Warriors squeak out win in wrestling team’s first home meet in five years

FORT KENT, Maine —  The Warriors pulled out a one-point victory during Wednesday’s home wrestling match against Caribou, 37-36. It was the first home wrestling match for Fort Kent Community High School in more than five years.

The Vikings have been a tough opponent for the Warriors so far this year, Fort Kent coach Dave McDermott said after last night’s meet.

Fort Kent’s Alex Beaulieu, right, tries to avoid getting rolled over against Caribou’s Evan Michaud during Wednesay’s dual wrestling meet in Fort Kent.
(Don Eno)

“Caribou is hard on us,” he said. In previous multi-school tournaments, the Vikings often came out ahead of the Warriors.

“We had some good matches tonight,” McDermott said.

The bleachers were nearly full of Fort Kent fans eager to see a home wrestling match. For some, it was a chance to see a family member wrestle in front of the home crowd.

“We are here to meet my granddaughter,” Dianne Charette said. Her granddaughter is Fort Kent wrestler Rylee Theriault. “I think it’s awesome to have it here. I am so happy.”

High School student Amanda Thibeault was in the stands Wednesday to root for her classmates.

“Wrestling isn’t my thing,” said Thibeault, who plays soccer and softball. “But, I will always come out to cheer them on.”

Caleb Delisle was one of a large group of students attending the wrestling match.

“I have never been to one before,’ he said. “It looks pretty intense.”

For some in the crowd, the home match brought back memories.

“It’s exciting to see it come back,” said Donald Guimond, who was the caption of his wrestling team in the early 1970s. Guimond also was a longtime high school wrestling referee after he finished college.

Former Warrior wrestling coach Kevin Pelletier was also in the bleachers on Wednesday. His son Josh was a state champion at wrestling.

“I’m glad its back,” he said. “It’s good for the kids.

One Fort Kent wrestler, freshman Caitlyn Daigle, has a long family connection to the sport. Her father Carry was a former state champ, and her grandfather Frank Daigle was on the first Fort Kent team back in 1961.

Fort Kent had only one match win via a pin on Wednesday, when Ian Dubois defeated Max Lister in the first period of their match.

Fort Kent’s Reece Pelletier, right, won his match against Caribou’s Kaden DeMerchant during Wednesday’s dual wrestling meet in Fort Kent.
(Don Eno)

By contrast, Caribou had three pins against the home team, including Cory Jandreau’s 100th career win, this one against Rylee Theriault.

The Warriors, though, were able to edge out the Vikings in total points awarded.

Fort Kent’s other match wins came from Lance Daigle, Recce Pelletier, C. J. Rocheleau and Jordan Labbe.

Labbe’s match against Kirtas Jandreau went three rounds, with Jandreau working hard to avoid almost getting pinned several times.

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