FRYEBURG — It came down to which team would place and show.
With both teams enjoying strong performances, Fryeburg held off regional champion Mountain Valley, 109-93½, to finish second in the Class B state wrestling championship Saturday at spacious Ada Cram Wadsworth Arena.
Neither could match the superior depth that propelled Camden Hills to the state crown with 169 points.
York, Wells and Belfast rounded out the top six.
The competition was intense as several individuals were matched up for the second and third consecutive week.
“We had a good first round,” Mountain Valley coach Chris Bean said of the Falcons’ eight wins in 10 matches. “But, we’ve had two kids out sick all week. Jake Thornton was in the hospital and one kid didn’t even show today”
Camden Hills led Mountain Valley 31-27 after the quarterfinals. But, things fell apart with five straight losses, including three to Camden Hills in the semifinals. That was a potential of 14 team points by each winning wrestler. The huge point swing proved too much to over come.
Windjammer champions were James Archer at 106, Connor Whinchinbach, Anthony Batty (182), Brandon Graham (195) and Rhett Chase (220).
“We started slow,”Camden Hills coach Levi Rollins said, who is retiring. “There were three (upset) losses in the first round, but the kids stepped up by winning eight in semis. This has been a great group to work with throughout the season. They have grown.”
Each state champion automatically qualified for the New England championships next month. Still, in the state meet it was important to have wrestlers advance back through the consolations for valuable team points.
Mountain Valley, defending state champion, refocused with seven wins for 45 points in consolation semifinals.
“That was nice,” Bean said. “The kids really showed us something. It was difficult to wrestle back after a tough losses in semis.”
Gary Stevens of Morse executed a takedown with 31 seconds left for a 4-2 decision over Dillion Bragg of Camden at 132. Moments later, Brent Waterman of Belfast got past Colman Powers of CH.
Fryeburg brothers Zak and Connor Sheehan and C.J. Bartlett each won state crowns. Connor Sheehan won his second straight state championship with a 10-0 victory over Evan Drinkwater of Belfast. Sheehan was attached like Velcro with tight legs for the decision.
“I really worked hard drilling with my brother Zak,” Sheehan said.
Zak Sheehan, a freshman, wrestled a great match in a 5-3 upset of Colin Sevigney of Wells. “I got the first takedown,” Zak Sheehan said, who had lost the previous two weeks to the Warrior sophomore. “That was the difference. It gave me momentum I needed.”
Sevigny, who executed a 13-second pin in the quarterfinals, lost to Connor Sheehan in the 2011 state finals.
“We advanced four to finals,” Fryeburg coach Bryce Thurston said. “A couple were unexpected. It was nice to see Kirk (Hubbord finalist at 138) get in on his senior year. It was tough seeing my son Jake Thurston (third at 145) lose a close semifinal match.”
Mountain Valley freshmen Dakota Jacques (head and arm pin) at 113, Nate Boucher (132) and seniors Robert Worthley (152) and Ryan Glover (285) each placed third.
Nicole Burgess (106), Brandon Gill (126), and Joe Provencher (overtime at 138) finished fourth. Gill, a freshman, had his father Larry placed fourth as a freshman for Rumford in 1974.
Dan DelGallo 49-0 at 138 for Gardiner repeated as state champion and was voted most outstanding wrestler.