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Seahawks start, end finals with bang for team title

South River's Calvin Brumfield (106 pounds) scored a pin in the first match of the Anne Arundel County wrestling championships, and Brendan Woody (285) made sure the Seahawks' night ended on a high note with his victory in the final match.

The two championship victories, along with four runner-up finishes, helped South River claim the team championship Saturday night in the team's home gym.

"It was a good team effort. We had a lot of contributors," South River coach John Klessinger said. "I can't be more happy for our kids. We've come a long way since the beginning of the season. We still have some time left, obviously, but it's good. It kind of validates for our kids the hard work."

Brumfield trailed 7-1 going into the third period against Chesapeake's Nick Vila, but he rallied to score a pin with 1:08 left.

"It was definitely a huge win for him. That kid has beaten him pretty handily in the past," Klessinger said. "He was down big, and at that point you just have to take chances. He took a big chance reaching back for the kid's head."

Klessinger said the move Brumfield used was risky, as it could have made Brumfield vulnerable to a half nelson. But because of Vila's positioning, the risk to Brumfield was lower, making it a worthwhile gamble.

"Calvin has some mat savvy to him, and he understands things," Klessinger said. "It just worked out."

Woody scored a 3-0 win over Old Mill's Zach Acosta to improve to 38-0 on the season and claim the heavyweight championship for the second year in-a-row.

Arundel and Severna Park each had three individual champions.

Nathan Gainey (113), Nathan LaBille (120) and Anthony Gamble (152) earned wins for the Wildcats, with Gainey and Gamble repeating as champions from a year ago.

McLean Linehan (132), Trevor Bellotte (182) and Kyle Craven (195) earning titles with the Falcons.

Gainey earned an 18-2 second-period technical fall over North County's Chris Kirchner, LaBille earned an 8-3 decision over South River's Ryan Castro and Gamble edged Southern's Josh Merkle in a 3-2 decision.

Merkle led 1-0 following a second-period escape before Gamble tied it with an escape early in the third period. Gamble's takedown with 37 seconds left gave him a 3-1 advantage, though Merkle escaped seven seconds later to make it 3-2. Despite several attempts from Merkle to earn a last-second takedown, Gamble was able to withstand the pressure to take home the crown.

Linehan earned his title on a 6-4 overtime decision against Broadneck's Owen Joyce. Linehan took a 3-0 lead in the second period, only for Joyce to cut it to 3-1 following an escape. Joyce then took a 4-3 lead on a near-fall in the third period, with Linehan tying the match 4-4 at the end of regulation. Linehan then managed a takedown with 21 seconds remaining in the 1-minute overtime period to claim the 6-4 decision.

Bellotte fell behind early to Old Mill's Nate Hammond, who scored a first-period takedown and a second-period reversal to go up 4-0. Bellotte answered with a reversal and a near-fall at the end of the second period to tie. Bellotte then reversed a move to take a 6-4 lead and used an arm lock to keep Hammond at bay over the final 1:40. Craven followed up his teammate with a 17-3 major decision over Arundel's Colin Tracy.

Old Mill's Robbie Fleming (126) and Chase Pennell (138) both won their second career championships.

"They're just tenacious on the mat," Old Mill coach Jim Grim said. "They're great kids off the mat, but when they step inside the circle, they change. I love it. They are very tenacious and physical wrestlers and they go after you. I'm really proud of them."

Southern's Trevor Jewell (145) and Garrett Hunt-Hysan (160) also earned championships. Jewell's first-period pin of South River's Jonas Beardmore helped him to improve to 25-0, while Hunt-Hysan scored one of the more dramatic wins in a 3-2 decision over South River's Chase Lunsford. Jewell is also a two-time champion.

Hunt-Hysan fell behind early when Lunsford took a 2-0 lead with a first-period takedown. Neither wrestler earned points in the second period, though Hunt-Hysan grabbed Lunsford's leg from a standing position for nearly 14 seconds before Lunsford was able to break free. Hunt-Hysan then managed an escape with 1:13 left in the third period, and following a restart with 18 seconds remaining, he managed a takedown at the buzzer to earn the win.

"I was thinking, looking at the clock thinking that I only had a short amount of time left," Hunt-Hysan said. "I had to get a takedown to win it. Before that I was on bottom and I knew I had to get an escape to be able to get two to win it."

Hunt-Hysan said he used the move that got the final takedown two other times in the match, but he was finally able to finish it the third time.

Old Mill finished in second place in the team portion on the strength of their two championships and two runner-up performances. The Patriots sent 10 wrestlers to the semifinal round.

"Not a bad weekend. We did a lot of good things," Grim said. "South River, hat's off to them, they deserved it. They had a heck of a round. They're a heck of a team. Being runner-up to South River, there's nothing to hang your head about there."

Annapolis' Jon Proctor (170) earned a 10-5 decision in his championship match with Arundel's Dakota Kirsch-Downs, while Meade's Chris Bonilla (220) scored a first-period fall against North County's Jacob Kobus.

"I've been working hard the whole season," Bonilla said. "I just trusted my training, trusted that my coaches taught me well to get the win. I did what I've been taught; what I've been doing all season."

Arundel, Southern and Severna Park rounded out the top five team finishers.

The top four finishers in each weight class earned a trip to next week's MPSSAA region tournament.


1. South River, 220.5; 2. Old Mill, 207; 3. Arundel, 193; 4. Southern, 174; 5. Severna Park, 135; 6. Broadneck, 133; 7. North County, 98; 8. Annapolis, 63; 9. Chesapeake, 61; 10. Glen Burnie, 45; 11. Meade, 39; 12. Northeast, 33.


106: Brumfield (SR) pinned Vila (CH), 2:52; 113: Gainey (AR) tech. fall Kirchner (NC), 18-2; 120: LaBille (AR) dec. Castro (SR), 8-3; 126: Fleming (OM) pinned Puccinelli (SR), 4:29; 132: Linehan (SP) dec. Joyce (BN), 6-4 OT; 138: Pennell (OM) dec. Owen (AR), 9-4; 145: Jewell (SO) pinned Beardmore (SR), 1:12; 152: Gamble (AR) dec. Merkle (SO), 3-2; 160: Hunt-Hysan (SO) dec. Lunsford (SR), 3-2; 170: Proctor (ANN) dec. Kirsch-Downs (AR), 10-5; 182: Bellotte (SP) dec. Hammond (OM), 6-4; 195: Craven (SP) maj. dec. Tracy (AR), 17-3; 220: Bonilla (ME) pinned Kobus (NC), 1:16; 285: Woody (SR) dec. Acosta (OM), 3-0.

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