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(Feb. 1, 2019) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team improved to 13-0 – despite not having its best performance – with a 56-13 victory over the North Caroline Bulldogs, Wednesday evening in Ridgely, Maryland.

Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said the Seahawks looked a bit out of shape and sloppy.

“We wrestle better at home,” he said. “[We] seemed tired and lacked focus.”

Junior captains Jagger Clapsadle (120 pounds) and DJ Taylor (195) and senior Daletez Smith pinned their opponents.

Sophomore Micah Bourne earned a 20-5 technical-fall victory at 182 pounds. Junior Kyle Elliott logged a 16-0 technical-fall win at 145 pounds.

Senior captain Lukas Layton outscored his 170-pound opponent, 11-3. Junior Keegan Mitchell topped his 132-pound opponent, 7-3, and sophomore captain Nico D’Amico edged out his 126-pound competition, 10-9.

North Caroline forfeited matches to junior Shamar Baines (106), sophomore Anya Knappenberger (113) and senior Dakota Souder (285).

The Decatur squad will compete in its final meet of the regular season, tonight, Friday, at 5 p.m. in Salisbury against the James M. Bennett Clippers.

To be successful, Martinek said the Seahawks need more “live wrestling” during practice to prepare, have “better basics and be more offensive.”

Even with one match remaining, Decatur has secured the No. 1 spot in the 3A East Region dual meet championship. The Seahawks will host the competition on Wednesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The three other teams participating will be determined after Friday night’s meets.

Decatur will battle the No. 4 seed, while two faces off against three on the next mat. The winners will then go head-to-head for the regional dual title.

“We need to stay healthy and get down to weight. We have a flu bug going around right now,” Martinek said earlier this week.

The last time Decatur won the title was 2008, Martinek said. He thinks the Seahawks have a good shot to capture the championship again this year.

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