(Jan. 3, 2020) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team will compete in the annual Iron Horse Duals, today and Saturday, hosted by C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air.

“[It’s] a very tough one,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “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.”

Group A includes South Carroll, Southern Garrett, C. Milton Wright, Hereford, North County, Walter Johnson and John Carroll.

In Group B are Decatur, Leonardtown, Bel Air, Cape Henlopen, Howard, Boys Latin, Oakdale and Bishop Ireton.

Teams will compete within their groups. The top three in each group will then battle the equivalently-placed teams from the opposite group in the championship finals round.

All other teams will be paired with a final round opponent, which will be determined by tournament officials.

“Last year we took third,” Martinek said. “We’ve been going to the tournament for about seven years and we’ve never won it. Our goal is to win it.”

Friday weigh-ins will start at 2:15 p.m. and competition will kick off at 4 p.m.

On Saturday, weigh-ins will start at 8 a.m., with wrestling beginning at 9:30 a.m.

“They’re working really hard,” Martinek said. “We brought in some college guys and did a lot of high level teaching over the break. All weight classes get a two-pound allowance after Christmas, so we have some guys going down to solidify our lineup.”

For live scoring updates, visit trackwrestling.com.

The Seahawks went 7-1 and finished in third during the 2019 tournament.

Decatur earned victories within its pool over North County (44-18), Liberty (61-13), Bel Air (44-25), John Carroll (66-18), Howard (55-20) and Walter Johnson (63-15). The Berlin squad was edged out by Southern Garrett, 36-35.

Decatur advanced to the third/fourth-place match where the team topped Cape Henlopen, 40-32, to take third.

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