Talented Mount View has 'heart' as it moves back to Class B
Thorndike — The following is a synopsis of the 2013-14 Mount View High School wrestling team:
Coach/years coached current team: Hamilton Richards, 20th year.
Last year's record/playoff information: The Mustangs finished 14th (46 points) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships, fifth (61.5 points) at the Western Class C championships and ninth (41 points) at the state Class C championships.
Roster: Seniors Matt Wheeler (138-152 pounds), Scott Vaillancourt (145-160), Kendric Shibles (170-182), Orrin Harding (138-152), Jarryd Fonger (132-145) and Roger Flannery (138-152); juniors Cole Resmini (285), Job Mesaric (220), Chris Cole (285), James Blanchette (126-138) and Anthony Barnard (145-152); sophomores Chris Bennett (170-195) and Ethan Sewell-Berry (160-170); and freshmen Mike Embry (138-152) and Sierra Fonger (152-170).
Known graduation losses: Devan Fuller.
Significant impact wrestlers: Mesaric and Blanchette.
Team strengths: Work ethic and mat experience.
Team goals: To earn a top-four finish in the Class B West regional competition.
Top league opponents: Skowhegan, Camden Hills, Belfast and Cony of Augusta in the KVAC; Wells, Winslow, Fryeburg Academy and Mountain Valley in Class B West.
Outlook: The Mustangs move up to Western Class B this season after a year toiling in the Western Class C ranks, which should stiffen the competition the team sees on the mat. Richards said Mesaric, who was the state Class C runner-up in the 220-pound class last year, should contend for another state title, while the coach has five talented atheltes competing for three spots in the 132-145 weight range, including Blanchette, who, as a freshman, won a state title at 106.
“I am guardedly optimistic this year as we have a talented, physical and gritty team fully capable of doing well at tournaments,” said Richards. “That said, last year I fully expected a strong finish, but I lost six quality kids early in the season and that meant the drop from what should have been a second-place finish at the C West regional to a fifth-place showing.”
The coach added this year's team appears to have more talent than last year's squad at the beginning of the season and “a whole lot more heart.”