All-Region Wrestler of the Year: Dillon Worster of Oxford Hills

Dillon Worster lived a senior year that all athletes dream of before leaving with their high school diploma in hand.

Oxford Hills wrestling team captain Dillon Worster took third place in his class at the New England Regional Wrestling Championship this winter. Photo by Brewster Burns

The 6-foot-2 Oxford Hills stalwart won his first state title on the wrestling mat this winter and was a key defensive end and lineman for the Vikings football team, which smashed his way into the state’s Class A football championship game last fall. . His success as an athlete also explains why he was chosen wrestler of the year by the Sun Journal.

Worster beat Massabesic’s Sean Wakefield with a drop to win the 195-pound class division in Class A States and finished third at New England. His overall record for the 2021-22 season was 37-1.

“He’s a hell of a competitor,” said Oxford Hills coach Tony Stevens. “He works hard. He has a huge will to win. Never late for training and he dedicates his time to the offseason as well as wrestling in the spring and summer. So he does whatever it takes to get there. That much.

“He also plays football, which helps (in) wrestling. Doing other sports improves your overall athletic ability.

Pire knew a state title was within reach as well as an opportunity to shine on the mat this season.

“Those kinds of things happened as expected,” Worster said. “I had struggled all summer (and) really didn’t have too much competition with the Maine kids.”

Worster and his father contracted food poisoning the night after wrestling on day one of the New England Championships. It affected him the next day.

“On the second day, I was throwing up the first period. It was pretty tough,” Worster said, “but I managed to do better than I expected given the circumstances, I guess you would say.”

Oxford Hills’ Dillon Worster grapples with an opponent in a wrestling match this season. Photo submitted

Worster said he was known for his bear hug maneuver when going about his business on the mat.

“It’s kind of natural because I’m usually taller than everyone else,” he said. “My best wrestling style is actually Greco-Roman. However, going to New England, I knew I wasn’t just going to kiss everyone. Usually I can get a takedown.

“I was trying to get my first out, and where I had food poisoning, I was kind of trying to get the first runs and win the rest of the game. I rode until I got to the semis and ended up losing to (Christopher Murphy from Guilford, Connecticut), who won it all.

“I was up one point and I knew I wasn’t going to settle for the points, so my goal was to get another takedown. … He ended up putting me in a standing cradle and I was just out of it. … I just accepted the fact that I had to come back and take third place at that point.

Stevens said Worster’s combination of strength and technique has also served the wrestler well, but there is another asset that gives the senior an edge on the mat.

“The most important thing is his competitive fire,” the longtime wrestling coach said. “He has that pride of wanting to win every game when he steps out on the mat. He knows where he is in every tight game. He knows what he has to do.”

Although the Vikings football team fell to Thorton Academy in the state title game, 42-27, Worster had a good time with his teammates.

“Football-wise, I couldn’t ask for a better group of guys to play with,” he said. “We had a lot of fun on and off the pitch.”

Stevens added that Worster also served as a positive role model for the wrestling program‘s underclassmen and taught them how to conduct themselves as athletes.

“He’s just a good all-around wrestler, great teammate, good boy, he had no attitude, no ego – just great to have him on the team,” Stevens said. “He (also) does a fantastic job in the classroom. He is a very good student-athlete.

The eldest planned for his future and set his sights on an apprenticeship program offered by Maine Maritime Academy and Bath Iron Works. He plans to travel to Maine Maritime a few days a week to attend school while working at BIW.

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