DIXFIELD —Mountain Valley had now problem throwing its weight around against rival Dirigo on Wednesday night.

  Mountain Valley ruled the upper weights with pins by Josh Allen (189 pounds), Christian Durland (215) and Ryan Glover at (285) and rallied past Dirigo 44-30 in a Mid State League dual meet.

Mountain Valley rallied for a 42-28 triumph against Dirigo last month.

Mountain Valley (6-1) is battle-tested, having finished sixth and fourth at the Noble and Redskin Invitational tournaments, and took control when it was necessary. Allen wrapped up Zach White in 15 seconds and Durland finished Cliff Boyinton and Glover stuck Ben Dolloff. The Cougar senior outweighed Glover by 70 pounds.

“The upper weights did it again,” said Allen, who will switch weight classes with Durand. “It feels really good know we have that at the end. If coach needs three pins, then we have the ability to go out and do it.”

Class C Dirigo (9-4), competing for the second time in three weeks, had taken a lead following pins at 160 and 171. State finalists Alex Miele and Matt Duka locked horns at 160. Miele of Dirigo caught the Falcon in the third period. Thomas Barnett stuck William Simmons.

The Falcons won six of the first seven contested matches, beginning with a battle of state champions Ryan Burgess of MV earning near-fall point to decision Caleb Hall, 8-5. Hall had led 3-2 by escaping in the first period.

Josh Thornton enacted revenge with a 17-0 technical fall against Chad Oakes. Oakes had won 5-3 in overtime. Thornton had entered the rematch with plenty of momentum after winning a championship at the Redskins last Saturday.

“I had a shoulder injury early in season, but its feeling good now,” said Thornton, who has to fend off nerves prior to every match. “I went out there thinking tech fall or a pin. I was able to slip in my legs and use a power half (nelson) to turn him. I’ve been working real hard in practice and all during the off season so it’s good to see the dedication pay off.”


 The Falcons recorded two come-from-behind decisions at 130 and 135, respectively. Tim Ross bested Ryan Lemay 7-3 and Joe Provencher executed back points in 12-10 win over Dylan Castonguay. Cody Magoon stuck Justin Jasper at 125.

“We need to turn it up at this point of season,” Falcon coach Gary Dolloff said. “We’re looking for endurance and the kids need to go on the mat having more than one takedown. Like coach (Jerry) Perkins always said, ‘Its time to start peaking.'”

Cougar state champion Brandon Jonaitis (140) stopped the bleeding by pinning Joao Fiahlo (exchange student), but Falcon Taylor Carey 152 stuck D.J. Webber.


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