The Fort Kent wrestling team competes in the Regionals tomororrow. The program was restarted three years ago and Senior Manny Pettengill is very happy that the school decided to field a wrestling team.
Manny Pettengill):"Wrestling for me has done a lot of great things. It teaches me a lot about self discipline. We want to keep it going . We started this program three years ago and had one lone senior. A couple of us wanted to get into it. We really worked on signatures and got the boosters to help us out with some money and got some new warm ups."
The Warriors have five kids seeded in the top three and Coach Scott Dubois feels a tough regular season schedule has the Warriors ready for the Regionals
(Scott Dubois):" I think the tougher the match is the tougher the kids get. They need those tough matches to get better. We wrestled a lot of Class A schools this year. We traveled downstate and the kids are doing great."
Reece Pelletier wrestles at the 152 pound weight class. Last year he was an alternate,but because of an injury to another wrestler was able to compete in the States.
Reece Pelletier:" Last year I felt it was kind of by luck. This year I want to place at Regionals and feel like I earned it."
The top four in each weight class qualify for the States and the fifth place wrestler is selected as an alternate. The Warriors are focused on qualifying as many wrestlers as possible.
Dubois:" I would like to get enough for a bus instead of a van. I need at least six and we are going to be knocking on the door this year for sure."
Pelletier:" I am just going to try and get what I am ranked right now."
Pettengill:" It is my only focus. I talk to my parents about it my coach about it my friends about it. I know everyone's name in my weight class and know who I am going against in my first match.It is only only focus right now.