Winning on Senior Night isn’t always easy and winning by fall on that stage is even more difficult, but both feats are achievable.
Pinning the same opponent twice, meanwhile, is virtually impossible in a dual meet setting, but that’s exactly how the match unfolded for Mt. Hebron wrestling senior Adam Scherr in the Vikings’ 54-13 home win over Hammond on Tuesday night.
Scherr, wrestling at 132 pounds, opened the scoring for his team by pinning Hammond’s Nashawn Callands in 3 minutes, 1 second to send the Vikings sideline and fans into a frenzy. However, after a meeting at the scorer’s table, the referee directed Scherr and Callands back to the mat. He gave the choice of top, bottom, neutral or defer to the wrong wrestler prior to the second period.
The miscue meant the wrestlers would restart their bout from the beginning of the second stanza.
“I was honestly pissed off,” said Scherr, who added that has never happened to him before. “So I just wrestled, man. Just took out the frustration on the mat.”
With chants of “one more time” bellowing from the Mt. Hebron side of the bleachers, Scherr struggled to contain his excitement after securing his second pin, this time at the 4:57 mark of the bout. He celebrated with his coaches and teammates, who followed Scherr’s lead with dominant performances of their own in the blowout victory.
“With regional duals approaching and then individual postseason, it seems like the team is clicking at the right time and really working hard and just grinding it out,” Vikings coach Dan Harman said. “Hopefully they’ll continue to do that.”
All season, Harman has emphasized the importance of taking bonus points and limiting bonus points against, and his wrestlers followed that mantra almost to a T against No. 12 Hammond (7-4 county, 30-5 overall). Seven of the Vikings’ 10 wins came via fall, while the only bonus points the Golden Bears earned came from Loic Tueguo’s major decision in the 220-pound match.
No. 14 Mt. Hebron (10-1, 19-3) entered the meet having already clinched a spot in the 3A East regional duals for the first time since 2002, but a win Tuesday night helped the Vikings maintain their No. 2 spot while staying in contention for the top seed. They conclude the regular season against No. 8 South River on Thursday.
In the 2A South regional standings, Hammond is now in a four-way tie with Marriotts Ridge, Oakland Mills and Southern for third place, and only the top four teams qualify for the regional duals. The Golden Bears close out the campaign with two home matches against Milford Mill and Henry E. Lackey.
“This match was not an accurate reflection of our program. I think we took a lot of steps back today,” coach Will Yeo said. “We had a couple kids out, so we moved our lineup a little bit — put some [junior varsity] guys in there — but the way things worked out, the matches that we had, we still had more than enough opportunities that came our way to at least show some class and respect for our program.”
Hammond grappled without Bryan Rios and Jordan Davis, the No. 1 wrestler at 120 pounds and 182 pounds, respectively, and Mt. Hebron capitalized with pins in both matches from No. 14 Yahir Lemus and Zach Wilhelm.
Cassy Lopez (106 pounds), Bryce Kampert (138 pounds), No. 19 Ali Pender and No. 9 Nick Nordhausen also won by fall. In total, six of the seven Mt. Hebron wrestlers who earned pins were seniors grappling in what might have been their final home match.
However, there’s still plenty for the Vikings to accomplish with the postseason on the horizon.
“We’re one of the best teams in the county,” Scherr said, “and we really believe that.”
Mt. Hebron (10-1, 19-3) — 54, Hammond (7-4, 30-5) — 13
126: John Lian (Ha) dec. Khiem Doan (MH), 7-3 [0-3]
132: Adam Scherr (MH) pinned Nashawn Callands (Ha), 4:57 [6-3]
138: Bryce Kampert (MH) pinned Micah Nolan (Ha), 1:59 [12-3]
145: Jamison Hulbert (MH) dec. Tyler Williams (Ha), 10-5 [15-3]
152: Ali Pender (MH) pinned Elliott Bauer (Ha), 0:45 [21-3]
160: Joe Gonzales (MH) dec. Shemar Laing (Ha), 2-1 [24-3]
170: Marcus Suri (MH) fft. Kevin Childress (Ha)* [30-3]
182: Zach Wilhelm (MH) pinned Isaiah Lindsay (Ha), 5:05 [36-3]
195: Tyler Walters (Ha) dec. Jake Witlin (MH), 4-0 [36-6]
220: Loic Tueguo (Ha) major dec. Isa Pender (MH), 14-5 [36-10]
285: Nick Nordhausen (MH) pinned Justin Andrews (Ha), 5:25 [42-10]
106: Cassy Lopez (MH) pinned Shehzan Dahya (Ha), 2:54 [48-10]
113: Kenneth Rios (Ha) dec. Jack McGuire (MH), 6-3 [48-13]
120: Yahir Lemus (MH) pinned Eric Grinwis (Ha), 1:20 [54-13]
*winner by misconduct