Wrestling: Locals claim top-4 finishes at state championships

first_imgFRYEBURG — Five Hancock County wrestlers advanced to the upcoming All-State championships with top-four finishes in Saturday’s state championship meet at Fryeburg Academy.Mount Desert Island’s Baylor Landsman earned the best finish of any local wrestler on the day with a third-place effort at 170 pounds. After beating Tyler Avery of Madison and losing to eventual eventual champion Tyler Cox of Medomak Valley, Landsman beat Evan Cash of Wells in the consolation semifinals and Alex Munson of Mattanawcook Academy in the consolation title bout.For Ellsworth, Matt Reid and Noah Hughes claimed fourth-places finishes at 126 pounds and 160 pounds, respectively. Reid earned a quarterfinal win over Maine Central Institute’s Malik Keresey and a consolation semifinal win over Zac Spizuoco of Dexter, and Hughes won a 15-5 major decision over Medomak Valley’s Nolan Grubb in the quarterfinals before beating Foxcroft’s Sam Robinson in the consolation semis.For Bucksport, Grayson Fernald posted two wins at 195 pounds to claim fourth. In the heavyweight class, Gavin Billings claimed fourth with wins over Madison’s Clarke Leblanc and Belfast’s Ben Watts.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textBucksport placed 15th as a team with Ellsworth claiming 17th and MDI finishing 20th. Wells won the team title with a whopping 130 points, 34 more than second-place Mattanawcook.Landsman, Reid, Hughes, Fernald and Billings are now eligible to compete in the New England qualifying (All-State) meet. The event is set to begin at 9 a.m. next Saturday, Feb. 29, at Noble High School in North Berwick.last_img

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