Bucksport, Ellsworth wrestlers claim glory at Class B championships

first_imgELLSWORTH — The wait was no more than a minute, but for David Gross, it was the longest of his life.Two minutes remained in the Bucksport freshman’s 285-pound title bout against Erskine Academy’s Jakob Peavey, but there was some confusion on the mat. As the previous period had ended, both coaches were unsure of what the score should have been. Unfortunately for Gross, who just wanted to get on with it, the result of the dispute put him down 6-3.It was a controversial decision that temporarily stalled the match, but the freshman’s head coach, Dan Ormsby, wasn’t fazed.“Go get him,” Ormsby said. “You’ve been training for this your whole life. Give it everything you’ve got.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textNeither wrestler had much energy left after a long day and a hard-fought first two periods, but Gross had just enough to make it count. Less than 45 seconds into the final round, he took control of his opponent and didn’t let go to make the home fans proud and become Bucksport’s first state champion in almost 20 years.“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Gross said. “To fight back and get that win with everyone watching and become a state champion, you can’t get better than that.”Gross’s 10-7 victory over Peavey on Saturday capped off a wild day of wrestling at the Class B state championships in Bucksport. It was a day on which he and Ellsworth’s Peyton Cole and Trent Goodman won individual state titles.“This was one of the best days ever for Bucksport wrestling,” Ormsby said. “It’s really special to be able to host such an amazing tournament. Plus, we got to see one of our own become a champ, and he did it as a freshman heavyweight.”Wrestlers came from as far north as Fort Kent and as far south as Wells, which won the tournament. Fans from Bucksport, Ellsworth, Dexter, Maine Central Institute, Mountain Valley and elsewhere throughout the state lined the gymnasium ceiling with posters of their favorite wrestlers, and most fans stayed for the entirety of the event.Both Bucksport and Ellsworth had to wait a while to take their turns on the mat once the tournament started, but the Eagles came firing out of the gate once they did. Each of the five wrestlers Ellsworth sent to the tournament won at least one bout.Of those five, Logan Lord, Josh Wright, Peyton Cole and Trent Goodman reached the finals. Lord and Wright lost, but Cole and Goodman finished off undefeated seasons for the Eagles with by becoming champions at 152 and 170 pounds, respectively. Cole beat Dirigo’s Hunter White 6-0, and Goodman pinned Wells’ Michael Wrigley.Cole and Goodman have been two of Ellsworth’s most dominant wrestlers for quite some time. Their respective title wins were the third in a row for each, and the duo finished the year undefeated despite wrestling at several different weight classes. Goodman was so dominant that he finished the season without giving up a single point in any of his matches.“We’ve got so many guys on our team who can go deep into tournaments like this,” Goodman said. “You can’t take something like that for granted. I wouldn’t want to have spent my wrestling career with anybody other than these guys.”Bucksport, on the other hand, struggled more than usual early in the day. The Golden Bucks were not about to have their top wrestlers be outdone, though; as Gross was on his way to ending his day with a win, Brody Boynton was, too. Boynton lost to Dirigo’s Bryce Whittemore in the 160-pound semis but bounced back to win the consolation bracket.As the referee slammed the mat to signal Boynton’s consolation title win over Winslow’s Patrick Hopkins, the senior pumped his right fist and hugged Ormsby as his parents cheered from a few feet away. For the Golden Bucks’ most experienced wrestler, it was a great way to end his last match at Bucksport High School.“If there’s anyone who’s been the rock for our program the past few years, I’d say it’s been Brody,” Ormsby said. “He was here with Bucksport wrestling when we only had several kids on the team, and he’s stuck through the good times and the bad with us.”From there, Bucksport had a long wait until Gross was able to compete for his title. As the lights dimmed for the championship round, the senior sat on a balcony overlooking the gym with his Bucksport teammates. Of all the wrestlers competing for a state title, he would have to wait until last.That wait — and the additional one that came between the second and third periods — was worth it in the end. Minutes after the crowd roared, the lights flipped back on and Gross stood atop the podium, his family members and others in purple-and-gold clad gear had tears in their eyes.Everybody in attendance seemed to have a message for the champ, but there was one who was speechless. It was Gross’s father, Dave, an assistant coach who won a heavyweight championship for Bucksport in 1996. The win meant as much to him as anyone, but he couldn’t find quite the words to describe it.Then, a few minutes into a post-tournament interview, he finally found them.“Unbelievable,” he said. “It doesn’t get better than this.” Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

