While the season came to an end last months for high school grapplers across the state, a select few were fortunate enough to continue on with their respective seasons over the weekend as the 2010 New England High School Wrestling Championships took place in New Haven, Conn.

Camden Hills’ Zac Fields finished fourth overall in the 130-pound weight class among 22 state champions from around New England, while teammate Jacob Powers of the Windjammers and Belfast’s Brent Waterman also fared well in their respective weight classes.

Both Fields and Waterman won their respective weight classes at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships at Cony High School in Augusta, Eastern Class B regional championships at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield and the Class B state championships at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro this season. Powers won his weight class at both the regional and state levels, while placing second in the conference championships.

Fields, a senior and two-time defending Class B state champion in the 130-pound weight class, received a bye in the preliminary round, defeated James Carroll (Needham, Mass.) 8-4 before falling to Matt Morris (Timberlane, N.H.) 13-1 to fall into the consolation bracket.

Fields nearly ran the table after reaching the consolation bracket, defeating Matt Shapiro (Longmeadow, Mass.) 6-2; defeating George Mitchell (Otter Valley, VT) 6-1 and pinning Josh Gerry (Quincy, Mass.) at 1:51. Fields was then pinned by David Owens (Pinkerton Academy, N.H.) at 4:07 in the consolation final, cementing his fourth-place finish.

Waterman, a freshman and this year’s Class B state champion in the 119-pound weight class, fell to Matt Buco (Gr. Lawrence, Mass.) 10-2 to drop to the consolation bracket. Waterman then was then pinned by Massabesic’s Ethan Gilman at 2:38, eliminating him from contention.

Powers, a junior and this year’s Class B state champion in the 160-pound weight class, received a bye into the preliminary round before falling to Tom Lacroix (Central Catholic, Mass.) 8-2, knocking him into the consolation bracket.

Powers then emerged victorious in his first consolation round match against Nicholas Salois (Warwick, R.I.) 8-1; defeated Cory Shortt (Westerly, R.I.) 11-4 and upended Makhmud Kachaliyev (Harwood, VT) 6-1. Powers then fell to Nick Lawrence (Timberland, NH) 7-1, eliminating him from contention.

Cony’s T.J. Vallee (189) and Bonny Eagle’s Stephen Martin (171) had the top individual finishes among Maine athletes, both earning third place honors in their respective weight classesl; while Morse’s Tyler Russell (189) and York’s Billy Gauthier (135), along with Fields, all finished fourth.

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