BANGOR – Wrestling normally takes a back seat during the Maine winter sports season, but it took center stage on Saturday.
“Here we are making history and it’s only uphill from here you know the more attention we get and the more kids we get it’s just going to grow,” Bangor Area Wrestling coach Jordan Fogg said.
In its first year, Bangor Area Wrestling has found success on the mat. Saturday it reached another milestone as it hosted its first home meet. For the wrestlers, the adrenaline was pumping.
“It’s pretty special because a lot of people can cheer you on and get you motivated to wrestle harder than you’ve ever wrestled,” wrestler Blaine Murray said.
Bangor is unique in that its comprised of middle school kids from Old Town, Bangor, Brewer and other surrounding towns.
“I love wrestling with all my friends and getting to know new friends as well,” Murray said.
“We’re trying to give them all somewhere to wrestle and here it is. So it’s a great movement,” Fogg said.
Bangor High School has never had a wrestling program, which is hard to believe considering its class size. Despite only being in its inaugural season, Bangor Area is looking to change that.
“If we can make some noise in this league and maybe get some state champions, regional champions even. Bangor will recognize that,” Fogg said. “And at least now our kids have an opportunity to know what it’s like to wrestle for a team,” Bangor Area Wrestling Chair Kristie Miner said.
Mt. Blue, Nokomis, Mount View and Oceanside also competed in the meet Saturday morning, while the day belonged to Bangor, it was gracious enough to share it.
“I know I was really happy and I know she was really happy when she won,” Murray said after he wrestled Mt. Blue wrestler Lyla Price, who has special needs.
There was no doubt that Price had fun as she let out a resounding, ‘Go, Cougars’ cheer with her teammates after the match.
“Yes there’s competition between teams however there’s a lot of support,” Miner said.
“That’s what wrestling is and what it’s really about, the sportsmanship these kids have is incredible,” Fogg said.