AUGUSTA — Ryan Burgess got a lot out of his final six minutes of duty at Saturday’s state wrestling championships.
Not only did the 112-pound senior from Mountain Valley of Rumford score his 150th career victory, he won his third consecutive individual state title while clinching the Falcons’ first Class B team championship in five years.
Burgess was one of five weight-class winners and seven finalists for Mountain Valley, which scored 168.5 points to upend defending champion Camden Hills of Rockport (141). Belfast (105) was third, with Fryeburg Academy (94), Morse of Bath (71) and Oak Hill of Sabattus (54) rounding out the top six during the daylong event at the Augusta Civic Center.
Noble of North Berwick continued its dominance of the Class A ranks, winning its third straight state title and 11th in the last 13 years by outpointing runnerup Marshwood of South Berwick 181.5-126. Massabesic of Waterboro was third with 113 points, followed by Westbrook (75), Mount Ararat of Topsham (67.5) and Eastern Maine champion Mt. Blue of Farmington (60.5).
Mountain Valley won its title despite having its retiring coach, Gary Dolloff, suspended for the day after picking up two deduction points during last week’s Western B regional.
But assistants Chris Bean, Dustin Broughton, Joe Thornton and Jeff Gilbert picked up the coaching slack, and Burgess and his teammates made up the rest of the difference, with nine Falcons scoring top-four finishes.
“It was just heartbreaking when he couldn’t come because of getting that extra point taken away,” said Burgess. “We wanted to do it for him, the town, everyone, and it worked out for us.”
Burgess outlasted Wells’ Colin Sevigney 6-3 in his championship final, marking the fourth time he had defeated the talented freshman in a close match this this winter.
“Two were in overtime, I beat him by two points at Mid-States and three points today,” said Burgess. “He’s a good freshman. I’m just glad I won.”
Mountain Valley also dominated the upper weight classes, with Josh Allen (189), Christian Durland (215) and Ryan Glover (285) all claiming individual titles — Durland earning a 6-4 decision over Camden Hills’ Rhett Chase on a takedown with one second left in the match — while Taylor Carey placed second at 171.
Josh Thornton (145) earned the Falcons’ other individual title, while Cody Magoon (125) finished second, Joe Provencher (135) was third and Nicole Burgess was fourth at 103.
I expected all seven of us who did to get to the finals,” said Burgess. “And my sister finishing fourth was great. She’s the first girl from Mountain Valley to place, and then Joe Provencher coming back to finish third was big. It was a team effort.”
Camden Hills crowned three individual champions in Tom Cassidy (130), Brandon Rich (140) and Jacob Powers, who capped off an undefeated season by winning the 160-pound title.
But the Windjammers couldn’t match Mountain Valley’s depth.
“We knew it was going to be pretty close from the beginning of the year,” said Cassidy. “We had a dual meet with Mountain Valley and it came down to one point, so we knew it was going to be close, but it just didn’t work out today.”
Rich, a senior who had placed second at the state meet each of the last two years, avenged a 6-4 loss to Hermon’s Ryan Botting at last week’s Eastern B regional with an 11-2 major decision in his final.
“I spent every morning this week coming into school an hour early so I could work out and train for this,” said Rich. “It looked like it paid off. I wanted it more than anything, I didn’t want to be a second-placer three years in a row.”
Belfast was led by sophomore Brent Waterman, named the outstanding Class B wrestler of the meet after winning the 125-pound title. Jordan Young (119) and Kornealius Wood (171) also won individual titles for the Lions, while Evan Drinkwater placed second at 103.
Other Class B champions were Dan DelGallo of Gardiner (135) and Stefan Emery of Fryeburg Academy (152).
Old Town’s Justin Libby scored his 100th career victory by defeating John Goyetche of York 9-4 in the 160-pound consolation final.
In Class A, Noble crowned just one individual champion — Ben Valencia, who trailed previously unbeaten Kaleb Austin of Skowhegan until scoring a pin with just four seconds left in the 140-pound final — but the Knights still rolled to a comfortable victory.
Noble’s Kayleigh Longley, bidding to become the first Maine schoolgirl to win an individual state title, reached the 103-pound championship final before losing a 9-1 major decision to top-ranked Tyler Everett of Marshwood. Shane Shibles (130), Tyler Beaudet (135) and Jonathan Badger (160) also placed second for the Knights. Noble’s depth also showed in its 6-0 record in third-place matches.
Joining Valencia and Everett as Class A individual winners were Tyler Davidson (112), Jake Rasque (119) and Josh Perschy (285) of Marshwood, Ethan Gilman (125) and Andrew Tripp (171) of Massabesic, Jared Jensen of Brunswick (130), William Lundquist of Cony of Augusta (135), Jake Oh (145) and Malcolm Marshall (152) of Mount Ararat, Brandon Corson of Skowhegan (160), Stephen Sawyer of Westbrook (189) and Michael Cyr of Scarborough (215).
Lundquist also was named the outstanding wrestler of the Class A meet.
Brewer High School placed ninth in the 21-school Class A field with 45 points. The Witches’ Marcus Eaton reached the 285-pound championship match before being outlasted by Perschy 4-3. Teammate Anthony Sprigg finished third at 125 pounds, while Qasey Perry was third at 140.