Depth leads Foxcroft wrestling team to third straight state ‘C’ title; Marshwood captures ‘A’

Posted Feb. 17, 2013, at 11:11 a.m.

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Foxcroft Academy Ponies earned top-four finishes in 11 of the 14 weight classes — including five individual champions — to win its third consecutive Class C wrestling state title Saturday on their home mat.

Coach Luis Ayala’s club finished with 199.5 points to outdistance runner-up Dirigo of Dixfield (158.5) and third-place Dexter (123). Lisbon (58) and Winslow (47) rounded out the top five teams.

Foxcroft’s individual champions were brothers Brooks Law (126 pounds) and Forrest Law (138), Wesley Stinson (152), Corey Bjornson (195) and freshman Antonio Ayala (113).

Stinson won his third individual state crown by outpointing Fort Kent’s Jeremy Voisine 8-6 in the finals while Brooks and Forrest Law and Bjornson each won his second state title.

Brooks Law defeated Dexter’s Zach Caron 9-3 in the finals while Forrest Law edged Jordan Lord of George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 4-3 and Bjornson scored a 14-5 major decision over Bucksport’s KP Hilaire.

Antonio Ayala, a third-place finisher at last year’s New England middle school championships, won his first state crown at the high school level by pinning Lisbon’s J.D. Martin at 3:23.

But the Ponies’ depth also proved pivotal, with second-place efforts from Todd Francis (160) and Corbyn Bruce (182), thirds from Eli Olson (106), J.T. Black (120) and Gaige Pleninger (132) and a fourth from Brandon Brock (170) aiding in the team victory.

Dirigo crowned three individual champions and 10 top-four finishers, an effort led by weight-class winners Griffyn Smith (106), Thomas Barnett (160) and Nelson Pepin (182) and runners-up Jesse Hutchinson (145) and D.J. Webber (170).

Dexter’s Tyler Salsbury won the individual title at 120 pounds, while teammates Dylan Hanscom (106) and Zach Caron (126) each placed second. The Tigers also got third-place efforts from Seth Blais (138), Andrew Levensalor (145), Carl Snow (182) and Malcolm Mitchell (195) and a fourth from Matt Mower (160).

Other individual champions were Zach Stevens of Lisbon (130), Stewart Buzzell of Monmouth Academy (145), Josh Pelletier of Fort Kent (170), Antonio Maulolo of Boothbay (220) and Aaron Lint of Winslow (285).

In the Class A meet at Sanford High School, Marshwood of South Berwick crowned six individual champions to cruise to its second straight state team title.

The Hawks totaled 201 points to best second-place Massabesic of Waterboro (113). Eastern Maine champion Skowhegan (105), Noble of North Berwick (80) and Brewer (44) rounded out the top five.

Marshwood dominated the middle weight classes, getting individual titles from Trevor Smith (132 pounds), Nick Janes (138), Jackson Howarth (145) and Cody Hughes (152), as well as from Tyler Davidson (120) and Brett Gerry (182).

Davidson became just the 16th wrestler in Maine high school wrestling history to win four consecutive individual state championships.

Massabesic had no individual champions but used six second-place finishes to edge Skowhegan for second place.

Skowhegan was led by individual champions Tyler Craig (113) and Andrew Pineo (195) and second-place efforts from Kaleb Brown (138) and Mikal Federici (170).

Brewer’s Victor Irwin, the state champion at 195 pounds a year ago, won this year’s 220-pound crown by pinning the defending state champ in that weight class, Josh Andrews of Massabesic, at 1:05 of their title match.

It was the third pin of the day for Irwin, who also stopped Eric Pratt of Marshwood at 5:35 of their first-round match before stopping Robert Worrell of Noble at 0:49 of their championship semifinal.

Irwin pinned all 10 of his opponents in winning Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, Eastern A and state titles this winter, and now has a 46-0 record this winter heading into the 49th annual New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships to be held March 1-2 at Providence, R.I.

Brewer also got a second-place finish at the state meet from Anthony Sprigg, who advanced to the 152-pound final before losing to Marshwood’s Hughes by pin at 3:48.

Jared Jensen of Brunswick, who won the 170-pound crown to become a three-time state champion, was named the meet’s outstanding wrestler, while Marshwood and Oxford Hills of South Paris were presented the Eastern and Western A sportsmanship awards.

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