Warrior wrestlers to host first high school meet in five years

FORT KENT, Maine — When the Caribou Vikings visit Wednesday night, the Warrior wrestling team will compete at home for the first time since 2013.

Following four years without a wrestling squad, Fort Kent Community High School revived the program last year, attracting more than a dozen students to join the team.

This year the squad has about a 12 students who are able to consistently compete, coach David McDermott said.

Trophies on display at Community High School in Fort Kent attest to the school’s history of wrestling success. (Don Eno | SJVT/FhF)

Nearly all of the team matches this year are out of town. Caribou High School officials, however, agreed to travel to Fort Kent for a match, as a show of support. The Vikings had planned to do the same last year, but that match was cancelled because of a snow storm.

“We want people to come out and show their support,” said McDermott.

The coach said not as many people think of wrestling anymore when they think of Fort Kent.

“We are trying to change that,” he said.

Warrior wrestlers have had some success so far this season and look to build on that in front of a raucous home crowd.

“The wrestlers and coaches have done an exceptional job rebuilding the program and they are very excited to be able to showcase their talents on their home mats this Wednesday night against Caribou,” said Fort Kent’s athletic Director Eric Werntgen.

The meet against Caribou begins at 7 p.m. at FKCHS gymnasium.

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