It is beginning to look like the Midcoast has the corner on the state Class B wrestling championship market after another local team climbed to the top of the mat heap Saturday with a remarkable performance at Medomak Valley High School.

Camden Hills, fresh off winning the Eastern Class B and Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships the previous two weeks, sealed its first state title since 2007 Saturday in Waldoboro thanks to plenty of talent, depth and grit.

The Windjammers completed the postseason title trifecta a year after Belfast — which is situated a few miles from Camden Hills up the coast on Route 1 — had won back-to-back state crowns. Of course, Camden Hills also won the state title in 2007, meaning the Windjammers or Lions — along with a few Falcons from Rumford — have ruled the state Class B mat world for the past four years and many years before that.

The team scores from Saturday’s state championship meet were: Camden Hills 130, Mountain Valley 108, Morse of Bath 97, Fryeburg Academy 82.5, Oak Hill of Sabattus 71, Wells 70, Gardiner 61, Belfast 59, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 44, York 42.5, Ellsworth 23.5, Medomak Valley 21, Hermon 20, Mount View of Thorndike 18, Caribou and Old Town 17, Winslow 11, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 8, Sumner of East Sullivan and Greely of Cumberland 1 and Georges Valley no score.

Senior Zac Fields (130 pounds) and junior Jacob Powers (160) won individual titles for Camden Hills. It was Fields’ second straight state crown and the first for Powers.

Field and Powers, along with all state champions in Class A, B and C, qualify for the 46th annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships scheduled for Friday and Saturday, March 5-6 at the New Haven Athletic Center at Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn.

Camden Hills used its strength and depth in the consolation rounds to cement Saturday’s state championship meet.

The state crown was the first for Levi Rollins as the third-year Windjammer coach. He experienced many team and individual state crowns as a grappler for the Windjammers. In fact, Rollins is the only Windjammer coach not named Kelly — brothers John and Patrick — to lead the Windjammers to the pinnacle of Class B.

And this time the Windjammers realized their state title dreams close to home, only a few miles and towns away in Waldoboro.

“It’s incredible,” said Rollins. “The team, we worked hard all week long, all year long, and we worked really, really hard. I don’t even know what to say. They wanted it so bad and I wanted it and we just put it all together today. It wasn’t [just] the kids in the finals, it was the whole entire team [that helped win the state title]. We brought 12 kids here and nine of them placed [among the top four]. I can’t ask much more than that. I mean, every single kid put in a good effort this year. They are still a young team. We have only got two seniors and that’s all I need to say really.”

Besides Powers and Fields, several other Midcoast grapplers placed among the top four in their weight classes Saturday. The following is summary of each local state qualifier and if they placed among the top four:

Camden Hills — Coleman Powers (3rd at 103 pounds), Fields (1st at 130), Brandon Rich (2nd at 140), R.J. Muir (4th at 152), Jacob Powers (1st at 160), Calan Bragg (4th at 119), Tom Cassidy (3rd at 125), Brandon Graffam (189), Rhett Chase (4th at 215), Max Bragg (4th at 135), Neal Harrison (145) and Anthony Batty (171). Rich lost in the state final match by one point. Coleman Powers, Fields, Rich, Muir and Jacob Powers all won regional titles the previous week.

Georges Valley — Phil Kyser (135 pounds).

Medomak Valley —  Trevor Neilson (2nd at 171 pounds), Stefan Nicholls (125), Cheyenne Augustine (119), Taylor Olsen (140) and Steven Genthner (145 pounds, did not particpate). Nielson lost in the state final match by one point. Augustine was one of the few girls to qualify for the male-dominated coed state high school championship meet. Genthner and Neilson each won regional titles the previous week.

Rollins said he thought the state championship would be a dogfight with Mountain Valley and it was. “Mountain Valley definitely had tougher, stronger kids [but], we just stepped up,” said the Windjammer coach, adding that Camden Hills trailed by 22 points in the semifinal round but caught up and passed the Falcons with gutsy efforts in the consolation round.

“The kids in the consolation round just stepped up,” Rollins said. “I just said that, ‘We’ve all got to do this. We gotta work hard at it.’ And every single kid, they just kept winning and winning and they just want[ed] it.”

Rollins said he thought his squad had a chance to bring home the state championship plaque, but, “I saw us as close [to winning the state crown]. The team was young, but you could see the drive; they wanted it. At practice, they were always there on time. They were always working their butts off. They did everything I asked them to do and they really respect me and I want to thank them. We had a lot of help for the coaching staff. A couple of guys coming in and helping out a lot, a couple of the old coaches coming in. It was a total team effort.”

Since 1986, Camden Hills/Camden-Rockport has won 12 state crowns and Belfast six. The Windjammers also have seven state runner-up finishes during that time.

