The Ellsworth wrestling team poses with its new state championship trophy after placing first at Saturday’s Class B state tournament at Fryeburg Academy.PHOTO BY KAYLA HARDISONEllsworth wrestlers (from left) Jack Weeks, Connor Petros and Jeff Weeks pose with their new Class B team championship trophy after Saturday’s wrestling state championships at Fryeburg Academy. Petros and Jack Weeks placed first in their weight classes while Jeff Weeks placed fourth.PHOTO BY KAYLA HARDISONEllsworth coach Travis Hardison hugs Jack Weeks after Weeks won the 138-pound title at Saturday’s Class B state wrestling championships at Fryeburg Academy.PHOTO BY KAYLA HARDISONEllsworth wrestlers received Class B wrestling state championship medals after Saturday’s state tournament at Fryeburg Academy.PHOTO BY KAYLA HARDISONThe Ellsworth wrestling team took home the Class B wrestling state championship trophy after Saturday’s state tournament at Fryeburg Academy.PHOTO BY KAYLA HARDISON12345PreviousNextFRYEBURG — The Ellsworth wrestling team dethroned three-time defending Class B state champion Camden Hills on Saturday at Fryeburg Academy.After notching the program’s first Eastern Maine championship last weekend, the Ellsworth Eagles scored 147.5 points to claim the state title – their first since 1982 and the school’s first team championship of any sport since 2002.Camden Hills finished second with 105 points – one of the largest margins of victory in state competition. Foxcroft Academy took third with 96.5 points.“An excellent week of mental and physical preparation set the stage for a day of class B wrestling that was beyond even the coaching staff’s best expectations,” Ellsworth coach JF Burns said.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Eagles’ week before their 3.5-hour drive to Fryeburg on Friday looked something like this: On Monday, they met with clinician Logan Walsh. On Wednesday, they were introduced to a packed gymnasium before the boys’ basketball prelim against Mount Desert Island. On Thursday, superintendent Dan Higgins provided them with a motivational speech, which appeared to be effective.In what Burns described as “one of the greatest moments in the school’s wrestling history,” Ellsworth captured five straight individual championships by freshman Peyton Cole (132), senior Jack Weeks (138), junior Dagan Berenyi (145), junior Connor Petros (152) and sophomore Trent Goodman (160).Burns said Ellsworth’s effort was so dominating that if you were to compare the head to head scores of the 10 weight classes in which Ellsworth entered wrestlers, the team outscored the combined effort of the entire field of class B schools. But the afternoon belonged to captains Weeks and Petros.Coming out of the No. 3 seed in the East, Weeks won his championship by defeating the No. 2 seed in the West, the No. 1 seed in the East and, in the finals, the No. 1 seed in the West – Dakota Jacques – by a score of 4 to 3. Weeks’ upset victory was the only one for the day, as the other 13 weight classes were won by No. 1 seeds.Seeded first in the East, Petros pinned eventual third-place finisher Hunter Reed of Morse in the semifinals before coming from behind in the finals to beat the No. 1 seed from the West – Josh Smith of York – by a score of 9 to 6.As for the other three champions, Cole remained undefeated for the season by pinning Steven Thompson of Medomak Valley in the second period. Berenyi won the championship by a technical fall score of 18 to 3 over Conor Smith of Fryeburg, and Goodman pinned Eli Smith of Camden Hills in the first period.Burns said Ellsworth also did well in the consolation rounds.Senior captain Jeff Weeks suffered a tough 1-0 loss in the semifinals to the eventual champion, Ian Austin of Mountain Valley. Jeff Weeks, who recorded two pins for the day, finished fourth after losing to Brandon Brock of Foxcroft by score of 7-1 in the consolation finals. But Jeff Weeks’ victory in the consolation semifinals eliminated Mountain Valley and Camden Hills from catching Ellsworth in the standings.At 126 pounds, senior Robert Banner removed the last obstacle for Ellsworth when he beat Eli Olson of Foxcroft in the consolation finals by a score of 6 to 2. The win capped off Banner’s career and earned him a third-place finish. His only loss of the day was to the Outstanding Wrestler of the Meet, Peter DelGallo.Junior Noah Robidoux placed fourth at 120 pounds after losing 4-1 to Chase Curry of Belfast.At 170 pounds, Tyler Hardwick won one match on the day.First-year wrestler Jared Brown lost his two matches on the day at 195 pounds.Each of the competing wrestlers received a state championship medal.“The team greatly appreciates the fans who traveled the 3+ hours to watch us compete,” Burns said. “With seven of the 10 wrestlers returning next year, we are looking forward to the continuation of the team’s success.”An evening reception is planned for the team on Feb. 24 at Ellsworth High School. 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…regrets inaccurately saying NEW GPC was paid to store drugs during the pre-qualification periodMore than two months after he was found to have misled the National Assembly, Minister of Public Health, Dr George Norton has finally apologised to the House over his remarks which had purported that Government had paid the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation (GPC) in excess of $19 million for the storage of drugs and medical supplies.Public Health Minister, Dr George NortonA repentant Public Health Minister used the occasion of ‘Statements by a Minister’ to offer the apology to the President, Prime Minister, Speaker and other members of the National Assembly when the House came out of its annual recess and convened on Thursday.The apology was however informally rejected by sections of the political opposition, some of whom heckled that he was in fact encouraged by Prime Minister, Moses Nagamotoo to make the misleading statements, in addition to offering a ‘Donald Trump’ apologyIn offering his apologies, Dr Norton told the House, “as Minister of Public Health, I know the high standard of duty and care expected of me and the staff of Ministry, I take fully the responsibility for this unfortunate episode and give my full commitment that it will not re-occur.”Recalling the genesis of the sordid state of affairs—for which the political opposition had threatened sanctions—Dr Norton drew reference to the House’s consideration of the Financial Papers on Monday 8 August, 2016, where he was questioned extensively by the political opposition.According to the Public Health Minster, “in the process I gave answers that were in some parts based on personal knowledge and ability and in other parts based on information and advice presented to me.”He conceded that “since that day I have come to the firm position that the answers given to two questions relating to the payment to NEW GPC and for the storage of drugs in the bond at 29 Sussex Street were not accurate, as these were based on information supplied to me.”Following the inaccurate disclosures by Dr Norton, it was revealed that the ministry did not pay NEW GPC one cent for the storage of drugs and medical supplies during the pre-qualification period.Dr Norton had also told the House that the ministry at the time had already begun utilising the Sussex Street building the Ministry was renting for in excess of $12.5M monthly, but this turned out not to be the case, since the building had not been completed at the time.That Sussex Street, Georgetown, building was discovered to be owned by Linden Holding Inc, whose principal was one of the coalition Government’s key financiers, Larry Singh, and was further not deemed to be adequate for the storage of the nation’s drugs and medical supplies.Head of State David Granger subsequently ordered an investigation of the transaction by a Cabinet Sub-committee which found that the contract should in fact be renegotiated since the rental fee was deemed to be too high, in addition to other concerns raised.Minister Norton in appealing to the National Assembly said in the circumstances he wishes to “express my sincere and profound regret…”