Young Grapplers Eager to Learn



BAR HARBOR — The sun is still an hour from rising, and the sounds of flesh hitting mats resounds throughout the hallways of Mount Desert Island High School as the Trojans wrestling team trains for the upcoming season.

Wrestling coach Chip Dugans manhandles Mount Desert Island High School alumni Camden Fernald as an example for the current Trojans wrestling squad.—JEFF WALLS
Wrestling coach Chip Dugans manhandles Mount Desert Island High School alumni Camden Fernald as an example for the current Trojans wrestling squad.—JEFF WALLS

BAR HARBOR — The sun is still an hour from rising, and the sounds of flesh hitting mats resounds throughout the hallways of Mount Desert Island High School as the Trojans wrestling team trains for the upcoming season.

The team is young, learning the ropes, and eager to improve. Head coach Chip Dugans, who trains alongside the young athletes – often outpacing them all the way – is eager to get these kids versed in the basics of wrestling so they can begin on the path of their high school wrestling careers.

The biggest thing that Coach Dugans sees after only a week of working with his athletes is that they are enthusiastic. “They are a good, hard-working group. They are always paying attention,” Coach Dugans said. “At times in the past when we would free wrestle, they would go for a couple of minutes maybe 10 minutes, and we would have a couple of groups of guys that wouldn’t be going so hard. It always seemed like we had to redirect their focus. This year they are going hard.”

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