High school wrestling

Ward brothers capture regional crowns, advance to states

Cole, Fonger sisters also strong in Class B South meet
By Ken Waltz | Feb 09, 2020
Photo by: Ken Waltz Mount View's Zach Ward, right, and Wells' Devin Chace at 145 pounds on Feb. 8 in the Class B South high school wrestling championships at Medomak Valley in Waldoboro.

Waldoboro — When it comes to strong, consistent wrestling performances, Mount View always can count on a pair of brothers and sisters to turn in exceptional mat efforts and that again was the case on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Class South championships at Medomak Valley High School.

In the meet, brothers Mark and Zach Ward won individual titles, while the Fonger sisters — Emma and Morgan — battled foes to grab wins in the talent-laden qualifying meet for the states. Michael Cole also won two of four matches in a stellar effort for Mount View.

The top four finishers in each weight class at the regional meet qualified for the state meet on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Fryeburg Academy.

The Wards qualified as regional champions and were the only Mustangs of Thorndike to move on from the meet. Zach Ward finished first at 145 pounds and Mark Ward won at 152.

See more photos below.

The team scores from Class B South were: Wells, 211.5, Mountain Valley of Rumford 123, Medomak Valley 119, Lisbon of Lisbon Falls/Oak Hill of Sabattus 101, York 98, Dirigo of Dixfield 81, Madison 74, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 73, Fryeburg Academy 63, Mount View 62, Oceanside of Rockland 54, Winslow 40, Monmouth Academy 39, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 39 and Richmond 12.

The Fongers, along with teammate Hailey Wood, also are expected to compete in the state girls wrestling championships on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 9 a.m. at Windham High School.

The individual regional results for Mount View wrestlers were:

120 pounds — Hailey Wood received a first-round bye; was pinned by Samuel Schmitt, Win, at 1:09; and was pinned by Jon Johnson, MCI, at 1:14.

126 pounds — Morgan Fonger beat Liam Friberg, FA, at 6-5; was pinned by Evan Hasenfus, Mon, at 3:21; received a bye; and lost to Tanner Mongeon, Mad, 6-4.

132 pounds — Emma Fonger pinned Nathan McKenney, MCI, at 3:08; was pinned by Jake Ellis, Dir, at 0:22; received a bye; beat Seth Spear, Ocean, 11-5; and lost to Sullivan Anderson, LA, 9-6.

145 pounds — Zach Ward received a first-round bye; pinned Max Merrill, MountVal, at 0:47; pinned Devin Chace, Wells, at 1:29; and beat Joe Neal, York, 12-5, in the championship final. Ward finished first.

152 pounds — Mark Ward received a first-round bye; pinned Corbin Drake, LA, at 0:12; pinned Owen MacIntosh, York, at 1:51; and beat Evrit Roy, MountVal, 2-0, in the championship final. Ward finished first.

182 pounds — Michael Cole beat Tresdon Mills, MountVal, 10-2; was pinned by Devin Bickford, Wells, at 0:42; pinned Aiden O'Donnell, Mad, at 1:38; and was pinned by Bryce Bussell, MCI, at 1:27.

195 pounds — Garrett Dunton was pinned by Keaghan Perkins, Mad, at 0:31; received a bye; and lost to Aaron Sacks, MCI, 13-7.

Mount View's Michael Cole. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Morgan Fonger. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Morgan Fonger, left, and Madison's Tanner Mongeon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Morgan Fonger, left, and Madison's Tanner Mongeon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Morgan Fonger, left, and Madison's Tanner Mongeon. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Emma Fonger. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Emma Fonger, left, and Oceanside's Seth Spear. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Emma Fonger, left, and Oceanside's Seth Spear. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Emma Fonger, top, and Oceanside's Seth Spear. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Emma Fonger, top, and Oceanside's Seth Spear. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Emma Fonger, top, and Oceanside's Seth Spear. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Emma Fonger, front, and Oceanside's Seth Spear. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Zach Ward, right, and Wells' Devin Chace. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Zach Ward, right, and Wells' Devin Chace. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Zach Ward, right, and Wells' Devin Chace. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mark Ward. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mark Ward. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mark Ward, left, and York's Owen MacIntosh. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mark Ward, left, and York's Owen MacIntosh. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Mark Ward, right, and York's Owen MacIntosh. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Michael Cole, right, and Maine Central Institute's Bryce Bussell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Michael Cole, left, and Maine Central Institute's Bryce Bussell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Michael Cole, left, and Maine Central Institute's Bryce Bussell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
Mount View's Michael Cole, top, and Maine Central Institute's Bryce Bussell. (Photo by: Ken Waltz)
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