(Jan. 11, 2019) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team again showed its power and skill, performing at a high level during the Iron Horse Duals last weekend in Bel Air, Maryland.
The Seahawks went 7-1 and finished in third place during the tournament, hosted by C. Milton Wright High School.
“[Decatur wrestled] incredibly well. We really wrestled great,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “[We] showed a lot of improvement. We worked very hard over the Christmas break and it showed.”
Decatur earned victories within their 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).
Decatur competed hard against Southern Garrett, but was edged out, 36-35.
“It was just two great teams battling it out. Probably one of the best-three dual meets I’ve been a part of in the last 25 years coaching,” Martinek said. “The gym was electric. The whole tournament stopped and all the teams were watching us. It will pay off later in the year with tough duals.”
Decatur advanced to the third/fourth-place match where the squad topped Cape Henlopen, 40-32, to take third.
On Wednesday, Decatur competed in a tri-meet with the Kent County Trojans and Cambridge Vikings in Worton, Maryland.
Decatur outscored Kent County, 59-15.
Seniors Lukas Layton (170 pounds), a team captain, and Dakota Souder (285), junior captains DJ Taylor (195) and Jagger Clapsadle (120), junior Kyle Elliott (138) and sophomores Micah Bourne (182) and Nico D’Amico (126), a team captain, pinned their opponents.
Freshman Noah Reho earned a 19-0 technical-fall victory at 132 pounds.
Kent County forfeited the 113-pound match to Decatur’s Anya Knappenberger, a sophomore, and the 220-pound bout to senior Daletez Smith.
Decatur topped Cambridge, 71-6.
Bourne (182), Taylor (195), Smith (220), Souder (285), Clapsadle (120), D’Amico (126), Reho (132) and juniors Hayden Gable (145) and Austin Miller (106) pinned their opponents.
Layton scored a 16-0 technical-fall victory at 170 pounds. Elliott outscored his 138-pound opponent 6-0 and Knappenberger won her 113-pound competition, 10-5.
Cambridge forfeited the 152-pound match to Decatur senior Jhymir Blake.
“I think we were a bit tired after the Iron Horse Duals. We looked really sluggish against Kent and Cambridge,” Martinek said. “I hope we wrestle better over the next few weeks. It’s going to be a real grind making weight two to three times per week for the next month. It really takes a toll on the team physically and mentally.”
Decatur will host the North Dorchester Eagles today, Friday, at 6 p.m. in Berlin.