High school wrestling

Small Mount View group proves big pain to opponents

Mustangs especially excel in larger, non-dual-meet tournaments
By Ken Waltz | Apr 09, 2018

Thorndike — The Mount View High School wrestling team may have been a fairly small group, but what the Mustangs lacked in overall size they made up for in talent, hard work, grit and, ultimately, plenty of mat success.

In regular-season dual-meets, the Mustangs finished 16-17, but in the larger, talented-laden postseason tournaments the team did better, as it was 11th in the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference championship meet (runner-up for Class B teams), fourth in the Class B North regional tourney and third in Class B state meet.

"For a fairly small team, the team did very well in my view," said veteran Mustang coach Hamilton Richards. "Obviously, fielding eight wrestlers, on a good day, dual-meets were a challenge for us. We fielded nine one night but we lost that 'extra' wrestler due to grades early-on; most dual-meet days had us with only five to seven competing wrestlers.

"Against a team filling anywhere near 12-14 of the weight classes, we were toast in most cases. We were just forfeiting too many team points to catch back up. On the other hand, we could give most teams we faced a really good run if their numbers were close to what we were fielding on any given day.

"Where the team did much better was tournaments. We could usually place four to six wrestlers and the ones that placed picked up some pins, tech falls or major decisions along the way to help us with a few extra points as well.

"Also, and probably most importantly, this was a team that excelled under pressure. The kids peaked at the right time and they won a lot of tough matches when they counted most; many of them against higher-seeded wrestlers and/or against wrestlers they lost to earlier in the season. All-in-all, a good season for us with many positive takeaways."

Mount View wrestlers with their record for the season include:

Morgan Fonger, freshman, 113 pounds, 15-24, with three pins.

Emma Fonger, freshman, 126 pounds, 21-21, with nine pins.

Mark Ward, sophomore, 138 pounds, 47-4 (46-2 against Maine opponents), with 16 pins and five technical falls.

Zachary Ward, freshman 145 pounds, 38-16, with 21 pins and one technical fall.

Michael Cole, freshman, 152 pounds, 15-16, with 5 pins.

Jason Barnard, senior 160 pounds, 38-14, with 15 pins and two technical falls.

Matthew Barnard, junior, 170 pounds, 31-22, with 25 pins.

Nathaniel Fuller, junior, 285 pounds, 32-14, with 21 pins.

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Ken Waltz has been a media member 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He has an associate degree in law enforcement and studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hannah, and daughter, Audrey Josephine. Ken loves to golf, ride his motorcycle, exercise at the YMCA and follow his beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. He also has had a lifelong passion for the mysterious and all things paranormal/cryptozoological.

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