(Dec. 10, 2021) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team finally returned to the mat on Monday after last season was canceled because of covid. The two-time state champion Seahawks battled the Caesar Rodney Raiders, one of the top teams in Delaware, on their home mat in Berlin and won 37-36 in a tiebreaker.

“It kind of went the way I thought it was going to go. I thought it could end in a tie, I thought we could lose. I knew it was going to be close,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “You need to have a match like that, that’s why we wrestle Caesar Rodney because they’re going to test us. The guys stepped up and I’m proud of them and I’m glad we got the win.”

Decatur kicked off the competition with pins by freshmen Liam Hugues (113 pounds) and Aaron August (120).

“Aaron August with that pin down 4-1 as a freshman in his first match at home, that had me fired up. That one was great,” Martinek said.

Caesar Rodney earned a pin at 126 pounds.

Junior captain Logan Intrieri battled in his 132-pound match and won, 6-4, in overtime.

The Raiders recorded another pin at 138 pounds, before Decatur sophomore Gavin Solito pinned his 145-pound opponent to give his team a 21-12 lead.

Junior Evan Haworth outscored his 152-pound opponent, 8-2, then sophomore Parker Intrieri earned a 7-5 victory in an extra period of his 160-pound match.

Caesar Rodney logged another pin at 170 pounds, but Decatur senior captain and two-time state champ, Noah Reho, scored a pin at 182 pounds to increase his team’s advantage to 33-18.

Senior Jack Quisgard then scored a 9-4 decision over his 195-pound competition.

Decatur led 36-18 with three matches to go. Caesar Rodney got pins in all three matches to tie the score, 36-36. It came down to tiebreaker criteria. Decatur won eight matches to Caesar Rodney’s six, and secured the team victory.

“The two overtime wins by Logan and Parker Intrieri, the two brothers, they were the ones that won that match for us because if you lose one of those matches it goes to more criteria,” Martinek said. “It came down to most matches won, and we won eight and they won six, but they got six pins. We can’t give up six pins.”

Martinek was pleased with the overall performance, but noted there’s still much work to do.

“We have eight guys that have never been on varsity that are varsity starters. They definitely displayed some heart, especially winning two matches in overtime. They all did. Even the guys that lost, [although] I was a little disappointed in [some],” Martinek said. “We need to improve on our technique especially off the bottom. We’re wrestling with our heads down and we’re not getting hand controls and the basics. We’re going to work on what we saw. We’ve got a coach with a whole list.”

Decatur will compete in the Grindstone Duals with eight other teams this weekend at Winters Mill High School in Westminster, Maryland. The Seahawks will have a busy weekend, wrestling eight dual meets in two days.

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