Dexter freshman Aliviah Anderson stands atop the podium after winning the 106-pound division of the girls state championship Feb. 20 at Penobscot Valley High School in Howland. Credit: Courtesy of Angela Anderson

Two Dexter wrestlers were among the champions at the inaugural Maine Principals’ Association girls individual wrestling state championship meet held recently at Penobscot Valley High School in Howland.

Freshman Aliviah Anderson captured the 106-pound title by outlasting Kristin Roy of Erskine Academy of South China 9-8 in the finals while Tigers’ senior Autumn Irwin decisioned Shelby Ostrowski of Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 4-1 in the 182-pound title match.

Sixty wrestlers from 27 schools competed in eight weight classes as part of Maine’s first sanctioned state championship meet for girls wrestling.

Brooke Birkhahn, a sophomore from Deering High in Portland, was named the outstanding wrestler after earning a 10-6 decision over Madeline Tardiff of Nokomis of Newport in the 145-pound championship.

Other weight-class champions were Kristina Kelly of Camden Hills of Rockport (113 pounds), Anunthaya MacDonnell of Falmouth (120), Zoe Buteau of Lisbon/Oak Hill (132), Elizabeth Bernier of Bucksport (160) and Chloe Kirschmann of Caribou (182).

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Ernie Clark

Ernie Clark is a veteran sportswriter who has worked with the Bangor Daily News for more than a decade. A four-time Maine Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters...