(Dec. 21, 2018) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team continues to dominate its opponents, with its latest two casualties being Saint Michaels and Colonel Richardson.

“We worked on some stuff in practice this week — we worked on some tilts and takedowns — and I saw a lot of that. I saw improvement out of everybody from JV to varsity,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said after Wednesday’s tri-meet with Saint Michaels and Colonel Richardson in Berlin. “We’re getting a little healthy. We still don’t have our whole lineup and we’re not down to weight either. We’re young and we’re getting better every day. I’m happy with them so far.”

Decatur battled the Saint Michaels Saints first. The Seahawks won 78-6.

Seniors Jhymir Blake (152) and Daletez Smith (220), junior captain Jagger Clapsadle (120), junior Keegan Mitchell (132), and freshmen Noah Reho (138) and Alex Koulikov (145) pinned their opponents.

Sophomore captain Nico D’Amico’s 126-pound opponent was injured during their match and unable to continue, so he was awarded the victory.

Saint Michaels forfeited six matches to Decatur.

Decatur topped the Colonel Richardson Colonels 69-9.

Smith (220), Clapsadle (120), D’Amico (126), Koulikov (145), seniors Dakota Souder (285) and Lukas Layton (170), a team captain, junior Shamar Baines (113), and sophomores Caleb Myers (106) and Micah Bourne (182) pinned their opponents.

Reho earned a 16-0 technical-fall victory at 132 pounds.

Junior Kyle Elliott scored a major decision, 12-2, at 138 pounds.

Blake won his 152-pound match when his opponent was injured and unable to continue.

“We were a little out of shape in some spots tonight and I don’t know if that’s nerves, because a lot of matches we really haven’t been tested [this season],” Martinek said. “Colonel Richardson, they’re one of the best teams in the Bayside [Conference]. Definitely one of the top three.”

Decatur will compete in the LaPlata Warrior Duals today and Saturday.

“We’re pretty good. We will be dangerous at that tournament this weekend with the 3A state champs, Huntingtown, 2A state champs, Damascus, and 4A semifinalist, Old Mill,” Martinek said. “There’s 10 teams and we’re going to get eight dual meets in two days. It’s a grind, but we’re going to take some extra kids.

“We’re there to get tough competition,” he continued. “Damascus hasn’t lost a dual meet in six-and-a-half years and we wrestle them Saturday night. We’re really looking forward to it.”

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