(Dec. 20, 2019) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team dominated its tri-meet with the Kent County Trojans and Cambridge Vikings on Wednesday in Berlin.
“I’m pretty ecstatic. You wrestle some teams and you’re like, you’re kind of ready for a letdown,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “You just think there’s going to be one match somebody lets us down or didn’t do well, but after that dual meet I can only think of kids that did better than I thought they would do.”
Decatur battled Kent County first and won, 77-6.
Senior captain Jagger Clapsadle (126 pounds), seniors Shamar Baines (120) and DJ Taylor (170), junior captain Nico D’Amico (138), juniors Micah Bourne (182), Johnny Hofman (195) and T.D. Ortega (285) and sophomores Dustin Morrow (132), Noah Reho (152) and Alex Koulikov (160) pinned their opponents.
Senior Kyle Elliott earned a 17-2 technical-fall victory at 145 pounds.
Kent County forfeited matches to freshman Teddy Sites (106) and senior Jonathan Church (220).
Decatur topped Cambridge, 75-4.
Baines (120), D’Amico (138), Koulikov (160), Church (220), Ortega (285) and freshman Jayden Criner (132) pinned their opponents.
Taylor outscored his 170-pound opponent, 9-2.
Sites (106), Clapsadle (126), Elliott (145), Reho (152) Bourne (182) and Hofman (195) won by forfeit.
“We wrestled great. It’s fun when you can see what you’re doing in practice all week and they actually do it [in matches]. It’s exciting,” Martinek said. “There’s just great camaraderie amongst the team this year. It’s fun. They’re having fun.”
Decatur will compete in the Iron Horse Duals, Jan. 3-4, hosted by C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air.
“That’s a very tough one,” Martinek said. “Hopefully we’re just healthy and down to weight and we just wrestle like we can. If we wrestle hard and we’re not the best team, then we’re not the best team, but I think we’re one of the better teams.
“Last year we took third,” he continued. “We’ve been going to the tournament for about seven years and we’ve never won it. Our goal is to win it.”