It was a dream scenario for Calvert Hall senior Matt Wagner to go into the last match of senior night with a chance to give the Cardinals a victory over host Catonsville.
Wagner took exactly 52 seconds to pin Sebastian Brush in the 138-pound match and give the Cardinals a 37-31 win — their first on senior night since 2008.
It was the first dual meet loss for the Comets (9-1), while the Cardinals improved to 5-9.
The match was deadlocked at 31-31, after the Comets rallied from a 31-21 deficit, following a major decision by Jarrod Martin, 11-2, and first-period pin by Connor Hurd (1:30).
“I wasn’t thinking about me, I was thinking about my team,” Hurd said. “My team needed six points, so nothing less than six was acceptable.”
Being tied going into the final match seemed to be a remote chance after the Comets fell behind 25-3 after six matches.
Austin Seivold (145), Alex Crum (171) and Henry Cauldron (195) all had pins and Noah Koski (152), 14-0, and Joseph Scott, 7-1, each won decisions while the Cardinals built the lead.
“I got great wins out of my 182-pounder and my 195-pounder,” Calvert Hall coach Tony Gentry said.
Greg Eads (160) won a 6-3 decision for the Comets’ only points in the first six matches.
Catonsville gained the moment with an unlikely pin at 220 from sophomore Ya Ya Williams in his first varsity match.
Williams filled in for Calloway Lee, who moved up to heavyweight, where he undefeated senior Jordan Reynolds out with a knee injury.
“I decided not to put him (Ya Ya) in the jayvee match and keep him for the varsity match in case a couple things didn’t go the way I planned,” Catonsville coach Eric Warm said. “Things didn’t go the way I planned, so I had to make the move, knowing that Calloway gave us a better chance at heavyweight.”
Lee earned his pin in 43 seconds, making it 25-15.
“When we are down, I know they are looking at me so I try to bring them back the best way possible,” said Lee, unaware he would be moving up a weight class before the match. “I didn’t know at first, but as soon as the match started to slip away I had to move up.”
Mike Thome’s 7-5 decision at 106 pulled the Comets within seven, 25-18, and Andrew Southwell made it 25-21 with a 6-1 decision at 112.
Calvert Hall’s Mitchell Beverage (119) stemmed the tide with a third-period pin, setting up the climatic conclusion.
“It was little closer than I wanted it, but it was a good balanced match,” Gentry said. “They had to climb the ladder to get in this match.”
Catonsville coach Warm was just glad to get a tough out-of-county match before a grueling tri-meet with Franklin and Milford Mill on Thursday.
“This was a good opportunity for my kids,” Warm said. “We won seven matches and they won seven matches. They were a little hungrier. They fought off their backs. They are a well-coached team.”
145: Seivold (CH) fall Metzler (C) 4:37
152: N. Koski (CH) maj. dec Mercier (C) 14-0
160 Eads (C) dec. Barber (CH) 6-3
171 Crum (CH) fall Danquah (C) 2:37
182 Scott (CH) dec. Dye (C), 7-1
195 Chaudron (CH) fall Rogers (C) 4:41
220 Williams (C) fall Donatelli (CH) 5:10
285 Lee (C) fall Stephan (CH) :43
106 Thome (C) dec. Funk (CH) 7-5
112 Southwell (C) dec. B. Koski (CH) 6-1
119 Beverage (CH) fall Provenza (C) 5:33
126 Martin (C) maj. dec. Huey (CH) 11-2
132 Hurd (C) fall Lambdin (CH) 1:30
138 Wagner (CH) fall Brush (C) :52