Julia Moses of the Mount Desert Island High School wrestling team in a bout with an opponent from Fort Kent. PHOTO COURTESY OF BARRY GUTRADT

Wrestling team has best meet yet at PVHS

HOWLAND — The Mount Desert Island High School wrestling team had its best meet of the young season Saturday afternoon with three third-place finishes at a tournament at Penobscot Valley High School.

The results continued a strong early-season stretch for the Trojans, who are remaining competitive against all comers.

“It was an awesome day for the team and our wrestlers,” head coach Tony Dalisio said. “I don’t think we could’ve asked for much better.”

Baylor Landsman, Ethan Harkins and Sam Hoff took home the honors for MDI with third-place finishes in the 170-, 182- and 285-pound weight classes, respectively. The trio combined to finish the day with a 9-3 record.

Although being new to the wrestling scene certainly has disadvantages, Dalisio also sees some positives for his wrestlers. As they learn the sport on the fly, the Trojans are less likely to pick up bad habits than some of their counterparts.

“I think the naïveté of them being new to the sport can be advantageous in a way,” Dalisio said. “When you’re learning everything for the first time, there are times when there are no inhibitions to your potential. I think we’ve seen some of that with this team so far.”

MDI was scheduled to travel to Bucksport for its most recent meet Wednesday. The Trojans will close out 2018 with a tournament at Caribou at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, before returning to PVHS for another tournament at 10 a.m. next Thursday, Dec. 27.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]com.

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