(Jan. 25, 2019) The Stephen Decatur and Parkside wrestling teams were both 9-0 going into Wednesday’s meet in Berlin, and only one squad would walk away with its unblemished record intact.
The lead changed hand several times early, but Decatur started to pull away and won, 47-25.
Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said overall, the Seahawks didn’t wrestle to their potential.
“We lost some close matches. We need to be in better shape,” he said.
The meet started with the 152-pound weight class.
“Our lightweights are the best in the state. I would much rather start with them, but it’s a random draw,” Martinek said.
Parkside’s Michael Daugherty earned a 10-0 major decision at 152 pounds to give his team a 4-0 lead.
Freshman James Parana put Decatur on top 6-4 with a pin at 160 pounds.
Parkside’s Elijah Sellinger won the 170-pound match 8-3, but sophomore Micah Bourne scored a pin at 182 pounds and Decatur pulled ahead 12-7.
Parkside took the next two matches, logging a pin and 3-1 decisions at 195 and 220, respectively.
Decatur senior Dakota Souder pinned his 285-pound opponent to give the Seahawks an 18-16 advantage.
“Dakota Souder’s pin was impressive over a great Parkside wrestler [and] getting James Parana back from a broken foot is great,” Martinek said.
Parkside regained the lead (22-18) with a pin at 106 pounds.
Sophomore Anya Knappenberger earned a 15-0 technical-fall victory at 113 pounds to push Decatur ahead, 23-22. Junior captain Jagger Clapsadle then pinned his 120-pound opponent to boost the home team’s lead to 29-22.
Decatur outscored Parkside 18-3 in the final four matches to secure the win. Sophomore captain Nico D’Amico (132), freshman Noah Reho (138) and junior Kyle Elliott (145) all pinned their competition.
Decatur, now 10-0, will compete in a tri-meet with Easton and Snow Hill today, Friday, at 5 p.m. in Easton.
“We need to be more disciplined making weight so we can put our best lineup on the mat. We have not done that yet,” Martinek said. “Hopefully we can, since the regional dual meet championship is 13 days away and the state team finals is 16 days ahead.”