(Jan. 4, 2019) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team displayed its strength and talent, going 7-1 during the grueling La Plata Warrior Duals, Dec. 21-22, in La Plata, Maryland.

“Our top guys were great and wrestled at a high level, but some of our guys are just getting pinned too often, which is unacceptable to be a high-level team,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “We were aggressive and technically sound, but we were out of shape and lacked the discipline required of a Stephen Decatur team, so we have addressed that over the break.”

The Seahawks competed in eight dual meets over two days.

“We took second. We beat some really good teams,” Martinek said.

The Berlin squad earned victories over Old Mill (60-15), La Plata (45-28), South River (36-30), Huntingtown (45-30), North Hagerstown (57-10), King George High School (45-26) and Henry E. Lackey (55-19).

Damascus topped Decatur, 51-17.

“I was happy. We beat the defending 3A champs, Huntingtown, and the 4A state semifinalist, Old Mill, but got outclassed by Damascus,” Martinek said. “We have a good team. I thought we’d give Damascus a better run for their money and we really didn’t test them … We were down a couple guys and hope to be healthy when it counts in February.”

Decatur returned from Christmas break on Wednesday and hosted the Queen Anne’s Lions in Berlin. The Seahawks won, 57-12.

“The things we did wrong are easy to fix and they saw what they were doing wrong, so hopefully we can correct some little things,” Martinek said. “We were in shape, we wrestled hard [and] we wrestled up weight classes, which is good for our kids to get tested.”

Sophomore Johnny Hofman (160 pounds), junior Austin Miller (106) and seniors Lukas Layton (170), a team captain, and Daletez Smith (220) pinned their opponents.

Junior captain Jagger Clapsadle earned a 15-0 technical-fall victory at 120 pounds and sophomore captain Nico D’Amico outscored his 132-pound opponent, 9-5. Junior Keegan Mitchell scored a 17-4 major-decision win at 126 pounds.

Senior Dakota Souder edged out his 285-pound opponent, 6-3.

Queen Anne’s forfeited matches to junior Shamar Baines (113), sophomore Micah Bourne (182) and freshman Henry Brous (195).

“[Queen Anne’s] has some good kids. Dakota Souder’s [opponent was] a state place winner, Noah Reho, a freshman, lost to a region champ by one point (9-8), a senior, and up a weight class,” Martinek said. “Those matches will help those kids in March when they get in close matches.

“Daletez lost to that kid, 11-8, last year and he’s worked hard. To pin him quickly was fun to watch. He was excited,” Martinek continued. “I was happy for him. It’s nice to see when the kids work hard and it pays off they feel good about it. They’re all working hard, we just got to fix some things.”

Decatur is scheduled to compete in the Iron Horse Duals, today and Saturday, hosted by C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, Maryland.

Sixteen teams will be participating in the competition. They have been divided into two groups of eight.

After competing against teams in their groups, the squads will then be ranked one through eight in each division. During the championship round, teams from each group will wrestle the equivalently placed team from the opposite group.

“We need be healthy, wrestle well and fix what we need to fix. I’m optimistic,” Martinek said. “We’re expecting tough competition. That’s why we’re going there. It should be a good test for us.”

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