High school wrestling

Home sweet home: Camden Hills pins down regional title in own gymnasium

Windjammers Lang, Henderson claim individual crowns , others place among top four
By Mark Haskell | Feb 10, 2019
Photo by: Mark Haskell Camden Hills' Henry Pharris, top, controls Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Mason Hultman. Scene from Camden Hills' participation in the Class A North high school wrestling championships on Feb. 9 in Rockport.

Rockport — Winning a regional championship is a feat in and of itself, but doing so in one’s home gymnasium is a flavor the Camden Hills wrestling team likely will savor for some time.

The Windjammers — traditionally a powerhouse who annually vie for conference, regional and state championships — held off Mount Ararat-Brunswick and 11 other schools on Saturday, Feb. 9 at Camden Hills Regional High School to clinch the Class A North crown.

For the Windjammers, it was their first regional team title in five years, when they, then competing in Class B, won the championship in Belfast.

Watch video and see more photos below.

And, after winning the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A championship on Saturday, Feb. 2, the Windjammers will eye the trifecta — namely, a state Class A title and their first since 2014 — on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Cony High School in Augusta.

Camden Hills got topnotch contributions up and down the ladder on Saturday, as Ian Henderson and Noah Lang led the way, as they clinched individual regional titles in the 138-pound and 145-pound weight classes.

Eric Andrews, Dawson Allen and Joshua Saucier added second-place finishes at 106 and 132, while Devin Hutcheson placed third at 113 and Henry Pharris, Kristina Kelly and Justin Secotte fourth at 170, 126 and 182, respectively.

Thus, the Windjammers qualified nine mat athletes for the state Class A competition.

The top four wrestlers in each weight class at the regional competitions advance to the state meet.

The event also was witness to a pair of Camden Hills mat athletes who hit impressive benchmarks in their careers as Lang, a senior, notched his 200th victory, while Hutcheson, a junior, earned his 100th career win.

The Class A North team scores were: Camden Hills 166, Mount Ararat-Brunswick 154.5, Cony 115, Nokomis of Newport 112, Oxford Hills of South Paris 95, Mount Blue of Farmington 94, Morse of Bath 86, Windham-Gray-New Gloucester 74, Erskine Academy of South China 64, Skowhegan 32, Messalonskee of Oakland 16, Gardiner 13 and Bangor 6.

The individual Camden Hills results, with Windjammers listed first, were:

106 pounds — Eric Andrews pinned Chase Nicolino, Mor, at 0:50; beat Jagger Bullen, MtB, 6-3; and lost by major decision to Noah Dumas, Cony, 9-0, in the championship final. Andrews finished second.

113 pounds — Devin Hutcheson pinned Jayda Stevens, OxH, at 3:29; was pinned by Brycen Kowalsky, MtA-B, at 0:29; won by forfeit over Joseph Mosher, MtB; and beat Ahmad Ahmad, Cony, 11-3, in the consolation final. Hutcheson finished third.

120 pounds — Joshua Saucier received a first-round bye; pinned Evan Grady, Gar, at 3:47; pinned Jonathon Lujan, Mess, at 1:17; and lost to Tyler Preble, Nok, 12-1, in the championship final. Saucier finished second.

126 pounds — Kristina Kelly received a first-round bye; won by forfeit over Patrick Hanley, EA; was pinned by Caleb Carroll, Nok, at 0:51; pinned Rachel Tuck, Skow, at 1:39; and was pinned by Connor McNish, Mor, at 2:15 in the consolation final. Kelly finished fourth.

132 pounds — Dawson Allen won by technical fall over Mason Rowe, MtB, 17-2; beat Donovan Rector, Mor, 8-6; and lost by major decision to Spencer LeClair, MtA-B, 19-6, in the championship final. Allen finished second.

138 pounds — Ian Henderson pinned Jay Austin, EA, at 0:57; pinned Owen McDuffie, W-GNG, at 3:59; and pinned Caden Kowalsky, MtA-B, at 3:12 in the championship final. Henderson finished first.

145 pounds — Noah Lang pinned Madeline Tardiff, Nok, at 0:41; pinned Maximus Openshaw, Cony, at 0:50; pinned Kyle Graffam, MtA-B, at 0:43; and won by technical fall over Mason Savary, Mor, 16-0, in the championship final. Lang finished first.

