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High school wrestling

Mustang brothers Ward off foes for milestone victory achievements

Mark reaches 150 career mat wins, Zachary 100
By Staff | Feb 01, 2020
Courtesy of: Hamilton Richards Mount View High School wrestlers Mark, left, and Zachary Ward, right, hold plaques of distinction as they stand with longtime Mustang coach Hamilton Richards. Mark holds a plaque for 150 career wins and Zach one for 100 victories, both achieved at a regular-season meet on Jan. 25 at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.

Thorndike — The Ward brothers — Mark and Zachary — of Mount View have been, since small children, synonymous with success on the wrestling mat and that athletic excellence has continued in a big way in high school.

The teenagers are in the midst of their postseason quests for league, regional, state and perhaps New England titles. But before all that Mark, a senior, and Zach, a junior, had business to take care of in the team's final regular-season meet on Saturday, Jan. 25 at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.

At that meet, Mark recorded his 150th career victory and his younger brother, Zach, his 100th.

"In both cases … the brothers actually made the plaque presentations to each other. I thought that was fitting considering it is certainly not every day when brothers achieve such milestones at the same moment in time," said longtime Mustang coach Hamilton Richards.

The coach said it was reminiscent of when the siblings were back-to-back state Class B champions in 2018 — Mark at 138 pounds and Zach at 145.

This season, Mark wrestles at 152 pounds and Zach at 145.

Obviously with the win milestones as proof the Ward siblings have been no strangers to mat success and always are in the mixture for postseason accolades. Mark has even experienced a strong level of success at the New England meets.

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