Ex-Dulaney wrestling coach has successful debut at Pikesville

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.

Sam Shrestha (138) and Othaman El Omari (160) had pins for Towson to account for the Generals' points.

After a double forfeit to start the match, Pikesville took the next four bouts to jump out to a 21-0 lead.

The Panthers got back-to-back pins from Lipsey and Abramovitz, Nick Karakulko (120) scored a 13-8 decision over Tommy Smith and Nabizhan Zavutatze (113) was the benefactor of a forfeit.

Shrestha, a senior, scored the first points for the Generals. He decked Pikesville sophomore Ari Devorah in 2:46.

Pikesville then got consecutive falls from Garonzik and Tate to boost its lead to 33-6.

Towson finished its scoring when senior Jack Morgan (160) needed only 51 seconds to pin senior Jamie Anderson.

The Panthers closed by winning the last five matches. Pikesville got pins from Aliyev, Deshields and Jones, Chuck Ogala (195) won by injury default and Kaelen Fuller-Baker gained a forfeit.

"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."