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:

Mar 26, 2017   By Staff

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

Marshwood High School Students Earned Medals at State Skills USA Leadership and Skills Conference in Bangor

Marshwood High School students earned medals at State Skills USA Leadership and Skills Conference in Bangor

On March 2nd and 3rd, 60 Career and Technical (CTE) students from the Sanford Regional Technical Center competed against other CTE students at the State Skills USA Leadership and

Skills Conference in Bangor and performed extremely well. Twenty-one individual and team contestants were awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.

The following Marshwood High School students earned medals:

Nadia Bowley – senior – Gold Medal – Entrepreneurship Team

Josh Mathieu – senior – Bronze Medal – Health Knowledge Bowl

Declan McGarrell – senior – Silver Medal – Heavy Equipment

Bradley Sullivan – junior – Silver Medal – Fire Fighting

Wrestling: Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood The four-time state champion capped a standout career with a New England title and unbeaten season. COACH OF THE YEAR: Matt Rix, Marshwood

Wrestling: Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood

The four-time state champion capped a standout career with a New England title and unbeaten season.

COACH OF THE YEAR:  Matt Rix, Marshwood

Wrestling: Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood

The four-time state champion capped a standout career with a New England title and unbeaten season.


Bradley Beaulieu had two major goals in mind when he entered his senior season of wrestling at Marshwood High: regain the Class A team title and win his first New England championship.

“I had accomplished a lot as an individual, and last year, not winning that team title really stuck with me,” Beaulieu said. “I didn’t want to come home from this year’s states with a second place or a third place.”

Bradley Beaulieu, the winningest wrestler in Maine history, became a four-time state champion while helping Marshwood regain the Class A team title, then captured his first New England championship.

Bradley Beaulieu, the winningest wrestler in Maine history, became a four-time state champion while helping Marshwood regain the Class A team title, then captured his first New England championship. Staff photo by Jill Brady

Wrestling at 138 pounds, Beaulieu won it all this year.

He won the Lowell Invitational, New England’s largest tournament. He won his fourth Class A title in his fourth weight class. Marshwood, which had its four-year title streak snapped by Skowhegan in 2016, stormed back with a revamped lineup this season. The Hawks dominated the Class A tournament, scoring 184 points to beat runner-up and archrival Noble by 103.5 points.

Then, Beaulieu capped his 53-0 season with a New England championship, winning the one regional title that had eluded him after placing sixth, second and third in his previous three tries.

“It was one of his things on his bucket list, one of the few that he hadn’t accomplished,” said Coach Matt Rix.

With his New England title, Beaulieu raised his career record to 243-14, giving him the most wins in Maine high school history.

Add in his leadership for a team that had eight wrestlers place for the first time at the state championships, and Beaulieu is the Maine Sunday Telegram Wrestler of the Year.

“Something that makes me happy as a leader is that we all came together as a team,” Beaulieu said.

With few in-state wrestlers capable of testing Beaulieu, the Marshwood coaching staff helped him avoid fixating on the New England championship.

“They reminded me to enjoy the entire season. Senior year, it was my last of everything – my last regional, my last states, my last all-states – as a Marshwood Hawk. So there was always something to keep me going, and when New Englands came around I was ready to go.”

Beaulieu tops a senior class that included four other 200-win wrestlers, including New England 106-pound champion Cody Craig of Skowhegan and New England 170-pound runner-up Robert Hetherman of Mt. Ararat.

Beaulieu, who trains year-round, will wrestle for Old Dominion University.

Rix said it wasn’t unusual for Beaulieu to go straight from a Marshwood practice to Smitty’s Wrestling Barn, 37 miles away in Kingston, New Hampshire, to get in an extra workout.

“I’m not sure what keeps him going. I think he just loves the sport, the competition, the scrambles,” Rix said. “He doesn’t get flustered. He’s very good at not putting himself in a bad position. He’s very aware of where his hips are. He’s got phenomenal hips. He has a good sense of feeling what’s going to happen.”


Cody Craig, Skowhegan senior, 106: Craig, a four-time All-State choice, capped his brilliant career with a 63-0 season and a New England championship. A four-time state champion and the first person to win four New England qualifier tournaments, Craig was 221-5 in his career, with all five losses at the New England championships.

Leo Amabile, Massabesic senior, 113: Amabile won his first Class A title and also won the New England qualifier. He finished the season with a 43-2 record, with both losses coming at the New England championships, and was 140-22 in his career.

