After an impressive performance at the Western A regional championship meet, the Marshwood wrestling team is the favorite to win the Class A title today.

The Hawks won nine individual titles at the regional championships and qualified wrestlers in all 14 weight classes. Massabesic should challenge Marshwood, with 12 wrestlers qualified for the state meet.

“You have to give recognition to Marshwood and Massabesic,” Skowhegan coach Tenney Noyes said. “They are good teams. Even if their lower seeded individuals only win one match for them, those points add up and can make the difference.”

The Class A tournament will be held today at Windham High School, while the Class B and C tournaments will be held at Fryeburg Academy. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

While Skowhegan may not have the depth to make a run at the team title, the Indians should enjoy individual success.

“Skowhegan is ready to go,” Noyes said. “The boys have been working their tails off in the wrestling room all season and are ready to reap the benefits.

Skowhegan brings seven wrestlers to the state meet. John Swett (113), Kaleb Brown (138) and Levi Hayden (182) each won Eastern A titles.

Mt. Blue wrestlers should also be in the thick of things. The Cougars have regional champs Tyler Craig (106), Khalil Newbill (120), Kevin Moore (126) and Caleb Farrington (170) on the roster, along with five other state qualifiers.

Cony is led by Eastern A champs Connor Dufour (132) and Thon Itthipalakorn (145).
In Class B, Camden Hills is heavily favored to win the team championship.

“Everyone has been saying all season long that Camden Hills was going to win Class B and I don’t see anything that happened at the regionals that changed that,” Gardiner coach Matt Hanley said.

The Windjammers qualified wrestlers in 13 weight classes and had seven individual champions.

Gardiner’s Daniel Del Gallo (138) has a season record of 45-0 and is a returning state champion. If the seeds hold true, he will meet Camden Hills’ state champion Tom Cassidy in the championship finals. Gardiner’s Wyatt Thornton (152) and Mitchell Chesley (195) will be the top seeds in their weights from Western B.

Maine Central Institute’s Jacob McGowan will be the top seed from Western B in the 285-pound class.
The Class C race is considered too close to call, with several teams having a legitimate chance to win.

Defending champion Foxcroft will have entrants in all 14 weight classes. Meanwhile, eight wrestlers from Foxcroft won individual Eastern regional titles. Dirigo qualified wrestlers in 13 classes. Bucksport and Dexter are considered possible contenders.

Winslow brings eight wrestlers to the Class C state meet, led by Western regional champion Dillon Pelletier (113). Madison’s Ryan Malcolm won the 220-pound class at the Western C regional.


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