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Monday, February 18, 2008

Lisbon gets past Dirigo to capture Class C title

— From staff reports

DOVER FOXCROFT: Lisbon slipped past Dirigo on Saturday to capture its third Class C state wrestling championship in the past five years.
The Greyhounds relied on their depth to capture the title by edging the defending state champions by 12.5 points.
''We had a good first round and they (Lisbon) fell on their face,'' said Dirigo Coach Doug Gilbert ''but Lisbon wrestled back and took a whole slew of third and fourths.''
The top four team scores were Lisbon 145, Dirigo 132.5, Dexter 129, Foxcroft Academy 87 and Bucksport 74.
Nine of Lisbon's wrestlers finished among the top four in their respective weight classes.
Eight of Dirigo's competitors finished in the top four of their divisions.
Lisbon got individual championships from Forrest Cornell at 103 pounds and Marcus Bubar at 140.
Winning individual titles for Dirigo were Brett Staples at 119, Derek Daley at 135 and John Smith at 145.
Smith recorded his school record 150th win of his career in his final match.
Foxcroft Academy's Derek Rideout won his fourth consecutive state title by capturing the 165-pound weight class.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

HIGH SCHOOL: STATE MEET 2008 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS

103 A
1. DJ Brackett (MORS) 12-3
2. Gage Derosier (MASS)
3. Jake Rasque (MARS) 13-6
4. Bryton York (ERSK)
103 B
1. Carlin Dubay (CARI) 2:43
2. Shane Daley (WELL)
3. R Burgess (MTNV) 11-4
4. Kristi Pearce (CAMD)
103 C
1. Forrest Cornell (LISB) 8-4
2. Beau Gagnon (FOXC)
3. Patrick McInnis (MONM) 3:52
4. Mark Badeau (FOXC)

112 A
1. Matt Delgallo (GARD) TF 22-6
2. Dalton Groeger (BONN)
3. Joey Badger (NOBL) 4:55
4. Matt Jenkins (MARS)
112 B
1. Vanya Tomesewski (WELL) 3-2
2. Brian Vrieze (CARI)
3. Josh Wolfe (BELF) 3-2
4. Craig Morrill (OAKH)
112 C
1. Brandon Briggs (MATT) 4:31
2. Mike O'Connor (DEXT)
3. Scott Carpenter (CALA) 3-2
4. Josh Pomerleau (LISB)

119 A
1. Chris Smith (DEER) 11-3
2. Ken Hagen (NOBL)
3. Ethan Norwald (MASS) 12-5
4. Patrick Gallant (BONN)
119 B
1. Jimmy Cryer (WELL) 5-0
2. Josh Robbins (BELF)
3. Zac Fields (CAMD) 6-5
4. Brandon Wright (MCI)
119 C
1. Brett Staples (DIRI) 11-2
2. Matt Nicholson (LISB)
3. Kaleb Mann (FOXC) 1:48
4. Aaron Gagnon (PENO)

125 A
1. Zachary Clarke (SANF) 7-4
2. Jake Longley (NOBL)
3. Brian Parlin (SKOW) 4-0
4. Nick Spaulding (MASS)
125 B
1. Billy Gauthier (YORK) 5-2
2. John Gordon (ELLS)
3. Jacob Powers (CAMD) Dec
4. Chris Neuman (WELL)
125 C
1. Brian O'Connor (DEXT) OT 5-3
2. Zachary Vickers (HALL)
3. Mike McNamara (LISB) 3-1
4. Spencer McCormick (CALA)

130 A
1. Sam Webber (Mt Blue) 7-1
2. Ryan Toussaint (DEER)
3. Bryan Anderson (NOBL) 0:56
4. Kaleb Austin (SKOW)
130 B
1. Murphy McGowan (CAMD) 7-6
2. Ernie Matthews (MTNV)
3. Derek Juchnik (LINC) 3:00
4. Stefan Emery (FRYE)
130 C
1. Ronnie Harvey (DEXT) 3:06
2. Michael Danforth (MONM)
3. Mike McManus (LISB) 2:59
4. Joe Fernandez (JOHN)

