Pikesville wrestling coach Andy Schnydman was upbeat after his Panthers' loss to Dulaney Thursday. Since Pikesville starts three first-year wrestlers --juniors David Handy and Kevin Estrada and senior Eric Weisberg -- Schnydman said he was nervous about the match getting away from the Panthers.
"I did it in my head and I thought we were going to lose, 48-28," Schnydman said. "The fact that we were one match away from winning it, I was overwhelmed. It was absolutely great."
The match came down to the final bout as Dulaney senior heavyweight Gary Fauntieroy pinned Estrada in 1:32 to lift the visiting Lions to a 45-36 victory in the season opener for both schools.
Weisberg recorded a second-period pin over junior Nikhil Deepak at 220 pounds to trim Dulaney's lead to 39-36 before Fauntieroy's fall.
"He has experience and he is tough," Dulaney coach Desi McNelis said of Fauntieroy, who went 17-18 last year. "He does makes mistakes. When you usually make a mistake at heavyweight, usually that is the match. But he didn't make any mistakes today."
The Lions, who never trailed, also received pins from Dylan Ruiz (126), Pat Hoffman (138), Sean Hoffman (170) and Conor Handzo (195).
The jumped out to 12-0 and 18-6 leads, but Pikesville got pins from Alex Portney (132), defending county champion Travon Wright (145) and Cameron Hall-Hurt (182) to keep things close.
"For our first match, it was kind of where I expected us to be," McNelis said. "You can see there are a lot of things for these young kids to work on. We will work on things as the season goes on. We will correct them."