High school wrestling

Curry's 100th win highlights recent Lion mat action

Belfast finishes 0-2 in Dec. 20 tri-meet; 13th in Franklin Savings Bank tourney
By Zack Miller and Mark Haskell | Dec 26, 2017

While the youthful Belfast wrestling team experienced growing pains in its most recent meets, one talented Lion secured a notable individual achievement on the high school mats prior to the holiday break.

The Lions traveled to Morse of Bath for a tri-meet, with Oxford Hills of South Paris, on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and finished 0-2, as Belfast fell to the host Shipbuilders 48-21 and Vikings 48-33.

Belfast also competed in the Franklin Savings Bank Tournament on Saturday, Dec. 16 in Rumford and, among the 18 teams, finished seventh for Class B teams and 13th overall.

In the Dec. 16 tourney, the Lions saw Chase Curry amass his 100th career victory.

The following is a breakdown of Belfast’s most recent two meets:

At Bath on Dec. 20, the Lions finished 0-2 against the Shipbuilders and Vikings.

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

113 pounds — Timothy Smith pinned Sabrina Cothran, OxH; and won by forfeit over Morse.

126 pounds — Patrick Hanley won by forfeit over Oxford Hills; and was pinned by Micaliah Albertson, Mor.

132 pounds — Ryan Peavey pinned Stephen Daily, OxH; and was pinned by Mason Savary, Mor.

138 pounds — Chase Curry pinned Emily Smith, OxH; and pinned Ben Brewer, Mor.

152 pounds — Patrick Curtis was pinned by Dylan Cobbett, OxH; and was pinned by Isaiah Cogswell, Mor.

160 pounds — Nathaniel Porter won by decision over Jacob Everett, OxH; and was pinned by Sam Strozier, Mor.

170 pounds — David Warren was pinned by Jason Paradis, OxH; and was pinned by Isaak Sinclair, Mor.

195 pounds — Jason Norwood was pinned by Jeffrey Worster OxH; and was pinned by Ihsan Myers, Mor.

220 pounds — Brian White was pinned by Jarrod Taylor, OxH; and won by decision over Jayce Martin, Mor.

285 pounds — Cameron Watts pinned Trevor Reid, OxH; and pinned Deja Douglas, Mor.

At Rumford Dec. 16, the Lions finished 13th among 18 squads in the highly-competitive Franklin Savings Bank Tournament

The Lions had a pair of wrestlers place third in their respective weight classes, including Chase Curry at 138 and Tim Smith at 113.

Curry, who had 97 victories heading into Saturday’s meet, needed three wins to collect his 100th career win.

He wound up with four on the day and, coupled with his two wins in Belfast’s tri-meet Dec. 20, now has 103 career victories.

Over his four-year career, Curry has amassed victories in the 126-, 132- and 138-pound weight classes and finished second in the 132-pound class at last year’s league championships.

Belfast coach Rick Kelley said Curry is “one of those kids that works hard” and often will get edged in big tournament matches and needs to battle back in consolation brackets, which is one of the reasons why he has amassed so many matches.

“He’s one of the most self-disciplined kids I’ve ever coached,” Kelley said. “He’s exemplary, he’s so dedicated and a true team-first-type of kid.”

The coach went on to say Curry always is willing to wrestle up or down a weight class — depending on the team’s needs.

“He doesn’t complain,” said Kelley. “He’s a no-nonsense, no-excuses-kind of kid. He says, ‘If you need me to do it coach, I’ll do it.’ He’s super committed [and] he doesn’t miss practice. When he’s all in, he’s all in.”

The team scores were: Skowhegan 127.5, Oxford Hills of South Paris 109, Wells 108, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 74.5, Erskine Academy of South China 67, Mountain Valley of Rumford 64, Bucksport 60, Ellsworth 58, Mount Ararat of Topsham 46, Dirigo of Dixfield 44, Lisbon of Lisbon Falls 41, Madison 39.5, Messalonskee of Oakland 35, Belfast 33, Windham 26, Bangor Christian 15, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 10, John Bapst of Bangor 3 and Oak Hill of Sabattus no score.

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

113 pounds — Tim Smith pinned Matt Reid, Ells, at 0:21; was pinned by Rico Ayala, FA, at 5:12; pinned Lane Wilkins, Dir, at 0:55; and pinned Kiah Wilson, Buck, at 1:33. Smith finished third.

120 pounds — Brandon Cournoyer was pinned in a pigtail match.

132 pounds — Ryan Peavey won by pin in a pigtail match; was pinned by Everit Roy, MtVal, at 1:35; and was pinned by Oakley Dugans, BC, at 1:44.

138 pounds — Chase Curry pinned Emily Smith, OxH, in a pigtail match; pinned Jacob Emery, JB, at 4:05; was pinned by R.J. Nelson, FA, at 5:11; beat Ben Lawrence, MtA, 12-6; and pinned John Wainwright, Dir, at 4:26. Curry finished third.

145 pounds — Elijah Charbonnier was pinned in a pigtail match.

152 pounds — Jacob Racioppi pinned Devon Chace, Wells, at 1:22 in a pigtail match; was pinned by Peyton Cole, Ells, at 1:01; and lost by injury default to Jacob Diamond, FA.

160 pounds — David Warren pinned Hayden Landry, no school listed, at 1:34 in a pigtail match; was pinned by Dustin Simmons, FA, at 1:11; and was pinned by Andrew Martin, Wind, at 1:33.

170 pounds — Nathaniel Porter was pinned in a pigtail match.

195 pounds — Jason Norwood was pinned by Darren Buono, MtVal, at 2:40; pinned Stewart McNaughton, LA, at 0:56; and was pinned by Dalton Berry, Dir, at 2:18.

220 pounds — Konnor Hartford lost to Seth Padelford, Mad, 16-1; and was pinned by Jared Smith, JB, at 2:06.

285 pounds — Cam Watts was pinned by Colton Carlo, Dir, 2:53; and was pinned by Brennan Ouellette, Skow, at 2:47.

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