Strozier qualifies for New Englands

Posted:  Monday, February 26, 2018 - 3:00pm

On Feb. 24, Maine's top A and B class wrestlers traveled to Nokomis High School for the New England qualifier/all-state meet with a chance at representing Maine in Providence in Providence, Rhode Island at the New England wrestling championships. Wiscasset Middle High School senior Sam Strozier qualified for the Providence event.

In the first round at Nokomis, Strozier wrestled Ellsworth's Charlie Hughes. Strozier won by a pin at 3:06 of the second period. In Strozier's second match, he faced four-time state champion, Winslow's Ryan Fredette. Fredette is ranked number one in New England at 182 pounds and placed second at New Englands last year. A  tough-fought match had Strozier losing by technical fall in the third period, 19-2. In his third match, Strozier wrestled Jonah Potter from Wells. Strozier pinned Potter at 3:20 of the third period, putting Strozier into the consolation finals against Cony's Aaron Lettre with a chance to fulfill his dream.

Strozier  went out and did just that, beating Lettre 11-0 and securing his spot on Team Maine this weekend in Providence, where the wrestling will start at 5 p.m. Friday. Strozier has competed on the Morse-Wiscasset team as the lone Wiscasset member. Morse hasn’t hasn't had a wrestler qualify for New Englands since Michael Alvarez qualified in 2013.

“This was Sam's dream all year.  He worked really hard in the off-season and the hard work paid off,” said Morse-Wiscasset Coach Mike Bennett.