Talk about achievement. Two wrestlers from Dulaney High School have already surpassed the 100-win career mark, and a third is approaching the milestone.
Senior Dylan Ruiz (126 pounds) won his 100th match in early January at the Raider Duals, where he earned Outstanding Wrestler honors. He now has a 121-34 career record.
Senior Jacob Asher (152) hit the century mark against New Town in late January. He owns a 107-19 record.
And junior Sean Hoffman (160, 95-31) could join Ruiz and Asher if he goes 3-0 in the Class 3A/4A North regional tournament Saturday and wins two more bouts in the Maryland state wrestling tournament the following weekend.
Dulaney coach Desi McNelis would love to add another 100-win wrestler to the program’s honor roll. In all, he has coached eight in his 17 years.
Ryan McTeer and Michael Persinger did it in 2011, but McNelis has never had three reach it in the same season.
“The whole team has really been fired up about it,” McNelis said. “They had what I would say are little signs. Each kid held them up when they hit 100 wins.”
Ruiz and Asher never wrestled before high school. Hoffman got his start in the North Baltimore Wrestling Club.
“It’s special when you can have wrestlers start as freshmen,” McNelis said. “Dylan and Sean started as freshmen. Jacob did it in three years. He was on the JV as a freshman. I don’t have a feeder program. A team that has a good feeder program, it would be easier to do it and not as rare a circumstance.”
Hoffman, Ruiz and Asher are co-captains.
“I love that we are doing it,” Ruiz said of the 100 victories. “Since we are captains, we set a good example.”
Ruiz (35-2) and Asher (35-3) captured championships in the Baltimore County wrestling tournament at Franklin High last Saturday while Hoffman (33-5) finished as runner-up.
Asher won his second county title when he scored a 9-3 decision over Randallstown’s Michah Witherspoon.
“He was excited,” McNelis said of the 2013 regional champion. “He seemed nervous and almost like he won it for the first time. Maybe he felt a little pressure having to come back and repeat. Last year, he was an underdog. This year, he had a target on his back.”
Ruiz, who finished fourth in the state last year, had a tougher time in the final. He prevailed over Franklin’s Ben Montanye when he scored on a takedown with two seconds remaining in the third period.
“I didn’t know there was two seconds left,” Ruiz said. “I thought it was going to overtime.”
Hoffman won three matches in the county tournament before losing a 2-1 decision to Kenwood’s Nyonbou Farley in the final.
Senior Danny Pittas (138, 25-4) had the highest finish for Towson, placing second. He lost a 13-5 major decision to three-time county champion Tejon Anthony.
Pittas also placed second in the Overlea Invitational, finished third in the Franklin Invitational and went undefeated in the Joppatowne Duals.
“He has had an outstanding year and really emerged as a leader,” Towson assistant coach Tony Conty said.
Baltimore County wrestling tournament results
Dylan Ruiz, 1st, 126 pounds
Jacob Asher, 1st, 152
Sean Hoffman, 2nd, 160
Eddie DiNardo, 5th, 106
Malik Kassim, 5th, 113
Andy Wall, 6th, 195
Danny Pittas, 2nd, 138
Neeko Regalbuto, 4th, 220