Bucksport junior David Gross (third from left) poses for a photo with his second-place plaque at the New England wrestling championships March 2 at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, R.I. After opening with three wins Saturday, Gross lost his only match of the season to Matteuz Kudra of North Attleborough (Mass.) High School. DAVID GROSS PHOTO

Bucksport’s Gross claims 2nd place at New England wrestling championships

BUCKSPORT — David Gross of Bucksport High School continued his strong 2018-19 season Saturday afternoon with a second-place finish in the 285-pound weight class at the New England regional wrestling championships in Providence, R.I.

After earning a pin in his first bout of the day against Wayland (Mass.) High School’s Brook Jones, Gross won via a 7-2 decision against Matt Weiner of Shelton, Conn., to advance to the championship semifinals. That result assured Gross of at least a sixth-place finish and a spot on the podium.

In the semifinals, Gross went up against Grant Laws of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. Fighting his way through a grueling contest that featured four overtime periods, the Bucksport junior came away with a pin to advance to the championship bout.

Wrestling for the New England title, Gross took on Matteuz Kudra of North Attleborough (Mass.) High School. Kudra, who will be wrestling at the Division I level next year at the University of Virginia, beat Gross in the championship bout by a score of 5-4.

Gross ended the year with an overall record of 33-1. He is the first Bucksport wrestler to ever place at the New England championships.

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