Deep, talented Mount View sorts out weight classes
Thorndike — The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Mount View High School wrestling team.
Coach/years coached current team: Hamilton Richards, 19th year.
Last year's record/playoff information: The Mustangs finished 15th (36.5) in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships, finished fifth (82) in the Western Class C regionals and finished eighth (43) in the state Class C championships.
Roster: Seniors Devan Fuller (285 pounds) and Jake Blanchette (182-195); juniors Roger Flannery (138-145), Clint Spaulding (285), Kendric Shibles (145-152), Scott Vaillancourt (145-160), Vadim Albert (126-132), Jarryd Fonger (126-132), Orrin Harding (132-138), Willard Rogers (145-152) and Mark Wheeler (138-152); sophomores James Blanchette (113-120), Job Mesaric (195-200), Chris Cole (285), Dean Kinney (113-120), Cole Resmini (285) and Anthony Barnard (138-152); and freshman Ethan Sewell-Berry (132-145).
Outlook: The Mustangs have depth, but, unfortunately, much of that depth is in similar weight classes, meaning Richards, who is approaching this season with "guarded optimism," will have a tough time putting all of his best grapplers on the mat in any given meet.
James Blanchette returns for the 'Stangs, having won the state title in the 106-pound weight class last year, while Flannery (two-time state qualifier) and Mesaric (one-time state qualifier) also will be in the state title mix. Shibles and Vaillancourt have the potential to make noise for Mount View, as does Jake Blanchette, Wheeler, Fuller, Cole, Spaulding and Barnard.
With Bucksport graduating three of its four state champions, along with a state runner-up finisher, Richards said he feels it leaves Dirigo of Dixfield, Madison and Winslow, along with Mount View, to contend for the Western Class C crown.
"We stand a chance, but it will be a dogfight all day long and decided by some razor thin margins," the veteran mat coach said.
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