Alex Fogarty, Oceanside sophomore, 120: In a topsy-turvy weight class, Fogarty won the Class B North regional and the New England qualifier (against Devon Vigue of Winslow, who beat him in the Class B state meet). The 106-pound champ as a freshman, Fogarty went 41-8, including a 2-2 record at the New England championships.

Caleb Austin, Mountain Valley senior, 126: One of the five seniors to cross the 200-win plateau this season, Austin is a repeat All-State pick. He won his second Class B title and the New England qualifier before going 2-2 at the New England championships. Austin was 50-3 this season and 207-11 in his career.

Samson Sirois, Skowhegan junior, 132: Sirois did not lose to a Maine wrestler in a 48-4 season and beat four-time state champ Danny Buteau of Oak Hill 6-5, at the New England qualifier. The Class A champ placed fourth at the New England championships and is 148-9 in his career.

Bradley Beaulieu, Marshwood senior, 138: A four-time state champion and three-time All-State selection, Beaulieu went 53-0 and won the New England championship. He was instrumental in leading Marshwood to the Class A title. Beaulieu, who will compete at Old Dominion University, posted a career record of 243-14.

Austin Shorey, Noble senior, 145: A three-time All-State choice, Shorey moved up from 120 pounds and won his second Class A title before placing sixth at the New England championships. Shorey went 61-7 this season and finished with a career mark of 225-31.

Peyton Cole, Ellsworth junior, 152: Cole, a three-time All-State pick, won his third state title and his second New England qualifier, then placed fourth at the New Englands. He finished 46-2 this season and is 117-16 in his career.

Sam Anderson, Sanford junior, 160: After wrestling at 182 as a sophomore, Anderson was a force this winter, winning outstanding wrestler honors at the Noble Invitational, and then taking the Class A and New England qualifier titles in a 41-5 season. He has a career mark of 112-38.

Robert Hetherman, Mt. Ararat/Brunswick senior, 170: Hetherman got his 200th career win in the Class A final, then beat Trent Goodman of Ellsworth in the New England qualifier before finishing second at the New England championships. He went 54-1 this season and was 206-18 with 126 pins in his career.

Ryan Fredette, Winslow junior, 182: After an unbeaten season in Maine that included Class B and New England qualifier titles, Fredette was one of the four Mainers to reach the final at the New England championships. His loss in the final left him with a 50-1 record.

Nolan Potter, Wells junior, 195: The Class B and New England qualifier champion was another who did not lose in Maine with a 50-2 record this season, including a 2-2 mark at the New England championships. He is 116-33 in his career.

Matthew Carroll, Massabesic senior, 220: Carroll won the Class A title and New England qualifier, and went 40-4 to finish his career with a 110-17 record.

David Gross, Bucksport freshman, 285: Gross backed up his Class B championship by beating Class A winner Zebulon Leavitt of Cheverus in the New England qualifier final. Gross went 39-4 this season.


Matt Rix, Marshwood: The Hawks won their fifth Class A title in six years because Rix developed quality wrestlers across all weight classes. Marshwood returned only three wrestlers who placed in the top four at the 2016 Class A state meet. This season the Hawks had 11 top-four finishers and won the title by more than 100 points.

Marshwood Students to Perform ‘The Pajama Game’

In photo: Cast members for Marshwood High School’s upcoming production of The Pajama Game are clockwise from left: clockwise from top left: Skyler Amsden, Trevor Stanley, Max Tullgren, Kaia Lontine-Kearson, Ethan Martin and Ava Magoon. [Photo/Courtesy of Marshwood High School]

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Plenty of “Steam Heat” is being generated at Marshwood High School as cast and crew members prepare for this year’s spring musical, “The Pajama Game,” which opens March 31.

In this toe-tapping, comedic love story, conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful when sparks fly between new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Their stormy relationship comes to a head when the workers strike for a 7½-cent pay increase, setting off not only a conflict between management and labor, but a battle of the sexes as well.

Director Tanya West has enjoyed the adventure of visiting 1954 and experiencing the history. She found that the entire cast and crew has appreciated researching the fashion, interior design, pop art, music and more. “We have done multiple shows set in the 1950’s so I was looking for a new spin. That’s when the concept of 1950s pop art came into play, not only with paintings but with signs and props as well. Even  how we approached character development was impacted by the cartoon, over-exaggerated feel,” she said.

The Pajama Game is a musical based on the Richard Bissell novel, “7½ Cents.” The original Broadway production opened in May 1954. The Pajama Game was awarded the 1955 Tony Award for Best Musical and Warner Brothers released a film version in 1957. Over half of a century later, it claimed the award for Best Revival of a Musical in 2006, proving that the story is truly timeless.

