With the high school wrestling regular season winding to a close, postseason events begin to take center stage. For Patterson Mill, it begins Wednesday evening.
The Huskies, with their 11-2 mark, qualified for the Class 1A-2A East region dual meet championships as the number two seed. The Huskies, making their first appearance, will travel to top seed Parkside for the four-team tourney.
Patterson Mill will face third seed Queen Anne's (11-3) in one semifinal, while Parkside (14-0) will face fourth seed Wicomico (11-3) in the other. Semifinal matches will begin at 5:30 p.m. Winners will meet at 7:30 p.m. for the region title and a berth into the state semifinals. Semifinals and finals will be held at North Point High School on Saturday beginning at noon.
Patriots close with win
John Carroll closed out its dual meet season Friday with a 46-22 win at St. Paul's in MIAA action. The Patriots won nine of 14 bouts, highlighted by Hunter Ritter's win at 160-pounds.
Ritter won 3-1 over Brad Mutchnik, a two-time private school state champ and five-time All-American at National Preps and Junior Nationals.
The Patriots also picked up two pins, with TJ Centi winning in 5:47 at 138 and Jay Etkins winning in 3:56 at 195.
Scott Strappelli added a 5-0 decision at 145 and Zach Donato won a major decision, 11-2, at 170. The other four wins came by way of forfeit.
"After a two week period where everything that could go wrong, did, (broken arm, broken toe, bruised ribs, three cases of the flu, a starter quit and Ben Swanson transferred to CMW) it looks like we are as close to 100 percent as we are going to get," Patriots head coach Keith Watson said.
The Patriots ended the year 21-4 in dual meets.
Cobras lose on senior night
Harford Tech celebrated Senior Night Friday, but visiting Atholton didn't seem to care, beating the Cobras, 32-25.
Tech dropped the first match at 170, but quickly grabbed a lead behind a Dillon Brush 11-4 win at 182 and a Nathan Cook pin at 195.
Following a double forfeit at 220, Will Hughes extended the Cobras lead with a 3-1, four overtime win at 285.
Atholton then put together back-to-back wins at 106 and 113 for a 13-12 lead, but a forfeit win for Tyler Granese at 120, gave Tech a 18-13 lead.
Bret Blevins won a 12-2 major decision at 126 to push the lead to 22-13, but loss by pin at 132 allowed the Raiders to close the gap, 22-19.
At 138, Jimmy Cosgrove's 6-5 decision gave Tech a 25-19 lead, but Atholton won the final three bouts, including a forfeit in the final bout, to secure the win.
Bobcats beat Panthers
Bel Air picked up another win Friday night, beating visiting Perryville, 49-25.
Tylor Tuohy got the Bobcats rolling at 285, pinning Patrick Mentz in 1:22 and Gavin Rupprecht followed at 106 with a 3:33 pin of Corbin Porch.
Perryville took a brief lead with three straight wins, two pins and major decision, but the Bobcats slid back ahead at 132 with Cameron Watts earning a forfeit.
At 138, Perryville's Amos Harlan surprised the Bel Air crowd with a 6-4 overtime decision over Jeff Taylor, pushing the Panthers back ahead, but for the last time.
Anthony Zappaunbulso won a forfeit at 145, before John Cross pinned Seth Sharpe in 2:23 at 152 and Christian Svoboda pinned Lucas Gardner in 1:51 at 160.
At 170, Wiliam Holder-Moore squeaked out a 2-0 decision over David Doring, before Perryville got its last win at 182 by Jake Ritter pin.
The Bobcats closed out the match with two wins. Dominic Williams won a 8-0 major decision over Dustin Krahn at 195 and Cyler Crawford pinned Logan Kelly in 3:14 at 220.
Eagles split tri-meet
Aberdeen went 1-1 at a Friday tri-meet in North East that included Indian River of Delaware. The Eagles were beaten 56-15 by Indian River, but rebounded to beat North East, 42-21.
In the loss Abereden tallied three wins. Daniel Velez won 10-9 over Garrett O'Neal at 126, while Travis Hubler pinned Toyana Knight in 3:22 at 132. James Blackwell took a forfeit win at 285.
The Eagles had a little more success in the win, collecting eight match wins. Velez and Hubler were the repeat winners. Velez won 9-7 over Colin Beck at 126 and Hubler won 12-2 over Kevin Koch at 132.
Austin Smith pinned Justin Stewart in 52 seconds at 145 and Jasaan Beck followed with a pin at 152, decking Aaron Abbott in 1:00.
The Eagles also strung together three straight pins at 170, 182 and 195. Tyler Fletcher, Richie Howard and Shawn Sullivan recorded the pins respectively.
Adric Turner earned the Eagles win at 285, winning a 16-0 tech fall over George Bowser.