Mount Desert Island High School wrestler Sam Hoff takes on Fort Kent’s Manny Pettingill during a 285-pound bout at the Class B North championships Feb. 9 at Ellsworth. ISLANDER PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL

Hoff advances to state wrestling championship



ELLSWORTH — Sam Hoff of the Mount Desert Island High School wrestling team defeated Fort Kent’s Manny Pettingill during a 285-pound bout at the Class B North championships Feb. 9 at Ellsworth.

Hoff, who trailed by a point for most of the match, came back in the final period to earn the pin and advance to the consolation championship. Hoff’s win over Pettingill gave him a spot in the state championships, which are scheduled to be held Saturday, Feb. 16, at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. Ethan Harkins will be an alternate at the state championships after going 1-2 in the 182-pound weight class with a win over Keith Gehriger of Calais.

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