High school wrestling

KVAC trifecta: Panthers earn team crown, top coach honor, 152-pound title

Miller deemed best Class B wrestler of meet, Bramhall coach of year
By Ken Waltz | Feb 04, 2018
Courtesy of: Naomi Miller Medomak Valley High School team members with their Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B championship plaque earned on Feb. 3 at Cony in Augusta. Panther Eli Miller also holds his bracket sheet as the meet's 152-pound champion.

Augusta — It was a banner day — times three — for Medomak Valley wrestlers and coaches, who returned to Waldoboro on Saturday night, Feb. 3 with a boatload of hardware in tow.

After a bundle of individual mat battles during the daylong league tournament at Cony High School, the Panthers returned home as Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B champions.

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Watch video below.

While that might have been enough for most teams, the Panthers celebrated much more on the day.

Medomak Valley junior Eli Miller finished first in the 152-pound division, which includes all wrestlers in Class A and B. He also was deemed Class B's outstanding wrestler of the meet.

Finally, Panther Billy Bramhall was honored as the league's Class B coach of the year.

The overall team scores were: Oxford Hills of South Paris 165, Nokomis of Newport 149, Skowhegan 136, Cony of Augusta 123, Camden Hills of Rockport 114.5, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 89, Morse of Bath 87, Mount Ararat of Topsham 81, Erskine Academy of South China 78, Mount Blue of Farmington 65.5, Mount View of Thorndike 60, Belfast 49, Winslow 38, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 34, Messalonskee of Oakland 31, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston 15.5, Bangor 11, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 8 and Gardiner no score.

All wrestlers competed against one another in the meet in their respective weight classes, but Class A and B team champions were determined later.

The final Class A standings were: Oxford Hills, Nokomis, Skowhegan, Cony, Camden Hills, Morse, Mount Ararat, Erskine Academy, Mount Blue, Messalonskee, Bangor and Gardiner.

The final Class B standings were; Medomak Valley, Mount View, Belfast, Winslow, MCI, Oceanside and Lincoln Academy.

In Class A, Oxford Hills' Tony Stevens was coach of the year and Viking Dawson Stevens the outstanding wrestler of the meet.

For Medomak Valley, Miller finished first at 152 pounds, Amos Hinkley third at 195, Erik Benner third at 220, Marshall Sawyer fourth at 106 and Tyler Cox fourth at 160.

The individual Medomak Valley results, with Panthers listed first, were:

106 pounds — Marshall Sawyer received a first-round bye; pinned Eric Andrews, CH, at 6:05; was pinned by Jake Craig, Skow, at 0:57; won by technical fall over Carter Fogarty, Ocean, 16-0; and lost to Eric Andrews, 4-0, in the consolation final. Sawyer finished fourth.

113 pounds — Gavin Readinger received a first-round bye; was pinned by Jordan Douglas, Mor, at 0:21; pinned Kristin Ray, EA, at 2:24; and was pinned by Tyler Baker, MCI, at 0:47.

126 pounds — Colby Hyde was pinned by Robert Davies, Skow, at 1:09; pinned Christina Scott, MtB, at 0:24; and was pinned by Gaige Kindlimann, Mor, at 0:59.

132 pounds — Damien Henry was pinned by Caleb Johnson, OxH, at 1:08; and was pinned by Colby Smith, Con, at 2:30.

152 pounds — Eli Miller received a first-round bye; pinned Austin Cook, MtA, at 3:53; beat Jason Barnard, MtV, 7-0; and beat Isaiah Cogswell, Mor, 2-1 in double-overtime in the championship final. Miller finished first.

160 pounds — Tyler Cox beat David Warren, Bel, 13-11; pinned Connor Dore, Skow, at 1:44; was pinned by Tucker Nicholas, MtB, at 1:54; beat Kayne Bowden, Con, 8-1; and was pinned by Quinton Richards, Nok, at 0:52 in the consolation final. Cox finished fourth.

170 pounds — Jakob Gess lost to Travis May, OxH, 7-6; pinned Lucas Steinberger, LA, at 3:22; pinned Jason Norwood, Bel, at 2:01; and was pinned by Austin Pelletier, Mess, at 0:57.

182 pounds — Elijah Lash received a first-round bye; lost to Alex Glidden, Nok, 4-2; received a bye; and was pinned by Zuka Mabior, OxH, at 3;27.

195 pounds — Amos Hinkley received a bye; pinned Justin Secotte, CH, at 1:28; was pinned by Jeffrey Worster, OxH, at 3:45; beat Dakota Melvin, Skow, 1-0; and beat Ihsan Myers, Mor, 2-0, in the consolation final. Hinkley finished third.

220 pounds — Erik Benner, Med, received a first-round bye; pinned Mohammad Aljendi, Con, at 2:44; was pinned by James Boyd, Nok, at 1:40; pinned Isaak Peavey, EA, at 4:27; and won by technical fall over Jarrod Taylor, OxH, 21-4, in the consolation final. Benner finished third.

285 pounds — Jacob White received a first-round bye; was pinned by Nathaniel Fuller, MtV, at 1:31; received a bye; beat Ben MacWilliams, CH, 6-3; and was pinned by Jeff Kirk, Ban, at 2:03.

Next up for the Panthers is the Class B North championship meet on Saturday, Feb. 10 at Mount View in Thorndike. Those who qualify from the regional meet compete in the state Class B championships on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Wells.

Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference wrestling championships
Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference wrestling championships on Feb. 3 at Cony High School in Augusta. (Video by: Zack Miller)
From left, Billy Bramhall, Eli Miller and Jed Miller, and athletic director Matt Lash, in back. (Courtesy of: Naomi MIller)
Medomak Valley's Colby Hyde, front, and Skowhegan's Robert Davies. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Tyler Cox, back, and Belfast's David Warren. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Tyler Cox, front, and Belfast's David Warren. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess, front, and Oxford Hills' Travis May. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Jakob Gess, right, and Oxford Hills' Travis May. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Marshall Sawyer, right, and Camden Hills' Eric Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Marshall Sawyer, left, and Camden Hills' Eric Andrews. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Gavin Readlinger, right, and Morse's Jordan Douglas. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Colby Hyde, left, and Mount Blue's Christina Scott. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Damien Henry, right, and Cony's Colby Smith. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
Medomak Valley's Eli Miller, top, and Mount Ararat's Austin Cook. (Photo by: Mark Haskell)
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