RUMFORD —Ryan Burgess’ record-breaking performance led to an elusive regional championship for the two-time Mountain Valley High School state champion.

The Falcons relied on their superior depth to score 234 points Saturday to easily win the Western Class B regional team crown over Fryeburg Academy 150 ½ and Morse 129 ½.

Mountain Valley had the most champions with seven. In addition to  Burgess (112 pounds), the list included Cody Magoon (125), Josh Thornton (145), Taylor Carey (171), Josh Allen (189), Christian Durland (215) and Ryan Glover (285). Zach Cross was a finalist at 160.

Oak Hill and Wells rounded out the top five with 105 and 100 points, respectively.

“We wanted to get as many through today as we could,” Mountain Valley coach Gary Dolloff said. “We’re capable of beating anybody, but they can’t afford to let up. Like today, we (won seven of eight) finals, but I’ve seen a loss here mess up a kid’s entire season.”

Mountain Valley had already wrapped up the team crown with a 168-105 lead over Morse entering the championship consolations and finals, which were held simultaneously.

The Falcons’ run began with Burgess (dropped to 112), who spun behind for an 8-6 overtime decision against Colin Sevigney of Wells. Burgess had beaten Sevigney 6-4 in last weekend’s league final. Burgess, who was a regional finalist the last two years before regrouping to become a two-time state champion, won his first regional title.

“I’ve been working hard for this,” said Burgess, who broke the school record for wins with a pin in a quarterfinals. “It has been on my mind since I went 35-5 as a freshman and I saw Ernie (Matthews) set the mark two years ago. I knew I could do it.”

Oak Hills Keith Madore(140) executed a takedown in the third period for a 5-3 decision against Wyatt Thornton of Gardiner. It was the Raider wrestler’s third cpnsecutive regional title.

“My goal coming in today was first,” Madore said. “I felt good and even though I had lost to (Thornton) last year, I knew I’d meet him again.”

Magoon was on fire for an 18-3 technical fall and Josh Thornton, who didn’t compete in the league championship, held on for a 2-1 decision over Peter Bacchiocci of Fryeburg. Glover peeled a wrist off for a standing escape with two seconds left in OT for a 3-2 decision against Aaron Mitchell of Morse, and Carey pinned Brad Stevens of York for the second-straight week.

In a grudge match, Durland stuck Nick Wells of Oak Hill in the first period. The Falcon senior countered a takedown attempt by hooking a leg and arm to put Wells away.

“I went out there like a street fight,” Durland said, who had lost to Wells in two tournament finals. “My Dad had told me that if I got Wells on his back not to let him up. So, I teed off.”

Fryeburg had champions Connor Sheehan (103), Jake Thurston (130) and Stefan Emery (152). Sheehan stuck Taylor Pomperleau of Oak Hill and Emery escaped for a one-point decision over Garrett Perkins of Wells.

“We couldn’t contend today because of a lack of depth,” said Oak Hill coach Shane Bouchard, whose team qualified qualified six wrestlers, including thirds by Craig Morrill and Mike Hamm.

Allen used a snap-down for five points and went on for an 11-5 decision on Sean Marrero of Morse.

“I feel I’m the most aggressive wrestler on our team,” Allen said. “I like to get the first takedown by snapping down and going for a single.”

The Falcons’ Nicole Burgess (103), Jake Thornton (119) and Joe Provencher (135) each placed third and Santos Rodriguez was fourth at 152.


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