GORHAM, Maine Bradley Beaulieu and Josh Smith are tickled they ended up wrestling at the University of Southern Maine, although they took vastly different paths to get there.
Smith, now a senior, was a four-year performer at York High School where he was a ClassB state champ as a sophomore. He was recruited by USM coach Mike Morin after his York coach, Bryan Thompson, approached Morin on Smiths behalf.
Beaulieus route was a little less direct but with more fanfare. One of the most decorated high school wrestlers to come out of Maine, Beaulieu won four Class A state titles at Marshwood High School where he was part of a program that at one stretch won six Class A team state championships in seven years. He also won a New England title, graduating in 2017 with the most career wins in Maine history with 248.
Beaulieu was recruited to wrestle on scholarship at NCAA Division I Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.
While things worked out immediately for Smith, who went 24-11 as a USM freshman and was named to the New England Wrestling Association (NEWA) All-Rookie Team, the same could not be said of Beaulieu.
He was red-shirted as a freshman, later deciding Old…
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