Marshwood High School ran away with the Class A wrestling state title, scoring 167 points to beat Marshwood, which was second with 109.5.

There was, however, a battle for third place between Skowhegan and Mt. Blue. The races ended in a dead heat, as both teams finished with 86.5 points.

Four Skowhegan wrestlers advanced to the finals. John Swett (113 pounds), Carter Stevens (145), Kaleb Brown (138) and Christian Jackson (160) all finished second in their weight class. Levi Hayde was third at 182, while Zac Witham was fourth at 220.

“Skowhegan had an outstanding showing by its wrestlers,” coach Tenney Noyes said. “Seven wrestlers competed and six brought home medals. The seventh (Andrew Pineo) was injured and pulled out of the tourney.”

Mt. Blue’s Tyler Craig became the school’s first freshman state champion, beating Marshwood’s Elliot Allen 3-2 in overtime in the 106-pound final.

Also for Mt. Blue, senior Caleb Farrington won the 170-pound title.

“Caleb went from never placing at states to winning in one year, one of best improvements I have seen in seven years coaching here,” Mt. Blue coach Bob O’Connor said.

Also for Mt. Blue, which placed seven of its eight entrants, Khalil Newbill was third at 120; Kevin Moore (126), Drew Blanchett (138), Chris Ingram (152) and Tyler Sennick (182) all finished fourth.

Cony High School finished in a tie for fifth with Brewer High School. Connor Dufour (132), Cody Dular (220) and Steven Morse (285) all finished third for the Rams, while Thon Itthipalakorn (145) finished fourth.

For Nokomis, Zack McFarlin was second in the 182-pound class.

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Gardiner’s Danny Del Gallo dominated the 138-pound weight class to earn not only his second state title but also the Class B Outstanding Wrestler Award. Del Gallo won three straight matches by pin Saturday.

Meanwhile, teammates Wyatt Thornton (152) finished second and Zac Abram (160) was third.

“Wyatt really looked good in getting to the finals,” Gardiner coach Matt Hanley said. “Unfortunately, he got stuck in a bad position early in his finals match and got pinned.”

Thornton lost to York’s Zach Faskianos, who he had beaten a week earlier in the Western regional finals.

Hanley was also impressed by Abram’s performance.

“He went from fourth in the regionals last week to third in the state,” he said. “That was a real nice way for him to close out his senior season.”

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Dylan Dahlberg (106) and Jacob McGowan (285) both finished second at the Class B state meet for Maine Central Institute.

McGowan beat defending state champion Ryan Glover of Mountain Valley in the semifinals before dropping a 6-3 decision against York’s Alex Mercurio in the finals.

“It was a good day for McGowan and Dahlbergh as state runners-up,” MCI coach Mike Libby said. “I think Jake had some high expectations and wrestled well against Glover. The York kid just wrestled a better match than Jake.”

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Winslow High School finished fifth in the Class C state championship led by Aaron Lint, who won the 285-pound title. Lint beat Buckport’s Damon Klinedinst 10-4 in the finals.

“The kid had beaten him twice before but Aaron followed the plan,” Winslow coach Kevin Fredette said. “I told Aaron to stay on his head and don’t give him room for a throw.”

Also for Winslow, VJ Tantoco finished second at 170. Tantoco missed a large part of the season with a cracked bone in his leg and at one point was told his season was over, according to Fredette.

“When he was seen in the ER they told him he was out for nine weeks,” Fredette said. “He went to a sports doctor that told him the crack was in the front. If it had been in the back it would have been nine weeks. He was out for three weeks and came back slowly.”

Also for Winslow, Dillon Pelletier (113) finished third and Kyle Calvo (182) fourth.

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James Blanchette became the first freshman in Mt. View school history to win a state title when he beat Nicholas Hallowell of Calais 6-5 in the 106-pound finals.

Also for Mt. View, Tyler Stevenson finished second in the 220-pound finals.

“The two certainly exceeded expectations,” Mt. View coach Hamilton Richards said.

Blanchette had finished second in the Western C regional while Stevenson was third.

“I knew Blanchette had it in him to get to the finals but some days he’s on, others he’s not,” Richards said. “Out of the gate, however, I knew Blanchette was going to have an excellent day.”

Blanchette pinned Foxcroft Academy’s Eli Olson in his opening match and then beat Eastern C champion Dylan Hanscom (Dexter) 3-2 in the semifinals.

“Tyler Stevenson had an awesome day as well,” Richards said.

Stevenson pinned Foxcroft’s Damien Small before upsetting Madison’s Ryan Malcolm in the semifinals. Stevenson lost to defending state champion Zac Ragot of Washington in the finals.

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Madison had four place winners and finished seventh in Class C. Cody Soucier was third at 145, while Danny Moreshead (152), Kyle Foley (170) and Malcolm (220) were fourth.

“Seventh place was a little short of our team goal of a top four finish,” Madison coach Scot Padelford said. “Still, I am proud of how my kids wrestled. As a team, we had to overcome some adversity over the past couple of weeks. A bunch of kids were sick and some had medical issues.”


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