There is not much Belfast Area High School junior Brent Waterman has not accomplished on the mat this season.

His accomplishments this season are lengthy, beginning with winning the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, Eastern Class B and state Class B individual wrestling championships, all of which he earned for the third straight year.

The Lion later proved to be one of the top wrestlers in New England, nabbing the New England championship in the 132-pound weight class.

Waterman put the icing on the 2011-12 cake last weekend at the NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships March 28-30 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center when he earned All-American status with a seventh-place finish.

The top eight finishers in each division earn All-American status.

“He wrestled great,” said Brent Waterman Sr., who made the trip to Virginia with his son “The two kids he lost to finished third and fourth, and the kid that took fourth only beat him by two points. He was right there.”

Waterman went 4-2 at the nationals and got off on the right foot against Wisconsin’s Austin Loos with a 9-2 victory and then upended Pennsylvania’s Scott Lopez 11-3. He then tasted defeat for the first time in three months, falling 11-3 at the hands of Iowa’s Kyle Springer, dropping the talented Lion to the consolation bracket.

It was Waterman’s first loss since Jan. 7, when he fell in the finals of the Redskin Invitational in Sanford.

At the nationals, Waterman got back on the winning track by besting New Mexico’s Dyon Santiago 5-1 before dropping a 4-2 decision to North Dakota’s Blake Bosch.

That landed Waterman in the seventh-place match, where he defeated Connecticut’s Geovanni Medina 8-4.

While Waterman was happy to achieve All-American status, his competitive nature left him wondering what might have been, according to his father.

“Brent’s pretty hard on himself and he’s pretty dedicated,” said Waterman Sr. “He took losing in the [consolation] semis even harder than he did losing out on the championship round. When he lost that second match and he knew he was going for seventh or eighth instead of third or fourth, he took that one harder than other matches I’ve seen him lose.”

Waterman, who finished his in-state season at 31-2, is 39-4 overall after going 4-0 at the New England’s and 4-2 at the nationals.

Waterman will continue to travel and participate in other out-of-state tournaments, including the Empire Nationals in New York later this month. This past weekend’s tournament marks the end of the high school wrestling season for the talented youth.

While his father returned home, Waterman stuck around to watch the conclusion of the senior national tournament, likely formulating a plan to be one of the final wrestlers standing should he advance to the nationals next year.

“I think he actually had that figured out before I left,” said Waterman Sr. “He’s pretty smart. He’s dedicated his life to the sport. He works out in the morning, he works out after practices, he watches film, he watches college [wrestling]. A lot of kids have trouble learning moves when you show them, he can watch film and learn moves on his own and be able to implement them. I think he knows what he has to do for next year.”

That could be bad news for next year’s high school seniors, from both Maine and beyond.

Associate Sports Director Mark Haskell can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email at