Pikesville wrestling coach Desi McNelis talks about his team's season-opening win over Towson. (Tom Worgo / BSMG)
Desi McNelis' debut as wrestling coach at Pikesville High was a roaring success.
The Panthers rolled to a 63-12 victory over host Towson Thursday night.
The effort included pins by Josh Lipsey (126 pounds), Joseph Abramovitz (132), Ben Garonzik (145), Shiloh Tate (152), Rasim Aliyev (170), Antonio Deshields (182) and Ti'Kwan Jones (220).
"I was excited and really eager to get this one under our belt," said McNelis, who moved over to Pikesville after coaching at 18 seasons at Dulaney. "It was a very good night for us and I am very happy to be with these guys."
"I miss the kids at Dulaney and was hoping to be back there, but I am really enjoying the kids at Pikesville," he added.
"We have a young team this year, and we just have to take it one step at a time," said Towson coach Phil Simmonds, whose team opened the season with a 42-24 dual-meet victory over Woodlawn. "Pikesville is a tough team, but we have to take our lumps until we get the basics down."