BELFAST — Senior Wilder Young and freshman Abrahm Malloy led the Mount Desert Island High School wrestling team in their first regular season meet. Each went 2-2 on the day.
MDI lost each of their matchups, largely because they’re a small team and they forfeit every match where they don’t have a wrestler in a given weight class. Every forfeit counts against them. “A forfeit is the same as a pin, score-wise,” Coach Chip Dugans said. But when it comes to tournament time, the individual skill of each of your wrestlers counts for more. If you have a smaller group, hopefully you’ve been able to bring them along a little faster.”
Only four MDI wrestlers competed in Belfast. Freshman Christian Wehrfritz won one by forfeit and lost four. “A freshman first time wrestler usually takes his lumps,” Dugans said, “but he’s coming along.”
Malloy, also a freshman, but with more wrestling experience, won two matches by fall, lost one by fall and another by technical fall. “Abrahm had to wrestle up a weight class,” Dugans said. “He was 113.2 pounds and took on guys who were 120. I told him, ‘It’s going to be a rough day for you, but in the long run, it will make you a better wrestler.’”
Junior Taner Bickford was battling illness but fought through four matches. “He was right there with them,” Dugans said. One close match ended in a technical fall.
Young won two matches by fall, and lost three. “Wilder went down there and wrestled three quality kids,” Dugans said. Against Eli Smith of Camden Hills, Dugans said, Young had a very close match and had his opponent on his back briefly.
Young also took on Brooks Law from Foxcroft Academy, a former state champion, and lost by technical fall. Against Ellsworth, Young was matched with Connor Petros, who “is wrestling better than anybody I’ve seen yet this year,” Dugans said.
A meet planned for Tuesday in Bucksport was postponed due to weather. Saturday, the team heads to Dexter to take on Washington Academy, Mattanawcook Academy, Calais, Caribou, Woodland, Penobscot Valley High School and Piscataquis Community High School. The competition is set to begin at 11 a.m.