What an incredible mat season it has been for Medomak Valley junior Eli Miller, who accomplished the coveted high school wrestling trifecta on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Wells High School.

Coming off individual league and regional championships in previous weeks, Miller looked to pin down the cherry on top of his season's delicious sundae, namely, with a tasty and hard-earned state crown.

The talented Panther accomplished that quest on Saturday when he won the state Class B 152-pound title.

It is believed Miller is the first Panther state individual champion since Randy Simmons accomplished the feat in 1995 — nearly a quarter of a century ago.

"I'm proud of my teammates for how hard they have practiced and wrestled all season," said Miller. "And for coaches [Billy] Bramhall and [Jed] Harris pushing me in practice all year and preparing me for postseason. Winning the three titles has been a goal of mine since I was young watching my brother [Cyril] wrestle. Winning the three titles has been an amazing experience and I'm proud to have represented Medomak [Valley]."

"Eli is a great student-athlete," said Bramhall. "He knows wrestling inside and out, a real student of the sport. He leads by example and steps up in the big matches."

In fact, five Medomak Valley mat athletes, and one Oceanside wrestler, experienced tremendous success in the season's final official meet — besides the upcoming New England qualifier — on Saturday two hours bus ride and 100 miles from home.

For Medomak Valley, Jakob Gess finished third at 170 pounds, Amos Hinkley third at 195, Elijah Lash fourth at 182 and Erik Benner fourth at 220.

In an impressive accomplishment, Gess was an alternate for the state meet as the fifth-place finisher in his weight class at the regional, but got a chance to wrestle at states when another qualifier could not compete and the freshman made the most of his opportunity with a third-place finish

For Oceanside, Alex Fogarty finished second at 138 pounds. Now a junior, he also won the state title as a freshman.

The state Class B team scores were: Wells 121, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 105, Mount View of Thorndike 732, Dexter 72.5, Medomak Valley 72.5, Mountain Valley of Rumford 52, Dirigo of Dixfield 45.5, Ellsworth 45, Penobscot Valley 38, Bucksport 36, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln 35, Madison 34, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 34, Lisbon of Lisbon Falls/Oak Hill of Sabattus 24.5, Winslow 24, Piscataquis of Guilford 22, Oceanside 17, Caribou 14.5, Belfast 14, Calais 14, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 11, Hermon 8, Fort Kent 8 and Monmouth Academy 3.

Next up for the wrestlers who qualified is the New England qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Nokomis of Newport. The top four Class A and Class B state finishers in each weight class will battle in eight-person brackets. Then, the top three from that qualifier move on to the New England meet.

The individual Medomak Valley and Oceanside results from the state Class B championships included:

113 pounds — Gavin Readinger, Med, was pinned by Codi Sirois, PenVal, at 0:20; and lost by technical fall to Jack Tibbetts, Lis/OH, 15-0.

138 pounds — Fogarty, Ocean, won by injury default over Spencer Poulin, Wells; won by major decision over Anthony Mazza, MountVal, 9-0; and lost to Mark Ward, MtV, 9-8, in the championship final. Fogarty finished second.

152 pounds — Miller, Med, received a first-round bye; pinned Drew Peters, Wells, at 1:07; and pinned Dominic Libby, Matt, at 1:28 in the championship final. Miller finished first.

170 pounds — Gess, Med, pinned Nathan Curtis, Wells, at 3:49; was pinned by Zachary Wilson, Pis, at 5:40; pinned Bradley Harriman, Lis/OH, at 2:42; and pinned Nathan Curtis, Wells, at 3:55 in the consolation final. Gess finished third.

182 pounds — Lash, Med, lost by major decision to Jonah Potter, Wells, 9-0; won by technical fall over Logan Cloutier, Mad, 15-0; beat Dan Bolton, Lis/OH, 4-3; and was pinned by Charlie Hughes, Ells, at 2:44 in the consolation final. Lash finished fourth.

195 pounds — Hinkley, Med, pinned Christian St. Hilaire, Lis/OH, at 0:41; was pinned by Michael Wrigley, Wells, at 0:44; pinned Dongjoon Kim, Dex, at 1:40; and won by injury default over Christopher Barnes, Ells, in the consolation final. Hinkley finished third.

220 pounds — Benner, Med, pinned Clarke LeBlanc, Mad, at 0:42; was pinned by Nolan Potter, Wells, at 2:28; pinned Dakota Page, Matt, at 3:13; and lost by major decision to Nolan Degroot, Dir, 8-0, in the consolation final. Benner finished fourth.