THORNDIKE — Despite having a young team with some experience, Mount View wrestlers still started strongly in their first few high school meets 2022-23.

In their first five dual-matches, the Mustangs were 4-1 (not including a quad-meet with Camden Hills, Winslow and host Cony on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in Augusta).

The Mustangs even wrestled Waldo County rival Belfast tough in one match, losing 34-33 on criteria.

In other early matches, Mount View beat Nokomis of Newport 42-30, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 47-24, Lisbon/Oak Hill 60-6 and Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 36-24.

Longtime Mustang coach Hamilton Richards said the Mustangs are young overall, while a few student-athletes have a few years of experience.

“Overall, the kids are winning most of their matches at this point,” he said. “While we’ve come out of the gate pretty well I think this team — provided we don’t lose key wrestlers to grades or injuries — is going to be more formidable late in the season. A lot of talent, but a number of bugs to work out so that the kids wrestle to [their] potential.”

Hamilton said early in the campaign (before the Dec. 21 meet) a few of the team’s more successful match competitors have been: Tony Vieira, 126/132 pounds, 4-1; Josiah Miller, 138/145, 5-0; Chase Kenney, 152 4-1; Tony Mathous, 182/195, 5-0; Garrett Dunton, 182, 1-0; and Riley Bryant, 285, 5-0.

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