Eighteen Eastern Maine high school wrestling standouts will compete Friday and Saturday in the 47th annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships at the New Haven Athletic Center at Hillhouse (Conn.) High School.
Competition will be held on eight mats in a double-elimination format to third place. The top three wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes from Maine (the Classes A, B and C state champs), New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont are eligible, as are the top four in each weight class from Connecticut and the top five in each weight class from Massachusetts.
Perhaps the top Maine threat for individual honors is Camden Hills of Rockport senior Jacob Powers, a two-time Class B state champion at 160 pounds who is 33-0 this season and 138-25 with 68 pins for his career.
Powers previously was named the outstanding wrestler this winter at the Redskin Invitational hosted by Sanford High School after edging Nate Lawrence of New Hampshire wrestling power Timberlane High School of Plaistow 4-3 in three overtimes.
He also was named outstanding Class B wrestler at this year’s Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships.
Powers just missed a medal at last year’s New Englands, finishing 3-2 during the competition.
Other Eastern Mainers who earned No. 1 seeds among the state’s New England contingent are Brent Waterman (125 pounds) and Kornealius Wood (171) of Belfast and Jake Oh (145) and Malcolm Marshall (152) of Mount Ararat of Topsham.
Also expected to compete at the New Englands are Tom Cassidy (130) and Brandon Rich (140) of Camden Hills, Jordan Young (119) of Belfast, Mark Smith (112) and Wesley Stinson (152) of Foxcroft Academy, Scott Carpenter (130) of Calais, Chris Powell (189) of Bucksport, Zac Ragot (215) of Washington Academy of East Machias, C.J. Stratton (285) of Penobscot Valley of Howland, William Lundquist (135) of Cony of Augusta, Dan DelGallo (135) of Gardiner and Kaleb Austin (140) and Brandon Corson (160) of Skowhegan.