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(Jan. 13, 2023) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team finished in fourth place overall during last weekend’s Iron Horse Duals at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, Maryland, and now the program will host its annual War on the Shore, today and Saturday in Berlin.

“Everyone would agree, Iron Horse is the toughest dual tournament in Maryland. There were teams ranked [in their respective state] in both pools,” said Decatur Coach Josh August. “Everyone wrestled hard. Some kids really stepped up [and] rose above expectations, some struggled with the jump in competition.

“Obviously, you want to go and win,” he continued. “It was an eye-opener. It will be good in the long run. We got to see where we need to be in the next few weeks of the season … [and] what we need to work on as a team and as individuals.”

Decatur went 5-2 in its pool, earning wins over John Carroll (69-6), Boy’s Latin School (61-14), Leonardtown (45-24), Montgomery Blair (50-18) and Archbishop Spalding (53-28).

Cape Henlopen edged out Decatur, 39-34, in the first match. South Carroll topped Decatur, 54-27, in the seventh match of the tournament.

In the third/fourth-place competition, Sparrows Point came out on top over Decatur, 42-36.

“South Carroll was really tough. They’re probably one of the best public schools in Maryland, ever. They have three nationally-ranked kids,” August said. “Cape is number two in Delaware and it’s always a close match. Sparrows Point, we matched up good at some weights and other weights we were outmatched.”

Decatur freshman Elijah Collick went 8-0 in his matches, wrestling at 106 and 113 pounds.

Senior captain Logan Intrieri (132/138), junior captain Gavin Solito (160/170) and junior Kole Kohut (195/220) finished the tournament with 7-1 records.

After an extremely competitive Iron Horse Duals, August said, “War on the Shore doesn’t get any easier.”

But before War on the Shore, Decatur traveled to Mardela Springs on Wednesday to face the Mardela Warriors. Decatur won, 72-12, with 10 wrestlers earning pins, nine of them in the first period of their matches.

Intrieri (145), Kohut (220), senior Evan Haworth (170), juniors Reid Caimi (138) and Parker Intrieri (182), sophomores Juan Hinojosa (120), Aaron August (132), Amarian Manuel (152) and Nate McDaniel (195) and freshman Jake Saullo (126) pinned their opponents.

Mardela forfeited the 113- and 160-pound matches. The Warriors scored a pin at 285 pounds, and Decatur forfeited the 106-pound match.

“They look good. We have been working hard,” Coach August said. “There are some tough kids at War on the Shore, so they will have to wrestle their best this weekend.”

Two dozen varsity teams are entered into this year’s WOTS from five states – Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut – and the District of Columbia.

Among the hundreds of wrestlers competing, 75 are state-ranked.

“It’s a very tough tournament,” August said. “Our goal is for all 14 guys to place (in the top eight). If we can do that, we’re wrestling pretty good. A couple kids could be in the finals, but it depends on the brackets.”

Varsity matches will begin at 3:30 p.m. today, Friday, at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin and run until about 9 or 10 p.m. Action will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Matches will run on five mats.

The JV division will begin competition at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, while the girls’ division will open at 2 p.m.

Decatur will have several female wrestlers competing, many of whom did well during last weekend’s Who’s #1? girls’ tournament at Northeast-Anne Arundel – sophomore AJ Johnson, first place; seniors Jenna Danner, third; and Maddie Reed, fifth; and sophomores Rachel Plata, fifth; and Chaniah Bernier, sixth.

“We have three first-year wrestlers and one won the tournament,” August said.

Admission cost is $15 per day/$25 for the weekend.

Saturday’s varsity matches can be viewed live for free at https://www.sdhswarontheshore.com/livestreams.html. Results will also be updated on trackwrestling.com.

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