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Foxcroft wrestlers see sights, win championship at Virginia tournament

See More in Forums  Posted: December 10th, 2015 by Tom Nolette


DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Foxcroft Academy wrestling team returned to campus this week a little more knowledgeable about the some of the historical landmarks around greater Washington, D.C.


The Ponies also brought back a championship trophy as a token of yet another remembrance of their trip after winning the 38th annual Sterling Lions Club Terry McGowan Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Sterling Park, Va. on Saturday.


This marked the second time Foxcroft has competed in the McGowan Invitational, an event hosted by Park View High School — from where Foxcroft head coach Luis Ayala graduated and wrestled.


Marshwood, Noble in mix on mat

See More in Forums  Posted: December 5th, 2015 by Tom Nolette


DOVER — The Class A Maine wrestling scene should change slightly this winter in that Marshwood High School will not dominate the landscape as it did the past four years.


The Hawks, of course, will be in the mix, but expect there to be a three-way battle for supremacy in Class A with Noble and Skowhegan.


Marshwood graduated a strong senior class, which included Cody Hughes, Jackson Howarth and Brett Gerry. That trio had 11 state titles between them during a team run of four straight Class A titles. The Hawks cruised last year with 180 points to 130.5 to second-place Noble.

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Sullivan Duals will kick off season for Wildcats

See More in Forums  Posted: December 2nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette


YORK - Wally Caldwell gathered around the 18 members of the York High School wrestling team before Monday’s practice and started talking about the season-opening meet on Saturday.


But this talk was less about what teams were coming to York, but rather of the name behind the event that the Wildcats open the season with every year — the 15th annual Ken Sullivan Duals.


The eight-team tournament is named after Sullivan, a former assistant coach with the school's wrestling team who was killed in an automobile accident in 2001.

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Dirigo aims to be class act, again

See More in Forums  Posted: December 1st, 2015 by Tom Nolette


DIXFIELD — The Dirigo wrestling team is a reigning state champion, with four returning individual state title-holders.


That choice of words is meaningful. Notice that “defending” appears nowhere in the equation.


Due to declining participation in the sport, particularly among the smaller schools in its membership, the Maine Principals’ Association disbanded Class C. Dirigo dominated there a year ago, winning the state meet by 56 points. In addition to four champions, the Cougars have five returnees who reached the championship match and earned runner-up honors in their weight classes.

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Maine/Nebraska Friendship Series: Maine shines

See More in Forums  Posted: July 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette


Maine wrestlers' confidence was high and the Pine Tree State contingent refused to let up en route to its most successful showing ever in the 31st annual Maine/Nebraska Friendship Series.


Mainers gained some momentum and it turned in to a snowball effect, which was certainly dominating and decisive. At the first of four venues through out the Cornhusker state, the Maine continent rolled to a 65-10 win at Fairbury Jeffs Gymnasium It is Maine' biggest margin of victory in the history of the exchange. The Maine momentum continued with wins at Hastings, 62-12, and Central City, 81-13. The final meet at Columbus was billed as the most competitive, however, Maine held its own.

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Marshwood's Hughes set a new Maine standard

See More in Forums  Posted: May 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette


SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Marshwood High School dominated the Class A wrestling scene the past four years, winning four team titles. Over that same stretch, no single wrestler was as dominant in-state as Marshwood senior Cody Hughes.


While the Hawks’ run is ongoing, Hughes, a four-time state champion, will graduate next month and take his considerable talents to NCAA Division I Virginia Tech on a partial athletic scholarship.


“It’s been a crazy journey,” said Hughes. “But a lot of fun. I remember freshman year it took so long to get to wrestling season. Once it came, it flew by.”


Pelletier battles back from injuries, excels on national stage

See More in Forums  Posted: May 13th, 2015 by Tom Nolette


CHARLESTON, Maine — Josh Pelletier was home last weekend preparing for the next stage of his life.


The newly minted graduate of Liberty University wasn’t on the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus accepting his diploma only because there was a job interview pending in New Hampshire.


And for the 26-year-old Pelletier, it’s time to move forward because he’s already done a lot of catching up.


Pelletier left Liberty in 2011 just a few weeks short of earning his degree in criminal justice, devastated by a knee injury suffered while on the brink of qualifying for the NCAA Division I wrestling championships.


Skowhegan's Craig brothers named MS High School Wrestlers of the Year

See More in Forums  Posted: April 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Tyler and Cody Craig both hit career milestones for Indians at Maine's New England Qualifier tournament.

Tyler Craig and his brother, Cody, each reached historic wrestling milestones on the same day this season. Tyler, a senior, won his 200th career match at Maine’s New England Qualifier tournament, while sophomore Cody notched his 100th career victory. For their outstanding success, the Skowhegan brothers are this season’s Morning Sentinel Wrestlers of the Year. The timing of the milestones symbolize the level of success of the two grapplers and also the relationship between the brothers. Each has pushed the other to accomplish a competitive level that they may not have reached on their own...