135 A
1. Mark Richardson (NOBL) 5:38
2. Peter Gilman (MASS)
3. Harrison Strondak (WEST) 9-4
4. Spencer Chipman (MORS)
135 B
1. Cinjin Goewey (MCI) Pin
2. Jack Simpkins (CAMD)
3. Dan Towers (YORK) 1:37
4. Kornealius Wood (BELF)
135 C
1. Derek Daley (DIRI) 2-1
2. Tim Fogg (FOXC)
3. Joe Martotano (CALA) 8-6
4. Connor Meginnis (GEOR)

140 A
1. Joey Eon (MASS) 15-2
2. Steve Desrochers (NOBL)
3. Bijan Nekoie (DEER) 6-2
4. Ian L'Heureux (SANF)
140 B
1. Derek Sicotte (MTNV) 5-2
2. Ryan Vartanian (WELL)
3. Jimmy Spencer (BELF)  15-0
4. Steven Genthner (MEDO)
140 C
1. Marcus Bubar (LISB)  9-7
2. Ray Wood (BUCK)
3. Ethan Whittemore (FOXC) 1:16
4. Nathan Philbrook (PENO)

145 A
1. Peter Bronder (NOBL) 12-6
2. Paul Rivard (SANF)
3. Ben Schutt (MORS) Default
4. Jim Demetricopolous (MARS)
145 B
1. Jacob Berry (CAMD) TF 19-4
2. Z Shellabarger (BELF)
3. M Duka (MTNV) Forfeit
4. A Hymanson (YORK)
145 C
1. Jon Smith (DIRI) TF 19-4
2. Cody Guzman (MONM)
3. Shawn Powell (BUCK) 4-2
4. River Robertson (CALV) 

152 A
1. Steve Martin (BONN) 7-5
2. Logan Russell (MORS)
3. Derek Cloutier (MASS) 1:20
4. Colby Pe(SANF)
152 B
1. Cody Poland (LINC) 3:43
2. Taylor Bradley (MTNV)
3. Tristen Ripley (MTVI) 1:00
4. Matt Sanderson (BELF)
152 C
1. Josh Harvey (DEXT) 2:11
2. Cam Bubar (LISB)
3. Joe Moore (JOHN) 12-7
4. Alex Miele (DIRI)

160 A
1. Jon Hussey (MARS) TF 21-6
2. Tyler Russell (MORS)
3. Ike Brochu (MASS) 8-5
4. Russell Gray (SANF)
160 B
1. Kote Aldus (BELF)  18-3
2. Eddie Estes (MTNV)
3. Derek Clark (WINS) 0:53
4. Ben Hecht (YORK)
160 C
1. Jerod Rideout (FOXC) 7-3
2. Josh Palmer (DIRI)
3. Kyle Huston (LISB) 15-3
4. Steven Kirkwood (MADI)

171 A
1. Josh Eon (MASS) 1:14
2. TJ Vallee (CONY)
3. Nicholas Marchant (WEST) 3:20
4. Mike Golek (MTAR)
171 B
1. Mike Rolerson (BELF) 1:43
2. Ray Gauthier (YORK)
3. Clyde Tibbetts (OAKH) 2:00
4. Brian Cogley (MTNV)
171 C
1. Jon Pelletier (BUCK) 5:26
2. Jeff Sanford (JOHN)
3. Art Stambach (LISB) 8-6
4. Dan Proulx (WOOD)

189 A
1. Zach Chandler (MTAR) 2:34
2. Andrew Drouin (WEST)
3. Alex Holland (MASS) 4:30
4. Ryan Bogan (SANF)
189 B
1. Travis Spencer (BELF) 5:25
2. James Grady (LINC)
3. Josh Allen (MTNV) 12-7
4. Robert Little (OAKH)
189 C
1. Jim LaMarca (TRAI) 1:57
2. Doug Richardson (DEXT)
3. Kevin O'Leary (DIRI) 4-2
4. George McLean (MADI)

