Ellsworth Eagles place third at Christmas wrestling tourney

ELLSWORTH — With four pre-tournament top-seeded wrestlers sidelined, the Ellsworth Eagles turned in a third-place showing at the Penobscot Valley Christmas Tournament on Saturday in Howland.

Trent Goodman had a dominating performance, pinning both of his opponents to claim the 171-pound title.

Goodman pinned Bryce Salsbury of Dexter in 3:17 in the final.

Jeff Weeks also earned the title in the 182-pound class, taking control early to best Billy Brock of Foxcroft Academy 10-3 in the final.

Dagan Berenyi and Peyton Cole lost for the first time this season as each was edged by a single point in their championship finals.

Brooks Law of Foxcroft Academy nipped Berenyi 8-7 and Cole fell 5-4 to Zachary Caron of Dexter.

At 160 pounds, Ellsworth’s Tyler Hardwick wrestled the five-match limit, placing fourth with his only loss coming to Jacob Hesseltine of Dexter in the consolation final.

In earlier action at a six-team meet at Ellsworth on Wednesday, Dec. 17, the host Eagles notched a pair of wins in improving their record to 6-1.

Ellsworth downed the Bucksport Golden Bucks 45-18 with eight of 11 matches decided by forfeit.

On the matt for the Eagles, Cole downed Brady Boynton by a technical fall at 138 pounds, Jack Weeks pinned Joseph Mann at 145 pounds and Dagan Berenyi scored a major decision over Matt Stewart at 160 pounds.

For the Eagles in a 38-24 win over the Penobscot Valley Howlers, Joshua Wright scored a major decision over Sophia Carson at 132 pounds and Connor Petros scored a major decision over Dylan Kruger at 152 pounds with other wins coming via foreits.

In other action, the Golden Bucks nipped Penobscot Valley 36-30 with only one match decided on the mat.

Bucksport’s Kanepest Hilaire pinned Justin Ringuette at 220 pounds.

The Mount Desert Island Trojans fell to the Howlers 33-12, with their only two victories coming via forfeits.

Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]

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