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Gardiner's Del Gallo named KJ Wrestler of the Year

See More in Forums  Posted: April 3rd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Tigers junior overcame an early injury to record a strong season.

Peter Del Gallo’s wrestling season was supposed to be over before it began, thanks to a torn elbow ligament suffered at a preseason clinic at Princeton University. Instead, the Gardiner junior made a late season return to the mat in time to claim a third consecutive state title and place fourth at the New England championships. For his amazing comeback and outstanding success, Del Gallo is the Kennebec Journal Wrestler of the Year. Zeko Caudill of Cony was also considered...

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Middle School wrestling: Mt. Ararat captures second at regional tournament

See More in Forums  Posted: March 26th, 2015 by Tom Nolette


MEXICO — The Mt. Ararat Middle School wrestling team captured second place in the West Regionals tournament at Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico on Saturday. Overall, the Eagles totaled 151 points on the day, just behind Mountain Valley, which took home first with 160 points. Nokomis (143.5), Cony (113) and Oxford Hills (105.5) rounded out the top five in Saturday’s competition. The Eagles team was comprised of a strong group of sixth, seventh and eighth graders coached by Mike Taylor, Terrance Kinney, Ken Kowalsky and Dean Jusseaume. Each wrestler was noted as being dedicated, focused and driven, and were praised for their sportsmanship. On Saturday, 8-of-15 boys qualified for the state championships, which are to be held this upcoming weekend at Cony High School. Isaac Ducat took home fourth place, while teammates Cody Holman and Josiah Langworthy finished third. Ben Laurence finished in second...

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Telegram's wrestling All-State team

See More in Forums  Posted: March 22nd, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The best in Maine this season.. Cody Craig, Skowhegan, sophomore, 106: One of seven repeat All-Telegram picks, Craig rolled to a second straight Class A and New England Qualifier titles in a 52-2 season. For the second straight year, he was unbeaten until New Englands. Jeremy Sendrowski, Scarborough, freshman, 113: The Class A champ and all-state runner-up went 38-7 and gets the slight nod over Skowhegan’s Samson Sirois. The two split a pair of close decisions with Sirois winning in the all-state final. Austin Shorey, Noble, junior, 120: Shorey, named outstanding wrestler at the Spartan Invitational, won the Class A and all-state titles. His 54-5 record included a 3-2 mark at New Englands, where he beat the top seeds from Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

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Maine high school wrestling shifts to two classes; co-op teams possible

See More in Forums  Posted: March 19th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

Low participation in Class C leads to the change, which also shifts the class of some teams.

After the 2013 season the Maine Principals’ Association scrapped regional tournaments for Class C wrestlers. Now the whole class will be eliminated and wrestling will consist of Class A and Class B. Class A will be schools with 575 or more students. “The intent is that we’ll have more schools with full teams,” said Gerry Durgin, the MPA’s representative on the Wrestling Committee. “Then when we get to the regional tournaments, we’ll be able to fill all of the brackets.” The move to two classes has been much discussed over several years. It was recommended by the MPA Wrestling Committee last November. If there was any doubt, seeing only two of the 14 weight classes with full eight-man brackets at the Class C state tournament helped convince the classification committee and interscholastic management committee to be in full agreement...

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University of Maine wrestler pins down national title

See More in Forums  Posted: March 17th, 2015 by Tom Nolette


ORONO, Maine — University of Maine first-year student Samantha Frank is a 2015 National Collegiate Women’s Wrestling Association champion. The 105-pound Frank pinned two-time All-American Mikayla Pica of Southwestern Oregon Community College to capture the crown this past weekend in Allen, Texas. Frank, a nursing major, was voted most outstanding wrestler at the meet and earned All-American status. While Frank was the sole female wrestler for the Black Bears, her win catapulted UMaine to a fifth-place finish (21.5 points) in the 15-team field...


Del Gallo headed to D-III wrestling nationals

See More in Forums  Posted: March 11th, 2015 by Tom Nolette

The Gardiner native is just the sixth USM wrestler to reach the NCAA tournament.

Daniel Del Gallo describes himself as being “happy, not satisfied” to be competing in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament this weekend. Del Gallo, a Gardiner native, is one of two University of Southern Maine wrestlers who advanced to the national tournament, which starts Friday in Hershey, Pa. Senior Jonathan Deupree is making his second consecutive appearance at nationals. “I want to do more and perform better at a higher level,” said Del Gallo, a sophomore who wrestles in the 149-pound weight class. “I was happy with my performance at regionals, especially leading up to the final. Everything worked out good.”...

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