215 A
1. Raistlin Delisle (KENN) 7-4
2. Denton Weimer (DEER)
3. Tony Labbe (SANF) 8-4
4. Shawn White (CONY)
215 B
1. PJ Richards (HERM) 5-0
2. Nick Mercurio (YORK)
3. Mark Smith (BELF) 2:04
4. Jesse Morkeski (LINC)
215 C
1. Lee Morgan (DEXT) 2-1
2. Craig Woodard (BUCK)
3. Joe Doughty (LISB) 2:57
4. Jake Linkletter (MADI)

285 A
1. Nate Lavallee (CAPE) TF 16-1
2. Sam Helm (ERSK)
3. Trevor Savage (NOBL) 4:50
4. Justin Gould (NOKO)
285 B
1. Mark Heathcote (CENT) 2:58
2. Stephen Johnson (WELL)
3. Jesse Sawin (FRYE) 11-7
4. Perry Powell (MDI)
285 C
1. John Hatt (CALA) 3:15
2. Nick Ellis (MADI)
3. Andrew Larson (FOXC) 3:35
4. AJ Carrier (DIRI)

A @ Cony High School
 1. Massabesic..... 151.5
 2. Noble.......... 147.5
 3. Sanford........  78.0
 4. Morse..........  77.0
 5. Deering........  71.0
 6. Marshwood......  59.5
 7. Bonny Eagle....  51.5
 8. Westbrook......  47.0
 9. Mt Ararat......  35.0
10. Cony...........  29.0
11. Erskine  ......  25.0
12. Kennebunk......  24.0
13. Skowhegan......  23.5
13. Cape Elizabeth.  23.5
15. Mt Blue........  23.0
16. Gardiner.......  22.0
17. Nokomis........  16.0
18. Oxford Hills ..   7.0
19. Biddeford......   5.5
20. Brewer.........   3.0
21. Scarborough....   2.0
22. Thornton  .....   1.0
22. Bangor.........   1.0
24. Lawrence.......   N/S

Chris Smith (Deering)
won his 4th State Championship
Jon Hussey (Marshwood)
won his 4th State       Championship

B @ Mtn Valley High School
 1. Belfast......... 162.5
 2. Mtn Valley...... 124.0
 3. Wells........... 107.0
 4. Camden Hills....  98.0
 5. York............  84.0
 6. Lincoln  .......  67.5
 7. Caribou.........  48.0
 8. MCI ............  40.5
 9. Oak Hill........  40.0
10. Hermon..........  26.0
11. Fryeburg  ......  24.0
12. Ellsworth.......  22.0
12. Central.........  22.0
14. Winslow.........  19.0
15. MDI ............  17.0
16. Mt View.........  15.0
17. Medomak Valley..  14.0
18. Sumner MHS .....   4.0
19. Old Town........   3.0
20. Lake Region.....   N/S

Scores have been corrected
C @ Foxcroft 
 1. Lisbon............ 145.0
 2. Dirigo............ 132.5
 3. Dexter............ 129.0
 4. Foxcroft  ........  87.0
 5. Bucksport.........  74.0
 6. Calais............  56.0
 7. Madison...........  47.5
 8. Monmouth  ........  42.0
 9. Penobscot Valley..  41.5
10. John Bapst........  38.0
11. Mattanawcook  ....  28.0
12. Traip  ...........  24.0
13. Hall-Dale.........  17.0
14. George Stevens ...  11.0
15. Calvary Chapel ..   10.0
16. Fort Kent CHS ....   9.0
16. Woodland..........   7.0
18. Piscataquis.......   7.0
19. Boothbay RHS .....   3.0
20. Stearns...........   2.5
21. Wiscasset.........   2.0
22. Jonesport Beals...   N/S
22. Madawaska.........   N/S
22. Washington  ......   N/S

Jerod Rideout (Foxcroft)
won his 4th State Championship
Josh Palmer (Dirigo)
got his 100th win
Jon Smith (Dirigo)
got his 150th win

Wrestlers of the Meet

Class A - Pelletier Award:

Matt Delgallo 

(Gardiner)

Class B - LaFountain Award:

Murphy McGowan (Camden Hills)

Class C - Smith Award:

Jerod Rideout 

(Foxcroft)

Sportsmanship Awards
A West: Marshwood HS
B West: Fryeburg
C West: Madison HS
A East: Nokomis HS
B East: Caribou HS
C East: Piscataquis HS

