Maine’s three dominant wrestling programs of the last decade are poised to extend their hegemony when the 2010 state championship meets are held Saturday.
The Class A meet is slated for Noble High School in North Berwick, the Class B meet will be at Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro and the Class C meet is set for Dexter Regional High School.
In Class B, Camden Hills of Rockport, already winner of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern Maine championships, is after its first state title in three years but ninth in the last 13 seasons.
Coach Levi Rollins’ Windjammers earned an impressive victory in their regional, outscoring two-time defending state champion Belfast 221.5-155.
Camden Hills advanced 12 wrestlers to the state meet in 14 weight classes thanks to their top-four finishes at the regional. That contingent is led by Eastern Maine champions Coleman Powers (103 pounds), Zac Fields (130), Brandon Rich (140), R.J. Muir (152) and Jacob Powers (160).
“To get 12 wrestlers to the states is very good, I’m very happy,” said Rollins, who is seeking his first state title as a head coach after wrestling on four consecutive Camden Hills state championship teams from 2000 through 2003.
“We’ve really worked hard all year. Now we just have to continue to prepare this week.”
Belfast qualified nine wrestlers for the state meet including regional champions Jordan Young (112), Brent Waterman (119) and Justin Boyle (285).
Mountain Valley scored 145 points to win the Western B regional, with Fryeburg (132.5), Morse (129.5) Wells (123.5) and Oak Hill of Sabbatus (122) rounding out the top five.
Mountain Valley will have nine wrestlers at the states, while Fryeburg, Morse and Wells each will have eight competitors.
Gardiner senior Matt DelGallo will attempt to become a four-time individual state champion. DelGallo, who was 140-0 against in-state competition until being defeated by Camden Hills’ Fields midway through the season, won the 125-pound title at the Western B regional.
Previously he won the 112-pound Class B state title as a freshman, the 112-pound Class A state crown as a sophomore and the 119-pound Class A championship last winter.
In Class C, Lisbon is seeking its third straight state title and seventh in the last 10 years after winning the Class C qualifying meet last Saturday.
The qualifier, which replaced the East and West regional championship meets this year due to a lack of full Class C teams in Western Maine, included all the wrestlers who will be competing against each other again this Saturday.
Lisbon scored 203 points, followed by Dirigo (189.5), Penobscot Valley of Howland (172), Dexter (153) and Foxcroft (123).
Lisbon and Dirigo each will have 10 wrestlers at the states, but Lisbon will have seven No. 1 seeds after those wrestlers all finished first at the qualifier.
Lisbon boasts two wrestlers seeking their third individual state titles in Forrest Cornell (112) and Marcus Bubar (145), along with two other defending state champions in Mike McNamara (130) and Joe Doughty (215).
Other top seeds for the Greyhounds are Josh Pomerleau (119), Matt Nicholson (135) and Art Stambach (189).
Another defending state champion, Brandon Jonaitis (140) is one of two top seeds for Dirigo, along with Alex Miele (160).
Penobscot Valley, Dexter, Foxcroft and Fort Kent each qualified nine wrestlers for the state meet.
Penobscot Valley will have four No. 2 seeds in Zach Lafreniere (130), Kalob Raymond (140), Tony Jipson (215) and C.J. Stratton (285). The states also will mark the final meet for coach Gerald Hutchinson, who is retiring after guiding the Howlers to more than 500 victories and five state championships.
Dexter, the Penobscot Valley Conference champion, boasts a No. 1 seed in Zach Poirier (285) as well as second-seeded Doug Richardson, the defending state champion at 189 pounds. Lee Gustin (160) also is seeded second for the Tigers.
Foxcroft is led by Mark Smith, top-seeded at 103, and Trevor Weymouth (119) and Wesley Stinson (135), each seeded second.
Other top competitors include Scott Carpenter of Calais, top-seeded at 125 after winning the state title at 119 last winter; teammate Spencer McCormick, top-seeded at 152; and Fred Lear (152) of John Bapst of Bangor, named outstanding wrestler at the PVC championships.
In Class A, Noble is seeking its 10th state title in 12 years. The Knights advanced 13 wrestlers while winning the Western A regional with 210 points. Runner-up Massabesic (183.5) will have nine wrestlers at the states, while third-place Bonny Eagle (178.5) will have eight.
Westbrook and Cony finished 1-2 at the Eastern regional. Both the Blue Blazes and Rams qualified 10 wrestlers for the state meet.
Brewer High School will be represented by four wrestlers: Anthony Sprigg (112 pounds) and Marcus Eaton (215), each of whom placed third at the Eastern regional; and Nick Dugas (135) and John Soucy (171), each of whom placed fourth.