Marshwood High School junior Ava Magoon, who plays Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee previously played by Doris Day in the movie version, said the production exceeded her expectations. “Each character brings a wild element to the story and it has been so exciting watching my fellow cast members and friends navigate their way through these fictitious, though strikingly realistic personas,” she said.

Magoon said playing the role of Babe was both a challenging and rewarding experience. “I believe I have grown both as a performer and as a person throughout this entire process,” she said.

With an energetic score by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross (Damn Yankees), “The Pajama Game” is brimming with songs and dances that have become musical theater standards, including “Steam Heat,” “Hey There,” “There Once Was a Woman” and “Hernando’s Hideaway.”

Senior Ethan Martin, who plays the character of Sid Sorokin, can’t believe this will be the last production of his high school acting career. “I began performing in Marshwood Theater as a third grader in “Bye Bye Birdie” and I am very thankful for all the opportunities Ms. West has given me. The brilliant acting, comedic timing, and musicality of the cast of ‘The Pajama Game’ leaves me with no doubt that this show will be one to remember,” he said.

Performances of “The Pajama Game” will be at 7 p.m. on March 31, April 1, April 7 and April 8 in the Wesley E. Kennedy Performing Arts Center at Marshwood High School. Tickets are available by calling 207-384-4500 or online at

The MHS School Counseling Department is Hosting a Junior Planning Morning

The MHS School Counseling Department is hosting a Junior Planning morning this Thursday, March 23rd at 7:30 in the MHS auditorium! Juniors and parents/guardians are encouraged to attend to learn about post-secondary options and information guidance information. We will have a panel of speakers representing options including four year college, Shipyard, GAP year, military and community college. We will also have students speaking about their experience. We hope you can join us!!!

How Are School Districts Preparing For LePage’s Proposed Education Cuts? Listen to Superintendent Dr. Mary Nash respond to this question:

How Are School Districts Preparing For LePage’s Proposed Education Cuts?

Listen to Superintendent  Dr. Mary Nash respond to this question: 

How Are School Districts Preparing For LePage’s Proposed Education Cuts?


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3:04 / 3:13 How Are School Districts Preparing For LePage’s Proposed Education Cuts?

In his budget proposal released earlier this year, Gov. Paul LePage vowed to drastically transform how schools are funded. The most notable change was the removal of roughly $40 million that the state gives local districts to help pay the salaries of administrators.

In his State of the State address, LePage hammered home the point that he thinks there are far too many administrators in Maine’s schools. Most notably, he pointed to the more than 100 school superintendents across the state.

“We are the biggest outlier in the country when it comes to superintendents,” he says. “We are just out of control. We need to seek accountability.”

Among many changes, LePage’s new budget would remove all state money for those administrators — about $40 million.

The new funding formula would boost allocations for some districts. Lewiston, for example, would receive an additional $4 million, and districts in Wells and Kittery would see at least another $100,000. However, other districts are looking at deficits that have them worried.

“There’s a point where you can’t do it with what you’ve got,” says Mary Nash, superintendent for MSAD 35, which covers Eliot and South Berwick.

Under the new budget plan, Nash says her district is looking at a loss of more than $750,000 in state funds. She says the district would have to cut teachers and increase class sizes across every grade in order to balance its books.

Nash says she understands that the governor wants to decrease administrative costs and direct more money toward student instruction, but she says his plan would likely wind up hurting students in her district instead.

“These cuts are so significant. They will impact every single one of our students next year. There’s no question,” she says. “And that’s what’s at stake for us.”

In RSU 18, in the Belgrade Lakes region, Superintendent Gary Smith is looking at similar losses.

“We are getting too good at cutting,” he says. “Each year, and this year’s no different.”

Smith says for the past eight years, his district’s budget has increased by only about 2 percent. But this year, he expects to reduce the staff by the equivalent of five-and-a-half positions.

On top of that, Smith says he’s asking local voters to put up extra money this year to help cover losses from the state. But he’s unsure how much more they will agree to pay in property taxes.

“I’m expecting, because we have some of the lowest mill rates in Kennebec County, I expect some very good questioning about a 3.25 percent budget increase,” he says.

While the cuts in these districts are severe, they aren’t set in stone. The Legislature will continue to debate the budget over the next few months.

Earlier this month, dozens of educators packed a budget hearing to testify against the proposal. Many were critical of the fact that the plan ignores a referendum approved this past fall that boosts education funding through a surtax on wealthier households.

Ultimately, school officials say they are optimistic that the Legislature will include more funding for education in its final budget. But in the meantime, they have to be prepared.