Kristie Pearce becomes first female 4-time medalist in Maine history

Friday, February 15, 2008

Pinning his hopes on New Englands

PAUL BETIT 

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Gordon Chibroski
Staff Writer
When it comes to setting goals, heavyweight wrestler Nate Lavallee, a Cape Elizabeth junior, is no slouch.
From the start of this season, Lavallee's aim has been to win a New England championship.
''My goal last year was to place in the New Englands, which I didn't do, and this year I just want to win it all,'' he said.
This season, Lavallee, the defending Class A state champion in the 285-pound class, is unbeaten.
He intends to take the next step toward his ultimate goal at this year's state meet Saturday in Augusta.
''Right now I'm focused on the state meet,'' he said. ''This is a step to reach my overall goal.''
The state champions in each weight class at the Class A, B and C meets will qualify for the New Englands, which will be held Feb. 29 and March 1 at Lowell, Mass.
Lavallee went 2-2 in the New Englands last year at New Haven, Conn., after winning his first state title.
''He was way out of shape because he had torn his meniscus (in his right knee) and was unable to work out,'' Scarborough Coach Phil Hamilton said.
Because Cape Elizabeth doesn't have a wrestling team, Lavallee trains with the Red Storm.
''This year he's really healthy,'' Hamilton said.
As soon as the postseason started, Lavallee adopted the aggressive style used by the top wrestlers at the New Englands.
''In the first part of the season, like before regionals, my coach wanted me to work moves and wait until the second period to pin the guy,'' he said. ''That's what I would try to do. In the regionals he said I could try to pin them as fast as I want.''
At the West regional Saturday in Waterboro, Lavallee pinned three opponents in a total of 91 seconds.
''He's one of those rare gifted kids,'' said Hamilton, a former University of Southern Maine wrestler from Skowhegan who is in his second season as coach of the Red Storm. ''What he's been able to accomplish in such a short time as he has is unbelievable. He has a great desire to learn. He's got a huge heart. He never gives up. He's a real special kid.''
When it comes to wrestling, Lavallee isn't a novice.
Lavallee began wrestling when he was 5 while attending kindergarten in his hometown of Warwick, R.I.
After his family moved to Cape Elizabeth, he participated in youth programs in Westbrook and Biddeford. Last season Lavallee began training with the fledgling wrestling team at Scarborough High.
''He's a part of our team,'' Hamilton said.
''He doesn't score points for us, but he's out there with every single kid. Whether (junior varsity) or varsity, he's in the corner of all of them. He wrestles for Cape Elizabeth but he's wrestling for us, too.''
Lavallee also wrestles for his father, Paul Lavallee, who died about two years ago of heart failure.
His father introduced him to wrestling.
''He wanted me to wrestle to get ready for football,'' said Lavallee, a lineman on the Cape football team that played for the Western Class B championship.
''There's a similar mind-set. (But) wrestling makes you 10 times tougher than football. Wrestling helps you out with your balance and athleticism.''
Every time he steps on the mat, Lavallee thinks of his dad.
''I feel like I'm wrestling for him because he was at every single wrestling meet I went to,'' he said, ''and I picture him still being there.''
Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 725-8795 or at:
pbetit@pressherald.com

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Mustangs grab regional title

PAUL BETIT 

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Derek Davis/Staff Photographer: Alex Hulland of Massabesic, left, gains position on Andrew Drouin of Westbrook, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2008, during the Western class A wrestling regionals at Massabesic High School.
Derek Davis

