Even though the Mount View wrestling squad has had a rough few recent meets, the Mustangs continue to hold a positive attitude.

As the Waldo County squad faced Mount Blue of Farmington, Oak Hill of Sabattus and host Winslow Jan. 17 and Camden Hills, Gardiner and host Lincoln Academy of Newcastle Jan. 15, the Mustangs took home two wins. Mount View beat Winslow and Lincoln Academy in close matches.

Overall, the recent results put the Mustangs at 9-12 in dual-meets this season with one weekend of regular action remaining. Mount View is two wins ahead of last year’s pace and close to a .500 on the campaign.

“We’re no Camden [Hills] or Belfast — yet — but each year is showing improvement, steady
improvement from our 2007-2008 ‘program restart,’ ” said Mount View coach Hamilton Richards.

Richards provided the following recap of the Jan. 17 meet:

Mount View lost to Mount Blue 72-6, as Ben Kormann picked up the ‘Stangs’ only win by securing a pin in 26 seconds against Mooar in the 285-pound class.

Oak Hill also defeated the ‘Stangs using a tough lineup. Oak Hill strategically forfeited its wrestlers in select matches and took other classes by choice, the coach said. Tim Abbott picked up Mount View’s lone win at 119 pounds with a pin at 1:37.

Coach Richards said the “heartbreaker” was Jake Blanchette’s match at 160 pounds where the Mustang led but got caught and pinned in the third period.

In the final team match of the day, Mount View took home its lone win against Winslow, “but it was a regular barn burner,” said Richards.

At the end of the meet the two teams were tied 42-42. which forced the match into a tiebreaking procedure. By the end of the tiebreaker, Mount View had won via a 4-3 pin advantage.

In the match for Mount View, at 119 pounds, Abbott recorded a pin at 1:43; at 130 pounds, Dustin Whitcomb had a pin at 1:31; at 135 pounds, Mark Dolloff had a pin at 1:09; and at 160 pounds, Blanchette pinned his opponent at 3:02.

“Of course, I was happy with the win, but I was also impressed with the kids stepping up and winning some tough matches,” Richards said.

He said Whitcomb worked hard “and it was one of those matches that was so evenly-matched, you just didn’t know how it was going to end.”

Richards also praised Blanchette for a tough match where “I saw much better technical wrestling in that match than I’d seen the rest of the day from him. It’s starting to
‘click’ with him now.”

Richards provided the following recap of the Jan. 15 meet:

Defending state Class B champion Camden Hills blanked Mount View 72-0. Mount View also fell to Gardiner 54-24, despite the Mustang’ 4-2 forfeit edge. “We didn’t line up well [against the Tigers],” said Richards. “Where they did have wrestlers, they just plain outwrestled us.”

However, the Mustangs salvaged a 39-36 win over host Lincoln Academy. There, Roger Flannery had a 22-second pin against Alley in the 130-pound division and Blanchette had a key 6-3 decision over Geoffrion at 171 pounds.

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