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The Latest: $6M fund for about 800 tennis players announced

first_imgThe Spanish Vuelta has already been cut short to 18 stages and will start on Oct. 20. That is five days before Paris-Roubaix.The International Cycling Union says racing will resume on Aug. 1 with the Strade Bianche in Italy and be followed by the postponed Milan San Remo classic on Aug. 8.Racing was suspended in March because of the pandemic.The UCI says the dates “remain subject to the lifting … of the restrictions relating to the organization of events put in place by the authorities in the concerned territories.”___ ___LeBron James promised the Class of 2020 something special for their virtual commencement celebrations, and he delivered.James revealed Tuesday that former President Barack Obama will speak during the one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox on May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT.“You all worked so hard the past four years and deserve the best commencement we can bring to you and your family,” James tweeted Tuesday when making the announcement.The event will pay tribute to high schoolers graduating this year. “Graduate Together” will also air on TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Complex Networks, PeopleTV and other digital platforms. The Sixers outlined a similar process for their 10 unplayed games. There are rollover and refund options for season ticket holders and single-game holders can request a refund. The Sixers had suspended season-ticket payments during the pandemic and will resume payments on June 12. The team will work with any ticket holders affected with financial difficulties.___The three biggest races in cycling will take place in a 72-day span and there will be an overlap of the Spanish Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia if competition resumes in August amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Tour de France’s start remains slated for Aug. 29 in the Riviera city of Nice. The season is now expected to end after the Spanish Vuelta on Nov. 8.The Giro d’Italia will run from Oct. 3-25 and overlap with the Spanish Vuelta and prestigious one-day races Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders. ___The NBA will hold its fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Summit on May 15, a three-hour event headlined by a conversation between three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Basketball Hall of Fame honoree Doris Burke of ESPN.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will also take part, along with NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle, Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, and former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy. Jay Bilas will host.The theme throughout the event will be the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on youth sports.The virtual conference will be streamed on NBA.com and most of the league’s social network platforms. Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.It’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday.Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___More than $6 million has been raised by the governing bodies of tennis for a relief fund aimed at lessening the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic on about 800 players. Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.”Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing.There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___ May 5, 2020 ___The Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers are set to offer refunds or credits for unplayed regular-season games at their shared arena because of the coronavirus pandemic. While neither the NHL or NBA has officially canceled the remainder of the season, or decided when and where the season may resume, both organizations on Tuesday decided to address the ticket status for games scheduled for the Wells Fargo Center.Flyers’ season ticket holders will receive a credit for the six unplayed home games, to be applied to their 2020-21 season payment due in June. They may also opt to receive a refund. Fans who bought single-game tickets will receive an automatic refund. All fans who purchased tickets through a secondary website, such as Stubhub, will need to contact that site for refund options. The Flyers policy is on their website. Associated Press The players and coaches on Spanish soccer club Eibar have released a statement expressing their concerns about restarting the season.They say they are “afraid of starting an activity” in which they will not be able to comply with physical distancing.They say they are concerned about getting infected and infecting their family members and friends and worry about the risk of another coronavirus outbreak because of soccer’s return.They demand “guarantees” and “responsibility” and say the return to action should only happen when everyone’s health is prioritized.The club itself did not appear to be involved with the statement.center_img The Latest: $6M fund for about 800 tennis players announced Players from Spanish league clubs are expected to resume practicing this week and matches could restart sometime in June. All players, coaches and club employees must be tested for COVID-19 before training resumes.___The European swimming championships have been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be used as preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.The governing body of the sport in Europe says the championships have been postponed by exactly one year to May 10-23, 2021. They will stay in Budapest, Hungary.The final day is two months before the scheduled opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics. The European event had been provisionally pushed back to August when the original dates were not possible because of the pandemic.The championships include swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.___The head of the three English professional soccer leagues below the Premier League appealed for a “rescue package” during questioning at a parliamentary select committee hearing.English Football League chairman Rick Parry says clubs are facing a shortfall of about $250 million because of the coronavirus pandemic. Parry says “we are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million pounds … by the end of September.”Parry also advocated for salary caps. He told legislators that clubs are spending too much of their turnover on salaries as they chase promotion.Clubs are preparing for the loss of ticket revenue with crowds potentially not allowed back into stadiums in 2020.___The French Tennis Federation hopes professional players can resume individual training if the lockdown ends as planned on Monday. FFT president Bernard Giudicelli says the protocol proposed was “favorably received by the sports ministry” and could lead to the resumption of training and other amateur activities.Professional players would train on outside courts only at the national training center in western Paris or other approved training centers if approved. The national training center was made available for COVID-19 patients at the height of the virus outbreak.Social distancing will remain in place with all staff on site obliged to wear protective masks. Players will not be required to wear them under the proposed guidelines.All players must arrive alone and in their tennis gear and with their own rackets. Players will have a maximum of six balls and must serve only with their marked balls. All participants must keep their towels inside a bag throughout their stay.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments announced the formation of what they’re calling the “Player Relief Programme” on Tuesday.They say the money will go to women and men in singles and doubles.The WTA and ATP will oversee the distribution of the money.Players’ eligibility will be determined based on the rankings and past prize money earnings.Most professional tennis players rely on playing in tournaments for income and all sanctioned events have been scrapped since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak. ___The tennis club where Novak Djokovic broke confinement rules in Spain says it mistakenly authorized the player to practice.The top-ranked Djokovic published a video of himself training in Marbella on Monday, in apparent violation of Spain’s current rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spain has eased some of the lockdown measures that have been in place since mid-March, allowing professional athletes to start training again individually. But most training centers and sports facilities must remain closed until next week. The Spanish tennis federation says players are not yet allowed to practice on courts. The club says it was “sorry that our interpretation of the regulation could have been erroneous.” Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic.___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.last_img read more