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Derek Davis/Staff Photographer: Riastlin Delisle of Kennebunk, bottom, holds off Denton Weimer of Deering, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2007, during the Western class A wrestling regionals at Massabesic High School.
Derek Davis
Staff Writer
WATERBORO: The Massabesic wrestling team flexed its muscles in front of the home folks Saturday.
The defending state-champion Mustangs rolled to their second consecutive Western Class A championship, scoring 218 points to easily outdistance Noble with 150.5.
''I think with the home crowd, it set the fire a little more,'' said Joey Eon, one of five Massabesic wrestlers to win individual titles.
''We preached all week 'let's wrestle to our potential.' We had a lot of motivation this week.''
Deering was third with 117, followed by Bonny Eagle with 89, Marshwood with 85, Sanford with 76, Westbrook with 68, Biddeford with 42.5, Kennebunk with 37.5, Cape Elizabeth with 24, Scarborough with 18, Thornton Academy with 12, Windham with 8 and Cheverus with 1.
Other regional wrestling meets were held Saturday in Bath, Fryeburg, Howland and Rockport.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class qualify for next Saturday's state meets.
The Mustangs qualified wrestlers for the state meet at Augusta in 11 of the 14 weight divisions.
The Class B state meet will be held at Mountain Valley High in Rumford, and the Class C state meet will be held at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.
Runner-up Noble qualified nine wrestlers for the state meet.
''Can we catch (Massabesic) next week? We're going to need help,'' said Noble Coach Kip DeVoll.
Last season Massabesic ended the Knights' eight-year hold on the Class A crown.
''We can't go toe-to-toe with them,'' DeVoll said. ''They're too good. No doubt about it, they're the better team on paper and on the mat right now.''
Nine wrestlers from Massabesic, which started the regional meet with six top seeds, advanced to the championship round at the regional meet.
''Everyone wrestled tough,'' Massabesic Coach Rick Desrosiers said. ''Even the kids who lost wrestled tough. The kids stepped up. The kids were unbelievable.''
Five Massabesic wrestlers won individual titles: Gabe Desrosier at 103 pounds, Nick Spaulding at 125, Peter Gilman at 130, Joey Eon at 140 and Josh Eon at 171.
Three Mustangs pulled off upsets to advance to the championship round.
At 130, Massabesic freshman Justin Dumond, a fifth seed, pinned top-seeded Matt Rix of Marshwood in the semifinals.
At 152, third-seeded Derek Cloutier, a Massabesic senior, pinned second-seeded Josh Scott of Biddeford in the semis.
At 160, third-seeded Ike Brochu, a Massabesic senior, pinned Jason Barriault of Deering in the semis.
In other matches, Chris Smith of Deering won his fourth regional title while wrestling in the 125-pound division, and Jon Hussey of Marshwood captured his fourth regional title while wrestling at 160..
Westbrook's Andrew Drouin knocked off the top two seeds to capture the 189-pound title. After recording a 13-9 decision against No. 2 Brandon Carroll of Scarborough in a wild semfinal, he scored a two-point takedown in the final seconds to pull out a 6-5 win against Massabesic's Alex Holland in the final.
EASTERN CLASS A: Brian Parlin (125 pounds) and Joe Buzzell (140) won their matches in the championship round to give Skowhegan a narrow victory over Mt. Ararat at Bath Middle School.
Mt. Ararat had a two-point lead entering the finals, but three of the four Eagles who made it to the championship round lost their matches. Only Zach Chandler prevailed in the 189-pound division.
Skowhegan finished with 139 points, followed by Mt. Ararat (136), Cony (127), Erskine Academy (122) and Morse (119).
Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 725-8795 or at:
pbetit@pressherald.com

Belfast prevails in Eastern B

— From staff reports

ROCKPORT: Belfast won five individual titles on the way to a convincing victory over defending state champion Camden Hills at the Eastern Class B wrestling championships Saturday.
Eleven Belfast wrestlers qualified for the state meet next weekend in Rumford. Josh Robbins (119 pounds), Jimmy Spencer (140), Kote Aldus (160), Mike Rolerson (171) and Travis Spencer (189) won their weight classes as the Lions scored 194 points, 56 more than Camden Hills.
The Windjammers will send eight wrestlers to the state meet, including 130-pound champion Murphy McGowan and 145-pound champ Jacob Berry.
WESTERN CLASS B: Mountain Valley qualified 12 wrestlers for the state championships and picked up four individual titles while holding off a challenge from York for the regional team championship at Fryeburg Academy.
Ernie Matthews (130 pounds), Derek Sicotte (140), Taylor Bradley (152) and Eddie Estes (160) placed first in their weight class for the Falcons, who scored 204.5 points. York, which got individual titles from Billy Gauthier (125), Dan Towers (135), Alex Hymanson (145), Ray Gauthier (171), and Nick Mercurio (215), was the runner-up with 185 points.
Wells finished third and had three individual champions -- Shane Daly (103), Vanya Tomesewski (112) and Jimmy Cryer (119).
WESTERN CLASS C: Dirigo won five individual titles and qualified a wrestler for the state meet in all 14 weight classes while winning the regional championship at Fryeburg Academy.
Brett Staples (119), Derek Daley (135), Jon Smith (145), Josh Palmer (160) and James Olsen (171) earned regional titles to help Dirigo edge Lisbon, 194-171.
Lisbon also had five individual champs -- Forrest Cornell (103), Josh Pomerleau (112), Marcus Bubar (140), Cam Bubar (152) and Joe Doughty (215).

