Beaulieu Second to One at Wrestling Nationals

Marshwood High School senior Bradley Beaulieu, top, finished as the runner-up at 132 pounds at the National High School Coaches Association’s Wrestling Nationals in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sunday. {Mike Whaley file photo]  for photo go to: http://www.seacoastonline.com/sports/20170326/beaulieu-second-to-one-at-wrestling-nationals

Mar 26, 2017   By Staff Reportssports@seacoastonline.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Bradley Beaulieu’s final high school goal was to win a national championship.

Almost wasn’t quite enough.

The Marshwood High School senior went 5-1 during the National High School Coaches Association’s Wrestling Nationals this weekend. He lost in the finals at 132 pounds Sunday to Franco Valdes of Florida, 3-2. It was Beaulieu’s first loss of the year.

The event was held over three days at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Beaulieu, who was a four-time state champion in Maine, recently won a New England title at 138 pounds, the first-ever regional crown captured by a Marshwood wrestler. He led the Hawks to three Class A state titles in four years.

Beaulieu advanced to the championship with five wins over two days. He beat, in order, Tyler DiFore, Fla., 6-0; Jared Donahue, W. Va., 4-0; Michael Venosa, N.Y., 5-4; KJ Fenstermacher, Pa., 4-3, and Grant Willits, Colo., 5-2.

Beaulieu will wrestle at Old Dominion University this fall on partial scholarship. He ended his Marshwood career with a state-record 246 career wins. His record this season was 58-1.

— Mike Whaley

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