The Forgotten Athlete
The names that are synonymous within the Dexter sports world are: the Haines brothers in football, Ames sisters in girls basketball, the Veazie sisters in field hockey, the Day brothers in baseball, Patterson and Guiski in boys basketball, Chapman in softball, and Parola in soccer. They have won state championships, and player of the year awards, earned division 1 scholarships, and have earned countless team and personal accolades. All of these athletes are undoubtedly worthy of the recognition that they received. One sport that is conspicuously missing from this list is wrestling. One of the names most prominently associated with Dexter wrestling is Barkac.
Wrestling is one of the most physically demanding sports. At Dexter, it is the only sport in which athletes compete in class B. This presents an uphill battle for the wrestling team as our number of participants does not compare to that of bigger schools.. But, within that lies the beauty of wrestling. Each individual athlete controls his own destiny within his weight class. Countless wrestlers have had great success while attending Dexter.
Arguably, the best wrestler to ever come through this high school is a name that isn’t talked about nearly as much as the previous people mentioned.
Over his four year career he never lost a match while winning over 160 total matches, which is a school record. He is Dexter’s forgotten athlete, Jeremiah Barkac
Jeremiah attended Dexter Regional High school from 2003-07 without a regular season loss. Stephan Bell, the athletic director at that time, stated, “He may have dabbled with football, but primarily wrestled year round across the state. He was very elite when it came to wrestling, he was one of the strongest kids. He could probably get on a chin up bar and do 100. He was phenomenally strong, but small in stature while wrestling around the 100 weight class.. He probably finished in the 112 lbs. weight class. Just a phenomenal athlete.” Bell said in the same interview.
Jeremiah was clearly dominate in the wrestling world in the state of Maine.
When asked if Barkac received the recognition he deserved from the community, Bell said, “He was definitely well respected in the wrestling community in the state.” Although he is well respected in the wrestling community in Maine, his name is seldom heard in the halls of DRHS.
He was a 4 time state champ, 4 time PVC champ, 4 time regional champ. He placed 6th, 5th 3rd, and 2nd in New England's in his 4 year high school career. He never lost a match in the state of Maine. His accomplishments speak for his ability as a wrestler. None of the athletes whose names are synonymous in Dexter sports can say they never lost in their careers. It is time we recognize one of the greatest athletes to walk through these halls. His dominance and skill level in wrestling are beyond reproach. Including the name Jeremiah Barkac among those synonymous with Dexter sports is long overdue.
Written By Zachary White
DRHS Sports Academy Class