High school wrestling

Camden Hills pins down championship success at Viking Duals

By Staff | Dec 03, 2018
Courtesy of: Glenn Lang Camden Hills wrestling team members hold their hardware earned at the Viking Duals on Dec. 1 at Oxford Hills in South Paris.

South Paris — As preparation for the regular season continued, the Camden Hills wrestling team found time in its busy schedule — 90 miles from home, no less — to secure an armful of preseason mat hardware.

The Windjammers competed in the Viking Duals, hosted by Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, on Saturday, Dec. 1 and finished as team and pin champions.

The Windjammers took 21 wrestlers to the meet and when the dust settled Camden Hills had finished 4-0 in dual-matches.

"Truth be told, there were some very good teams at the meet as well as some fantastic individuals, so I knew it would not be an easy day on either front," said veteran Windjammer coach Patrick Kelly. "Yet, the team went 4-0."

Camden Hills beat Dirigo of Dixfield 78-6, Belfast 60-18, Oxford Hills 57-24 and Massabesic of Waterboro 57-21.

Nine teams participated in the tourney.

"The team looked good and the technique is coming in small areas," said Kelly.

The coach said there were many highlights during the day-long event. He said six freshmen  — Zachary Wallingford, Jackson Fitch, Joah Thompson, Elijah Stone, Vayna Perevalo and Henry Pharris — put on Windjammer singlets and many of them saw varsity and exhibition matches for the first time.

"Several wrestlers — Eric Andrews, Devin Hutcheson, Ian Henderson and Drew Kelly — earned four wins; some with four pins. Josh Saucier went 3-1. Brady Hedstrom and Max Dingle went 3-0. Justin Secotte and Nikita Perevalov wrestled tough going 1-3 [and] 0-2, respectively. Dawson Allen, in a big match, manhandled a very seasoned Oxford Hills wrestler at 132 pounds to go 4-0 and Noah Lang bumped up a weight class, to make a statement, to face one of the state's best wrestlers, [Matthew] Pooler from Massabesic. Lang was relentless and controlled the entire four-minute bout while putting Pooler to his back several times to go 4-0 on the day.

" 'Big' Ben MacWilliams looked good going 3-2 on the day. The team was supported by newcomers Luke Harrach and Ben Nautel. Izzy lang, our veteran manager, now competitor as well, kept the books and managed the team."

The coach said he was impressed by the overall team effort at the meet as the squad gears up for regular-season and tournament matches.

"The only thing that can stop this team is the team itself," Kelly said.

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Camden Hills' Ian Henderson, right, and a Belfast opponent. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Drew Kelly, top, and an Oxford Hills opponent. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Ben MacWilliams, right, and a Dirigo opponent. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Brady Hedstrom,, right, and a Massabesic opponent. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Eric Andrews, top, and an Oxford Hills opponent. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Justin Secotte, top, and a Dirigo opponent. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Noah Lang, top, and Massabesic's Matthew Pooler.
From left, Camden Hills coaches, Brandon Allen, Perry Goodspeed, Patrick Kelly and Taylor Crosby. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
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