Sports in state-action mode
The State Class A meet (Mt. Ararat, Brunswick) is set for Windham High School on Saturday, with the B- C meets (Morse, Lisbon) at Fryeburg Academy.
“I don’t see how anybody can touch Camden Hills,” said Morse coach Shawn Guest. “The battle is for second place with several teams in the hunt for the runner-up spot. I thought I was being realistic last week with saying five wrestlers in would be good. We could have five kids place at the state meet if they are firing on all cylinders. Anything over that is a bonus.”
Morse wrestlers expected to compete are regional champ Kyle Bonti at 106 (14-12), Dylan Harrington at 120 (33-8), Gary Stevens at 126 (41-3), Chad Bonti at 132 ( 6- 8), regional champ Wyatt Bracket at 145 (41-2), Michael Alvarez at 152 (5-4), Brody Losier at 170 (13-12) and Corey Lent at 220 (6-8).
Brunswick’s Jared Jensen, the defending 130-pound state champ, ran his MPA record to 44-0 last weekend in the regionals, winning the 152-pound title, and will wrestle at 152.
For Mt. Ararat, look for Jacob Kenney at 106 (37-6), Corey Allen at 113 (27-13), Felipe Gunter at 132 (33-20) and Max Mondonedo at 285 (31-17). Danny Ewing (25-27) is an alternate at 145.
“We have wrestled everyone in the state so there shouldn’t be any surprises,” said Mt. Ararat coach Erick Jensen. “From an individual perspective almost all will have an opportunity to place. Felipe’s class is interesting with the exit of two state champions from the class. That class is wide open. So far, we have had a great week of practice and I expect them all to perform well.”
“My goal this season was to be a regional champ,” said the senior Allen. “And be a state placer. I thought, overall, I did well even though I was out a couple of weeks with a concussion.”
Of the “ state” week, Allen said, “This week it’s all about focus and pushing yourself to get better. You have to draw off other peoples emotions. At the state meet you can’t look ahead to other matches, you have to focus on that one match.”
Jensen, a junior, wrestles with the Eagles. “My first goal was to be a state champion, which I hope to achieve this weekend,” said Jensen. “At the state meet you have to have a lot of focus. You can’t have any distractions. And, of course, you get nervous for every match! Take one match at a time and get a good warm-up before every match.”
Mondonedo, the other senior, came out for wrestling for the first time and has impressed.
“I just wanted to see what I could do and I didn’t expect to do as well as I have been,” said Mondonedo, who hopes to attend Maine Maritime Academy next year. “ I put tons of time into the sport. I had been sick going into the regionals and I was not up to par, but I wanted to make it into the top four. I’m extremely excited to go to states and am really honored as a first-time wrestler. I know I’m going against the best of the best in the state.
“This week I tried to get my conditioning back, eat healthy, hone my skills and be as prepared as I can for states.”
On tap for Lisbon are regional champ Zach Stevens at 120 ( 27- 9), along with Cody Brauneia (15-13, third at 106), Tyler Bard (10-11, fourth at 126) and David Moore (12-9, fourth at 160).
“We are gong in not so much as a team as in year’s past, but more as individuals and see how they’ve progressed since their first matches,” said Lisbon coach Mark Stevens. “We’re still very young.”
The Class A meet is set for Monday with Brunswick and Mt. Ararat at the University of Southern Maine, while the Class B (Morse, Freeport) meet will be held at Bates College. The top seven places score for team totals.
“If you look at the (seeding) sheets, it looks like the Scarborough girls by a couple of points,” said Brunswick coach Dave DeLois. “Also, up there will be Bangor and Thornton Academy. I have us in the top four or five, but a lot of good things would have to happen for us to move up higher.”
State-wide, top-10 boys times and distances have been turned in by Mt. Ararat’s McKenzie Gary in the 55- meter dash (6.74), 200 (top seed, 23.15), 400 (51.20) and long jump (top seed, 21- 09), Will Hirnak in the 400 (52.01) and 800 (2:03.74), Seth Bryant in the 800 ( 2: 04.07), Ryan Smith in the 800 (2:04.31), Andy Reifman-Packett in the mile (4:45.24), Nathan Bryant in the mile(4:46.33),the4x800relay(Hirnak, Bryant, Nick Oram, Smith, top seed,8:25.97)andthe4x200relay (Colton Burne, Darine Gnidehoue, Hirnak, Oram, Smith, Ty Veno, 1:38.58).
Also, Brunswick’s Alex Nichols in the 200 (23.69) and 400 (top seed, 50.85), Mitchell Black in the 800 (2:02.63) and triple jump (42-04.50), Jamie Ross in the mile (4:36.11), Benson Worthington in the two mile (10:09.78), Dylan Walton in the long jump (20-02), and the4x800relay( WalterMartin, Wilder Nicholson, Worthington, Black, 8:39.42).
Brunswick boys coach Dan Dearing has Scarborough nipping Mt. Ararat and Deering by a couple of points, followed by Bangor, Cheverus, Edward Little and Brunswick.
“At this point we are a long shot,” said Dearing. “But, we do have some of our athletes who are seeded lower who could help us pick up another 20 points or so while many of the teams ahead of us could drop.”
