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(Jan. 18, 2019) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team took a trip to Stevensville to face the Kent Island Buccaneers on Wednesday and won 53-16.

Junior Shamar Baines (106 pounds), sophomore captain Nico D’Amico (126), freshman Noah Reho (138), junior captain DJ Taylor (195) and senior Dakota Souder (285) pinned their opponents.

Junior Kyle Elliott earned a major decision, 12-2, at 145 pounds. Sophomore Johnny Hofman won 13-2 at 160 pounds.

Senior captain Lukas Layton outscored his 170-pound opponent, 12-5. Senior Jhymir Blake topped his 152-pound opponent, 11-5.

Junior Keegan Mitchell scored a 13-0 victory at 132 pounds. Junior captain Jagger Clapsadle earned a technical fall victory, 18-3, at 120 pounds.

Decatur Coach Todd Martinek thought the Seahawks did “great” and are “starting to peak.”

“I’m really proud of Jhymir Blake and Johnny Hofman. They are getting better every match,” Martinek said. “When Keegan Mitchell gets in the lineup we tend to wrestle better [as a team]. He is key to our lineup.”

The Decatur wrestling team will host its annual War on the Shore tournament today and Saturday at the Berlin high school.

Twenty-one varsity teams from Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania will be competing.

“Varsity is the toughest tournament in Maryland and features nationally-ranked Mount Saint Joseph from Baltimore, No. 24 in the country, and seven of the top 20 teams in Maryland,” Martinek, the tournament director, said. “This tournament is tougher than many states’ state tournament.”

Attendees should expect to see some of the top wrestlers from several states.

Tournament matches will take place on five mats – two in both the main gym and cafeteria and one in the school’s smaller gym.

For Decatur to be successful, Martinek said the Seahawks need to “be aggressive and go for the win.”

Martinek said facing tough competition would be a good test for his grapplers.

“I would like to be a top-five team in scoring, but this is really our first chance for some individuals to shine,” he said. “I think we can have seven of 14 make top eight.”

Matches are slated to begin at 3 p.m. today, Friday, and action will run until about 10 p.m. Competition will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Weight class finals for third/fourth and first/second place are scheduled to kick off at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday. The top five wrestlers in each weight class will take home awards.

In addition to the varsity tournament, about 200 wrestlers are slated to participate in a junior varsity competition on Saturday. Altogether, War on the Shore will include more than 500 grapplers, ranging from state champions to first-year participants.

The cost for spectators is $15 per day or $20 for a weekend pass. Results will be available live online at www.trackwrestling.com. Click on “Events,” then “Search Events” and type in “War on the Shore.”

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