Windjammer wrestlers lauded for mat prowess
Rockport — The Five Town Community School District board, along with Camden Hills Regional High School Principal Nick Ithomitis, took the opportunity March 6 during a scheduled board meeting to recognize the Camden Hills Wrestling team for winning its third consecutive state championship.
“I am very proud to introduce our state championship wrestling team to the Five Town school board and congratulate them on another outstanding season,” Ithomitis said. “This group of student-athletes worked extremely hard this season and it really shows.”
The Windjammers, wrestling for Camden Hills Regional High School, are considered one of the top programs in the state.
Coach Patrick Kelly gave the board a brief overview of the programs history and a synopsis of the 2014 season.
“First, I’d like to thank the school board and administration for taking the opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication that goes into being a top program,” Kelly said. “To be in the top two in the state 22 out of the last 24 years is truly a testament to the program and to the character of each and every wrestler that has come through it.”
Kelly continued by acknowledging his coaching staff consisting of assistant varsity coach True Bragg and assistant coaches Perry Goodspeed and Paul Smith.
“This was a true team effort,” he said. “Having assistants like True, Paul and Perry makes my job as a head coach much easier and we couldn’t have done this without their help.”
Each wrestler introduced themselves to the school board as well as the town they are from and the weight class in which they competed.
Following the team introduction the school board showed their appreciation to the teams dedication with congratulations and a standing ovation.
The Windjammers have captured 15 state titles and finished runner-up seven times since they first saw state gold in 1990. Camden Hills/Camden-Rockport grapplers have also won 12 Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and 19 Eastern Class B championships.
“As a coach there is no better feeling then having athletes you train receive praise from not only the principal and other administrators, but the school board, as well.” Kelly said. “It really makes us as a team and coaches feel like we are doing things the right way.”
Members of the 2014 state champion Windjammers are Hillary Merrifield, Caden Harrison-Billiat, Josiah Farrell, Zach Annis, James Archer, Zac Collins, John Underhill, Taylor Crosby, Eli Smith, Connor Winchenbach, Elvis Bowen, Wyatt Parra, Brian Jones, Jared Gilbert, Brian Clement, Kaylo Littlejohn, Alex Copeland, Logan Mulliken, Brian Gunn, Tyler Wood, Gabe Salo and Christian Fisk.
Dwight Collins is a reporter/photographer for The Camden Herald.
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