Over 200 high school wrestlers from 31 schools and hundreds more fans, coaches and parents packed into the Essex High School gymnasium over the weekend. Wrestlers were divided over four mats for the annual Michael J. Baker Classic two-day tournament. Coaches calling out directions to their athletes echoed through the venue, and were only drowned out by the booming announcements from the loudspeaker.
On Saturday – the final day of the two-day competition – the Hornets climbed their way to a 13th place finish. The winning team was from Marshwood, Maine.
Top finishers from Essex were sophomore John Stawinski who took fourth at 145 pounds, freshman Jack Carney took fifth at 138 pounds and freshman Seamus Chisholm took fifth at 106 pounds.
The Hornets next event is the Bob Benoure Invite in Vergennes this Saturday.
— Joe Cardello