(Jan. 25, 2019) Going into Stephen Decatur’s annual War on the Shore wrestling competition last weekend, Director Todd Martinek expected the tournament to be tougher than some states’ state championship meets, and it did not disappoint.
Hundreds of wrestlers – from first-time participants to state champions – representing 19 teams from Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia battled it out on five mats over two days in Berlin.
“It was a huge success for our school as this is also a fundraiser,” Martinek said. “Thanks to the [athletic] boosters, teachers and administrators that helped make this the best tournament in the state of Maryland.”
Mount Saint Joseph of Baltimore won the tournament, scoring 289.5 points. Milford High School of Delaware came in second with 167 points. Glenelg took third with 148.5 points and Decatur finished in fourth, tallying 131 points.
Martinek, coach of the Decatur Seahawks, was thrilled with his wrestlers’ performance.
“I could not be happier. We competed very well against the best competition and stayed relatively healthy,” he said. “I was very pleased. We had nine place-winners out of 14. [It’s] been over a decade since that has happened and only two are seniors, so the future is bright.”
Junior captain Jagger Clapsadle (113 pounds), sophomore captain Nico D’Amico (120), freshman Noah Reho (126) and senior Dakota Souder (285) took third in their respective weight classes.
Senior captain Lukas Layton finished in sixth place in the 170-pound division.
Sophomore Micah Bourne (182) and junior Kyle Elliott (132) came in seventh place in their weight class competitions.
Junior Shamar Baines (106) and sophomore Johnny Hofman (160) took eighth in their divisions.
“Everybody knows about our studs. Our state-ranked kids did their jobs, but Johnny Hofman, Kyle Elliott and Micah Bourne are becoming great as well,” Martinek said. “We could have three to four guys in the state finals, but time will tell. We are focused on winning the next nine dual meets (five regular season and four post season), if we do that, we are team state champions.”