The Medomak Middle School Riverhawks raise their trophy after winning the Pine Tree Wrestling League state championship on Saturday. (Carrie Reynolds photo)
Medomak Middle School brought home the school’s first wrestling trophy on March 28 when they won the Pine Tree Wrestling League championship at Cony High School in Augusta.
The league championship has long been regarded as the state championship meet for middle school students.
“I’m extremely proud of how they wrestled all season,” Medomak coach Eric Hunt said. “It truly does take a whole team to win a championship.”
Medomak edged Oceanside by four points for the championships. The Riverhawks won with 102 points, followed by Oceanside 98, Mt.Valley 86, Troy Howard 80.5, Cony 75.5, Nokomis 66.5, Mt.Ararat 65, Bucksport 59, Oxford Hills 57, Dirigo 56, HAL 47, Mt.View 41, Mattanawcook 36.5, HAWC 36, Bath 32, Skowhegan 32, Mt.Blue 28, Sugg 25, Winslow 20, Ellsworth 11, Madison 9.5, Camden Rockport 9, and Hampden 2.5.
Five Riverhawks placed in the championship win. Duncan Widdecombe won the 93 pound title; Eli Miller (137), Korbin Daniels (155) and Erik Benner (195) were runners-up; and Marshall Sawyer placed third in the 75 pound lightweight division.
Medomak had 11 wrestlers qualify for the championship meet by placing at the Pine Tree Wrestling League East championships on March 21. The Riverhawks went 22-0 during their regular season.
Their only loss came to Troy Howard of Belfast during the East championships.
2015 Pine Tree Wrestling League champions, the Medomak Middle School Riverhawks. Team members are (front, from left) Marshall Sawyer, Eli McCollett, Duncan Widdecombe, Eli Miller, Will Perry, Brady Carter, and Taylah Reed. Back row: assistant coach Kurt McCollett, assistant coach Fritz Milles, Korbin Daniels, coach Eric Hunt, Savanah Gilbert, Olivia Jenkins, Erik Benner, Ashton Daniels, Amos Hinkley, Jake Gess, Dylan O’Reilly, and Shane Cookson. (Carrie Reynolds photo)
Medomak individual results by weight class are as follows:
75 lbs. – Marshall Sawyer pinned Brycen Kowalsky (MtA) in 1:03, was pinned by Jake Craig (Sk) in 1:57, then pinned Max Merrill (Mt.Va) in 1:55 to advance to the consolation finals. Sawyer then beat Carter Fogarty (OS) by 12-1 major decision to place third.
93 – Duncan Widdecombe pinned three opponents in a total of 2 minutes and 46 seconds to win the championship in his weight class. Widdecombe pinned Logan Little (Su) in 1:01, Evrit Roy (MtVa) in 1:08, and Noah Dumas (Co) in 1:08.
99 – Taylah Reed lost a 13-5 major decision to Anthony Mazza (MtVa), defeated Josiah Langworthy (MtA) by 15-3 major decision, and was eliminated by Ian Henderson (CR) by fall in 55 seconds.
105 – Shane Cookson pinned Tucker Nicholas (MtB) in 4:06, lost a 13-4 major decision to Jaden David (OxH), and lost 17-10 to Travis Mushero (Mat).
111 – Will Perry was pinned by Josh Thibodeau (MtVa) in 1:45, defeated Jacob Basso (OxH) by 4-2 decision in overtime, and was pinned by Drew Kelly (HAL) in 2:50.
123 – Jake Gess got into the tournament as an alternate. Gess was pinned by Jeff Gould (MtA) in 2:17 and lost by 15-0 tech fall to Joshua Savage (Mad).
137 – Eli Miller pinned Caela Seeley (MtB) in 1:07 and beat Jakob Arbour (Co) by 7-2 decision to advance to the championship round. Miller lost a tough 6-5 decision to David Wilson (No) to take second.
145 – Dylan O’Reilly was pinned by Kyle Kenney (MtVa), pinned Brady Hedstrom (CR), and was eliminated by Lucien Marriner (OS) by fall in 22 seconds.
155 – Korbin Daniels pinned James Boyd (No) in 2:14 and beat Nolan Degroot by 9-3 decision to advance to the championship round. Daniels was pinned by Luke Wardwell (Bu) in 54 seconds, to take second place.
170 – Amos Hinkley lost a 14-5 major decision to Cam Bourget (Su), pinned Hayden Brewer (TH) in 30 seconds, and was eliminated by Alex Demers (Win) by 10-4 decision.
195 – Erik Benner pinned Patric Dingley (OxH) in 47 seconds, and Noah Scanlon (Bu) in 1:20 to advance to the championship round. Benner was pinned by Jared Smith (HAWK) in 24 seconds to take second place.