If high school wrestlers want to test their mettle — and where they are at the mid-point of the winter mat season — all they need to do is compete in the prestigious and talent-laden Spartan Invitational tournament.

That is what Belfast did on Friday, Jan. 4 in the meet hosted by Sanford High School.

When the mat battles had finished, the Lions finished 17th and, individually, Timmy Smith ended up fourth at 120 pounds and Cam Watts sixth at 220.

The team scores were: Danbury, Conn. 243, Timberlane, N.H. 217.5, Cumberland, R.I. 169, Xavier, Conn. 152, Marshwood of Eliot 123, Wells 117, Camden Hills of Rockport 106, Timberlane "B" 87, North Providence, R.I. 79, York 75, Massabesic of Waterboro 71, Sanford 63, Portland 61.5, Mountain Valley of Rumford 60.5, Scarborough 41, Biddeford 40, Belfast 39, Abbott Tech, Conn. 36, Bonny Eagle of Standish 33, Noble 16, North Providence "B" 6, Sacopee Valley of Cornish 4, Mount Saint Charles, R.I. 3 and Mountain Valley "B" 1.

The individual Belfast results, with Lions listed first, were:

106 pounds — Connor Fournier was pinned by Grant Carrier, MountVal, at 1:23; and lost by major decision to to Zach Wallingford, CH, 13-5.

113 pounds — Gabe Bruns was pinned by Max Morrier, Timber, at 0:28; and was pinned by Kyle Nickerson, San, at 1:48.

120 pounds —Timmy Smith, Bel, pinned David Rankin, BE, at 0:54; was pinned by Tyler Johnson, Dan, at 1:06; beat Ronan Moynighan, Xav, 6-3; beat Matt Myles, MountVal, 15-13; pinned Jake Rousseau, Timber, at 2:43; and was pinned by John Leavitt, Timber, at 1:32 in the consolation final. Smith finished fourth.

138 pounds — Jonah Lovejoy lost by technical fall to Quinn Moynihan, Xav, 16-1; beat Nolan Santos, Cumb, 7-4; and was pinned by Hussin Al-Saadi, Port, at 3:26.

145 pounds — Isaac Ham was pinned by James Lunt, Xav, at 1:59; and was pinned Dom Pallaria, Timber, at 2:15.

152 pounds — Elijah Charbonnier was pinned by Matthew Pooler, Mass, at 0:49; and was pinned by Anthony Rousseau, Timber, at 2:39.

160 pounds — Francesco Martin was pinned by Noah Hernandez, Mass, at 1:06; received a bye; and was pinned by Joe Friel, Timber, at 3:26.

170 pounds — Nathaniel Porter was pinned by Henry Pharris, CH, at 2:39; and lost to Matt Brown, MountVal, 8-3.

182 pounds — Jason Norwood pinned Thomas Lunt, Xav, at 0:44; was pinned by Jonah Potter, Wells, at 3:16; and was pinned by Will Orso, York, at 2:06.

195 pounds — Brian White pinned Pius Olango, Bidd, at 1:42; was pinned by Morgan Welch-Thompson, Wells, at 3:53; beat Tyler Paquin, Timber, 9-8; and was pinned by Nate Davis, York, at 2:49.

220 pounds — Cam Watts pinned Austin Niles, York, at 1:33; was pinned by Phil Coppolino, Cumb, at 2:47; pinned Shea Clark, Noble, at 2:26; pinned Zac Lau, Bidd, at 1:55; was pinned by D.J. Donovan, Dan, at 1:43; and was pinned by Austin Niles, York, at 1:58. Watts finished sixth.

285 pounds — Shane Rumney was pinned by Addison Boisvert, Scar, at 0:39; and was pinned by Jake Breton, Mass, at 2:03.

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