PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Bucksport coach Dan Ormsby lifts Foster Ashmore off his feet after Ashmore won the Penobscot Valley Conference 113-pound title on Saturday at Ellsworth High School. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS

Ellsworth wrestling team takes second, Bucksport fourth at PVCs



ELLSWORTH — Despite injuries, the Ellsworth and Bucksport high school wrestling teams placed among the top four at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference championships at EHS.

Foxcroft Academy placed first of 15 schools with 171 points, followed by Ellsworth — the reigning Class B state champion — with 146. Dexter took third with 124 points, and Bucksport finished fourth with 69.5.

Two of Ellsworth’s defending state champions were unable to compete because of injury: Dagan Berenyi and Connor Petros. Still the Eagles managed to split their six championships, with Peyton Cole winning at 138 pounds; Trent Goodman at 182; and Austin Smith at 170.

Cole pinned Isiah Hesseltine of Dexter; Goodman beat Billy Brock of Foxcroft with a 10-0 major decision; and Smith pinned Bryce Sweet of Dexter.

Ellsworth’s runners-up were Logan Lord (126), Josh Wright (145) and Andrew Brown (160).

“We did very well as a team,” Ellsworth coach JF Burns said. “I was very proud.”

But Ellsworth was hit with yet another setback when 220-pound Wally Moon suffered a broken arm in his first match of the day.

“The year has just been that way,” Burns said.

Bucksport, which recently lost 120-pound Devin Darveau to a broken ankle, placed two champions: Foster Ashmore at 113 pounds and Brody Boynton at 152.

Ashmore beat Jacob Emery of John Bapst 6-0, and Boynton topped Dustin Simmons of Foxcroft with a 17-1 technical fall.

“Losing Devin was kind of a rough blow for us,” Bucksport coach Dan Ormsby said. “We had to move around some weight classes.”

Bucksport’s Ethan Minnick dropped weight to fill the 120-pound spot, where he placed second.

“That set the tone,” Ormsby said. “We won the matches we expected to win.”

Ellsworth’s Petros plans to return in time for the Northern Maine championships.

Meanwhile, Ormsby said he will continue to prepare his young squad for the regional level.

“Our kids have grown mentally more than anything,” Ormsby said. “We’ve grown from nervous young boys to competitive young men.”

Find more results from this meet here.

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Ellsworth’s Andrew Brown took second at 160 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Austin Smith took first at 170 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Bucksport’s Brody Boynton took first at 152 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Bucksport’s Ethan Minnick took second at 120 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
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Bucksport’s Jacob Wilson took third at 126 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Josh Wright took second at 145 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Logan Lord took second at 126 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole took first at 138 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole took first at 138 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Trent Goodman took first at 182 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Ellsworth’s Trent Goodman took first at 182 pounds. PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMS
Taylor Vortherms

Taylor Vortherms

Sports Editor at The Ellsworth American
Taylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.

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