Wrestling teams from Fallston and Bel Air each went to battle Wednesday in region dual meet action. Fallston traveled to Kent Island High School to compete in the 1A-2A East duals, while Bel Air ventured to Howard County and River Hill High School for 3A-4A East duals.
Fallston, the second seed, opened with a 32-31 win and reached the finals for the first time in school history, but in the finals, host and top seed Kent Island was a bit too strong. The Buccaneers dealt the Cougars a 48-24 loss.
Bel Air lost its semifinal to River Hill, 39-30.
In Fallston's title loss, the Cougars were able to post six wins. Garrett Coburn put the Cougars ahead in the first match, winning 6-2 at 145 pounds. C.J. Austin followed at 152 with a pin in 2:53 seconds.
The 9-0 lead quickly vanished when Kent Island won the next three bouts, two by pin and one by decision. Ridge Myers answered for Fallston at 195, needing just 32 seconds to finish off his match.
Two bouts later Alex Helm added another pin for the Cougars in 3:59 and Eric Baranoski also pinned in 1:48 at 113. Will Shipley posted the Cougars final win at 138, earning a 6-3 decision.
In the Cougars 32-31 semifinal victory over third seed Queen Anne's, the match was tied 31-31 through all 14 bouts and the Cougars were declared winners by criterion H in the rulebook. Rule H states the total number of points scored first in each bout per team. Fallston won that count, 15-12, on seven takedowns and one escape.
The Cougars got off to a fast start, winning the first four weight classes. Shipley opened with a 10-1 major decision at 138 and Coburn followed with a 4-0 win at 145. Paul Krawczyk also won at 152, 4-2, and Austin capped the fast start at 160 with a :37 pin.
Fallston dropped the next two weight classes by pin, but Myers got the Cougars a win at 195, 3-2. Colin McDonald picked up the next Fallston win at 106, pinning in 3:41. Joey Medicus earned the final Fallston win at 120, also pinning, in 3:22. That gave the Cougars a 31-24 lead, but Queen Anne's won the next two bouts, a major decision at 126 and decision at 132, to knot the score.
Bobcats fall in 3A-4A east
In Bel Air's loss the fourth seed Bobcats put up a solid effort against a talented River Hill team, but the host and top seed Hawks were just too much.
The Bobcats managed six wins in the meet, including two forfeits late as the meet was settled. Noah Winter picked up the Bobcats first win by decision at 145. The meet started at 132.
John Cross also won by decision at 160, while William Holder-Moore recorded a pin at 182.
David Ragan also pinned his opponent at 106, while the Bobcats accepting forfeits at 120 and 126 were Brady Stafford and Connor Nash respectively.
"We wrestled okay," Bobcats head coach Craig Reddish said. "Qualifying for the region duals was a goal of our team this season." With no more dual meets on the schedule this season, Reddish will enter next season with 298 career wins.