Matmen boast veteran-laden team

15 years ago
By Joseph Cyr
Sports Editor

    CARIBOU — A young, but scrappy group of grapplers comprise this season’s Caribou wrestling squad, and if the Vikings success in their first two meets is any indication, a strong year could be in the works.

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    Looking to the referee for the pin sign is Caribou’s Lance Jandreau, back, as he grapples with Peter Robinson of WA at a recent meet. Jandreau was an Eastern Maine runner-up last season.

    Coach Todd Albert has a bundle of underclassmen to work with, with just two seniors on the roster. Caribou’s roster features seniors Andrew Adams (215/285 pounds), and Justin Wilcox (285); juniors Jason Case (119), Lance Jandreau (130/135), Jake Michaud (145), Mason Rossignol (145), Levi Bither (160), Nick Michaud (171) and Levi Swan (215); sophomores Dustin Green (125), Jake Maher (160) and Deion Caudill (189); and freshmen Chelsea Martin (103), Michael Selander (112), Cameron Hill (119), Brendon Wood (125), Kenny Griffeth (130/135), Cody Wilcox (135/140), Dylan Greenier (152), Aaron Simon (171), Andrew Michaud (189) and Jeremy Miller (189).
    After their first two meets, the Vikings are 4-3 on the season.
    Improving upon last year’s 15-10 record  is the ultimate goal of the ninth-year coach and with several returning veterans, success could follow for the Vikings. Caribou lost just one senior from last year’s squad, so much of the roster returns this year.
    Case, Green and Adams all wrestled at the state championship last season, while Jandreau was an Eastern Maine runner-up and PVC champion in the 135-pound weight class.
     Depth is certainly a factor for the Vikings, with several weight classes featuring more than one grappler. That internal competition should push the wrestlers to better themselves in practice so that they earn a varsity start.
    “We can fill most of the weight classes so that helps, and we have a good mix of youth and experience,” coach Albert said. “Having only two seniors on this year’s team, the future holds promise.”
    Coach Albert said he expects each wrestler to improve throughout the season, while securing as many individual wins as possible, to better position themselves for the end-of-season tournaments. Jandreau and Adams are two particular matmen that coach Albert thinks could be poised for big things. Jandreau is 5-1, with four pins, while Adams is undefeated at 7-0 with five pins.
    A talented group of freshmen brings a bunch of middle school experience to the team, but the wrestlers will have to make the transition to varsity go smoothly if they hope to help the Vikings.
    “The others all have a good chance to put themselves in position to place in the tournaments,” the coach said.
    Other grapplers who could experience their fair share of success on the mat include Jake Michaud, Swan, and Bither.
    Helping Albert on the mat will be assistant coach Thomas Beckum. Martin and Ashley Drinkall will serve as the team managers.