BANGOR, Maine — Central Aroostook of Mars Hill star Mike McClung will continue his basketball career next winter at Husson University.
“I really like the school and the academics,” said the 6-foot-6, 200-pound center, who plans to study criminal justice at Husson, “but what really drew me there was coach [Warren] Caruso. He’s a great guy.”
McClung selected Husson after also considering the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Maine Maritime Academy in Castine among numerous schools that recruited him.
“I sat in on a practice with them when I visited and really liked what I saw,” said McClung.
McClung served as a team captain at Central Aroostook this winter and averaged 17 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots per game in leading coach Tim Brewer’s club to a 16-2 regular-season record and a berth in the Eastern Maine Class D semifinals.
“I really tried to step up and be a leader this year,” said McClung, who was the focus of opponents’ defensive attention this winter, routinely being double- and triple-teamed.
McClung was named a Maine McDonald’s senior all-star as well as to the All-Aroostook team for the second straight year. McClung also was selected to the Bangor Daily News’ Eastern D all-tournament team.
“We are excited to have Mike join our program,” said Caruso in a press release. “He had an excellent high school career and is one of the top seniors in the state. Mike’s skill set is a perfect fit for our program and we look forward to building our future around him.”
As a junior, McClung was a key member of Central Aroostook’s undefeated Class D state championship team and was awarded the BDN’s William Warner Award as the most valuable player of the Eastern D tournament.
McClung was a three-year starter for Central Aroostook, with his teams compiling a 56-6 record over that span.
McClung also has been a three-year starter in baseball and soccer for the Panthers, and captained his team in all three varsity sports as a senior.
McClung will join a Husson program that graduates just two seniors from its 2011-12 squad that finished with a 15-13 record after earning a trip to the ECAC Division III New England championships.
The Eagles won 13 of their last 16 regular-season games and went on to reach the North Atlantic Conference semifinals.
Husson completed its 41st consecutive winning season in 2011-12 and hopes to return to the top of the North Atlantic Conference next year after earning its most recent conference titles in 2009 and 2011.
19 Mainers set for wrestling nationals
Newly crowned New England champion Brent Waterman of Belfast heads up a contingent of 19 Maine high school wrestling standouts signed up to compete at the 23rd annual NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships that run through Sunday in Virginia Beach, Va.
Waterman, a three-time Class B individual state champion, earlier this month won the New England crown in the 132-pound weight class to become the first Mainer to win a regional title in four years. He is one of six Mainers entered in the junior nationals division.
Other juniors entered in the competition being held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center are Dan DelGallo (132 pounds) of Gardiner, Forrest Law (138) of Class C state champion Foxcroft Academy, Jared Jensen (152) of Brunswick, Anthony Soto (160) of Washington Academy of East Machias and Josh Andrews (220) of Massabesic of Waterboro.
Five fourth-year wrestlers from Class B state champion Camden Hills of Rockport are among six Mainers entered in the senior nationals division. Rhett Chase will compete in the 220-pound class, along with twins Ryan (170) and Brandon (195) Graffam, Anthony Batty (182) and Neal Harrison-Billiat (145).
Also competing in the senior nationals will be two-time Class C state champion Zac Ragot of Washington Academy at 220 pounds.
Six Mainers are entered to compete in the freshman nationals: Brooks Law (120 pounds) of Foxcroft Academy, Chris Weiss (132) of Washington Academy, Cody Hughes (138) of Class A state champion Marshwood of South Berwick, Zac Richard (138) of Massabesic, Michael Curtis (160) of Wells and Tanner Andrews (220) of Massabesic.
Colin Sevigny (120 pounds) of Wells will represent Maine in the sophomore nationals division.