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Friday, December 9, 1983

Kennebunk wrestling coach Kevin Lank is looking for the Rams to improve

By CHARLOTTE McATEE Staff Writer 

KENNEBUNK - With a good mix of veterans and rookies with potential, Kennebunk wrestling coach Kevin Lank is looking for the Rams to improve on last year's 6-12 record. Leading the way to what Lank hopes will be a .500 or better season will be junior Dan Crook. Last year's state runner-up at 98 pounds, Crook has moved up to 105 pounds and is a very physical wrestler, Lank says. Another veteran is senior co-captain John Martin, who finished fifth in the regionals at 167 pounds. He should have a good shot this year, Lanks says, since many of last year's top wrestlers in that; weight class have graduated. Senior Rich Pickering, at 138 pounds, had a 10-10 record last year. "He should be one of the better 138s around," Lank says. "He's a technically good wrestler." The other co-captain is 145-pounder Mike Stavros, who is what Lank calls a "hard worker in a really competitive class. He'll do all right; hopefully he'll make the states." Two younger members of the team are 98-pound Todd Whitten, a sophomore, and freshman 119-pounder Nick Burgess. "He's got a lot of potential," Lank says of Burgess. "He's a good athlete." Two wrestlers are fighting for the top spot at 126 pounds: Rob Jude and Aaron Upton, both juniors. "They're so close (in ability) that any time they wrestle it comes out different," says Lank. The top wrestler probably won't be decided, the coach says, until the end of the year. Another interesting category for the Rams will be 132 pounds, where sophomore Mike Bergeron is now wrestling. Bergeron was a varsity wrestler at 112 pounds last year and has "grown like a weed," says Lank. He could be challenged by Victor Pfeiffer, who is a big strong kid, Lank says. "Anyone who goes into a match with him will know he's been in a match," says the coach. Sophomore Randy Murray, a part-time starter last year at 155, has shown a lot of improvement, says Lank, and junior Jeff Merrill, a first-year wrestler, is a strong kid who will do all right by the end of the year at 185 pounds. Steve Palandro, a runner-up in the Southern Maine JV tournament, moves up a class to 112 pounds. In the unlimited division, senior Canadian transfer John Audley is "learning fast," says Lank. "He moves fairly quickly - he's a good athlete." Audley's weight fluctuates from 215 on down. The Rams have moved down to Class B this year and Lank is shooting to get at least five wrestlers into the state tournament. The team to beat, he feels, will be Bonny Eagle. "They have a great coaching staff and depth," he says. "You earn everything you get against those kids." Kennebunk has some depth itself in the middle weights, says Lank, and the coach hopes to get his wrestlers through a tough 22 dual-meet schedule in good shape. "I don't want the kids to burn out early - I want them to peak for the regionals and states. Barring injuries, we're capable of doing well." The Rams will open the season at 1 p.m. Saturday, hosting Massabesic, Noble and Bonny Eagle.      

