Hammond wrestling blanks Wilde Lake, 84-0, in season opener

Tim Schwartz
Contact ReporterHoward County Times sports

It was a perfect opening night for Hammond wrestling on Tuesday, as it won all 14 bouts by forfeit or fall to score the maximum amount of points and beat visiting Wilde Lake, 84-0, to kickoff the season.

The Golden Bears (1-0 Howard County, 1-0 overall) were aggressive early in each of their 11 matches, as six of them ended with first-period pins with the other five lasting no further than the early stages of the third period. Three matches were forfeited and another ended with an injury default.

“The score 84-0 doesn’t really indicate what happened out there, I don’t think,” said Hammond coach Will Yeo, now in his third season. “One of their better wrestlers tweaked his knee in a close match against one of our first-year varsity guys, and at 106 [pounds], that could have gone either way.

“Overall I feel like we just wrestled ourselves from three years ago. Wilde Lake tonight is what we were three years ago and I told my guys that. We’ve come a long way but by no means are we where we want to be.”

Five Hammond wrestlers won by fall in less than a minute. Kenneth Rios, a 120-pound sophomore, pinned Danny Whiddon in 26 seconds, while juniors John Lian (132) and Jordan Davis (182) and senior Justin Andrews (285) — who all placed sixth at the 3A/4A East regional tournament — pinned their opponents in 38, 38 and 55 seconds, respectively. Tyler Williams (145) also needed just 38 seconds to pin his Wilde Lake opponent, while junior regional qualifier Loic Tuego (220) built a 9-1 lead before winning by fall in 3:21.

But the success on the mat isn’t the sole focus for Yeo; he is just as excited about the growth of his team off the mat.

The Golden Bears have about 20 returners from last year’s team that went 3-8 in county and 21-13 overall, but the excitement surrounding the program meant Yeo spent less time recruiting this offseason than he had in his first two years as head coach. He said that eight or nine of his varsity starters were competing all spring and summer to improve.

“They have put in a tremendous amount of work, so to start to see that come together and start to pay off is going to be big,” Yeo said. “I know that they don’t see the big picture — they’re always worried about their next win, their next match, their next practice — but if we get them focused on March and at the end of the county season, they can do something really special.”

Yeo said a successful season come March would be to have 10 or 11 wrestlers at the regional tournament and seven more competing at the state tournament, something he has yet to accomplish at Hammond.

“That’s really the measure of a great program. Hammond won state title after state title after state title, and it’s been nearly a while since we’ve had someone qualify for the state tournament,” he said. “We had five or six guys who were close, so I’d really like to see us close the gap on that.”

For Wilde Lake, first-year coach Brian Henderson said there were a lot of positives to take away from the meet despite the lopsided score. The Wildecats have only two seniors in the varsity lineup and forfeited at only three varsity weight classes.

“We have a young team and we’re starting from the ground up, so we’re trying to learn and get better and have fun each and every week,” Henderson said. “... There’s a lot of excitement. Our guys are trying to get in the best shape that they can, we’re trying to learn as many techniques as we can, and it’s going to take it day by day. We are prepared to take it as slow as possible, but as long as the guys are still having fun. They’re biggest opponent is going to be themselves.”

Hammond (1-0 county, 1-0 overall) — 84, Wilde Lake (0-1, 0-1) — 0

106: Noah Sheinhorn (Ha) pinned Sam Schmidt (WL), 1:29 [6-0]

113: Shehzan Dahya (Ha) fft. [12-0]

120: Kenneth Rios (Ha) pinned Danny Whiddon (WL), 0:26 [18-0]

126: Bryan Rios (Ha) fft. [24-0]

132: John Lian (Ha) pinned Hunter Ubbens (WL), 0:38 [30-0]

138: Micah Nowlin (Ha) pinned Zyshawn Woods (WL), 3:12 [36-0]

145: Tyler Williams (Ha) pinned Maurice Smith (WL), 0:38 [42-0]

152: Shamar Laing (Ha) pinned Amari Hutson (WL), 2:57 [48-0]

160: Elliott Bauer (Ha) inj. default Saleem Jackson (WL) [54-0]

