WALDOBORO, Maine — Superior depth was the difference as the Camden Hills of Rockport wrestling team won its first Class B state championship since 2007 at Medomak Valley High School on Saturday.
The Windjammers qualified 12 wrestlers for the state meet while winning the Eastern Maine title a week earlier, and nine of those qualifiers earned top-four finishes at the states in their weight classes, led by individual champions Zac Fields and Jacob Powers.
That helped third-year head coach Levi Rollins’ team amass 130 points to defeat runner-up Mountain Valley of Rumford (108). Morse of Bath (97), Fryeburg Academy (82.5) and Oak Hill of Sabattus (71) rounded out the top five in the 21-school field.
Two-time defending state champion Belfast placed second among Eastern Maine schools and eighth overall with 59 points.
Fields, a senior, won the 130-pound state title for the second straight year, earning a 11-1 major decision over Gardiner freshman Dan DelGallo in the championship finals.
Powers, a junior, became a first-time individual state champion with a 16-3 major decision over Tristan Ripley of Mount View of Thorndike in his final match.
Brandon Rich finished second at 140 pounds for Camden Hills. He advanced to the final before being edged out by Josh Thornton of Mountain Valley in a 3-2 decision.
The ability to get wrestlers through to the consolation finals — the battles for third and fourth places — also proved decisive for Camden Hills.
Freshman Coleman Powers placed third at 103 pounds for the Windjammers, while Tom Cassidy placed third at 125.
Camden Hills also got fourth-place finishes from Calen Bragg (119 pounds), Max Bragg (135), R.J. Muir (152) and Rhett Chase (215).
The state title was the 12th overall since the former Camden-Rockport High School won its first crown in 1990, and the eighth in the last 11 years for the Windjammers.
Mountain Valley was led to its second-place finish by two individual champions, Ryan Burgess at 103 pounds and Thornton at 140.
Morse also had two individual champions in Tyler Russell (189) and Arthur Cavanaugh (215).
Peter Bacchiocci (145) and Stefan Emery (152) each won his weight class to lead Fryeburg Academy to its fourth-place effort.
Belfast was led by Brent Waterman, the new state champion at 119 pounds after earning a 14-3 major decision over Keith Madore of Oak Hill in his final.
Jordan Young placed second for the Lions at 112 pounds, while Peter Kelley (189) and Justin Boyle (285) each finished fourth.
Among other individual champions, Patrick Hapworth of Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield decisioned Trevor Neilson of Medomak Valley 3-2 to win the 171-pound title. The Huskies also got third-place finishes from Chris Ouellet (140) and Revelin Goewey (152).
Matt DelGallo of Gardiner decisioned Wyatt Brackett of Morse 6-2 to claim his fourth individual state title. DelGallo has gone 165-1 against instate competition during his high school career.
Other state champions were Vanya Tomaszewski (112) and Stephen Johnson (285) of Wells and Billy Gauthier (135) of York.
Ryan Botting of Hermon placed second in his weight class for the second straight year, falling to Gauthier in the 135-pound final. Lee Larry of Old Town placed third at 215, while Brandon Goncalves of Ellsworth was 3rd at 112.
Brendan Wood of Caribou placed fourth in the 125-pound division.