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Lansdowne wrestling gets 'Landmark' win over Catonville

Lansdowne senior Thomas Weedon, left, recorded one of pins for the Vikings as they defeated Catonsville, 40-30, Tuesday night in a tri-meet at Woodlawn.
Lansdowne senior Thomas Weedon, left, recorded one of pins for the Vikings as they defeated Catonsville, 40-30, Tuesday night in a tri-meet at Woodlawn. (File photo/Baltimore Sun)

Lansdowne coach George Dunn's top veterans have been wrestling well early on this season, but the more inexperienced guys made a statement Tuesday night in a tri-meet at Woodlawn.

Freshmen Da'Shaun Childs (132 pounds) and Jacob Lipscomb (120) and sophomore Peyton Collins (138) recorded falls as the Vikings topped Catonsville, 40-30.

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"Those pins were huge," Dunn said. "The young guys really stepped up and got pins that I wasn't expecting. Childs and Lipscomb were junior league wrestlers (last year) and Collins is a second-year wrestler."

Lansdowne received additional pins from seniors Thomas Weedon (220) and Luis Martinez (160) against Catonsville in what Dunn called a 'Landmark' win.

Dunn won't get an argument from Catonsville coach Eric Warm, who got pins from Eduardo Kelly (126), Brent Johns (152) and Chase Ritter (106).

It was the first time Warm's team had lost to Lansdowne in six matches in his 13 years on the job.

"I think they are just more seasoned than us right now," Warm said. "They just took it to my guys. They were hungrier and they deserved to win."

Lansdowne also cruised past Woodlawn, 72-12, behind nine forfeits and three pins while Catonsville had an easy time with Woodlawn, too, winning 66-15.

But the featured match was between Catonsville and Lansdowne.

It took Catonsville freshman Chase Ritter (106) only 15 seconds to pin Lansdowne's Jakobi Gilbert in the opening bout.

The Vikings took the next two matches as Desean Hunter (113) edged Ewan Hemmis, 3-2, with 29 seconds remaining in overtime on a takedown and Lipscomb pinned Seth Murray in 5:28 at 120.

Then, Catonsville's Eduardo Kelly, a third-place finisher in the county and region last year, decked Damondtez Rawlings in 4:59 to give the Comets a 12-9 — its last of the night.

Lansdowne got back-to-back pins from Childs and Peyton Collins (138) to make it 21-12.

The Vikings' Matheus Mendes (145) followed with a 22-10 decision over Charlie Hayes to push the margin to 25-12.

After Johns pinned John Sosa in 3:17, Martinez recorded the Vikings' fourth pin of the night to give his team a 31-18 cushion.

Catonsville got as close as 34-27 when Johnson pinned Anthony Brown in 4:53, but Weedon clinched the match with another pin.

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"Things are finally coming together for us," said Dunn, whose team opened the season with a 59-12 thrashing of Kenwood on Dec. 6. "I have guys now that have been wrestling for me for four years. The consistency has really helped us become a good team."

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