Wrestlers take on FK tonight

12 years ago

The Caribou Vikings lost a pair of tournaments due to last week’s snowstorm, but return to the mat tonight for a home match against the Fort Kent Warriors.

The match will mark the third and final meeting between Aroostook County’s only wrestling programs. The Vikings were victorious in the first two.

Caribou was able to compete in a tournament held at Dexter High School Dec 22.

“We got a good look at some very good competition,” said Vikings’ second-year head coach James “Chico” Hernandez. “There were state champions, state medalists and other decorated champions littered throughout the entire field.”

Brendan Wood won the gold in the 138 lb. weight division. The Caribou senior “looked confident and solid,” according to Hernandez, in defeating three opponents and earned “Viking Wrestler of the Week” honors.

The Vikings’ 106 lb. competitor, William McLeod, placed second, while Tre Caudill in 113 received a bronze for placing third. Both McLeod and Caudill were able to defeat competitors from Ellsworth for their victories.

Michael Selander was fourth in the 152 division and finished with a 2-2 record.

The team’s newest member, Jacob Burby, was able to take second place in the 170 weight class which included two other Caribou wresters. Burby pinned Dexter’s Anthony McLaughlin, who was the state runner-up last year.

Kevin Bither and Aaron Simon were third and fourth, respectively.

Jacob Bither placed fourth in 145, while Caribou’s Matt Manter, competing in 182, also took fourth. Manter beat Bruce Corbyn of Foxcroft, last year’s state runner-up in 195, and also took EM Class B champ Tom Bully to triple overtime before succumbing.

Dustin DeMerchant placed third in the 195 category.