152 pounds — Nikita Perevalov was pinned by George Butts, W-GNG, at 2:30; pinned Benjamin Nicholas, MtB, at 1:54; and was pinned by Jakob Arbour, Cony, at 0:19.

170 pounds — Henry Pharris pinned Haeden Landry, EA, at 1:56; lost to Mason Hultman, MtA-B, 8-3; pinned Bristol Leahy, OxH, at 2:05; and lost to Casey Mills, Cony, 4-0, in the consolation final. Pharris finished fourth.

182 pounds — Justin Secotte pinned Jack Melvin, Skow, at 0:50; was pinned by Ihsan Myers, Mor, at 1:27; pinned Tristan Burch, MtA-B, at 5:30; and was pinned by Cole Dunham, OxH, at 0:40 in the consolation final. Secotte finished fourth.

195 pounds — Kai Sassa was pinned by Brady Mitchell-Damms, MtA-B, at 0:47; pinned Kalvin Gould, Nok, at 2:38; and was pinned Mohammad Aljendi, Cony, at 2:15.

220 pounds — Max Dingle received a first-round bye; was pinned by James Boyd, Nok, at 0:54; pinned Elizabeth Trask, Skow, at 0:40; and was pinned by Dawson Wells, Cony, at 2:45.

285 pounds — Ben MacWilliams received a first-round bye; was pinned by Hunter Gleason, MtB, at 2:23; received a second bye; pinned Trevor Reid, OxH, at 6:39; and was pinned by Brayden Doucette, Skow, at 2:42.

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Camden Hills hosts Class A North wrestling championships
Camden Hills hosts Class A North high school wrestling championships on Feb. 9 in Rockport. (Video by: Mark Haskell and Zack Miller)
Camden Hills' Henry Pharris. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Pharris. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Nikita Perevalov, left, and Mount Blue's Benjamin Nicholas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Nikita Perevalov, top, and Mount Blue's Benjamin Nicholas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ben MacWilliams. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Pharris. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Pharris, top, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Mason Hultman. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kai Sassa. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Devin Hutcheson, right, and Cony's Ahmad Ahmad. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' coach Patrick Kelly, right, and an assistant coach. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Devin Hutcheson, front, and Cony's Ahmad Ahmad. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, back, and Morse's Connor McNish. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Kristina Kelly, left, and Morse's Connor McNish. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Henry Pharris, left, and Cony's Casey Mills. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eric Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eric Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eric Andrews, right, and Cony's Noah Dumas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eric Andrews, right, and Cony's Noah Dumas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Eric Andrews, top, and Cony's Noah Dumas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Josh Saucier, front, and Nokomis' Tyler Preble. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Josh Saucier, right, and Nokomis' Tyler Preble. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Josh Saucier, front, and Nokomis' Tyler Preble. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Josh Saucier, front, and Nokomis' Tyler Preble. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Josh Saucier, front, and Nokomis' Tyler Preble. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Scene from Camden Hills' participation in the Class A North high school wrestling championships on Feb. 9 in Rockport. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Dawson Allen, left, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Spencer LeClair. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Dawson Allen, back, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Spencer LeClair. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Dawson Allen, top, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Spencer LeClair. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson, left, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Caden Kowalsky. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson, left, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Caden Kowalsky. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson, right, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Caden Kowalsky. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson, bottom, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Caden Kowalsky. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson, top, and Mount Ararat-Brunswick's Caden Kowalsky. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson, right. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Noah Lang, right, and Morse's Mason Savary. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Noah Lang, back, and Morse's Mason Savary. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills' Noah Lang, back, and Morse's Mason Savary. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Camden Hills team members hold their Class A North championship plaque. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Noah Lang, middle, with his 200 win plaque. The coaches include, from left, Taylor Crosby, Perry Goodspeed, Patrick Kelly and Brandon Allen. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Devin Hutcheson, middle, with his 100 win plaque. The coaches include, from left, Perry Goodspeed, Brandon Allen, Patrick Kelly and Taylor Crosby. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Dawson Allen, left, pins a Morse wrestler. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Ian Henderson, back, throws a Mount Ararat wrestler. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Josh Saucier, top, pins a Skowhegan wrestler. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
Camden Hills' Justin Secotte, top, pins a Mount Ararat wrestler.
Camden Hills' Nikita Perevalov, top, pins a Mount Blue wrestler. (Courtesy of: Glenn Lang)
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