(Feb. 7, 2020) The undefeated Stephen Decatur wrestling team hosted the North Caroline Bulldogs on Wednesday, and although the Seahawks faced some tough competition, they came out on top, 56-12.
“I was happy with it. We got tested tonight and we responded,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “They had some tough kids through the middle – some state place winners – they’re strong in the middle and I knew that, but we won them all.”
Seniors Austin Miller (106) and Shamar Baines (120), juniors James Parana (160) and Johnny Hofman (195), sophomore Alex Koulikov (152) and freshman Logan Intrieri (113) pinned their opponents.
Senior captain Jagger Clapsadle earned a major-decision victory (14-2) at 126 pounds.
Senior Kyle Elliott scored a major-decision win (10-2) at 138 pounds.
Junior captain Nico D’Amico (132) and sophomore Noah Reho (145) both outscored their opponents, 6-0.
D’Amico’s victory was his 100th career win.
“I didn’t wrestle too good, but I’m excited to get it out of the way. It was on my mind a lot and I think I would have wrestled differently if it was just another match,” D’Amico said. “In front of my home crowd, in front of my grandfather, my family, I wanted to do it so bad. It’s just another stepping stone to my career. Shout out to all my coaches – from youth league all the way up – and I couldn’t do it without my teammates and my parents too.”
Junior Micah Bourne won his 182-pound match, 9-2, and senior Jonathan Church edged out his 220-pound opponent, 6-4.
“We beat some quality kids tonight, which is what we’ve got to do to win states,” Martinek said. “We’re going to wrestle a lot more of those kids.”
Decatur will celebrate Senior Night, tonight, Friday, during its match against the James M. Bennett Clippers, beginning at 6 p.m.
The Seahawks will then host the 2A East Region duals on Wednesday, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Decatur has earned the No. 1 seed. Also in the top four will be the Kent Island Buccaneers, Parkside Rams and the Queen Anne’s Lions. The final seeding will be determined after all of tonight’s matches.
Decatur will face the No. 4 seed, while No. 2 and No. 3 go head-to-head.
The winners will then battle for the regional title.
Decatur already beat Kent Island (45-24) and Parkside (55-18) this season.
“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing, working on the little things and hopefully it all comes together when it’s got to come together,” Martinek said. “Right now I feel good. We got our whole lineup back – we got through the flu – as long as our weights and everything are good everything should move forward.”
Decatur captured the 3A East Region dual meet championship – the team’s first since 2011 – last year. Decatur also won the 3A state dual meet title. The last time the squad had won a state dual championship title was in 2008.