Rollins said Jacob Powers and Fields both should be able to compete well at the New England championships and will prepare the “same way we have all season long. [With] a lot of hard work, a lot of hard effort put into it, a lot of time and just make things happen.”

The following are a list of state team champs for the past 10 years:

2010 — Camden Hills first, Mountain Valley second.

2009 — Belfast first, Camden Hills second.

2008 — Belfast first, Mountain Valley second.

2007 — Camden Hills first, Belfast second.

2006 — Mountain Valley first, Camden Hills second.

2005 — Camden Hills and Mountain Valley tied for first, Belfast second.

2004 — Camden Hills first, Mountain Valley second.

2003 — Camden Hills first, Mountain Valley second.

2002 — Camden Hills first, Belfast second.

2001 — Camden Hills first, Mountain Valley second.

2000 — Camden-Rockport first, Mountain Valley second.

The individual state championship meet results for Camden Hills, Medomak Valley and Georges Valley competitors were:

103 pounds — C. Powers, CH, pinned Porter Rooney, Wells, at 0:42; lost to Ryan Burgess, MtVal, 7-6; pinned Evan Drinkwater, Bel, at 0:36; and won by major decision over Gary Stevens, Mor, 15-2 in the consolation final. Powers finished third.

119 pounds — C. Bragg, CH, pinned Jared Petruzzella, York, at 1:34; lost by technical fall to Keith Madore, OaH, 17-2; beat Nick Vogel, Gre, 8-4; and was pinned by Jake Thurston, FA, time unavailable in the consolation final. Bragg finished fourth.

Augustine, Med, lost by technical fall to Madore, OaH, 19-4; and lost to Petruzzella, York, 7-3.

125 pounds — Cassidy, CH, beat Joe Provencher, MtVal, 5-0; was pinned by Matt Degallo, Gard, at 3:24; won by disqualification over Stefan Nicholls, Med; and pinned Brendan Wood, Car, at 1:26 in the championship final. Cassidy finished third.

Nicholls, Med, was pinned by Wyatt Brackett, Mor, at 3;24; pinned John Freitag, York, at 4:04; and lost by disqualification to Cassidy, CH.

130 pounds — Fields, CH, won by major decision over Tim Ross, MtVal, 12-1; pinned Craig Morrill, OaH, at 0:05; and won by major decision over Dan Delgallo, Gar, 11-1 in the championship final. Fields finished first.

135 pounds — M. Bragg, CH, was pinned by Billy Gauthier, York, at 2:43; beat Kyser, GV, 2-1; pinned Lance Jandreau, Car, time unavailable; and lost to Brandon McDougal, Mor, 5-1 in the consolation final. Bragg finished fourth.

Kyser, GV, lost to Wyatt Thornton, Gard, 8-4; and lost to M. Bragg, CH, 2-1.

140 pounds — Rich, CH, pinned Donnie Vannah, OaH, at 1:11; beat Derek Jutnick, LA, 3-0; and lost to Josh Thornton, MtVal, 3-2 in the championship final. Rich finished second.

Olsen, Med, lost to Thornton, MtVal, 6-0; and lost to Chandler Smith, Gard, 2-0.

145 pounds — Harrison, CH, lost by major decision to Peter Bacchiocci, FA, 12-0; pinned Brandon Burgess, Her, at 0:27; and was pinned by Ben Fredette, Win, at 3:35.

152 pounds — Muir, CH, beat Mike Burgess, Wells, 6-2; lost to Taylor Carey, MtVal, 4-3; pinned Alex Benner, LA, at 5:51; and lost to Revelin Goewey, MCI, 5-4 in the consolation final. Muir finished fourth.

160 pounds — J. Powers, CH, pinned Ben Durfee, Wells, at 1:14; beat Matt Duka, MtVal, 8-2; and won by major decision over Tristan Ripley, MtView, 16-3 in the championship final. Powers finished first.

171 pounds — Neilson, Med, pinned Nate Hill, FA, at 3:29; pinned Sean Marrero, Mor, at 5:45; and lost to Patrick Hapworth, MCI, 3-2 in the championship final. Neilson finished second.

Batty, CH, was pinned by Dillon Tibbetts, OaH, at 1:19; pinned Brad Stephens, York, at 2:29; and lost to Marrero, Mor, 4-0.

189 pounds — Graffam, CH, was pinned by Lance Williams, Gard, at 1:00; and was pinned by Peter Kelley, Bel, at 4:08.

215 pounds — Chase, CH, lost to Arthur Cavanaugh, Mor, 4-2; pinned Alex Robinson, Wells, at 4:28; won by forfeit over Jared Sargent, Ells; and lost by major decision to Lee Larry, OT, 19-8 in the consolation final. Chase finished fourth.

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