Former BAHS wrestling standout posts win in boxing debut
Somersworth, N.H. — Travis Spencer has already made a name for himself as a four-time state champion with the Belfast Area High School wrestling program, but on Saturday, July 21, he showcased his skills in another contact sport — boxing.
Spencer, representing Wyman's Boxing Club of Stockton Springs during Saturday's live amateur boxing show at Tri City Christian Academy, won his first match by a unanimous decision.
Spencer said he has been looking forward to his first fight since his coach, Ken "Skeet" Wyman, lined it up for him earlier this year.
"It was awesome, I loved it," said Spencer. "I wasn't even nervous when I got into the ring, I was just ready to go."
Greg Stearns, a Belfast Police Officer and former amateur boxer himself, assists Wyman with guiding the young boxers like Spencer who represent the new generation of Waldo County fighters. Wednesday, Stearns said he expects to see more great performances from Spencer in the future.
"We're looking forward to the [golden] gloves in the fall," said Stearns.
Those matches will begin with a three-week tournament in Burlington, Vt., and Stearns said the winning boxers would head to Lowell, Mass. to compete for the New England titles.
Spencer is well known for his wrestling achievements while he was a student at BAHS. The 2009 graduate earned the Maine Amateur Wrestling Alliance wrestler of the year award for his accomplishments on the mat during his four-year high school career. During his senior year, he earned his fourth straight individual title at the Class B state wrestling championships, where he helped the Lions win the state crown for the second straight season.
Spencer has a career high school wrestling record of 180-10 and finished 39-0 during his senior season. He broke the previous school career record for mat victories (155), a record that was formerly held by his older brother, Jimmy.
Spencer also finished second in the 2009 New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships in the 189-pound weight division, and finished third the previous year at that competition.