2019-02-15 / Sports Spotlight

Storm seniors creating waves in wrestling tourney

Boisvert, Holbrook win regional titles, head to states
By Pat McDonald Sports Editor


Scarborough’s Addison Boisvert’s arm is raised after winning the 285-pound championship at the Class A South regional wrestling tournament last Saturday at Noble High School. (Doug Shofner photo) Scarborough’s Addison Boisvert’s arm is raised after winning the 285-pound championship at the Class A South regional wrestling tournament last Saturday at Noble High School. (Doug Shofner photo) SCARBOROUGH — The Scarborough High wrestling team struggled with numbers this year, but that doesn’t mean the Red Storm aren’t going to make some noise in the postseason.

Seniors Addison Boisvert and Eli Holbrook showed they could compete with some of the best wrestlers in the state last weekend when they both won Class A South regional titles at Noble High School.

Boisvert spent just two minutes and 41 seconds on the mat at regionals as he pinned his way to the 285-pound championship.

“It’s just non-stop, always. He’s always looking for the pin,” said Scarborough co-head coach Shane Stephenson of Boisvert. “He’s always looking to dominate. He’s always looking to score. He just wants to win. He’s hungry and now is his time to shine.”


Scarborough’s Eli Holbrook battles Noble’s Duncan McGilvery during the 145-pound finals at the Class A South regional wrestling tournament last Saturday at Noble High School. (Doug Shofner photo) Scarborough’s Eli Holbrook battles Noble’s Duncan McGilvery during the 145-pound finals at the Class A South regional wrestling tournament last Saturday at Noble High School. (Doug Shofner photo) Boisvert, who pinned Portland/South Portland’s Harold Degenhardt in 1:33 in the finals, will be one of the favorites to win the state championship this weekend at Cony High School.

“We don’t have them (look past) anybody because anybody can get beat on any day in this sport. We just take it one match at a time. We make them grind it out in the practice room, get them prepared and hopefully that pays off on the mat,” said Stephenson on Boisvert’s mindset this week.

Holbrook won the regional title at 145 pounds after picking up a pin and two decisions last Saturday.

“He’s really good. I think I wrestled him last year, but what made the different the most was making sure I was keen on my own defense and really being able to catch him when it was the right time,” said Holbrook on his 6-4 win over Noble’s Duncan McGilvery in the finals.

Stephenson wasn’t surprised to see Holbrook come out on top.

“He’s just a grinder. He just grinds it out, wrestles the whole time, doesn’t stop and even if somebody is going to be technically better than him, they are going to have to pound him … he never gives up. He just keeps going,” said Stephenson of Holbrook.

Both Stephenson and Holbrook believe the arrival of co-head coach Andrew Morische, who is originally from the wrestling rich state of Iowa, has helped the Red Storm this season.

“(The coaching staff) is very unique. Each and every one of them has their own skill set and it feels like I get to learn a lot of things,” said Holbrook. “We have a coach from Iowa and I feel like his skill set is really influencing us as a team, especially with how everyone on our team has struggled with offense (in the past). He really brings in that (Iowa style) wrestling.”

“Andrew’s style is what we needed. We needed a light guy. We needed somebody who could throw legs in. We needed somebody that had that little guy style to kind of go with two bigger guys. It blends really well,” Stephenson added.

Holbrook was thrilled to win a regional title — and the senior is hoping he and Boisvert can inspire future Red Storm wrestlers.

“It’s amazing and I hope it inspires kids in our school to join the team and help us start rebuilding our program,” said Holbrook.

Stephenson, who returned to the mat this winter after taking several years off, was happy to watch Boisvert and Holbrook reach the top of the regional podium.

“It’s awesome, especially because Eli and Addison were both in the youth program and now we’re seeing that youth program pay off,” Stephenson said. “Hopefully we continue to build and this will bring some attention to Scarborough that wrestling is a great sport for Scarborough athletes.”

Sports Editor Pat McDonald can be reached at pmcdonald@journaltribune.com or at 780-9017.

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