Trailing 30-10 with only five weight classes left at Glenelg Country Thursday evening, the Long Reach Lightning looked to be in bad shape.
But the Lightning had something in the final five weight classes that the Dragons didn't: namely, wrestlers.
Long Reach earned four forfeits over the final five weight classes, and Deon Williams (220) scored a pin in the one contested weight class in that stretch, to complete the comeback, 40-30.
"I'm really happy with our talent," said coach Doug Jesse, who is coaching the Dragons through their first varsity wrestling season in school history. "It's just that we're giving up so many forfeits."
Glenelg Country, which wrestled a junior varsity season last year, won six of the first eight weight classes, including pins by Matt Campbell (126), Reid Chaconas (132), Eric Wootton (145) and Eddie Howlette (152).
Long Reach's only wins in that stretch came from Diego Galindo (138, major decision) and Ronald Hindman (113).
It was Long Reach's first non-tournament dual meet win in more than five seasons.
"We're getting there," said Lightning coach Joe Novotny.
Hindman, a senior, and Glenelg Country's Christian Vinyard each scored exhibition pins at the conclusion of the varisty match.
After the match with Long Reach, Glenelg Country took on visiting Coppin Academy for the second match of the split double header. The Dragons prevailed, 48-24, for the program's first victory. Sam Smith (120), Tucker Clay (138), Eddie Howlette (152) and Emanuel Curtis (220) all scored pins in the win.
Long Reach 40, Glenelg Country 30
106: double forfeit
113: Ronald Hindman (LR) inj. Adam Bothwell (GC). [6-6]
120: Sam Smith (GC) wbf.
126: Matt Campbell (GC) pin Josh Lancaster (LR), 1:10. [6-12]
132: Reid Chaconas (GC) pin Josh Pitaniello (LR), 4:36. [6-18]
138: Diego Galindo (LR) maj. Tucker Clay (GC), 12-3. [10-18]
145: Eric Wootton (GC) pin Troy Douglas (LR), 4:43. [10-24]
152: Eddie Howlette (GC) pin Garrett Spottswood (LR), 2:54. [10-30]
160: double forfeit
170: Jacob Kim (LR) wbf. [16-30]
182: Dan Casey (LR) wbf. [22-30]
195: Troy Roundtree (LR) wbf. [28-30]
220: Deon Williams (LR) pin Emanuel Curtis (GC), 5:22. [34-30]
285: Chris Stewart (LR) wbf. [40-30]
Around the league
Marriotts Ridge 48, Eleanor Rosevelt 21
106: Jacob Hejeebu (MR) dec. Canaan (ER), 11-5.
113: Gayato (ER) pin Ryan Allwein (MR), :47.
120: Indo (ER) dec. Thomas Olsen (MR), 4-2.
126: Caleb Wyatt (MR) pin Salih (ER), 3:04.
132: Bryant (ER) pin Zach Moody (MR), 1:25.
138: Andrew Blalock (MR) pin Kim (ER), 1:14.
145: Spencer Wyatt (MR) dec. Escoear (ER), 20-13.
152: Ben Switlick (MR) pin Broga (ER), 2:35.
160: Michael Min (MR) pin Uzor (ER), 5:34.
170: Jonathan Jones (ER) pin Lyle Fugate (MR), 3:32.
182: Cody Bannar (MR) dec. Turillo (ER), 12-5.
195: Vincent Stout (MR) dec. Robinson (ER), 8-2.
220: Chris Park (MR) pin Wokhocha (ER), 3:41.
285: Ryan Austin (MR) pin Scarlett (ER), 1:08.