BAHS top Class B school at prestigious Spartan tourneySenior Brent Waterman wins 132-pound division, receives distinctions
Sanford — Call the high school wrestling tournament what you want, but it undoubtedly will be one that Belfast senior Brent Waterman will not soon forget.
Waterman, who won conference, regional and state titles last year as well as nabbing the New England championship, won the 138-pound weight class at the annual Spartan Wrestling Tournament with ease, winning three of his four matches by pin, including pinning Timberlane's Josh Burnham in the finals in 0:59.
The tournament, formerly known as the Redskin Invitational Tournament, was Jan. 4-5 at Sanford High School.
The tournament was renamed this year when Sanford High School officially changed its school mascot from the Redskins to the Spartans.
The Lions finished eighth with 74 points, the top team in Class B at the tourney, one slot above defending state Class B champion Camden Hills.
Thirteen Lions competed in the event.
Waterman pinned his three opponents in a combined two minutes and 23 seconds, while he also received the distinction as the tournament's outstanding wrestler.
"He had quite a day for himself and deservedly so," said Belfast coach Rick Kelley of Waterman, who, despite his past successes on the mat, has never won his weight class at the tournament. "That tournament, for whatever reason, has eluded him over the years and it's a nice ending to the story for him."
Peter Kelley finished fourth in the 220-pound weight class, while Wyatt Roberts (195) finished fifth and Dagan Bereyni (132) sixth for the Lions.
Coach Kelley said he was "quite happy" with the way things turned out and "things are moving in the right direction."
"The coaching staff and I are extremely proud of the way the Belfast team conducted itself," he said. "We wrestled hard, we hung in there and, even in defeat, we showed mental toughness."
The team scores were: Timberlane of Plaistow, N.H., 265.5; Danbury of Connecticut, 248.5; Marshwood of Eliot, 181.5; Massabesic of Waterboro, 153; Cumberland of Rhode Island, 110.5; Tyngsboro of Massachusetts, 106; Timberlane "B", 91.5; Belfast, 74; Camden Hills, 72.5; York, 70; North Providence of Rhode Island, 65.5; Sanford, 61; Bonny Eagle of Standish, 59; Biddeford, 50; Fryeburg Academy, 42; Portland, 39; Mountain Valley of Rumford, 35; Noble of Berwick, 19; Lisbon of Lisbon Falls, 13; Scarborough, 6; Marshwood "B", 4; North Smithfield of Rhode Island, 3; and Belfast "B", 3.
The individual BAHS results, with Lions listed first, were:
120 pounds — Alec Young lost by major decision to Jake Durkin, Timb "B", 15-4; beat Griffin O'Connor, York, 5-3; and lost by major decision to Zach Sheehan, Frye, 14-0.
126 pounds — Brandon Waterman pinned Max McQuaide, Tyngs, at 2:06; was pinned by Ryan Peters, Timb "A", at 1:45; beat Cody Steele, BE, 5-2; and lost by major decision to Jake Kappler, Timb "B", 10-2.
132 pounds — Bereyni beat TJ Dabrieo, San, 17-7 by majority decision; lost to Dan Scalzo, Timb. "A", 7-3; beat Nick Staples, Mass, 12-6; beat Zach Stevens, Lisb, 6-3; lost to Dominick Day, Bidd, 6-3; and lost to Trevor Smith, Marsh, 8-3. Bereyni finished sixth.
138 pounds — Brent Waterman pinned Justin Ouellette, Bidd, at 1:12; pinned Hunter Day, Frye, at 0:12; beat Connor Winchenbach, CH, 5-0; and pinned Josh Burnham, Timb "A", at 0:59 in the championship final. Waterman finished first.
145 pounds — Mike McFadden was pinned by Greg Cassella, Port, at 3:53; and was pinned by Curtis Warren, Bel "B", at 4:30.
Warren was pinned by Shane Jennings, Danb, at 0:30; pinned McFadden, Bel, at 4:30; and was pinned by Josh Johnson, Tyngs, at 3:20.
152 pounds — Greg Stevens was pinned by James Gagnon, North Prov., at 1:30; pinned Dylan Potter, BE, at 2:33; and lost by major decision to Ryan Collins, Timb. "B", 11-2.
160 pounds — John Capella was pinned by Trevor Burns, Mass, at 1:24; and lost to Wyatt Parra, CH, 8-4.
170 pounds — Austin Sprague was pinned by Jake Gallagher, Tyngs, at 0:32; and was pinned by Evan Chapman, San, at 2:04.
195 pounds — Wyatt Roberts beat Hunter Smith, Noble, 7-4; was pinned by Joe Peterson, Danb, at 3:09; received a bye; pinned Bryan Clement, CH, at 3:30; pinned Nick Ackerman, Bid, at 1:59; was pinned by Travis Walton, Mass, at 5:59; and beat Zach Handley, York, 2-1. Roberts finished fifth.
Jared Vaughn was pinned by Handley, York, at 2:21; and was pinned by Anthony Boucher, MtV, at 1:34.
220 pounds — Kelley pinned Joe Lewis, San "B", at 2:56; pinned Korey Sanborn, San, at 2:25; was pinned by Alex Mercurio, York, at 4:56; beat Triston Jakobson, Danb, 8-4; and lost to Shawn Grenier, Timb, 9-7 in the consolation final. Kelley finished fourth.
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