Friday, February 8, 2008

No matter the weight class, he hands out a pounding

PAUL BETIT 

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Derek Davis/Staff Photographer: Logan Russell, a senior on the Morse wrestling team, practices on Monday, Feb. 4, 2007 at the high school.

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Derek Davis/Staff Photographer: Logan Russell of Morse High School wrestling team, Monday, Feb. 4, 2007.
Staff Writer
BATH: In wrestling, weight class doesn't matter.
Just ask Logan Russell.
During his four seasons wrestling for Morse High, Russell has compiled a remarkable record while competing in four weight classes,
''I was really tiny my freshman year,'' Russell said. ''I was always smaller than everybody, and my mom said you're going to get bigger and bigger. So I just ate and worked out.''
But Russell, who has grown nearly 10 inches since entering high school, didn't have one big growth spurt.
Instead he grew by leaps and bounds. As a result he's had to move up in weight each season and learn to wrestle against new opponents.
''He's jumped up two weight classes every year and that's very difficult to do,'' Morse Coach Shawn Guest said. ''He just has the mental attitude he's going to get out there on the mat. He thinks he's prepared and he's ready to go.''
When he was a freshman, Russell weighed 107 pounds and competed in the 112-pound class.
''He showed up and started pounding kids,'' Guest said. ''He was 31-7 in his freshman year. He placed fourth in the state, and he just went on and on and on.''
This season, Russell, who stands about 5-foot-11, topped out at 152 pounds.
In between he's competed in the 125- and 140-pound divisions.
No matter his weight, Russell's been successful.
He'll try to win his third regional championship Saturday at the Eastern Class A meet in Bath.
High school regionals also will be held Saturday at Howland, Fryeburg, Rockport and Waterboro.
''Whatever weight you're going to be at, you should be able to beat them through technique,'' Russell said. ''It's not all about how strong you are.''
Going into this weekend, Russell has a career record of 155 wins and 15 losses.
''A lot of kids I wrestle, I feel they are a lot stronger than me but I use my leverage,'' he said. ''I've got long legs and arms. I focus on technique and just staying in good position so they can't do anything.''
''He's hard to take off his feet,'' Guest said.
''In wrestling, you're going to win most of your matches if you stay on your feet.''
But Russell also can wrestle on the mat. He has won 107 matches by pinning opponents.
''I have a lot of pins, but always in the first period, if it's somebody I know I can handle, I get a takedown maybe and let them up and practice some new stuff, and then stick them,'' he said.
The top-seeded wrestler in his weight class, Russell will carry a record of 37-1 with 29 pins into the regionals.
In December, Jacob Berry, a two-time Class B state champion from Camden Hills, scored an 11-5 decision over Russell at the Noble Invitational in North Berwick.
Last Saturday, Russell was named the outstanding wrestler at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet at Augusta after registering a 6-5 decision against Berry, and also pinning three opponents.
''I always get a little bit of butterflies before every match, even if I know the kid is not as good as me,'' Russell said. ''You've got to be confident but you can't be too cocky.
''You can never say you can't be beaten by anybody. All it takes is one little mistake and you're on your back and stuffed.''
During his high school career, Russell hasn't made many mistakes.
Staff Writer Paul Betit can be contacted at 725-8795 or at:
pbetit@pressherald.com