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Belfast Wrestling Going to the States!

posted Feb 10, 2020, 8:00 AM by Christine Guerette
Lions first in Class B North, qualify 10 to state championship meet
By Ken Waltz | Feb 09, 2020

CARIBOU — Belfast Area High School wrestlers had to make a lengthy trip — all the way to Caribou — to participate in a day-long mat battle with the prize for their traveling troubles being coveted spots in the state Class B championships.

The Lions hit the road to compete in the Class B North championship meet on Saturday, Feb. 8 — 205 miles and a three-and-a-half-hour bus ride from home.

But the trip, ultimately, turned out to be a minor nuisance as the Lions returned to the coast with plenty of mat hardware.

A week after being the best Class B team from the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference meet in Augusta, the Lions proved the best in the Class B North as well.

The Lion wrestlers who placed among the top four in their weight classes, thus qualified for the state meet as individuals, were: Gavynn Young (1st at 113 pounds), Cameron Watts (1st at 220), Brian White (2nd at 182), Nathaniel Porter (2nd at 195), Connor Fournier (3rd at 106 pounds), Michael Ham (3rd at 138), Jonah Lovejoy (3rd at 145), Gabe Kelley (3rd at 152), Ben Watts (3rd at 285) and Elijah Charbonnier (4th at 170),

The team scores were: Belfast 174.5, Dexter 156, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln/Lee Academy 150, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 131, Bucksport 64.5, Piscataquis of Guilford 56, Ellsworth 53, Caribou 44, Fort Kent 40, Penobscot Valley of Howland 31, John Bapst of Bangor 26, Mount Desert Island 25, Washington Academy of East Machias 24, Old Town 22, Calais 15, Woodland 2 and Sumner of East Sullivan no score.

The Lion qualifiers will participate in the state Class B championships on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Fryeburg Academy.

The individual Belfast results, with Lions listed first, from the Class B North meet were:

106 pounds — Connor Fournier received a first-round bye; pinned Logan Blanchette, MDI; was pinned by Deegan Tidswell, MA/Lis; pinned Ashton Hayman, Wood; and beat Ethan Milliken, Dex, in the consolation final. Fournier finished third.

113 pounds — Gavynn Young received two byes; won by major decision over Joseph Keenan, Fox; and won by default over Kaleb Nightingale, Buck, in the championship final. Young finished first.

120 pounds — Haley Wood received a first-round bye; was pinned by Clyde Carr, MA/L; received a bye; and was pinned by Caleb Schobel, Dex.

126 pounds — Timothy Smith won by technical fall over William Fuller, Car; was pinned by Kaleb Toby, MA/L; received a bye; pinned Nate Bock, Pis; and was pinned by Rico Ayala, Fox.

132 pounds — Kaden Bonin received a first-round bye; was pinned by Austin Jackson, Fox; pinned Jazymne Rines, Buck; pinned Travis Boumil, MDI; and was pinned by Travis Mushero, MA/L.

138 pounds — Michael Ham received a first-round bye; pinned Joey Garcia, WA; lost by major decision to Khrystofer Downing, Fox; pinned Hunter Gray, MDI; and beat Angel Riopelle, Car, in the consolation final. Ham finished third.

145 pounds — Jonah Lovejoy received a first-round bye; beat Austin Gill, Fox; was pinned by Isaac Hainer, MA/L; pinned Ituski Langley; and won by major decision over Austin Gill, Fox, in the consolation final. Lovejoy finished third.

152 pounds — Gabe Kelley received a first-round bye; beat Thomas O'Meara, Car; lost by major decision to Nathan Schobel, Dex; pinned Sean Fitzgerald, WA; and pinned Thomas O'Meara, Car, in the consolation final. Kelley finished third.

160 pounds — Francesco Martin pinned Joshua Richardson, Sum,; was pinned by Lucas Theriault, FK; pinned Elizabeth Mushero, MA/L; and lost to Isaiah Bagley, Pis.

170 pounds — Elijah Carbonnier received two byes; was pinned by Baylor Landsmen, MDI; pinned Jon Howell-Handsom, Dex; and was pinned by Jacob Nadeau, Pis, in the consolation final. Charbonnier finished fourth.

182 pounds — Brian White received a bye; pinned Keith Gehringer, Cal; pinned Ethan Harkins, MDI; and lost to Lucas Ames, Fox, in the championship final. White, who recently recorded his 100th high school career mat win, finished second.

195 pounds — Nathaniel Porter received a bye; pinned Matt Pike, Pen; beat Grayson Fernald, Buck; and was pinned by Gus Irwin, Dex, in the championship final. Porter finished second.

220 pounds — Cameron Watts received a bye; pinned D.J. Scheel, Fox; pinned Xander Doty, OT; and beat Eric Bennett, Dex, in the championship final. Watts finished first.

285 pounds — Ben Watts received first-round bye; was pinned by Gavin Billings, Buck; received a bye; pinned Levi Strout, Fox; pinned Tanner Rolfe, WA; and pinned Michael McFarlane, Cal, in the consolation final. Watts finished third.