 of the consolation final. Sampson finished fourth.

Zack Davis, Ocean, pinned Hunter Bryan, Matt, at 0:45; was pinned by Calvin Gould, Nok, at 0:38; and was pinned by Sam Sampson, Med, at 2:03.

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Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Amiee Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
Scene from Pine Tree Wrestling League East regional March 18 at Belfast Area High School. (Photo by: Bryan Gess)
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