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Syracuse ‘behind’ in preparation for season opener against North Carolina

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on August 24, 2020 at 3:27 pm Contact Anthony: [email protected]center_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Dino Babers said on Monday that his players are at varying levels of readiness for the 2020 season in terms of conditioning, focus and preparation. The Orange’s season opener at North Carolina — which switched to online-only instruction and closed its campus — is in 19 days. Babers said the Orange are “behind” on their hitting practice due to the unusual offseason amid the coronavirus pandemic. Even though the NCAA said that this year would not count toward eligibility for fall athletes, it’s not clear whether that was the tipping point allowing many players to opt-out. SU still only has one opt-out, redshirt freshmen Cooper Dawson, but Babers said multiple players are still pending. He doesn’t know what the key factors will be for his players in deciding whether to play the upcoming season, he said.“I don’t think we’re at a time yet, but there’s going to come a time they are going to have to make a decision so the rest of the team can move forward,” Babers said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe’s yet to set a date regarding when players will need to make a final decision on whether or not they’ll play but said,  “It’s going to come to a theater near you soon.”Babers hinted that there are multiple offensive linemen who may be out right now due to injury and return in September and October, but he didn’t comment on who the missing players might be. The status of Florida transfer and offensive lineman Chris Bleich is still uncertain, and even though SU men’s basketball received word that Alan Griffin is available to play immediately, football is still awaiting the status of Bleich. Babers isn’t allowed to comment while the status is still ongoing, he said.“If you go and you play and out of 22 guys, 17 are thinking about football and five thinking about something else, that could not be healthy,” Babers said. “We need to make sure the effort levels are the same.”The Orange hosted their first intra-squad scrimmage over the weekend. Babers said the defense impressed more than the offense in that limited encounter. In a traditional setting, the Orange would have had all of spring ball, summer workouts and a full August training camp to prepare for the season and implement the new 3-3-5 defense, as well as straightening out offensive wrinkles under new coordinator Sterlin Gilbert. Instead, the Orange have been much more measured in their approach to a season that still may not even happen.“In a normal year, we would bang, bang, bang and let them just go because everyone is locked in and focused,” Babers said. “I want to make sure everyone’s focused before we start risking and going live and risking someone that doesn’t have to get hurt.”The Orange had just three days of spring practice, all in shorts, before the campus was shut down in March. Since then, Babers said that two-thirds of the team returned in early June. Walk-ons and freshmen excluded joined later once the test results continued to show up negative. SU football has not had a positive test for COVID-19 in eight weeks as of Monday, Babers said.Babers wouldn’t go into specifics about who would be starting where yet against North Carolina, but he did say that the four pass rushers in the scrimmage last weekend were Kingsley Jonathan, Josh Black, McKinley Williams and Steve Linton. Quarterback Tommy DeVito often had 4.5 seconds to throw against that pass rush, Babers said.While some younger players have impressed, Babers said he wants to see more consistency in performances going forward as he prepares to set his week one starting lineup. He said there may be more turnover than ever amongst who starts week-to-week.last_img read more

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Pacquiao back in site of biggest victories

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college There’s still hope Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers But it’s going to be more than that for Pacquiao, whose career enjoyed a revival since last scoring his first knockout in almost a decade last year.“It’s very important for me (KO win) because I want to prove something, this being my first fight since I turned 40,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.His performance against Broner could also affect the prospects of his rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr., who is partly promoting the 12-round bout.Pacquiao and Broner will meet face-to-face here in Tuesday’s Grand Arrival festivities.“I can’t wait to be on the ring,” said Pacquiao, who is fighting for the first time in the United States since his triumph over Jessie Vargas in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT And no one is more excited than the eight-division champion, whose face once again adorned the gigantic, bright billboards that greeted Team Pacquiao as it descended into The Strip.“I’m very excited,” exclaimed Pacquiao. “It feels good to be back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe will fight Adrien Broner on Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) to defend his WBA welterweight crown.The odds continued to favor Pacquiao. The lines didn’t change from when the bout was announced: A $280 bet on Pacquiao wins $100. A $100 wager on the 29-year-old Broner, a four-division champ, will win $230. The MGM Grand is especially close to Pacquiao’s heart because it was the venue of his watershed moment in 2001, when he stopped Lehlo Ledwaba and formally announced to the boxing world that he had arrived.It also bore witness to his crushing victories over the likes of Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton and Oscar De La Hoya.The last time Pacquiao fought here was in 2016, when he soundly beat Tim Bradley.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LAS VEGAS—Manny Pacquiao’s eyes glistened as he disembarked from his shiny black Mercedes Benz van right in front of the MGM Grand lobby.On a cold and rainy Monday evening, Pacquiao stepped right back to the site of some of his spectacular conquests after fighting elsewhere the past two years due to tax problems.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

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