Bonny Eagle wrestling team became Class B state champions

By NANCY STOREY Staff Writer 

WEST BUXTON - Last year, after just four years as an organized sport, the Bonny Eagle wrestling team became Class B state champions. This year, the outlook isn't as bright for the Scots, but they aren't exactly going to encounter a winless season either. "I expect Noble, Fryeburg and Ellsworth to be favorites in our class," Bonny Eagle coach Ted Reese said. "We'll do okay, but they're the real powerhouses." Reese has a number- of returning veterans to work with - seven or eight, depending upon the starting lineup which has yet to be finalized - and he expects to build around them. Leading the squad will be senior co-captains Tom Turner and Peter Gillingham. Turner, who finished second in the state last year, will start in the 145-pound class. Gillingham just had orthoscopic surgery in his knee so Reese said he doesn't expect him to start this weekend, but he has been practicing and his coach doesn't feel it will be too much longer before he adds some strength in the 155 class. Starting in Gillingham's place this weekend will be another senior, Lance Bolton who wrestled well in last weekend's tournament, Reese said. Other seniors who are likely starters include Vince Sevasteanski in the 167-pound class, David Martin in the unlimited weight division and Eric Thomas who did well last year at 185. Senior Bill Blalock returns to the Scots team this year after being in Florida last year and Reese said he is a likely starter in 105 or 112. As a freshman at Bonny Eagle, Blalock wrestled successfully in the 98-pound class. Probable starters in other divisions include freshman Ron Bean at 98, sophomore Chad Turner, Tom's brother, at 126 and either junior Bill White or sophomre Jeff Day at 119. Reese said he's still not certain of the lineup in several classes, but he has several competitors to work with. And with experience at a number of key positions, Bonny Eagle will very likely still pose a threat to area competitors. "We certainly hope we'll finish as one of the top five teams in the state,",Reese said. "But I want to emphasize that the real stregths around here will be Noble and Fryeburg in Class B, and of course there are a number of strong Class A school that we wrestle against also." The Scots' mentor indicated he doesn't feel his team is going to be as overpowering as some people would like to make them out to be, but they will do well, especially if they defeat the stronger teams in their class and in Class A. Kennebunk eager to start season 

Massabesic High School wrestling coach Tom Costello faces tasks

By PETE BARKER Staff Writer 

WATERBORO - It's unpleasant enough to think of how eight positions are going to be filled, and it's another when those untested wrestlers have to learn against perennial state powers. Massabesic High School wrestling coach Tom Costello faces those tasks as he begins his seventh year at the helm of the Mustangs Saturday afternoon when his club goes to Kennebunk for a meet with the Rams, Noble and Bonny Eagle beginning at 1. The Mustangs don't really resemble last year's 16-4 team, because there, arc only four starters backs; 138 pound senior captain Rick Cameron, 'senior Kevin Raybine, who will close out his career in the 126 pound class; sophomore James Allen, who will wrestle in the 119 pound class, and junior unlimited contestant Carmine DeSimonc. Therefore, Massabesic has a soft schedule to begin with. Right? Wrong. Bonny Eagle is the defending state Class B champion, Noble and Kennebunk are always competitive, but that's not the half of it. How about Sanford, Mexico, Rumford, and Mt. Blue. Outside of Mexico, we're talking about the last three State Class A champions, teams where losing is a rarity. "It's (the schedule) treacherous," Costello says. "We face the best right off. There aren't any better teams in the state than the ones we face the first three weeks. I've always said that if you want to be the best and get better, you have to wrestle the tough teams, but we would like to face some other teams also," the coach chuckled."We're so very young ? that we have to get some experience. There are some good kids back, but we don't have the varsity returnees I've had in the past," Costello continued. Some of the people who have to be replaced are Charlie Raybine, 126 pounds; Mike Desimone, 155, Dana Allen, 167 and Mark Gilman, who wrestled in the unlimited class. Carmine DeSimone will start off at junior varisty tournaments last year. Randy Doliver is leading the 126 race, but junior Tim Contois, a jayvee tourney winner a year ago, and last year's starter Shawn Hamilton are in the picture. Hamilton has recently recovered from a dislocated shoulder. Randy Hudson, who has experience, Hamilton, and junior Joel Moulton are in the hunt for the 132 pound job. Dolliver was seeded first in the regionals last year, at 119 pounds. McCarn has sophomore Tim O'Brien and freshman Mike Eldridge chasing him in the 145 pound class. Junior Curtis Dickson is far and away the best 155 pounder on the team, and his hard work has earned him the right to retain the spot he was in last year. While McNeeley is getting himself squared away, Jonathan Lewis, the freshman brother of Sean, will share 167 duties. The unlimited division will be in the hands of sophomores Tom Corliss and Roger Morin, who both weigh 235 pounds, while junior Lonnie" Plante recovers from knee surgery. Plante will go to his doctor on the 15th of the month to receive a progress report on the knee. He has been working out with the Knights and doing everything except live wrestling. While Plante may not be able to wrestle for awhile, Walker isn't con-ceeding a weak spot. "I don't feel we aren't represented in unlimited," said the coach. "Roger wrestled last year and has shown a lot of aggressiveness. I feel we will be able to develop these wrestlers. When B.J. comes backin the lineup, we can be very competitive. This is a very good group of boys and I'm looking forward to the season." Walker's assistant for the third year will be Kip DeVoll, Chad's older brother and a former Noble High athlete who was coached by Walker. The Knights go to Deering Wednesday night. Noble doesn't have a home meet until meeting Bonny Eagle on Wednesday, Dec. 21. Bonny Eagle will be competitive 

