Senior Jagger Clapsadle earns 147th career victory, ties school record
(Feb. 14, 2020) The Stephen Decatur wrestlers again showed their strength and power on the mat, easily winning their second consecutive regional dual title on Wednesday in Berlin.
“Dominant. They were just dominant,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “We really set the tone from the beginning to the end.”
The undefeated Decatur squad was seeded No. 1. The Seahawks faced the fourth-seeded Queen Anne’s Lions in the semifinal round and won, 62-12.
Senior Shamar Baines (120 pounds), junior captain Nico D’Amico (132), sophomores Noah Reho (145) and Alex Koulikov (152) and junior T.D. Ortega (285) pinned their opponents.
Senior DJ Taylor (16-1) and junior James Parana (19-2), earned technical-fall victories at 182 and 160 pounds, respectively.
Junior Micah Bourne scored a major decision, 12-3, at 170 pounds.
Senior captain Jagger Clapsadle outscored his 126-pound opponent, 6-5. Senior Kyle Elliott won his 138-pound match, 5-3.
Senior Austin Miller (106) and junior Johnny Hofman (195) won by forfeit.
The second-seeded Kent Island Buccaneers battled the third-seeded Parkside Rams on the other mat. Kent Island won, 52-21.
Decatur and Kent Island battled for the 2A East Region dual title, but it was no contest. The Seahawks came out on top, 57-6.
Clapsadle started it off for Decatur, winning his 126-pound match, 13-7.
It was his 147th career victory. It ties him with Andy McKahan (2013-2017) for the school record for most career wins.
“It’s really exciting. I’m still working toward my ultimate goal of being a state champ,” Clapsadle said. “I just try to wrestle hard every match.”
“He’s got a lot of matches still to go this year. He’ll beat it pretty good,” Martinek said.
Miller (106), Koulikov (152), Bourne (170), Taylor (182) and freshman Logan Intrieri (113) pinned their opponents.
Baines topped his 120-pound competitor, 12-1.
D’Amico (132) and Elliott (138), outscored their opponents, 9-1 and 13-2, respectively.
Reho shut out his 145-pound competition, 3-0, and Parana won his 160-pound match, 5-2.
Kent Island forfeited the 195-pound match to Hofman.
“I’m really proud of the team. They really stepped it up,” Clapsadle said.
“We looked good. We just got to stay healthy for a few more days [and] make weight again,” Martinek said. “I don’t think there’s many teams that really want to wrestle us. I wouldn’t.”
Decatur will compete for the 2A state dual championship on Saturday at North Point High School in Waldorf.
Decatur is the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 Sparrows Point in the semifinal round at noon. Second-seeded LaPlata will battle No. 3 Glenelg in the other semifinal round.
The winners will go head-to-head for the championship at 4 p.m.
“We’ve just got to keep focusing on what we need to get better at and make weight,” Martinek said. “If everybody does their job, hopefully we come home with another state title on Saturday. That’s our goal. I’m excited. I’m looking forward to Saturday. I’d like to go right now.”
Decatur captured the 3A East Region dual meet championship – the team’s first since 2011 – last year. Decatur also won the 3A state dual title. The last time the squad had won a state dual championship title was in 2008.