The Foxcroft Academy wrestling team traveled to The Spartan tournament hosted by Sanford High School. The team was accompanied by 19 other New England teams.
Maine had four champions, seven other finalists and three third-place finishers, compared to seven firsts, seven seconds and 10 thirds in 2015.
Timberlane, of Plaistow, New Hampshire, won the team championship with 232.5 points, and Danbury, Connecticut was the runner-up with 229. Those two teams dominated the competition, combining to produce 12 finalists and seven of the 14 champions. Timberlane had 13 wrestlers place in the top six. Danbury placed 11 of its 13 wrestlers in the top six.
Foxcroft Academy was the top Maine team with 145 points, led by champions Zach Caron at 145 and Michael Pendriss at 220. This is an impressive finish for the ponies having only 8 of the 14 weight classes filled. The ponies 195, Brandon Brock did not wrestle due to pneumonia.
Four-time defending Class A champion Marshwood was fifth, after winning the tournament in 2014 and placing second last year. Marshwood’s Bradley Beaulieu (132 pounds) and Justin Stacy (182) were the other individual winners from Maine.
“This is one of the toughest tournaments in New England” said Ponies coach Luis Ayala. “Tournaments like these are what prepare us for PVCs, Regionals, and States.”
Placing for the Ponies
106- Brandon Weston, 4th
126 Tino Ayala, 4th
132 Rj Nelson, 4th
145 Zachary Caron, Champion
182- Billy Brock, 2nd
220- Michael Pendriss, Champion
285- Connor Holmes, 2nd