(March 3, 2023) Fourteen Stephen Decatur wrestlers – 10 boys and four girls – will compete in the MPSSAA 2A-1A state championship meet this weekend at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.
They advanced to the championship for placing in the top four in their weight class during the 2A-1A East Region competition, held last Saturday at Queen Anne’s High School.
“They wrestled well. They kept doing what they’ve been doing all year,” said Decatur Coach Josh August. “It’s tough when you go up against guys you haven’t seen before. Some brackets were really stacked. They exceeded our expectations, and we had a few champs too. It was a good weekend.”
Five Seahawks won their weight class divisions.
Freshman Elijah Collick (42-2) came in first place at 106 pounds. Junior Reid Caimi (39-6) was victorious in the 126-pound division.
Senior captain Logan Intrieri (43-1) became champion in the 132-pound weight class, and junior captain Gavin Solito (44-1) won the 152-pound division.
Junior Parker Intrieri (34-9) outperformed his competition at 170 pounds.
Junior Kole Kohut (30-9) came in second place in the 195-pound division.
Senior Evan Haworth (27-2) and sophomore Nate McDaniel (23-17) placed third at 160 and 182 pounds, respectively.
Sophomore Juan Hinojosa (33-10) and senior ZJ Lyons (19-18) took fourth at 113 and 145 pounds, respectively.
Sophomore Aaron August (33-11) came in fifth in the 120-pound division and is an alternate for states.
“At 120 pounds there were six kids ranked in the state in our region, 113 had a lot of good guys, 132 was tough. One fifty-two wasn’t as stacked, but at states it will be one of the toughest,” Coach August said.
Four Lady Seahawks will be joining their teammates at states.
Seniors Madeline Reed (9-2, 110 pounds) and Jenna Danner (10-3, 115), and sophomores Azariyah Johnson (12-0, 170) and Chaniah Bernier (5-3, 235) won their regional divisions.
Sophomore Rachel Plata (8-6) finished in third place at 120 pounds and will be an alternate in her division at states.
“It was good for the girls to be able to show off what they’ve been doing. We have three first-year wrestlers,” August said. “It’s good to get exposure.”
The Decatur wrestlers were working on making some adjustments and individual skills and strategy this week leading up to the state competition, as well as having fun, August said.
“There’s undefeated guys in almost every bracket, so you’ve got to be on your game at states,” he said. “You’ve got to make weight and show up and wrestle your six minutes.”
The girls’ competition runs Thursday and Saturday, while the boys will wrestle Friday and Saturday.
“States is fun. It’s totally different than any tournament,” August said. “It’s in an arena, there’s eight mats going at once … it’s a big deal. Just to make it is an accomplishment.
“They just need to do what they’ve been doing all year. They’ve been working hard,” he continued. “I want everyone to do well, especially the seniors. I want them to go there and reach their goals. Hopefully, a handful place and a couple win. Some kids have been wrestling since elementary school, so I’d like to see them do well.”
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