The Belfast wrestling squad continued to participate in rugged regular-season tournaments to gain additional mat savvy and experience heading into the all-important postseason meets.

The Lions did that again Jan. 6-7 in the traditionally tough Redskin Invitational, hosted by Sanford High School.

The tourney annually attracts some of the finest high school mat teams/athletes in New England and when the dust settled after this year’s two-day event an out-of-state squad sat atop the scoreboard. Belfast finished 10th.

The team scores were: Timberlane of Plaistow, N.H. 289.5, Danbury of Connecticut 254.5, Camden Hills 172, Cumberland of Cumberland, R.I. 168.5, North Providence, R.I. 141, Marshwood of Eliot 136, Massabesic of Waterboro 131, York 62, Mountain Valley of Rumford 60.5, Belfast 53, Tyngsboro, Mass. 51.5, Portland 47, Sanford 43, Biddeford 40.5, Bonny Eagle of Standish 29, Scarborough 26, Noble of Berwick 22, Lisbon of Lisbon Falls 12, Sanford “B” 6 and Sanford “C” 3.

At the Redskin, the Lions enjoyed several strong places, led by Brent Waterman, who placed second at 132 pounds. Additionally, Peter Kelley was fourth at 195 and Evan Drinkwater sixth at 120.

The individual BAHS results from the tourney, with Lions listed first, were:

106 pounds — Colton Ridley was pinned by Kevin Jack, Dan, at 0:28; and was pinned by Nicole Burgess, MtVal, at 0:24.

113 pounds — Alec Young was pinned by Cody Beadete, Cumb, at 0:24; and lost to Zack Annis, CH, 3-2.

120 pounds — Drinkwater pinned Ryan Contois, Bidd, at 1:58; lost by major decision, Marsh, 13-2; pinned Mike Vogel, Scar, at 0:08; won by major decision over Jake Thornton, MtVal, 10-2; lost by major decision to Lucas Dion, Mass, 9-0 and was pinned by Tyler Davidson, Marsh, at 2:45. Drinkwater finished sixth.

126 pounds — Walker Roberts beat Greg Cassella, Port, 8-4; was pinned by Dan Scalzo, Timb, at 5:35; and was pinned by Zach Stevens, Lis, at 4:54.

132 pounds — Brent Waterman pinned Alex Papp, York, at 0:36; beat Jackson Howarth, 4-1; beat Sean Creamer, Cumb, 6-1; and lost to Mike Murphy, North Prov, 4-2 in the championship final. Waterman finished second.

138 pounds — Brandon Waterman lost by injury default to Nate Mercier, Mass; and forfeited to Dominic Day, Bidd.

145 pounds — Greg Stevens was pinned by Brett Gerry, Marsh, at 2:28; and lost by major decision to Ian Austin, MtVal, 13-3.

182 pounds — Wyatt Roberts pinned Zac Schluntz, Nob, at 0:35; was pinned by Anthony Batty, CH, at 3:37;and lost to Jarrod King, Marsh, 4-3.

195 pounds — Kelley pinned Travis Elliot, Scar, at 2:52; beat Sebastian Dziadkiewicz, North Prov, 9-7; lost by technical fall to Tom LaCroix, Cumb, 17-1; beat Jake Barisano, Marsh, 6-3; and was pinned by Brandon Graffam, CH, at 3:15 in the consolation final. Kelley finished fourth.

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