As the regular season winds down for the Dulaney wrestling team, Lions’ Desi McNelis said a lack of depth and several injured wrestlers are two issues that concern him.
“It’s a little scary that we are so banged up,” McNelis said. “We are just trying to stay together.”
McNelis didn’t have to worry about either injuries or depth Thursday night in a tri-meet against Towson and Milford Mill.
Dulaney blitzed heated rival Towson, 54-27, then rolled over the host Millers, 55-24.
The Lions recorded an eye-catching eight pins versus Milford Mill.
They came from Eddie DiNardo (113 pounds), Malik Kassim (120), Fabrizio Scotto (132), Jessie Beall (138), Dan Matthews (145), Andy Wall (195) Tom Pettinelli (220) and Christian Martinez (285).
“We are a pinning team,” said McNelis, whose team improved its dual-meet record to 15-10. “We are just good at finishing up when we put them on their backs.”
Dulaney was just as dominant against Towson.
The Lions won eight of the first nine bouts by pin to jump out to a 42-6 lead.
Scotto, a senior, had the quickest pin during that stretch. He decked sophomore Sam Shrestha in only 33 seconds.
Towson only early points came from junior Bryce Gordon, who pinned Noah Squire-Rogers in 1:39.
“It’s always tough going up against Dulaney, but when you have a young lineup, it’s even tougher,” said Towson coach Phil Simmonds, whose team features six sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup. “I think Dulaney is loaded with seniors, too.”
Towson sophomore Jacob Mader pinned Quentin Braswell in 2:26 at 170 and the Generals’ Toheeb Aroworowon scored a 5-1 decision over Wall to trim the lead to 42-15.
Pins from Soman Kahn (182) and Martinez accounted for the remainder of Dulaney’s points.
Dulaney defending regional champion Sean Hoffman (160) improved to 24-1 with his pin of Towson’s Daryl Cockerille and 5-3 decison over Milford Mill’s Adam Abdullahi.
“His defenses are excellent — especially on his feet,” McNelis said of Hoffman.
Martinez also shined by registering two pins.
“He won the Loch Raven (duals) last weekend,” McNelis said. “He is coming on.”