High school wrestling

Windjammer Merrifield, Mustang Fonger excel in 'Queen of Mat' event

Midcoast grapplers nab first-place finishes, Mariner Ripley second
By Staff | Mar 01, 2016
Courtesy of: Hilary Merrifield facebook page Camden Hills' Hilary Merrifield with her first-place trophy.

Biddeford — It was a banner day on the mats for three high school female grapplers as the King/Queen of the Mat 2016 tournament played out on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Biddeford High School.

Three wrestlers from three Midcoast high schools were among the top finishers on the day — two of whom won their respective weight classes in the round-robin format tournaments.

Mount View's Sierra Fonger finished first in the 155-pound weight class, while Camden Hills' Hilary Merrifield, wrestling for the Maine Trappers, finished first in the 115-pound class.

Merrifield scored six points (3 pins, 1 decision) and went 4-0 on the day, while Fonger scored four points (2 pins) and went 2-0 on the day.

Oceanside's Shannon Ripley also wrapped up a second-place finish in the 135-pound class. Ripley scored 5.5 points (1 pin, 1 technical fall, one disqualification) and went 3-1 on the day.

Mount View coach Hamilton Richards said Fonger “wrestled very well and defeated some good competition.”

“What impressed me the most was not that she got all her wins by pin, but that she controlled all her matches from start to finish,” the veteran coach said. “She was excellent on her feet, either getting takedowns or stuffing her opponent's offense. On top, she was relentless, continuing to rack up near-fall points until she secured a fall. In her final match, she was either 10 or 12 points ahead of her opponent before pinning her.”

Merrifield, who earlier this season secured her 100th high school career mat victory, said she was proud of herself and how far she has come in the sport.

"It was a tough competition and it was awesome to see how hard work has gotten me to this point," said Merrifield. "It definitely makes it all worth while."

Penobscot Valley's Sophie Carson was named Queen of the Mat as the event's most outstanding wrestler, finishing unbeaten in the 135-pound class.

The individual results for the Midcoast trio included:

115 pounds (5-person round robin) — Merrifield, Trap, received a first-round bye; pinned Kyelin King, Trap, at 4:47; beat Ella Davidson, Trap, 4-0; pinned Cheyenne Pease, Monmouth Academy, at 5:26; and pinned Hannah Sheehan, Trap, at 0:44, to finish first.

135 pounds (5-person round robin) — Ripley, Ocean, beat Cassandra Ray, Erskine Academy, 16-0; pinned Lexi Lint, Winslow, at 0:35; won by disqualification over Jordynn Godin, Noble; and lost to Sophia Carson, Penobscot Valley, 14-2, to finish second.

155 pounds (3-person round robin) — Fonger, MtV, pinned Justice Duquette, Trap, at 1:40; and pinned Ashlyn Wing, Erskine Academy, at 4:23, to finish first.

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Mount View's Sierra Fonger holds her trophy for winning the 155-pound weight division. (Courtesy of: Jeffrey Fonger)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Florance Annie Merrifield | Mar 01, 2016 18:05

Hilary Way to go girl.  You are on a roll.  Keep up the good job.  Love Papa and Grammie



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