For the Brunswick girls, top- 10 times and distances have been turned in by Alexis Dickinson in the 55 dash (top seed, 7.31) and 200 (26.39), Allison Hill in the 55 hurdles (8.83), 200 (27.94), and triple jump ( 34- 00.75), Anna Cowan in the 800 (2:29.28), Cassandra Murano in the 400 ( 1: 02.47), Katie McMahon in the two mile (11:45.75), Teresa Murphy in the mile (5:32.91), the4x200relay(BridgetHoran,Anna Turner, Murano, Dickinson, 1:50.53) and4x800relay(Cowan,Jasmine Boyle, McMahon, Murphy, 10:15.21).
For Mt. Ararat, look for Maddison Prescott in the 55 dash (7.53), long jump (16-02) and triple jump (33-04.50), Lizzie O’Neal in the 55 hurdles (9.30), Nicole Ross in the 200 (27.20) and 400 ( 1: 00.94), Kelly Lynch in the 800 (2:26.11), mile (5:20.96) and two mile (11:52.73), Lauren McNett in the mile ( 5; 40.75),the4x200relay( Emma Chase, Alicia Eggleston, O’Neal, Alyssa Scannevin and Emmie Cox, 1:52.37)and4x800relay(Cox,Eggleston, Lynch, McNett, Ross, 10:43.81).
For Freeport, top times and distances have been turned in by Harrison Stivers in the 400 (fourth, 52.95), Zach Greene in the 200 (24.64), Taylor Saucier in the mile (4:42.18) and 800 (2:05.20),andtheboys4x200relay ( Thomas Dodge, Stivers, Saucier, Greene, Luke LaMagna, Sawyer Williams, Jared Knighton, Gabe Currier, 1:41.24).
And for the Class B girls, look for Freeport’s Ciera Wentworth in the 400 (1:05.54) and 800 (2:35.77), and Alyssa Richardson in the 800 (2:37.87) and mile (5;54.80), along with Morse’s Elizabeth Walfield in the 200 (28.55) and 400 (1:05.31) and Hyde’s Maria Dextra Cercos in the 55 hurdles (9.91).
On Monday, State Class B boys are at Bowdoin and A girls at Orono, while on Tuesday the B girls are at Bowdoin and A boys at Orono.
Looking at the Class A psych sheet, the top-eight times for the girls have been turned in with the 200-yard medley relays of Brunswick (1:59.23), Mt. Ararat (2:01.75) and Morse (2:02.50) in the mix.
Also, watch the 200 freestyle (Morse’s Casey Bonnett, 2:09.74), 200 individual medley with Paige Tetu of Brunswick (2:24.03) and Morse’s Catie Luedee (2:24.26), the 50 freestyle with Celia Ouellette of Mt. Ararat ( top time, 24.29) and Morse’s Guerin Morissette (25.98).
In the butterfly look for Mt. Ararat’s Abby Parker (1:04.81), while in the 100 freestyle is Ouellette (top time, 54.26) and Brunswick’s Madeline Cowan (58.95).
Brunswick’s Jessica Russell has the top time in the 500 free (5:09.92, some 24 seconds faster than runner- up Amanda Joy of Messalonskee). Russell also has the third-best time in the 100 backstroke (1:00.53).
In the 100 breaststroke, look for Luedee ( 1: 10.01), while in the 200 freestyle relay, Brunswick has posted a 1:48.43. In 400 freestyle relay there’s Brunswick (4:03.10) and Mt. Ararat (4:04.96).
Top-eight times statewide for the boys include the 200 medley relay with Morse (1:47.41) and Brunswick (1:45.14), the 200 free with Brunswick’s Henry Ditzel (1:54.43) and Kyle Bauer of Morse (1:59.62), the 50 free with Morse’s Jake Olsen ( 22.75) and Brunswick’s Eric Wiese (23.62), and the 100 butterfly with Brunswick’s Joey Blair (top time 53.40) and Jacob Cost (59.36).
Also, watch for Olsen in the 100 free (third-best, 49.64), Ditzel in the 500 free (5:14.44), Brunswick (1:35.86) and Morse (1:38.19) in the 200-free relay, Blair (56.82), Cost (57.58) and Morse’s Albin Werwaiss ( 58.14) in the 100 backstroke, Wiese (1:08.93) in the 100 backstroke, and Brunswick (3:36.47) and Morse ( 3: 38.24) in the 400- free relay.
Wiscasset will compete in Class B. For the boys look for Matt Mills (200 free, 2:28.44), while Ryan Hanley has performed well in the 200 free (2:09.72), 50 free (25.28), 100 butterfly ( 1: 05.28), 100 free ( 56.27), 500 free (5:50.94), 100 back (1:02.53) and 100 breaststroke (1:18.39).
Swimming well for the Wiscasset girls have been Julia West in the 100 back (1:16.33) and 100 breaststroke (1:17.63), and Sarah Hanley in the 200 free (2:24.92), 200 IM (2:46.25), 50 free (28.26), 100 free (1:04.79) and 500 free (6:49.91).
The Freeport boys are defending Class C champs, while the girls were second.
Class C state action begins on Monday with Nordic Classical at Black Mountain in Rumford (1:30 p.m.) and continues Tuesday with Giant Slalom at Mt. Abram ( 9 a. m.) and Nordic Freestyle at Black Mountain (3 p.m.), and finishes up Wednesday with Slalom action at Mt. Abram ( 9: 30 a.m.).
Mt. Ararat Nordic skiers are scheduled to compete in Class A action Wednesday (Classical, Black Mountain, 1: 30 p. m.) and Thursday (Freestyle, Black Mountain, 3 p.m.).