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MV third at PTL championships
CAMDEN-ROCKPORT -- Following having a solid season, Mountain Valley felt that if the team's received strong performances last Saturday they could make some noise in the Pine Tree Wrestling League championships.
Expectations fell shy as the Falcons finished third (102 points) at Camden-Rockport Middle School. The class of the field was Troy Howard (Belfast) who scored 154 to run away with the championship. Oceanside (104.5) edged out the Falcons for the runner-up spot.
It was Caleb Austin (110) of Mountain Valley who won the lone individual championship for the River Valley. The eighth grader completed the season unbeaten again, tech falling Jacob Racioppi of Troy Howard 20-1, in winning his third straight title. The Falcons' other finalists were Ethan Boucher (103), Eddie DeRoche (117) and Kyle Farrar (138).
The most competitive finals match was Bouchers, who lost a 1-0 decision to Connor McGonagle of Oceanside. The match was scoreless after one period and MaGonagle executed a standing escape in the second period. Boucher, who had been seeking a fourth PTWL crown, was unable to get loose, throughout the third period.
''I was proud not only on the mat but how they handled adversity,'' said MV coach Anthony Mazza, referring to Boucher's finals match. ''My heart ached for Ethan. I know how much it meant to him and would have wrestled it for him if I could. It, being his final middle school match, and his first and only defeat eerily reminded me of Dan Gable.''
'' Sometimes the pressures are too tough, but of course this is what makes wrestlers so more ready to take pressure of life. He handled the loss with grace and dignity.''
Dirigo had three medalists, while Mountain Valley earned six. DeRoche lost 10-0 and Farrar was pinned in the finals. In a head-to-head match, Isaac Therrien of MV won 6-0 against the Cougars' Colin Woodhead, to place third at 124. The Hawks' Tyler Brown placed fourth at 170.
Also competing was Josh Thibodeau (75), who was pinned early in round one, acquired a pin in consolation quarterfinals, and was pinned in consolation semifinals.
Vinny DeRoche (82) ran into tough competition and was pinned twice; Eddie DeRoche (117) battled to the finals by beating Medomak's Steven Thompson in a hard fought 11-8 decision before running into Peyton Cole from Hancook in the finals; Kyle Farrar (138) dominated first two opponents before losing to Elvis Bowen, who had beaten Farrar earlier in the year at a youth tourney.
Darin Buono (145) made it into the tourney through alternate status and secured a pin in the consolation quarterfinals; Michael Arsenault (190) secured a pin but did not place.
''The team missed out on second place by 2.5 points,'' said Mazza. ''But overall, the performance was respectable. A few of the losses appeared to be due the mental aspects of wrestling that I as a coach feel responsible for not preparing the wrestlers for enough.''