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John Carroll wins Iron Horse Duals for fourth time in six years

Chris Scott

John Carroll has had a pretty good amount of success in competing in C. Milton Wright's Iron Horse Duals, and it continued Friday and Saturday as the Patriots rolled to their fourth duals title in six years. CMW is in its 13th year hosting the Iron Horse Duals Wrestling Tournament.

The Patriots, ranked fourth in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, went a perfect 7-0 with three wins on Friday and four more on Saturday. All seven wins were lopsided.

Friday's wins came over North Carroll, 62-9; CMW, 60-9; and Eastern Tech, 72-3.

On Saturday, the wins came over Harford Tech, 70-6; Towson, 70-12; and 17th ranked Huntingtown, 63-10, to send the Patriots into the title bout against 12th ranked La Plata.

In the finals, John Carroll won 54-13.

Individually eight Patriots wrestlers finished the duals unbeaten. Scott Strappelli, 132, Hunter Ritter, 170-182, and Andy Reninger; 220-285, were each 7-0.

Artie Milner, 126, George Weber; 145-152, Austin Ross, 145-152, and Austin Smith, 113, were each 5-0.

Chris Almony, ranked 10th at 152, bumped up and pinned the state's ninth ranked wrestler at 160 (Anthony Cable from La Plata) and seventh ranked at 170 (Colton Rowe from Huntingtown.)

Almony was one of eight John Carroll wrestlers to suffer one loss. The others were CJ Skokowski, 106; Zach Dwyer, 120; Devin Davis, 126; Mike Imbeirowicz, 152; Chris Scott, 160; Jay Etkins, and 195; Dan Kelble, 220.

Bobcats finish 5-2

Bel Air had a good showing at the CMW duals, posting five wins and two losses. The wins came over Liberty, Patterson Mill, Parkville, Eastern Tech and CMW. The Bobcats were edged out in both losses. Stephen Decatur, which is coached by former Bel Air 103-pound state champion (1989) Todd Martinek, beat Bel Air, 37-35. The Bobcats also fell to La Plata, 37-31. William Holder-Moore and John Cross were both 7-0 to lead the Bobcats, while David Reagan and Grant Fleming were each 6-1. Cameron Watts finished 5-1 and Brady Stafford was 5-2. The Bobcats improved to 17-3 on the season. Holder-Moore is still unbeaten at 20-0 and Cross is 19-1.

Huskies finish 3-4

Patterson Mill went 3-4 at CMW with wins over Liberty, 40-29; Towson, 47-18; and Parkville, 63-13. Eric Eckstein went 7-0 at 220 and Bryan Miser went 6-0 at 138. Jason Noss also did well going 5-1 at 152 with five pins.

Cobras finish 1-6

Harford Tech picked up a win over Parkville, 42-34, but lost six other meets at CMW. The losses came against Eastern Tech, 46-24; Towson, 44-33; North Carroll, 60-15; John Carroll, 70-6; CMW, 40-31; and Huntingtown, 72-6.

The Cobras best performance came from Mike Vega at 220, who 7-0 with four forfeits and three wins by pin, all under one minute apiece.

Mustangs finish 2-5

Host CMW won twice, beating Parkville, 54-19, and Tech, 40-31. The Mustangs losses came against Huntingtown, 50-22; John Carroll, 60-9; Eastern Tech, 40-28; North Carroll, 54-15; and Bel Air, 62-11.

Outstanding CMW wrestlers were Mike Zito, 132; Spencer Hellman, 138; Phil Flint, 160; Doug Thier, 182; and Alan Dorsey, 285.

Huskies sweep tri-meet

North Harford was the site of Thursday's lone wrestling action, where Patterson Mill and Aberdeen joined the Hawks in a tri-meet.

Patterson Mill was the dominant team, beating both Aberdeen, 48-28, and North Harford, 55-24.

In Patterson Mill's win over North Harford, the Huskies won all but four bouts, including four by pin.

Pinning were Paul Difonzo, 113 pounds; Mark Mossa, 120; Danny Nyitrai, 170; and Eric Eckstein, 220. Jake Nikkila won a 9-0 major decision over Jordan Avig at 126 and Connor McLeod edged Mike Teller, 3-2, at 182. The Huskies also won four bouts by forfeit.

For North Harford, Blake Fetzer won over Connor Allmon, 15-9, at 106, while Logan Smith and Zac Edwards both recorded pins at 160 and 195, respectively. The Hawks also had one forfeit win.

In the win over Aberdeen, the Huskies got wins from Allmon, 106; Mossa, 120; Nikkila, 126; Jason Noss, 145; David Mitchell, 160; Nyitrai, 170; McLeod, 182; Eckstein, 220; and Mark Reuter, 285.

Aberdeen's wins came form Dylan Morris, 113; Travis Hubler, 132; Danny Velez, 138; Billy Morris, 152; and Tyler Fletcher, 195.

Eagles beat Hawks

Aberdeen also beat North Harford, 46-33, behind eight wins.

The Eagles got five wins by pin. Pinning were Morris, 113; Hubler, 126; Velez, 132; C.J. Allen, 195; and Adric Turner, 285. Chris Banko added a tech fall win at 138; the other two wins came by forfeit.

Fetzer added another win for the Hawks, pinning at 106; Dominick Barbera also pinned at 120.

Angelo Koulatsos won by pin at 170 and Mike Teller edged Tyler Fletcher 3-1 at 182. The other Hawk wins were two forfeits.

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