State meetpalooza underway

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(Ed. Note: Due to space and time restraints, we’ll recap the track, swimming and skiing state meet results in next week’s edition).

We’re in the midst of the busiest stretch of high school sports championship meets all year.

Wrestling crowned its champions Saturday. Indoor track, swimming and skiing were being contested when this edition went to press. Boys’ hockey’s postseason is drawing ever closer, as the regular season will come to a close this week.

Here’s a glimpse at what’s occurred:

Wrestling

Cheverus, Deering and Portland took part in the Class A wrestling state meet Saturday in Windham.

The Bulldogs had 27 points and came in 12th (Marshwood was first with 167). Cheverus tied Brunswick for 13th with 20 points and Deering came in 17th with 10.

Cheverus’ Iain Whitis was the lone local champion, winning the 120 pound weight class by beating Massabesic’s Lucas Dion, 4-3, in the final. Portland’s Jacob Bigelow got to the final at 220-pounds, but was pinned by Josh Andrews of Massabesic at 1:14.

In the consolation round, Portland’s Kidayer Aljubyly lost in the finals at 113-pounds. Deering’s Connor Darling lost in the finals at 170.

Boys’ hockey

On the ice, Cheverus’ boys’ hockey team is closing in on a playoff berth.

The Stags entered the week 11-5 after downing host Marshwood (7-4) and visiting Westbrook (8-0) and losing to visiting Thornton Academy, the defending Class A state champion (8-1), last week. Sterling Weatherbie had three goals and Liam Fitzpatrick two against the Hawks. Andrew McGillivray and Cam McLain both scored twice in the win over the Blue Blazes. After going to South Portland Monday, Cheverus (ranked seventh in the Western Class A Heal Points standings) closes the regular season at home versus Gorham Wednesday.

Portland dropped a 2-0 home decision to Scarborough Thursday and fell to 1-15 with a 7-1 loss at Gorham Saturday. The 15th-ranked Bulldogs were home against Noble Monday and finish the year at home against Thornton Academy Thursday. Jon Gatti stopped 35 shots against the potent Red Storm. Anthony Bowden had the goal versus the Rams.

The hockey playoffs begin Saturday with the preliminary round. The quarterfinals are Tuesday of next week. Both rounds will be contested on the home ice of the highest ranked teams.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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