AUGUSTA – Oxford Hills coach Mark Dolloff reminded his wrestlers in the week leading up to this year’s Eastern Class A regionals that they’d missed out on the last two titles by one and 2.5 points, respectively.

“I said, ‘You’ve got to find out where the point is. You’ve got to make the difference. Where you’re going to find that point, I don’t know. But every one of you have got to find it,'” Dolloff said.

All 10 Viking wrestlers chipped in at Cony High School Saturday. Eight of them reached the finals, and three won championships, which was enough for Oxford Hills to pull away from Mt. Ararat and finally take home the Eastern A crown.

“That was so impressive,” Dolloff said. “We put 10 kids on the scales this morning and we’re bringing 10 to the states. I’m very, very proud of that.”

Leading the Eagles by 5.5 points heading into the final round, the Vikings split four head-to-head matches with their closest competitor.

Jack Pike pinned Mt. Ararat’s Ryan Libby at 1:21 for the 171-pound crown, and Tom Moulton collected the fourth regional title of his career by knocking off the Eagles’ Zach Chandler, 8-2, in the 189-pound final.

“It’s great. I couldn’t ask for anything more,” said Moulton, who also picked up his 150th career victory Saturday. “It’s definitely one of the best feelings in my life. It’s something I’ve worked real hard for. I definitely want to progress off this and capitalize next week at states.”

Ron Packard capped the Vikings’ day by outlasting Cony’s Chris Knowles and pinning him at 4:49 to earn the 285 title.

“I was going to just keep ducking under, take him down and get the points,” said Packard, who was locked in a scoreless stalemate with Knowles for most of the first two quarters before Knowles wore down. “If he got tired, all the better.”

Nick Paine (103), Craig Varney (112), Ben Stoodley (152), Brad Smith (160) and Matt Stoodley (215) were the Vikings’ other finalists. Chris Francis (135) finished third and Adam Edgerton (145) fourth to earn spots in the state meet.

“We weren’t on the mat Thursday or Friday. We just ran the kids,” Dolloff said. “We had a few injuries and some lagging personal problems. But I’ll tell you what, these kids stepped up today. After last week, I challenged them to improve this week and they did.”

Morse (119.5), Erskine Academy (98.5) and Mt. Blue (93.5) rounded out the top five.

The Cougars picked up three individual titles. Sam Webber (125) earned his third regional crown by defeating Skowhegan’s Brian Parlin, 16-10. Gary Begin (145) edged Dillon White of Skowhegan, 7-6.

And freshman Gary Theriault overcame Erskine’s Ryan Spicer, 10-5, for the 119 title.

“I went in a little overconfident, and it almost came back to bite me in the butt,” Theriault said. “At the end of the first period, when I looked at the scoreboard and it was 3-2, it was kind of a wake-up call. In the third period, when he chose the top, I let him wear himself out and then I blew out real quick and got two for a reversal.”

Mt. Blue’s Andrew Currier (112) and Kris Arnold (130) picked up third-place finishes.


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