Mayer, others excel at Essex wrestling tournament

ESSEX — Three local high school wrestlers posted top-three finishes at this past weekend’s Michael J. Baker Classic at Essex High School.
One, Mount Abraham senior Roman Mayer, was voted the tournament’s outstanding wrestler after winning the 126-pound weight class. He pinned all four of his adversaries, including Queensbury High School’s Trevor Robbins in 3:24 in the final.
Also excelling was Otter Valley senior Josh Beayon, second at 182 pounds, and Vergennes senior Brady Gebo, third at 220 pounds in the competitive tournament. Beayon, who pinned his first three competitors in Essex, also recently won his 100th career match. 
Gebo won his first two matches by fall, before being pinned by the eventual champion. Gebo then pinned another competitor in the consolation round and captured third with a 14-4 major decision over Teddy Alexander of Mount Mansfield.
Host Essex won the tournament with 255.5 points, followed by three teams from Maine and one from New York state. Spaulding (102.5) took sixth, followed by Mount Abe (86.5) in seventh. The Commodores also finished in the top 10, taking 10th with 80.5 points, out of the 26 teams competing. Otter Valley was 15th with 60 points.
Eight other local wrestlers also took the podium in Essex.
At 138 pounds, Mount Abe senior Gary Conant prevailed over Otter Valley’s David Williams to claim fourth place in the weight class; Williams was fifth.
At 195 Commodore sophomore Gabe Payne-Vinick placed fourth.
Vergennes sophomore Zach Botala earned fourth place at 145 pounds scoring four falls. His only loss was to Mount Abe’s John Bent, who went a different route in the consolation bracket and ended up in sixth place.
Otter Charlie Noble won three matches on the way to claiming fifth place at 285 pounds. He defeated Eagle junior Matt Cleeves in the last match; Cleeves earned sixth place.
Vergennes sophomore Aiden Gebo claimed sixth place at 126 pounds. 

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