The Medomak Valley wrestling team may have fallen short in its quest for a state Class B crown this season, but the Panthers did receive important recognition at the state championships Feb. 16 at Fryeburg Academy.

Medomak Valley nabbed the Maine Principals' Association's Class B East Sportsmanship Award given to the team in the region that displayed the most sportsmanship during the regular season and during the league, conference and state meets.

It is the eighth time the Panthers have won the award and fourth time in the last eight years.

"It was great to receive the sportsmanship award," said Panther coach Billy Bramhall. "It's the first one that the team has won since [assistant coach] Jed [Harris] and I started coaching. We have a great group of kids on the team. They have great attitudes and a real sense of team spirit. It's not just during a meet, it's also in the practice room."

Medomak Valley finished 9-16 during the dual-meet season, scoring 1,006 team points and recording 76 pins of opponents.

Senior Cyril Miller led the team in total pins (22), wins (40) and points scored (234), while Deagan Poland had the fastest pin (6 seconds).

The final win/loss totals for the Panthers this winter included: Miller, 40-5, with 22 pins, first at regional, third at KVAC and states (487 career points); Riley McCollett, 27-12, with 14 pins, fourth at regional (143 career points); Dylan Look, 20-8, with 8 pins, third at regional (112 career points); Owen Gilbert, 16-17, with 12 pins, second at regional (101 career points); Rayanne Leach, 16-17, 6 pins, fourth at regional (89 career points); Poland, 12-18, with 8 pins (67 career points); Travis Reed, 9-4, with 5 pins (54 career points); Morgan Black, 7-25 (42 career points); Andrew Cronk, 6-23 (44 career points); Nick Anderson, 6-18 (30 career points); Samantha Fowles, 5-21 (30 career points); Steve Carlton, 4-2 (24 career points); Tim Jerome, 3-14 (18 career points); Jared Overlock, 2-10 (12 career points); and Cortland Fischer, 1-3 (6 career points).

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