ELLSWORTH — Hancock County will have two wrestlers in the upcoming New England championships after Bucksport’s David Gross and Ellsworth’s Logan Lord advanced at Saturday’s All-State qualifiers at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School.
Competing in the heavyweight division, Gross began the day with a bye to the semifinals. He pinned Mount View’s Nathaniel Fuller in just 26 seconds in that round to advance to the championship bout.
Wrestling for the All-State title, Gross edged Scarborough’s Addison Boisvert in a 9-3 decision. Boisvert had won the Class A title in the 285-pound weight class one week earlier.
At 138 pounds, Logan Lord started off with a 7-2 decision over Biddeford’s Josiah Garcia. He followed that match with a 16-3 decision over Camden Hills’ Ian Henderson in the final.
In the title match, Lord fell 11-4 to Noble’s Sam Martel. Yet his second-place finish was still good enough to qualify for New Englands this weekend.
The New England regional championships will begin Friday, March 1, at Providence Career and Technical Academy in Providence, R.I. It will conclude with the championship bouts the following day.
Girls’ state championships held in Howland
The first Maine Principals’ Association-sanctioned girls’ wrestling championships were held Wednesday at Penobscot Valley High School in Howland.
Wrestlers competed in eight different weight classes as opposed to the 14 used in traditional high school wrestling meets. Championships were awarded at 106, 113, 120, 132, 145, 160, 182 and 220 pounds.
Locally, Bucksport’s Elizabeth Bernier won the 160-pound weight class with a pin of Monmouth’s Breeanna Cameron at 4 minutes, 57 seconds. The Golden Bucks’ Alyssa Maguire (145 pounds) and Paige Anderson (182 pounds) won consolation titles with Abby Hanscom placing fourth at 132 pounds.