2018-01-05 / Sports Spotlight

Andrews’ attitude perfect for wrestling

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer


Senior Lincoln Andrews has the size, strength, speed and stamina needed to be a tough competitor every time he suits up for the Scarborough High School wrestling team. (Michael Kelley photo) Senior Lincoln Andrews has the size, strength, speed and stamina needed to be a tough competitor every time he suits up for the Scarborough High School wrestling team. (Michael Kelley photo) To excel in the world of high school wrestling, an athlete needs size, speed, strength and stamina and Scarborough High School senior Lincoln Andrews has plenty of all four.

“He’s got a strong base and good technique and is the type of person who works to refine the basics,” head coach Deron Sharp said of Andrews.

“He brings a lot of dedication and leadership to the team,” Sharp added. “He believes in the system and believes in himself and is looking to get better every day.”

Andrew’s attitude, Sharp said, is contagious and sets a good example for younger wrestlers.

“When you have seniors like him who contribute to that (outlook), it makes for a fun season of growth and improvement,” said Sharp, now in his third year with the team.

Andrews started wrestling freshman year, following in the footsteps of his father and uncle, who were wrestling captains in California and the Skowhegan area respectively.

Andrews said he loves both the individual and team aspects that wrestling offers.

“It’s the only sport like it. It’s a team sport, but at the same time it’s an individual sport. If you want something, it’s really up to you to put in the effort to get it done,” Andrews said.

Andrews, who wrestles in the 285 weight class, said originally he was overwhelmed with high school wrestling, recalling at his first meet his freshman year, he was pinned within 30 seconds. He worked hard in subsequent practices and meets to hone his skills and towards the end of his first wrestling season, won his first match.

“I won my first match later that year against (a wrestler from) Portland. It was thrilling. When I won that match, I wanted to feel that feeling again. That’s what keeps me going,” he said.

Although it is still early in the season, Andrews expects good things this winter, especially from the freshman class, many who have wrestling experience in the middle school program.

“Culturally, wrestling in Scarborough is continuing to grow,” Sharp said. “It is an exciting time to be part of the Scarborough wrestling family.”

With 15 wrestlers, this year’s squad is bigger than last year, putting Scarborough in a better position to do well in meets. Sharp said last year, Scarborough was able to fill just about half of the 14 weight classes, which range from 106 pounds to 285 pounds. This year, the team fills 12 of the 14.

“It is hard to win wrestling meets without filling most of the weight classes,” Sharp said.

Nevertheless, Sharp said he would rather have a handful of dedicated wrestlers than 20 or 25 wrestlers who are not as committed.

Personally, Andrews said he would like to go to the state meet and qualify for the national meet.

Andrews said he would be interested in wrestling in college, but would also like to go into either the Air Force and Coast Guard. His family, he said, has a history of military service, including his great-grandfather, a World War I veteran, his grandfather, who served in Vietnam, his uncle, who has served in the Army and Navy and his cousin, an Army veteran.

Staff Writer Michael Kelley can be reached at news@scarboroughleader.com.

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