High school wrestling

Lang, Ward battle New England's best on mat

Midcoast student-athletes from Camden Hills, Mount View finish 2-2 in prestigious event
By Staff | Mar 05, 2018
Courtesy of: Glenn Lang Camden Hills' Noah Lang, top, pins Nick Tejada of Haverill, Mass. in a 145-point match at the New England high school competition on March 2-3 in Providence, R.I.

Providence, R.I. — Camden Hills' Noah Lang and Mount View's Mark Ward experienced remarkable success throughout the 2017-18 season, winning a number of regular-season and postseason tournaments, and the Midcoast student-athletes took their impressive mat games up a notch during the New England championships.

Both high school wrestlers finished 2-2 in the tough, talent-laden meet Friday and Saturday, March 2-3 at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.

Lang wrestled at 145 pounds and Ward at 138. The wrestlers were the top seeds for Maine in the tourney.

The New England event included 32-person brackets.

The New England competition was for the top three finishers in each weight class from the Saturday, Feb. 24 all-state event at Nokomis High School in Newport.

The top four finishers in the Maine Class A and B championship meets on Saturday, Feb. 17 earned spots in the all-state competition and an opportunity to vie for New England berths.

Lang, a junior, and Ward, a sophomore, won their weight classes in the New England qualifier and then finished 2-2 at the New England meet.

At the New Englands, Lang received a first-round bye, then beat Dylan Musgrave of Timberlane in Plaistow, N.H. 7-5 in overtime. The match score was 5-5 at the end of regulation, before Lang earned a two-point takedown at 0:15 of OT to seal the win.

All the wrestlers' earlier points came in the second period, when Lang had a one-point escape at 0:34, two-point takedown at 0:20 and three-point nearfall at 0:13. Musgrave had a two-point reversal at 0:52 and three-point nearfall at 0:35.

Lang then lost by major decision to Cole McGill of Ponaganset in North Scituate, R.I. 14-3. McGill scored a two-point takedown at 0:54 of the first period, five more points in the second, including a two-point reversal at 0:54 and two-point takedown at 0:36. In the third period, McGill recorded a three-point nearfall at 1:35 and two-point takedowns at 0:38 and 0:03.

In the match, Lang had a one-point escape at 0:50 of the second period and one-point escapes at 0:52 and 0:18 of the third.

Lang followed that with a pin of Nick Tejada of Haverhill of Massachusetts at 4:19. The Windjammer earned a two-point takedown at 0:43 of the first period and one-point escape at 1:21 and two-point takedown at 1:07 of the second period. Tejada had a two-point reversal at 1:28 of the second to make it 5-2 as the athletes headed to the third.

In that final period, Lang had an escape at 1:51, takedown at 1:45, nearfall at 1:35 and takedown at 0:48 before the pin. Tejada scored an escape at 1:18 of the final period.

Lang finished his tourney with a 7-1 loss to Brevin Cassella of Nashoba of Boston, Mass. Lang had a one-point escape at 0:08 of the first period, while Cassella racked up his points with a two-point takedown at 0:15 of the first and five points in the second, including a two-point reversal and three-point nearfall.

At the New Englands, Ward received a first-round bye and then lost to Mahari Miller of Springfield Central in Massachusetts 3-2. Mahari grabbed a two-point takedown in the first period at 0:37 and a one-point escape at 0:29 of the second period to lead 3-0. Ward then secured a two-point third-period reversal at 1:11 for the 3-2 final.

Ward then beat Cody Pennypacker of St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont 4-0. Ward earned a two-point takedown at 0:46 of the first peirod and two-point reversal at 1:02 of the third.

The Mustang followed that with a 4-3 win over David Spinney of Marshwood. Spinney took a 2-0 lead with a reversal at 1:08 of the second period. Ward tied the match 2-2 at 1:31 of the third period with a reversal. In the third, Spinney had a one-point escape at 0:50 and Ward cemented the 4-3 win with a two-point takedown at 0:33.

Ward then lost by major decision to A.J. Pagliarulo of Bedford 18-7. Pagliarulo earned a two-point takedown at 0:21 of the first period and scored six points in the second on a takedown at 1:36 and 0:54 and a nearfall at 0:47.

Ward had an escape and reversal at 2:00 and 0:46 respectively to close within 8-4 after two periods. However, in the third, Pagliarulo earned an escape at 1:57 and takedowns at 1:29, 0:48 and 0:04. Ward also had a reversal at 1:22 of the final period.

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