Mustangs nab 12th-place finish at Skowhegan tourneyBlanchette, Fuller third, Mesaric fourth in respective weight classes
Skowhegan — For the second straight week, the Mount View wrestling team took part in a tournament, this time grappling in a Saturday, Jan. 12 event at Skowhegan High School.
The Class A Indians defended their home mats with ease and coasted to the team victory in the 28-team tournament, as they amassed seven first-place finishes and two second-place finishes.
Mount View finished 12th (58.5 points) among the 28 teams.
Mount View coach Hamilton Richards was encouraged by his squad's performance, led by third-place finishes from James Blanchette (120 pounds) and Devan Fuller (285) and a fourth by Job Mesaric (220).
Matt Wheeler and Anthony Barnard also had notable performances as both went 2-2 on the day.
Blanchette, who won the state Class C championship in his weight class last year as a freshman, looks to return to his postseason form from last season.
"His conditioning is better and he's focusing on moves that control his opponents instead of risky pinning combinations that have been the bane of his win/loss column this season," said coach Richards.
Richards said Fuller's third-place finish was "a very solid placing for him," while Mesaric's fourth-place finish was "overall a good showing.
The team scores were: Skowhegan 219.5, Ellsworth 107.5, Westbrook 101, Nokomis of Newport 98, Mount Blue of Farmington 98, Winslow 81.5, Windham 78, Gardiner 71, Brewer 71, Cony of Augusta 67, Deering of Portland 59, Mount View of Thorndike 58.5, Madison 57, Portland 56.5, Greely of Cumberland 26, Hall-Dale of Farmingdale 18, Skowhegan "B" 18, Hampden Academy 17, Cheverus of Portland 12, Gray-New Gloucester 8, Cony "B" 8, Windham "B" 6, Ellsworth "B" 4, Deering "B" 3 and Mount View "B", Portland "B", Nokomis "B" and Gorham no score.
The individual Mount View results, with Mustangs listed first, were:
120 pounds — Blanchette won by technical fall over Ethan Winde, Wind "B", 16-0; beat Raymond Maddocks, Ells, 7-2; lost to Danny Reed, MtB, 17-12; beat Tristan Herod, Gray, 7-4; and pinned Jesse Maliar, Wind, at 2:51 in the consolation final. Blanchette finished third.
132 pounds — Jarryd Fonger was pinned by Jonathan Crocker, Nok, at 1:25; beat Sam Martin, Port, 3-0; and lost by major decision to Jack Weeks, Ells, 11-2.
138 pounds — Wheeler was pinned by Michael Maybury, Bre, at 5:56; pinned Liam Fox, Port "B", at 3:55; beat Matrick DeArmott, Hamp, 9-1; and lost to Eric Cash, Wind, 5-0.
145 pounds — Barnard pinned Cody Dow, Deering, at 0:23; was pinned by Logan Stevens, Skow, at 1:05; pinned Noah Featherson, West, at 3:45; and lost by major decision to Nick Hyde, MtB, 15-3.
152 pounds — Scott Vaillancourt was pinned by Joe Wright, Ells, at 2:59; and was pinned by Matt Sayah, Wind, at 5:49.
182 pounds — Jeff Leino was pinned by Rusty Wilson, Nok, at 0:13; received a bye; and was pinned by Hemish Thornton, Gard, at 0:32.
220 pounds — Mesaric pinned Mike Darling, Deering "B", at 1:33; pinned Brandon Mitchell, Wind, at 4:23; was pinned by Michael Garland, Ells, at 1:09; pinned Matthew Krusiec, Deer, at 2:37; and lost to Sean Cote, Wins, 7-3 in the consolation final. Mesaric finished fourth.
285 pounds — Fuller pinned Orion Seraph, Gard, at 1:18; pinned Jake Hodgkins, Wind, at 3:46; was pinned by Aaron Lint, Wins, at 2:49; pinned Jonathan DeLoach, Deer, at 5:00; and defeated Jacob Nichols, Nok, in the consolation final. Fuller finished third.
Chris Cole was pinned by Jared Bragg, Ells, at 3:42; received a bye; and was pinned by Jake Hodgkins, Wind, at 2:22.
Jan. 9 results
The Mount View wrestling team hit the road Jan. 9 for a match with Oxford Hills in South Paris, as the Mustangs hoped to score a victory over the Class A squad.
The Mustangs wrestled well against the Vikings, but forfeited six weight classes as Oxford Hills emerged victorious 51-22.
Lisbon of Lisbon Falls also was scheduled to participate in the meet, but did not attend.
The individual Mount View results, with Mustang grapplers listed first, were:
120 pounds — Blanchette beat Cordell Brook.
132 pounds — Fonger was pinned by Jacob Hall.
138 pounds — Wheeler lost to Kyle Dexter.
145 pounds — Roger Flannery won by major decision over Tyler Wallace.
152 pounds — Vaillancourt pinned Padraig Yenco.
182 pounds — Leino was pinned by Tyler Englehart.
220 pounds — Mesaric won by forfeit over Oxford Hills.
285 pounds — Fuller beat Dustin Edwards.
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