Belfast’s Spencer takes 2nd

Posted March 08, 2009, at 9:17 p.m.

Four-time state champion Travis Spencer of Belfast earned a second-place finish Saturday night at the 45th annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships in New Haven, Conn.

Spencer, a senior competing in the 189-pound class, won his first three matches to advance to the championship round. He pinned Jonathan Kilgore of Milford, N.H., in 5 minutes, 20 seconds, then earned a 17-0 technical fall over Joey DeCarlo of Lexington, Mass.

Spencer decisioned Steve Saul of LaSalle High School in Rhode Island 5-2 in the semifinals to earn a berth in the championship round against Connecticut top seed Lance Bowman of St. Bernard High School. Bowman edged Spencer 4-2 in the final.

It marked the second straight year Spencer has earned All-New England honors by virtue of a top-six finish. He placed third at 189 pounds in 2008.

No Maine wrestlers were crowned New England champions at this year’s meet, though three other Pine Tree State performers matched Spencer’s runner-up effort. Joey Eon of Massabesic of Waterboro, like Spencer a four-time state individual champion, finished second at 145 pounds, while Massabesic teammate Peter Gilman finished second at 140.

Ryan Toussaint of Deering of Portland placed second at 125.

One other Mainer also earned All-New England status, Steve Martin of Bonny Eagle of Standish, who placed third at 171 pounds.

Timberlane Regional High School of Plaistow, N.H., won the team championship with 110 points, with Cranston (R.I.) second with 91.5 points.

Massabesic, the Maine Class A champion, was the top finisher from the state in the team standings, placing seventh with 46 points. Belfast, the two-time Class B state champ, was 23rd with 28.5 points.

Belfast senior Zach Shellabarger narrowly missed earning All-New England status at 152 pounds. He went 2-2 in his matches, losing 3-1 to eventual New England champion Cody Byrd of Londonderry, N.H., and 3-1 in overtime to Matt Dehney of Dracut, Mass., who went on to place third.

Kote Aldus of Belfast, the 2008 New England champion at 160 pounds, lost his opening match to eventual New England runner-up Nick Bedard of Lowell, Mass., then won his next match before losing by disqualification to Mike Monson of Southington, Conn.

Among other Eastern Maine competitors, Jack Simpkins of Camden Hills of Rockport went 2-2 in his matches at 140 pounds, while Scott Carpenter of Calais, Brandon Wright of Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Matt DelGallo of Gardiner all went 1-2 at 119 pounds and Shawn White of Cony of Augusta finished 1-2 at 285.

Also representing Eastern Maine at the meet were Ronnie Harvey (140) and Doug Richardson (189) of Dexter, Mark Smith (215) of Belfast and Mark Heathcote (285) of Central of Corinth.

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