Big wins for MDI at small wrestling meet



Senior Wilder Young of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity wrestling team faces off with an opponent Saturday in the Trojans’ first home meet of the season.  PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

Senior Wilder Young of the Mount Desert Island High School varsity wrestling team faces off with an opponent Saturday in the Trojans’ first home meet of the season.
PHOTO BY LIZ GRAVES

BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island High School wrestlers logged a few important victories in a small home meet Saturday. Junior Taner Bickford, a new wrestler this year, logged his first win, and senior Wilder Young won all three of his matches.

The Trojans hosted Woodland, Penobscot Valley High School, Brewer, Hampden, Piscataquis Community High School, Washington Academy and Mattanawcook Academy. With many wresters out due to family obligations or illness, organizers went with a tournament format rather than trying to match up teams.

Young won his matches decisively. Twice, he was nearly pinned and threw his opponent off for an escape, coming all the way back up to standing and able to control the bout. “Wilder’s been able to expand his repertoire a little,” coach Chip Dugans said. “In some of these matches where he has the upper hand, he can try new things.”

Bickford was recovering from a shoulder injury and had only one match. He drove his opponent out of bounds twice before pinning him legally. “Taner had a nice match,” Dugans said.

Freshman Kristian Wehrfritz also had one match, which he lost in the second period. “He’s coming along,” Dugans said. “I like that he’s trying moves every time he goes out there. I see what we’ve worked on in practice.”

The team heads to Mattanawcook Academy Saturday for an 11 a.m. meet. They’re set to host a quad match with Mattanawcook, Ellsworth and Bucksport Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 6 p.m.

Liz Graves

Liz Graves

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Former Islander reporter and editor Liz Graves grew up in California and came to Maine as a schooner sailor.

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