It was a special day at Medomak Valley High School Saturday when current individual wrestling greatness was achieved and past team mat success was recognized and honored.

In a regular season-ending quad-meet that included Camden Hills, Mountain Valley of Rumford, Morse of Bath and host Medomak Valley, success on the mat — both current and past — was part of the day’s festivities.

During the meet, Camden Hills senior Zac Fields recorded his 150th career victory. With another victory later in the meet, Fields now has 151 career wins, with probably 10-15 more matches left to add to that total.

Fields becomes one of only a handful of Windjammers to record more than 150 career wins, including Jacob Berry, Murphy McGowan, Cody Laite, Chris Remsen and Levi Rollins. Fields, 151-30, with 77 pins in his career, said he wants to pass Rollins, now his coach, who has 155 career wins. Former Windjammer state champion Tim Boetsch also had around 150 victories, but his career mark was not readily available.

Saturday also held so much more, including the continued stellar career of Medomak Valley senior Steven Genthner, who recently became only the third grappler in school history to reach 100 career wins. Genthner now stands at 103 victories with the school record being 108 held by Randy Simmons.

Like Fields, Genthner still has many matches ahead, including those in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, Eastern Class B and state Class B championship meets. If all goes as planned, both Fields and Genthner could significantly add to their impressive career win totals.

While Fields cannot reach the Camden Hills school record of 171 wins held by Berry, it is possible Genthner could reach and surprass Simmons’ school mark of 108.

Both Fields and Genthner are among the favorites to win league, regional and state titles at 130 and 145 pounds respectively in the coming weeks.

Fields accomplished his career milestone Saturday, while Genthner reached 100 wins for his career in another recent meet. The only other grapplers to reach 100 wins in MVHS school history were Simmons (108-16, with 60 poins) and Glen Brown (100-8, with 63 pins).

Fields and Genthner were certainly not the only notables that happened at MVHS Saturday. The school also honored the Panthers’ 1991 state Class B championship squad, as a handful of wrestlers, two managers and two coaches returned to their alma mater to celebrate that achievement.

One of the people on hand was Doug Libby, the man who started the MVHS wrestling program in the 1960s and who coached the Panthers for 30 years before handing the team over to one of his former grapplers, Philip Genthner, Steven’s dad. Both Philip Genthner and Libby, as they have in the past, sat together coaching during Saturday’s matches.

Besides the former wrestlers, coaches and managers from the 1991 team being honored by Matt Lash, Maine School Administrative District 40 athletic director and the man behind the idea of honoring past school state championship teams, a moment of silence for Jesse Tucker, a member of the team who has since died, was held. Stan Rintz, one of the most successful members of the 1991 title team, held the MVHS wrestling jacket and a photo of Tucker during the ceremony.

Click to read a story on the 1991 state title team.

In Saturday’s quad-meet, Camden Hills won two of three matches, including suffering only its second dual-meet defeat of the season. Camden Hills beat Medomak Valley 66-12 and Morse 45-31, but lost to Mountain Valley, one of the team’s chief state Class B opponents, 42-27. Medomak Valley also lost to Mountain Valley 53-12 and to Morse 39-36.

Camden Hills finished the regular season 23-2, while the Panthers finished 7-15.

Fields milestone

Fields said he was proud of his wrestling accomplishments, from the state championship he earned last year to reaching 150 career wins. “It feels great because I came in as a freshman not knowing a single thing about the sport,” he said.

He obviously is a fast learner. As a freshman he finished third in the regional and state meets at 112 pounds. As a sophomore, he was third at the KVACs, second at the regionals and third at the states at 119. As a junior, he really came into his own, winning KVAC and state crowns and finishing second at the regionals at 130 pounds. He also won one of three New England matches.

Fields has won nearly 50 matches his senior year because of the extensive tournament schedule the Windjammers participate in. In fact, Fields won the 125-pound title at the prestigious Noble Invitational in North Berwick early this season and also earned the distinction of that tourney’s most outstanding wrestler.

