The following is a synopsis of the 2012-13 Belfast Area High School wrestling team:

Coach/years coached current team: Rick Kelley, first year.

Last year's record/playoff information: The Lions finished fifth (74.5 points) at the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championships, third (89.5) at the Eastern Class B championships and ninth (55) at the state Class B championships.

Roster: Seniors Tremmil Groene (138 pounds), Peter Kelley (220), Derek Philbrook (145), Wyatt Roberts (195), Greg Stevens (145) and Brent Waterman (132); juniors Jesse Herbert (285), Mike McFadden (145), Will Mossing (220), Mark Parsons (170), Phillip Taylor (145), Walker Roberts (138), Curtis Warren (152), Dan Weiss (152), Alec Young (120) and John Capella (160); sophomores Matt Oxton (113), Colton Ripley (106), Austin Sprague (170), Jared Vaughan (195) and Brandon Waterman (138); and freshmen Dagan Berenyi (126), Brett Gotham (220), Marlin Hansen (182) and Cody Olauson (120).

Outlook: Kelley has big shoes to fill in the wake of veteran coach Ted Heroux’s retirement, but the legendary coach’s former student-athlete looks to already have gotten the Lions off to a good start in the early going, leading his team to a 3-2 finish at the season-opening Belfast Duals.

Kelley said he expects Camden Hills, the defending state Class B champions and one of the Lions' toughest rivals, to be among the top teams in the region this season.

“Until someone steps up and beats them, I’d say they are the team to beat in Class B," Kelley said.

Not to say he does not feel his Lions are not contenders.

“I think Belfast has the potential to do extremely well in Class B as well,” Kelley said. “We still haven’t sorted out all our weight classes yet. We’ve got some strong grapplers this year, but, unfortunately, we’ve got six or eight kids in the same weight class.”

Kelley feels the core of this year’s team is in its lighter weight classes, “but we’re also strong in some bigger weight classes.”

Brent Waterman, the defending KVAC, regional and state champion in his weight class, who also went on to win a New England championship, will lead the Lions this season, while Peter Kelley, the coach’s son, who was third in the state in his weight class last year, also will be a legitimate state title contender.

Wyatt Roberts, McFadden, Mossing, Walker Roberts and Young also could be poised for breakout seasons, while Bereyni and Hansen both won regional and state championships at the middle school level a season ago and could make an impact in their first high school campaigns.

“Everyone is working hard,” said Kelley. “The biggest problem we have is trying to figure out a way to get all our most talented wrestlers on the mat at once.”

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