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Hall, Hebert compete in mixed martial arts matches
REGION -- There was plenty of high hopes for two individuals from the River Valley, who each stepped into the cage for their respective mixed martial fights.
In the aftermath, there was mixed results at New England Fights VII for Caleb Hall and Trevor Hebert, who were two participants on the card at the Androscoggin Bank Collisee.
Over 2000 fans watched the proceedings that included over 30 fights that started at 4 p.m. on May 18 and didn't conclude until the witching hour.
Hall, 18, of Dixfield raised his amateur record to 2-0, following a third-round TKO against Corey Hinkley of Lewiston. Hebert of Roxbury was caught and forced to tap out against Mike Brown of Lynn, MA.
Hall, who wrestles at Plymouth State University, utilized his mat skills in dominating his opponent. The former two-time state wrestling champion, executed a takedown within seconds of the opening bell and then used his ever-developing ground-and-pound skills, to keep Hinkley pinned on the canvas.
''In the locker room, Dawson (Walton of Rumford, Hall's trainer) was telling me to me to work my hands and force a takedown, and that's exactly I did,'' said Hall, during a post-fight interview. ''I felt like I had some pretty good ground-and-pound, good top control.''
Hinkley gained the upper hand for takedown in the third round, but the advantage was short lived because Hall turned to his base and executed a quick reversal.
''I stayed pretty confident after (Hinkley) takedown. I knew I could scramble out of it,'' said Hall, who had won his first fight in 51 seconds, with a rear naked choke at NEF V last September. ''That's my style in wrestling. As soon as he got me down, I knew what to do when he sunk his hooks in.''
Hebert, 28, who was making his MMA amateur debut, didn't really have a chance to let loose. Brown grabbed Hebert's arm and produced an arm bar, forcing Hebert to tap out in 48 seconds.
Hebert, a Mountain Valley graduate who is a welder at Bath Iron Works, used his twin brother, Travis as inspiration throughout training. Travis was injured in an automobile accident over two decades ago.
Former Oxford Hills wrestler Chris Cobbett defeated Jacob Cameron of Bangor by TKO at 2:30 in the first round.
NEF is co-owned by Rumford Rep. Matt Peterson.