Fields joins a long list of Windjammers with a 150-win pedigree, a victory total he plans to add to in the coming days.

Fields and other Windjammers over the years have had opportunities to compile more career wins because of the extensive extra regular-season tournaments Camden Hills competes in, something a school such as Medomak Valley has done more of in recent years.

Genthner milestone

Genthner, also a standout baseball and soccer player at Medomak Valley, recorded his 100th win via forfeit against Cheverus of Portland Jan. 16 in a five-team meet at Mount Ararat High School in Topsham. He had pinned Malcom Henry of Portland for his 99th victory and then took a forfeit from Cheverus.

Interestingly, Genthner, who is 103-48, with 63 pins for his career, is another in a long line of talented Genthners who have wrestled, including his brother Philip, who had nearly 70 career wins, and his dad Philip, who finished his high school mat career at 54-37-2, with 40 pins. Steven’s uncle, Rodney, finished 66-15, with 28 pins, and Steven has had cousins and other relatives who were top wrestlers for MVHS.

“It feels good to reach 100 wins,” Steven said. “Not many people do it.” He added that with about 10 matches left, he is not worried about where his total ends up. He will continue to wrestle the way he always has. “I don’t want to worry about anything else, I just want to wrestle.”

On thing the 18-year-old from Friendship wants to do is try to nail down league, regional and state titles in the coming weeks. “This is my last chance, so I’ve got to make it good,” he said, adding that it always has been frustrating to have one guy end up stopping him each year in his weight class.

As a freshman at 125 pounds, he was fourth in both the KVACs and regionals, while at 140 his sophomore year he was fourth at KVACs, second at regionals and fourth in the states. As a junior at 145, he was third at KVACs, second at regional and third in the states.

Steven said wrestling is his favorite sport because he gets out of it what he puts into it. He does not have to worry about how his teammates do, just how he prepares and executes on the mat. He also said he has enjoyed having his father coach him over the years. “I like it because he is hard on me. He pushes me to be the best I can be.”

Perhaps that is why Steven has joined the United States Marines. He will leave Aug. 16. “I wanted the adventure,” Steven said. “And the Marines are the toughest.”

Steven became interested in wrestling because his dad coached and his brothers and other relatives had succeeded in the sport. Steven found early success on the mat, including being undefeated state champion at 111 pounds as an eighth-grader — a season in which he did not have a point scored against him.

Saturday’s meet results

The individual results for Camden Hills and Medomak Valley wrestlers from Saturday’s meet were:

103 pounds — Camden Hills and Medomak Valley had a double forfeit; Coleman Powers, CH, won by forfeit over Morse; C. Powers beat Ryan Burgess, MountVal; Medomak Valley and Mountain Valley had a double forfeit; and Medomak Valley forfeited to Gary Stevens, Mor.

112 pounds — Powers, CH, pinned Ben Lufkin, Med, at 2:43; Camden Hills forfeited to Stevens, Mor; Camden Hills forfeited to Nicole Burgess, MountVal; Lukin lost to R. Burgess, MountVal, 25-8; and Lufkin won by forfeit over Morse.

119 pounds — Calan Bragg, CH, pinned Cheyenne Augustine, Med, at 2:43; C. Bragg pinned Jacob Barrett, Mor, at 0:43; C. Bragg won by forfeit over over Mountain Valley; Augustine pinned N. Burgess, MountVal, at 2:15; and Augustine pinned Barrett, Mor, at 1:09.

125 pounds — Tom Cassidy, CH, won by forfeit over Medomak Valley; Cassidy won by forfeit over Morse; Fields, CH, won by injury default over Cody Magoon, MountVal; Medomak Valley and Mountain Valley had a double forfeit; and Medomak Valley forfeited to Morse.

130 pounds — Fields, CH, won by forfeit over Medomak Valley; Fields pinned David Fontanez, Mor, at 5:17; Cassidy lost to Tim Ross, MountVal; Medomak Valley forfeited to Ross, MountVal; and Medomak Valley forfeited to Fontanez, Mor.

