In his 25 years as a head wrestling coach, Mt. Hebron's Todd DeCrispino has learned that to win a dual match, you want to avoid forfeits and pins, while scoring bonus points yourself.
So DeCrispino was understandably pleased after his team's 60-16 win over visiting Atholton Thursday night, when his team scored five pins and won four matches by forfeit, while allowing only one pin.
"It's nice to have a full line-up," DeCrispino said after his team's season debut. "And it's nice to come out with the explosiveness that we did."
The Vikings won six of the first seven bouts, including pins by Brandon Wilson (120), Alex Bisant (126), Connor Strunk (138) and Joe Kendrick (152), to build a 30-5 lead.
Atholton's defending county champion, Pat Mullens, finally stopped the bleeding with a 15-0 tech fall at 170. It was Atholton's second tech fall of the match, following sophomore Josh Pickens' 16-1 victory at 132, but that ground was lost at 182 when Atholton conceded its first of four forfeits.
One of those forfeits was to freshman Josh Kendrick (106), one of the league's most highly anticipated rookies. Older brother Joe Kendrick, a state placewinner last season, recently committed to wrestle collegiately for Millersville University.
Atholton's only pin came at 195, when Brian Rodriguez caught his Mt. Hebron opponent on his back with four seconds left in the first period. After that, the only contested bout came at 285, where Albert Kim scored a reversal and then pinned his Atholton opponent with less than 20 seconds remaining in the opening round.
The most exciting bout of the evening came at 145, where Sean Kelly held on to defeat Phil Frazier, 13-11, in overtime.
Kelly scored a five-point throw early in the contest, and Frazier spent the majority of the first two minutes fighting off of his back. He eventually reversed Kelly to his back after a wild tussle, but Kelly regained the upper hand to stake a 9-4 lead heading into the second period. Frazier made up ground with a takedown and an escape in the second, and then caught his second wind in the third, scoring two takedowns with less than 30 seconds left to force overtime. That effort seemed to sap Frazier's energy though, because Kelly scored the winning takedown on a reshot ten seconds into the extra period.
Mt. Hebron will compete in the Scorpion Duals tournament this weekend at Oakland Mills, while Atholton will host its 14th annual JV tournament.
Mt. Hebron 60, Atholton 16
120: Brandon Wilson (MH) pin Houston Brown (A), :33. [6-0]
126: Alex Bisant (MH) pin Alec Lewin (A), 2:52. [12-0]
132: Josh Pickens (A) tech. Zack Stewart (MH), 16-1/6:00. [12-5]
138: Connor Strunk (MH) pin Sam Bernard (A), 4:33. [18-5]
145: Sean Kelly (MH) dec. Phil Frazier (A), 13-11/OT. [21-5]
152: Joe Kendrick (MH) pin Zac Smith (A), 2:19. [27-5]
160: Nick Lucchesi (MH) dec. Jay Chung (A), 8-1. [30-5]
170: Pat Mullens (A) tech. Alex Hansen (MH), 15-0/6:00. [30-10]
182: Andrew Ansaldi (MH) wbf. [36-10]
195: Brian Rodriguez (A) pin Austin Day (MH), 1:56. [36-16]
220: Ryan Hassan (MH) wbf. [42-16]
285: Albert Kim (MH) pin Chris Davis (A), 1:43. [48-16]
106: Josh Kendrick (MH) wbf. [54-16]
113: Jeff Hayden (MH) wbf. [60-16]
Around the league
Glenelg 68, Howard 3
170: Troy Walter (G) pin Will Connelly (Ho), :55.
182: Anthony Pagnotta (G) dec. Jared Rodriguez (Ho), 6-1.
195: Austin Twigg (G) pin Michael Moran (Ho), 1:31.
220: Michael Shin (G) wbf.
285: Sean Twigg (G) pin Justin Hipp (Ho) :30.
106: Tim Null (G) wbf.
113: Christopher Winter (G) wbf.
120: Parker Griffie (G) dec. Nicholas Williams (Ho) 8-6.
126: Jared Johnson (Ho) dec. Zack Shackelford (G) 6-5.
132: Michael Budock (G) dec. Bryan Crumback (Ho) 4-3.
138: Ryan Carter (G) pin Robert Bruffey (Ho) :54.
145: Christopher Dornan (G) wbf.
152: Austin Pagnotta (G) pin Colin Hawes (Ho), 5:29.
160: Joseph Zoller (G) tech. Matthew Polen (Ho), 15-0/2:06.
Reservoir 55, Hammond 21
132: Mason Kilcarr (Re) pin Evan Nuss (Ha), 2:16.
138: Hans Wicklein (Re) pin Joseph Htway (Ha), :35.
145: Xavier Reeves (Ha) dec. Paul Quattrone (Re), 8-6.
152: Stephen Sims (Re) pin Justin Taylor (Ha), 4:29.
160: AJ Strott (Re) pin Hugo Castelan (Ha), 2:20.
170: Bryan Overton (Ha) pin Wesley Beattie (Re), 3:50.
182: Brian Glueck (Re) pin Brandon Wood (Ha), 1:39.
195: Michael Sullivan (Re) dec. Humphrey Anuh (Ha), 7-2.
220: Justin Nelson (Ha) pin Bryan Lewis (Re), 1:16.
285: David McLaurin (Ha) pin Nick Busia (Re), :17.
106: Tyler Ponton (Re) pin John Lowe (Ha), 1:05.
113: Troy Kilcarr (Re) pin Benjamin Morrill (Ha), 3:04.
120: Trent Kilcarr (Re) maj. Darren Ketchum (Ha), 9-1.
126: Joe Quattrone (Re) pin Stanley Springer (Ha), 1:40.
River Hill 71, Marriotts Ridge 6
120: Ryan Erskine (RH) dec. Thomas Olsen (MR) 7-5.
126: Patrick Linden (RH) pin Tre Nelson (MR) 1:37.
132: Lee Carter (RH) dec. Zach Moody (MR) 7-2.
138: Sean Guthier (RH) tech. Nicholas Spano (MR) 5:30 18-3.
145: Patrick Gover (RH) pin Andrew Blalock (MR) 1:04.
152: Donovan Delore (RH) pin Ben Switlick (MR) 3:45.
160: Casey Guither (RH) pin Michael Bernal (MR) 3:11.
170: Lyle Fugate (MR) pin Sebastian Ames (RH) 2:53.
182: Brian Kirby (RH) pin Cody Bannar (MR) 1:49.
195: Cory Daniel (RH) pin Vincent Stout (MR) 1:28.
220: Logan Kirby (RH) pin Chris Park (MR) 1:36.
285: Justin Nestor (RH) pin Ryan Austin (MR) 1:56.
106: Michael Beck (RH) pin Romtin Habibi (MR) :28.
113: Taariq Mohammed (RH) pin Ryan Allwein (MR) :16.
Oakland Mills 37, Wilde Lake 31
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