The first dual meet of 2013 brought added motivation for some members of the Catonsville wrestling team, who remembered last season’s 36-33 loss that came down to the final match of the night.
This time, the host Comets took no chances, racing out to a 25-0 lead on the way to a convincing 49-22 triumph on Thursday evening.
The Comets improved to 6-0 in the dual meet campaign, while Sparrows Point dropped to 4-2.
Last year, both teams came into the match at 5-0.
Four of the wrestlers who got pinned last season all got their revenge on Thursday.
“All those guys that got pinned came back and won today,” Warm said.
Three of them, Manny Miranda (162), Adam Dye (172) and Trevar Jackson (184) each notched consecutive pins, and turned a 7-0 lead into a 25-0 advantage.
Michael Thome (115) also secured a pin later in the match.
Miranda (3-1 dual meets, 9-3 overall) knew exactly what was at stake.
“Every one on our team had a fire in their hearts and in their bellies and were ready to go at it and just battle and that’s what we all did,” Miranda said.
Senior Joseth Hylton (5-1, 10-4), who followed Greg Eads match-opening 6-2 decision with a 13-3 verdict over Cody Geho, didn’t wrestle last season after grappling as a sophomore, but he ramped up the energy early.
“We all look at each other as brothers, so when one person is doing good, that’s going to pump the whole team up,” Hylton said. “The atmosphere is great and we’ve got the fans out there for us supporting us and everything.”
Sparrows Point stopped the momentum when Alex Nodonley got off his back after falling behind TJ Henry 5-0 with 12 seconds left in the first period and caught Henry for a pin with five seconds left.
Henry (197) has been one of several bright spots for the Comets, boasting a 10-4 record that includes a fifth place at the Bear Crawl Brawl Invitational at Oakdale High.
Jordan Reynolds (5-1, 10-3) got the lead back to 31-6 with a pin at 224, before Calloway Lee lost to Manny Pritt at heavyweight in the most competitive match of the evening.
The match was tied at 2-2 after regulation and the first overtime, but Pritt scored five points in the final two overtimes and earned a 7-3 decision.
Catonsville’s Andrew Southwell (5-1, 8-5) bumped the bulge to 37-9 with a pin at 108 pounds, before Thome and Adam Sattler (forfeit) secured the final Comet points.
The Pointers last points came from a 17-5 decision by Randy Watson over TJ McDonald and a pin in the final match by Chris Long over Sebastian Brush.
Brush was filling in for Sean Thrasher, out with an ankle injury that will force him to miss this weekend’s prestigious tournament at Northern (Calvert).
Thrasher (4-0, 7-3) and Jackson (5-0, 11-2) are the lone Comet grapplers unbeaten in dual meet competition.
“Sparrows Point was missing a couple of guys that would have made the match a lot closer, but that is wrestling,” Warm said. “Last year, when we wrestled them, we were missing guys too.”
Warm hopes to have his squad at full strength when they travel to unbeaten Owings Mills for a showdown, Tuesday, Jan. 8 (6:30 p.m.).
Catonsville will go into that match unbeaten in dual meets too, and that suits Miranda, one of four captains, along with Thrasher, Henry and Reynolds just fine.
“We’ve never had to deal with this,” Miranda said. “Last year, we got beat by Sparrows Point, Owings Mills and Milford Mill. This time we are going to come back hard.”
Sparrows Point found that out on Thursday.
“I don’t have any world beaters, but I have a lot of good wrestlers,” Warm said.