135 pounds — Max Bragg, CH, pinned Adam Lynch, Med, at 0:51; M. Bragg lost to Brandon McDougal, Mor, 6-0; M. Bragg lost to Connor McGowan, Brunswick independent, 9-4 in an exhibition match; M. Bragg beat Joe Provencher, MountVal; Lynch lost to Provencher, MountVal, 15-11; and Lynch lost to McDougal, Mor, 6-4.

140 pounds — Brandon Rich, CH, pinned Taylor Olsen, Med, at 1:57; Rich pinned Elijah McNeil, Mor, at 1:06; Rich beat Josh Thornton, MountVal; Olsen was pinned by Thornton, MountVal, at 5:53; and Olsen pinned Luke Moreau, Mor, at 1:55.

145 pounds — S. Genthner, Med, pinned Neal Harrison, CH, at 0:32; Harrison beat John Loschiavo, Mor, 13-7; Harrison beat Joao Fialho, MountVal; S. Genthner pinned Fialho, MountVal, at 0;30; and S. Genthner pinned Loschiavo, Mor, at 1:01.

152 pounds — R.J. Muir, CH, won by forfeit over Medomak Valley; Muir pinned Levi Colson, Mor, at 0:57; Muir pinned Santos Rodriguez, MountVal, at 1:25; Medomak Valley forfeited to Rodriguez, MountVal; and Medomak Valley forfeited to Colson, Mor.

160 pounds — Anthony Batty, CH, won by forfeit over Medomak Valley and Morse; Batty was pinned by Matt Duka, MountVal, at 2:49; Medomak Valley forfeited to Duka, MountVal; and Chris Nason, Med, won by forfeit over Morse.

171 pounds — Trevor Neilson, Med, pinned Ryan Graffam, CH, at 0:35; R. Graffam lost to Sean Marrero, Mor, 11-2; R. Graffam was pinned by Taylor Carey, MountVal, at 3:35; Neilson lost to Carey, MountVal, 6-4; and Neilson pinned Marrero, Mor, at 2:53.

189 pounds — Brandon Graffam, CH, won by forfeit over Medomak Valley; B. Graffam was pinned by Tyler Russell, Mor, at 1:01; B. Graffam was pinned by Christian Durland, MountVal, at 1:26; Medomak Valley forfeited to Durland, MountVal; and Medomak Valley forfeited to Russell, Mor.

215 pounds — Rhett Chase, CH, pinned Gabe Delano, Med, at 3:56; Chase lost by injury disqualification to Arthur Cavanaugh, Mor; Chase was pinned by Josh Allen, MountVal, at 3:29; Delano was pinned by Allen, MountVal, at 0:52; and Delano was pinned by Cavanaugh, Mor, at 1:14.

285 pounds — Jeff Bailey, CH, won by forfeit over Medomak Valley; Bailey was pinned by Zach Kidney, Mor, at 4:47; Bailey was pinned by Ryan Glover, MountVal, at 3:53; Medomak Valley forfeited to Glover, MountVal: and Medomak Valley forfeited to Kidney, Mor.

In exhibitions, Stephen Widdecombe, CH, pinned John Peterie, MountVal, at 1:56; lost to Aaron Mitchell, Mor, 5-0; and Lynch, Med, was pinned by Connor McGowan, Mor, at 0:45.

Neal Young and Phil Kyser, independent wrestlers from Georges Valley, who practice with Medomak Valley, also competed Saturday. Young was pinned by Muir, CH, at 0:36; Kyser won by forfeit over Mountain Valley; Young pinned Rodriguez, MountVal, at 2:56; Young pinned Simmons, MountVal, at 1:49; Kyser won by forfeit over Morse; Kyser pinned McGowan, Mor, at 3:33; and Young lost to Colson, Mor, 7-0.

Click for more photos from the wrestling meet and 1991 state championship team celebration.

Village NetMedia Regional Editor/Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail at kwaltz@villagesoup.com.