John Bapst’s Jacob Emery (left) and Ellsworth’s Trent Goodman (second from left), Peyton Cole (second from right) and Logan Lord hold up their brackets after winning their respective weight classes at a wrestling tournament Dec. 21 in Skowhegan. Ellsworth finished the tournament in fourth place. PHOTO COURTESY OF J.F. BURNS

Top-4 finishes for Bucksport, Ellsworth wrestling teams

ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport and Ellsworth wrestling teams both finished in the top four at Saturday’s wrestling tournament in Skowhegan.

Bucksport was in second place after the first round but slipped down into fifth after some tough losses in the second round. From there, the Golden Bucks rebounded and reclaimed second with consolation wins from Brody Boynton and Zack Wardwell. David Gross also continued his season-long success at 285 pounds by claiming first place, and the team also saw finals appearances from Alex Burbank and Foster Ashmore.

“If I’m being honest, I didn’t expect to do as well as we did,” Bucksport head coach Dan Ormsby said. “I was confident about where we were, but we proved a lot of people wrong. Our whole team couldn’t have been more ecstatic.”

For Ellsworth, Logan Lord won the 138-pound title with a 5-1 victory over Cony’s Jakob Arbour, and Peyton Cole and Trent Goodman pinned each of their opponents to win the 152- and 170-pound weight classes, respectively. Reece Kahn, Judd Kinney and Ethan DesJardin finished fourth in their weight classes.

The Eagles also got strong performances from some of their independent wrestlers. John Bapst’s Jacob Emery beat Cony’s Quinton Arbour 12-2 to claim the 126-pound title, and Jared Smith, Michele Maybury and Oakley Dugans also placed.

The next meet for both teams will be at noon Saturday in Ellsworth. It will be Senior Night for the Eagles.

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