Wrestlers hit the Mat in Caribou

Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 11:07 AM EST
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CARIBOU, Maine (WAGM) -It was almost two years between wrestling matches in Caribou. Wrestling season was cancelled last year and this year wrestlers returned to the mat. Caribou Athletic Director Evan Graves is happy that wrestling has returned this year.

(Evan Graves):” The last home match we had was the Regional Championships two years ago. To see the wrestlers back in action is great. Wrestling is such a great sport. It is a close- knit community and these kids work so hard out on the mat.”

The wrestlers have been working hard since late November and they are about a quarter way through their regular season. Tom O’Meara of Caribou and Gabriel Dubois of Fort Kent are seniors,and they are happy that they are able to compete again.

(Tom O’Meara):” It’s pretty special to be able to wrestle and get my senior year back. A lot of kids didn’t get their senior year and I did and that is pretty cool.”

(Gabriel Dubois):” It’s pretty awesome to come back to the mat. We had a gap year, but it feels really good to be back and wrestling.”

Fort Kent Coach Scott Dubois has coached the Warriors for the past five years. He says that not having a program last year was hard on his student-athletes.

(Scott Dubois):” Last year with no wrestling I had kids calling all the time. Coach what is going on? It did hurt us a little bit we lost some kids who did not come back. For the most part we did alright most of the kids from the Middle School and High School program came back. This is a great sport. It is more of an individual sport. The kids that I have love it and missed it last year. It is great to have them back on the wrestling mat.”

Casey Ryan is in his first year as coach of the Caribou Vikings. They have 10 wrestlers on the squad.

(Casey Ryan):” Because of the off season last year because of the pandemic we were worried about our numbers, but we came back strong. I think it will be good for the future. Being able to wrestle up in the County is a really big thing for us. To be able to represent with such a large squad considering the time of the year and COVID 19 we are really happy to be here.”

The wrestlers are focused on the rest of the regular season and the Regional and State Championships that will be held in February. O’Meara is one of the wrestlers who hope to qualify for the State Championship. He said that taking last year off was difficult in a lot of ways.

O’Meara:” I feel like I lost a little bit of skill by not being able to wrestle last year. That can’t be replaced, but I am still glad that I am here now.”

County wrestlers who won their weight divisions include Caribou’s Brody Anderson, Nate Hotchkiss and Edward Cooley. Fort Kent winners were Jack Desjardins, and Lucas Theriault. PCHS won the tournament they ended with 154 points, Caribou was second with 114 and Fort Kent ended 4th.

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