170: Kevin Childress (Ha) pinned Collin Geter (WL), 4:14 [60-0]

182: Jordan Davis (Ha) pinned Jarrett Monah (WL), 0:38 [66-0]

195: Tyler Walters (Ha) fft. [72-0]

220: Loic Tueguo (Ha) pinned Marvens Vincent (WL), 3:21 [78-0]

285: Justin Andrews (Ha) pinned Brandon Brown (WL), 0:55 [84-0]

OTHER SCORES:

Atholton (1-0, 1-0) — 60, Howard (0-1, 0-1) — 16

285: Pierre (Ho) pinned Abdul-Malik (A), 0:51 [0-6]

106: P. Frazier (A) fft. [6-6]

113: Pruett (A) pinned Mitchell (Ho), 1:03 [12-6]

120: Panda (A) pinned Kundy (Ho), 5:15 [18-6]

126: Collins (A) pinned Allen (Ho), 0:57 [24-6]

132: Foote (Ho) major dec. Silberman (A) [24-10]

138: Noppinger (A) fft. [30-10]

145: S. Frazier (A) dec. Kassiri (Ho), 9-3 [33-10]

152: Gabriel (Ho) pinned Desmarais (A), 1:03 [33-16]

160: Rodriquez (A) pinned Hipsley (Ho), 1:08 [39-16]

170: Mattes (A) dec. Hall (Ho), 9-8 [42-16]

182: Billups (A) fft. [48-16]

195: Dickerson (A) pinned Leteyer (Ho), 1:49 [54-16]

220: Easterling (A) pinned Wrisk (Ho), 1:01 [60-16]

Oakland Mills (1-0, 1-0) — 74, Reservoir (0-1, 0-1) — 9

182: Anthony Morales (OM) fft. [6-0]

195: Mulbah Kamara (OM) pinned Tommy Tucker (Re), 1:46 [12-0]

220: Ernie Smith (OM) pinned Dylan Altman (Re), 3:56 [18-0]

285: Dante Hooker (OM) pinned Justin Fargo (Re), 3:03 [24-0]

106: Myles Williams (OM) fft. [30-0]

113: Ian Santiago (OM) pinned Jacob Kaplan (Re) 1:11 [36-0]

120: Jalen Cornelius (OM) fft. [42-0]

126: Reese Kilcarr (Re) pinned Zabir Gohmun (OM), 0:53 [42-6]

132: Kyle Farace (OM) pinned Kaz Okamoto (Re) 1:13 [48-6]

138: Ben Goldfein (OM) fft. [54-6]

145: Janold Sempit (OM) pinned Nick Laing (Re), 0:33 [60-6]

152: Todd Del Tufo (Re) dec. Jesse Perez (OM), 1-0 [60-9]

160: Dylan Watt (OM) pinned Connor Harvey (Re), 5:16 [66-9]

170: Stone Richardson (OM) fft. [72-9]

Mt. Hebron (1-0, 1-0) — 51, Long Reach (0-1, 0-1) — 19

106: Cassy Lopez (MH) pinned Joseph Reilly (LR) [6-0]

113: Garrett Cioffi (LR) pinned Cole Harrsen (MH) [6-6]

120: Sam Levine (LR) dec. Jack McGuire (MH) [6-9]

126: Karl Lorena (LR) dec. Khiem Doan (MH) [6-12]

132: Mark Tong (LR) major dec. Justin Ordowski (MH) [6-16]

138: Adam Scherr (MH) dec. Rostam Rad (LR) [9-16]

145: Elias Rivera (LR) dec. Bryce Kampert (MH) [9-19]

152: Jamison Hulbert (MH) pinned Josh Liu-Tricu (LR) [15-19]

160: Ali Pender (MH) pinned Ien Saffer (LR) [21-19]

170: Joe Gonzales (MH) pinned David Schlichtig (LR) [27-19]

182: John Ross (MH) pinned Princewill Achenenye (LR) [33-19]

195: Zach Wilhelm (MH) fft. [39-19]

220: Isa Pender (MH) fft. [45-19

285: Nick Nordhausen (MH) pinned Mason Young (LR) [51-19]

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