Windjammers claim EM title

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff
Posted Feb. 07, 2010, at 11:05 p.m.

PITTSFIELD, Maine — Zac Fields has experienced that championship feeling before.

As a freshman wrestler at Camden Hills of Rockport, he helped the Windjammers win the 2007 Class B state title.

Just last winter, he won the 130-pound individual crown at the Class B state championships.

Now, as a senior, he wants both — and both goals inched closer to reality Saturday as Camden Hills sailed to its first Eastern Maine Class B title in three years at Wright Gymnasium on the campus of Maine Central Institute.

Fields won the 130-pound regional title, meaning he will be one of the top seeds in his weight class when coach Levi Rollins’ team competes in next Saturday’s state meet at Medomak Valley of Waldoboro.

And he was one of 12 Camden Hills wrestlers who earned spots at the state championships in 14 weight classes, giving the Windjammers’ the opportunity to use depth in pursuit of their first state title in three years.

“It would mean so much,” said Fields, who ranks among the school’s leaders with 156 career wins. “We’ve worked really hard every day in practice, working toward the states. We really want to win the states.”

Fields was one of five Camden Hills wrestlers to win individual regional titles while helping the Windjammers total 221.5 points.

Two-time defending champion Belfast finished a solid second with 155 points, with Caribou (129), Ellsworth (106.5) and host MCI (98.5) rounding out the top five in the 13-school field.

Also winning weight classes for Camden Hills were Coleman Powers (103 pounds), Brandon Rich (140), R.J. Muir (152) and Jacob Powers (160).

Powers scored his 100th career victory in his final, a 7-1 decision over Tristan Ripley of Mount View of Thorndike, while Rich earned his 100th win with a opening-match pin over Chelsea Johnson of Mount Desert Island.

Muir was the surprise of the day for Camden Hills as he outpointed top-seeded Revelin Goewey of MCI 9-6 in his final.

“I just wanted to place,” said Muir, a senior whose victory over Goewey avenged a loss earlier in the season. “But I was determined to put everything I had into that match.”

Calen Bragg (119), Tom Cassidy (125) and Brandon Graffam (189) each finished second for the Windjammers.

Rhett Chase (215) won his consolation final to place third for Camden Hills, while Max Bragg (135), Neal Harrison (145) and Anthony Batty (171) each placed fourth to earn their spots at the state meet.

Belfast scored three individual victories in its second-place effort, with Jordan Young winning at 112 pounds, Brent Waterman at 119 and Justin Boyle at 285. Evan Drinkwater (103) and John Seekins (130) placed second in their weight classes.

Caribou and Medomak Valley also produced multiple winners. Caribou freshman Brendan Wood won the 125-pound title with a pin of Camden Hills’ Cassidy as time expired in the final period.

Cassidy had tied the match on a reversal at 3-3 with 23 seconds left before Wood earned the last-second win by being on top of Cassidy while both wrestlers had their backs to the mat.

“He got his legs on me, but lucky for me I was able to turn him and get the pin,” said Wood. “I knew there were less than 30 seconds left, but other than that I didn’t know.”

Wood’s teammate Deion Caudill, a sophomore who didn’t place a week earlier at the Penobscot Valley Conference championships, earned the 189-pound regional crown by pinning all three of his opponents.

Medomak Valley senior Steven Genthner began the day needing just one win to tie the school record of 108 career wins, and he scored three straight victories to win the 145-pound division and set a school standard of 110 victories. Also winning for the Panthers was Trevor Neilson at 171.

Old Town’s Lee Larry won the 215-pound crown and set a school record in the process with his 107th career victory — one better than the former mark of 106 set by current Coyotes’ coach Allen Avery in 2004.

Hermon’s Ryan Botting won the 135-pound crown, earning a 15-5 major decision over Phil Kyser of Georges Valley of Thomaston in their final. Brandon Burgess added a second for the Hawks at 145.

Ellsworth did not have an individual champion, but the Eagles — third a week earlier at the PVCs — continued their strong postseason run with seven top-four finishes, including seconds from Brandon Goncalves (112) and Jared Sargent (215).

MCI was led by second-place finishes from Goewey, Chris Ouellet (140) and Patrick Hapworth (171).

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