Sanford High's wresting team did not lose any meets

By PETE BARKER Staff Writer 

SANFORD - Over the past two years, Sanford High's wresting team did not lose any meets or tournaments with two exceptions. The Redskins finished second in a tournament in Massachusetts two years ago and last year went unbeaten until they were edged by the Mt. Blue of Farmington Cougars in the State Class A meet held at Mt. Blue. Head coach John Caramihalis and his assistant, Ron Sparkowich, appear to have another team which should make its.presence felt beginning Saturday afternoon at 1 in a meet with Lisbon and Westbrook at the Sanford Memorial Gym. Even though Andy and John Caramihalis, John Caissie, Chris Anderson and Scott Holland have graduated and are in college, there are seven starters returning, all of whom qualified for the states last season. Senior 185 pounder Steve Hall, the state champion at 167 pounds last season, and senior 119 pounder Al Hodson, state runner-up by a few points in the 112 class, anchor a team with a lot of wrestling savy. Coach Caramihalis has not been working with the team for much of the past two weeks while recovering from an illness, and Sparkowich, who was coached by Caramihalis at Santora in the 1960s, had these thoughts about the team. "We feel we have good experienced wrestlers," Sparkowich says . "But they need to harden off and establish a sense of competitiveness. If they do, they will be one of the better teams in the state." In addition to Hall and Hodson, the Redskins have mat experience throughout the lineup. Junior Dan Desruisseaux, moves up from the 98 oound class, where he placed fourth in the states last winter, to work at 105. Senior Matt Demers goes to 112, where he should establish himself as the top man. Junior Rob Klemick moves up one class, to 126 pounds. Mark Camire, also a junior, goes from 132 to 138. Senior Jerry Wright takes a step from 155 to 167. Jeff Allain, a junior with back-up experience, will start at 145 pounds, and senior Mike Grondin is another new starter, in the 155 pound class. Senior Pete Caramihalis has earned the unlimited slot and freshman Todd Allen debuts at 98 pounds. Sparkowich points out that some positions may change depending on the results of the weekly wrestleoffs. Junior Mike Chabot is a contender for cither the 126 or 132 slots. "He has one year of experience, but if his rate of progress continues as fast as it has, he'll challenge for those two positions," Sparkowich said. The starter at 132 Saturday will be junior Mike Tarsetti, a transfer student from Massabesic High School, where he wrestled last year. Demers has had some problems making weight for is 112 class, which means until January he will alternate with sophomore Dave Tran-chemontagne, each wrestling once a week. There is a two pound allowance for each weight class in January when Demers is expected to take over as the number one man if he successfully fights off a challenge by Tranchemontagne. Down at 98, freshman Tim Damon backs Desruisseaux, and a strong first year junior, Bob Lemieux, wrestled at 119 pounds. Senior Dan Therrien will also be challenging in the 126 and 132 divisions. Senior Carl Leach can be called upon in the 145 class. In future years, junior Ron Barnet and sophomore Gil Lajeunese, at unlimited, and brothers John and Scott Evans, a sophomore and freshman, respectively, could make their presence felt. The Evans' will be in the upper to middle weight classes. "Hall and Hodson are good wrestlers, and you won't see much better in this area," Sparkowich says. "We can't predict what will happen until we get going." Managers of the team are Teri KJemick, Jamie Doyle and Michelle Girouard. The Redskins, first three meets- are at home. Sanford takes on Massabesic Mustangs next Wednesday, Dec. 14, beginning at 7 p.m. and hosts Biddeford in a dual meet a week from Saturday, Dec. 17, at lp.m.