Belfast, Mount View athletes excel in tough KVAC meetLions Berenyi, Waterman earn titles; Berenyi outstanding wrestler
Augusta — Belfast and Mount View high school wrestlers more than held their own — with two Lions winning titles and one being the outstanding Class B performer of the meet — during the annual talent-laden Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship tournament Saturday, Jan. 26 at Cony High School.
Lions Berenyi (126 pounds) and Brent Waterman (132) finished first in their respective weight divisions, while Belfast's Peter Kelley (195) and Mount View's Job Mesaric (220) placed second.
Belfast's Walker Roberts (138) and Wyatt Roberts (182), as well as Mount View's Devan Fuller (285), all finished fourth.
Berenyi was the outstanding Class B wrestler of the meet.
Belfast finished third overall and was the second-ranked Class B team behind Camden Hills.
The team scores were: Skowhegan 227.5, Camden Hills 142.5, Belfast 104, Mount Blue of Farmington 96, Gardiner 81, Mount Ararat of Topsham 79, Morse of Bath 77, Oxford Hills of South Paris 75, Cony of Augusta 70, Nokomis of Newport 69, Winslow 56, Erskine Academy of South China 55, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 49.5, Mount View of Thorndike 46, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 34, Brewer 32, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 32, Brunswick 28, Edward Little of Auburn 12, Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston 10 and Hampden Academy 3.
The league has awarded separate Class A and Class B championships the last three or four years to bring wrestling in line with other league sports. Thus, Camden Hills and Belfast, often the overall league champion, finished first and second in the Class B portion of the tournament.
Skowhegan, a Class A school, was the overall league champion this year.
Belfast will compete in the Eastern Class B championships on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 9:30 a.m. at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, while Mount View will participate in the Western Class C championships the same day and time at Bucksport High School.
The Lions should battle Camden Hills for the Eastern Class B crown, while Mount View has a solid shot to make a strong push for the Western C title.
The individual KVAC results for Belfast and Mount View were:
120 pounds — Brandon Waterman, Bel, pinned Deagan Poland, Med, at 0:31; lost to Dillon Pelletier, Win, 13-11 in overtime; pinned Brittany Ezell, Brew, at 2:51; and was pinned by Danny Reed, MtB, at 2:56.
126 pounds — Berenyi received a first-round bye; won by technical fall over Tanner Littlefield, MCI, 19-4; won by major decision over Chris Weiss, CH, 11-2; and beat Khalil Newbill, MtB, 4-2 in overtime in the championship final. Berenyi finished first.
132 pounds — Brent Waterman, Bel, pinned Jashon Fagan, Cony, at 3:27; pinned Calan Bragg, CH, at 3:21; pinned Kevin Moore, MtB, at 3:50; and won by technical fall over Kameron Doucette, Skow, 16-1 in the championship final. Waterman finished first.
Jarryd Fonger, MtV, was pinned by Hunter Reed, Mor, at 2:55; pinned Morgan Achorn, LA, at 5:09; and lost to Will Cu, MCI, 3-2.
138 pounds — Walker Roberts, Bel, won by major decision over Miranda Achorn, LA, was pinned by Connor Winchenbach, CH, at 3:14; pinned Drew Carter, Win, at 2:24; pinned Dinkins, Mor, at 1:36; beat Kyle Dexter, OxH, 13-9; and lost by forfeit to Winchenbach, CH, in the consolation final. Roberts finished fourth.
Matt Wheeler, MtV, lost to DeAndre Dinkins, Mor, 4-3; pinned Terry Storer, MtB, at 4:20; and lost to Skyler Bang, EL, 7-4.
145 pounds — Anthony Barnard, MtV, pinned Chad Bonti, Mor, at 3:08; was pinned by Felipe Gunter, MtA, at 0:19; pinned Matt Martin, Nok, at 5:27; and lost by technical fall to Robert Soohey, EA, 20-2.
Curtis Warren, Bel, was pinned by Nick Hyde, MtB, at 3:42; received a second-round bye; and was pinned by Soohey, EA, at 5:23.
152 pounds — Greg Stevens, Bel, received a first-round bye; lost by major decision to Carter Stevens, Skow, 15-4; won by major decision over Josh King, Nok, 19-5; and was pinned by Dan Ewing, MtA, at 3:28.
Scott Vaillancourt, MtV, lost by technical fall to Ewing, MtA, 16-0; received a second-round bye; and was pinned by Trevor Kitchin, MCI, at 1:19.
160 pounds — Austin Sprague, Bel, was pinned by Tyler Azevedo, EA, at 1:28; won by major decision over Gus McWilliams, MCI, 11-0; and was pinned by Sam Coffey, Mor, at 4:01.
Ethan Sewell-Berry, MtV, lost to Nick Anderson, Med, in a pigtail match.
182 pounds — Wyatt Roberts, Bel, pinned Hamish Thornton, Gard, at 5:25; beat Tyler Sennick, MtB, 8-3; lost to Levi Hayden, Skow, 3-0; beat Nate Geoffrion, LA, 5-4; and lost to Cyril Miller, Med, 6-1 in the consolation final. Roberts finished fourth.
Jeffrey Leino, MtV, was pinned by Rusty Wilson, Nok, at 0:10; received a second-round bye; won by injury forfeit over Kyle Cassidy, EA; and was pinned be Sennick, MtB, at 0:45.
195 pounds — Kelley, Bel, received a first-round bye; pinned Travis Stone, Ocean, at 1:57; pinned Nic Benner, Cony, at 2:41; and lost to Andrew Pineo, Skow, 5-3 in the championship final. Kelley finished second.
220 pounds — Mesaric, MtV, received a first-round bye; pinned Briar Bussell, MCI, at 1:11; beat Sean Cote, Win, 12-9; and was pinned by Irwin, Brew, at 0:46 in the championship final. Mesaric finished second.
Will Mossing, Bel, received a first-round bye; was pinned by Victor Irwin, Brew, at 1:42; received a third-round bye; and was pinned by Andrew Doody-Veilleux, Gard, at 2:19.
285 pounds — Fuller, MtV, pinned Kaylo Littlejohn, CH, at 3:50; lost to Jacob Nichols, Nok, 9-5; pinned Knorr, MtA, at 2:10; and lost to Dustin Edwards, OxH, 3-0 in the consolation final. Fuller finished fourth.
Jared Vaughn, Bel, was pinned by Aaron Lint, Wins, at 1:39; and was pinned by Pierce Knorr, MtA at 1:25.
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