February 17, 2013

CLASS B WRESTLING: Del Gallos win Class B titles

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

FRYEBURG -- The DelGallo brothers from Gardiner extended their family's collection of Class B state wrestling titles to eight.

Peter DelGallo, a freshman, pinned Kyle Bonti of Morse in the 106-pound final to to run his record to 50-0 this season. Danny DelGallo, a senior who also is unbeaten this season, won his third state title by scoring a second-period pin over Camden Hills' Connor Winchenbach in the finals of the 138-pound division.

Their older brother, Matt, won four state titles while wrestling for Gardiner.

Led by the only two seniors on the team, a young Camden Hills squad fended off a challenge from host Fryeburg Academy to capture its second consecutive Class B wrestling state championship.

It was the 14th state championship for the Windjammers and the fourth for head coach Patrick Kelly, who returned to coach the team this season after a six-year absence.

"This is the sweetest of all the state titles for me," Kelly said. "I had more fun this year. The average age of this team was 15, and what made it really special is they would look like diamonds one day and a piece of coal the next, and we hung with them."

Camden Hills finished with 131.5 points, followed by Fryeburg Academy (128.5), Wells 118, Belfast 93 and Gardiner (79).

Seniors Coleman Powers and Calen Bragg nailed down the team title for 'Jammers by winning the first individual state championships.

"I've been wanting this for four years now," Powers said. "Every year, I had pretty much the best people in my weight class and this year they were spread out so I got a shot and I took it."

Going into the consolation finals, Fryeburg held a 1 1/2 point lead over the Windjammers. Camden Hills got pins from Chris Weiss at 126 pounds and from Jared Gilbert at 170 during that round to move into a 8.5 lead over the Raiders.

"You don't always know who is helping you or hurting you in terms of wins and losses during the course of the day," Kelly said. "But at the end of the day you can look at specific kids, and we can point to the pins in the consolation round that really propelled us."

During the championship round, brothers Connor and Zach Sheehan did all they could to keep Fryeburg Academy in contention for their school's first state wrestling title since 1969.

Connor Sheehan, a senior who was named the meet's outstanding wrestler, pinned Camden Hills' James Archer with 34 seconds left in the second period of the 113-pound final for his third state title to close the gap to 2.5 points. In the 120-pound final, his younger brother, Zach, a sophomore, then recorded a 12-0 decision over Dylan Dahlbergh of Maine Central Institute to send the Raiders into a 1.5 point-lead.

The 'Jammers moved into a three-point lead in the team score when Bragg scored a 17-2 decision over Ellsworth's Jack Weeks in the 132-pound division. Two weeks ago, Weeks defeated Bragg in the consolation round of the East regional.

Powers extended Camden Hills' lead to nine points when he pinned Matt Boucher of Fryeburg Academy's 66 seconds into the 145-pound final.

Fryeburg Academy's Ian McFawn pinned Belfast' Wyatt Roberts in the finals of the 182-pound division, but the six points he earned wasn't enough to close the gap.

Brent Waterman's quest to capture a fourth consecutive Class B state title ended early Saturday morning when he broke an ankle while out for a jog in Fryeburg. The Belfast wrestler, who competed in the 132-pound weight class, tripped and fell while stepping off a curb.

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