(Dec. 13, 2019) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team kicked off the 2019-20 season will a victory at the Catasauqua Rough Rider Tournament in Pennsylvania last weekend.
“They performed great. All 14 guys won matches, which contributed to us winning [as a] team,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “We were missing four/five guys with academic obligations and a couple injuries. It gave a few young guys a chance to get some varsity time.”
Several Decatur wrestlers won their divisions. Junior captain Nico D’Amico (132 pounds), sophomores Noah Reho (138) and Alex Koulikov (160) and junior Johnny Hofman (195) took first place in their weight classes.
Decatur finished with 176.5 points. Archbishop Ryan came in second with 157 points, followed by Catasauqua with 121.5 points.
“It was great to be an underdog for a bit. The kids really battled as a team to pull out the championship,” Martinek said. “We won five of our last eight matches with some bonus points, which was the difference.”
Despite the success, Martinek said the Seahawks need to get better at pinning their opponents.
“[There were] too many opponents getting off of their backs,” he added.
On Wednesday, Decatur took a trip to Mardela Springs to battle the Mardela Warriors.
The Seahawks shut out the Warriors, 83-0.
Martinek thought his wrestlers looked sharp, but they need to be more dynamic on their feet.
“We are not moving well in neutral,” he said. “We are not executing in matches the things we are working on in practice.”
Seahawks who pinned their opponents were: Reho (145), Koulikov (160), Hofman (195), freshmen Teddy Sites (106) and Logan Intrieri (113), sophomore Dustin Morrow (132), junior T.D. Ortega (285) and seniors Kyle Elliott (152), DJ Taylor (170) and Jonathan Church (220).
Senior Shamar Baines scored a 16-0 technical-fall victory at 120 pounds.
Senior captain Jagger Clapsadle (126) and D’Amico (138) won by Mardela forfeit.
Junior Micah Bourne earned a victory at 182 pounds when his opponent was injured and couldn’t continue.
Decatur will host the Kent County Trojans and Cambridge Vikings on Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m.