Catonsville High came into Tuesday’s wrestling match with two unbeaten wrestlers, and when visiting Milford Mill (5-3) left with a 42-25 victory, the Comets had no undefeated grapplers, but they still have five with only one loss this season.
Two of them are sophomore twins, Parker Ritter (106) and Chase Ritter (113), who each secured pins, that, at the time, kept the Comets hopes alive.
Chase Ritter pinned Glenn Giles in the third period after Parker won with a fall over Warren Shakes in the second period.
The two falls cut Milford’s lead to 24-15, with Catonsville sophomore Ewan Hemmis on deck at 120.
Hemmis, the only Comet who qualified for the state tournament last year, came into the match against Kekura Thompson with a perfect 9-0 record.
Thompson took a 2-0 lead with 11 seconds left in the second period, but less then four seconds later, Hemmis injured his right wrist.
After using all of his injury time, the sophomore was given an escape to start the third period, but he barely used his right arm the rest of the way and Thompson cemented a 4-1 victory with a takedown with 1:26 left in the third period.
Hemmis left for the hospital during the meet.
“We didn’t know we were going to win 160 and we knew we were not going to beat Hemmis,” said Milford Mill coach Daymon Royster, who was referring to Nathaniel Payne’s 11-5 victory over Michael Bowers (7-3) at 160.
Thompson’s victory over Hemmis was even more surprising.
Milford Mill’s Nathaniel Payne (160), Najaune Phillpotts (182), Lamon White (195) and Kevin Neal (220) joined Thomas as winners with pins.
“Milford was just the better team by far today,” Catonsville coach Eric Warm said. “They were significantly more physical and they wanted it a heckuva lot more than we did.”
While Perry’s pin was a surprise, because he came into the match with a 1-6 record, the twin pins by the Ritters was more likely.
Chase Ritter liked watching his brother deck his opponent right before he went on the mat.
“If he goes out there and does what he needs to do, I just kind of follow that,” Chase Ritter said. “I just go out there to win. If it [pin] is there, I go for it, but I’m always looking for it, so if given the opportunity, I finish it off.”
Chase Ritter admitted having a twin brother at almost the same weight is a bonus outside the wrestling room.
“Out of the room, we talk a lot about it [wrestling] and we are always doing stuff out of the room,” said Ritter, who qualified for the regional tournament last season when he finished 20-15.
He doesn’t have any specific goals this year, but don’t be surprised if he doesn’t make some noise in the postseason.
“I really haven’t set a goal for myself, just work my hardest and just go out there knowing that I gave 110 percent and knowing when I come off that mat, there was nothing more I could have done better,” said Chase Ritter, who went out before the dual meet began with his lighter twin brother as co-captains.
Parker Ritter wasn’t phased by being a captain, but he knew when he took the mat a pin was needed to keep the Comets in the match.
“I just wanted to give it all for my team and go out there and work as hard as I could,” said Parker Ritter, noting he is more concerned with the team. “I think we definitely need to improve, work harder and just get our minds where we need to and I think if we can do all those things, I really think that we could better than we are.”
160: Nathaniel Payne (MM) 11-5 dec. Michael Bowers (Cat).
171: Steven Diehl (Cat) 6-3 dec. Chase Talaiferro (MM).
182: Najaune Phillpotts (MM) fall Anthony Robinson (Cat), 5:58.
195: Lamon White (MM) fall David Paton (Cat), 1:06.
220: Kevin Neal (MM) fall Ethan Johnson (Cat) 1:21.
285: Jordan Johnson (MM) 11-6 dec. Cesar Romero (Cat).
106: Parker Ritter (Cat) fall Warren Shakes (MM), 2:57.
113: Chase Ritter (Cat) fall Glen Giles (MM), 5:25.