After breaking his collarbone in the finals at the Baltimore County wrestling tournament last year, it would not have been a surprise if Hereford senior Jimmy Cavin would have been highly-motivated to win his match against Eastern Tech’s Ryan Wagener in the 120-pound weight class finals.
Cavin, a winner of a county title as a sophomore, wanted to win, which he did, 6-0, but he was also preparing for the rest of the postseason, which includes the regional and state tournaments.
“Me and [Hereford] coach [Ron] Causey were just talking and we said, ‘go out and wrestle smart and just do the moves that I would do to prepare for the kids at states, like the guys that are in the top four,’ so I just worked a lot of legs, and just my basic takedowns and stuff, so that was pretty much all part of the plan.”
Causey was glad to see him execute the plan to perfection.
“We wanted him to wrestle the way he is going to need to wrestle in the state tournament,” Causey said. “We wanted to be solid with what we did and not to be fancy because who you wrestle in the state tournament is really tough.”
Cavin got a takedown in each period and cruised to the victory that improved him to 30-2 this season and moved him closer to the 100-career win mark.
He currently has a career record of 95-10 and loftier goals, after placing fifth in the state tournament as a sophomore.
“Yes, it’s great to come back here where his season ended and his season is just beginning and he’s not hurt, so we are thrilled,” Causey said. “Jimmy is focused on a state title and that doesn’t mean he’s going to win it. It means that is what the goal is, so the goals are high and we will be disappointed if that doesn’t happen."
Cavin’s victory helped the defending county champion Bulls finish third in the team standings with 149.50 points.
They only trailed front-running Sparrows Point (184) and Owings Mills (171).
Hereford had seven place finishers (top six), including two finalists.
Cade Hudson (132) and Jimmy Kells (145) both finished second.
Hudson lost to Sparrows Point’s Max Hammond, 5-0, and Kells was pinned by David Hollingsworth, of Owings Mills, in 5:43.
Ryan Godfrey (third, 138), Troy Gladney (third, 220), Cale McCurdy (fourth, 152) and Jack Amos (fifth, 106) also placed for the Bulls.
Dulaney finished 15th overall (51 points), but the Lions did get a pair of grapplers to the finals.
Aaron Dow (170) lost his championship bout, 8-6, to Randallstown’s Jamaal Abdulah-Aleem.
Tyler Woodard (220) dropped a 6-3 decision to New Town’s Gerard Nutter.
Jacob Mader (third, 182) was highest placer for 16th-place Towson.
Laz James (132), Sam Shrestra (138) and Jack Morgan (160) were sixth for the Generals.
Loch Raven’s Marquis Kemp (fifth, 120) was the lone scorer for the Raiders.
Sparrows Point 184, Owings Mills 171, Hereford 149.50, Franklin 97.50, Milford Mill 95, New Town 84, Western Tech 82, Eastern Tech 81, Catonsville 78, Lansdowne 75.
106: Phil Smith (FR) maj. dec. Alex DuFour (OM), 15-4
113: Jerry Vo (Ches) dec. Gorsha Reiterer (Lans), 8-7
120: Jimmy Cavin (Here) dec. Ryan Wagener (ET), 6-0
126: Tyson McDuffy (OM) dec. Tyrell Armstrong (PH), 4-3
132: Max Hammond (SP) dec. Cade Hudson (Here), 5-0
138: Ethan Hoenig (SP) dec. Camryn Grindle (PH), 8-7
145: David Hollingsworth (OM) fall Jimmy Kells (Here), 5:43
152: Roell Coole Ngounou (OM) dec. Brent Johns (Cat), 3-0
160: Robert Doetsch (Dun) dec. Rasim Aliyev (Pik), 9-2
170: Jamaal Abdulah-Aleem (Rand) dec. Aarow Dow (Dul), 8-6
182: Ethan Smith (SP) fall Mike Walker (Dun), 2:49
195: Elijah Solomon (FR) dec. Drew Cheezum (KW), 3-1
220: Gerard Nutter (NT) dec. Tyler Woodard (Dul), 6-3
285: Chukwudi Kalu (WT) dec. Alon Hough (Wood), 1-0