Former Belfast Area High School wrestler Brent Waterman was one injury short of likely ending his high school career as a four-time state champion.

Any hard feelings the now University of Maine senior might have had about that small blip on his wrestling radar likely were washed away as Waterman competed in the 2017 National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division II National Championships Friday through Sunday, March 10-12.

Waterman finished 5-0 in the tournament and won the national championship in the 141-pound weight class — the first mat athlete at UMaine to earn that distinction.

It was the icing on the cake for the Black Bears — now in their fourth year as a club team — as the school also nabbed its first NCWA Division II title.

Maine amassed 65 points to win the national team title, while Connecticut (57 points), Penn State (54 points), Akron (51) and James Madison (49.5 points) rounded out the top five.

Waterman was the second seed in the tournament and pinned Mike Brungardt of Colorado State at the 1:09-mark and pinned Nick King of Middle Tennessee State at the 2:16-mark.

He then edged Jeff Hayden of Towson 6-5 and advanced to the championship final by default to face Zach Vatalare of the University of Michigan.

Waterman made quick work of Vatalare with a 13-3 win to capture the NCWA 141-pound national championship.

Division I and II programs compete alongside each other at the national championships, with the only difference between the two division being Division I programs are funded by their school’s athletic department and can offer scholarships — while Division II programs are not.

As a 2012 BAHS graduate, Waterman won state crowns his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons and could not compete in the state championship event as a senior due to injury. Waterman then went on to win the New England 132-pound title at the New England Interscholastic Wrestling Championships and later earned All-American status after competing at the NHSCA High School National Wrestling Championships.