Wrestling: Laurel Boys and Girls Club wins first-ever dual meet title

Hard work and sweat on the wrestling mats that started in mid-November paid off Feb. 1 as the Laurel Boys and Girls Club captured the program's first-ever Southern Maryland Junior Wrestling dual meet championship.

The squad overcame adversity with dedication and determination while forming a winning bond that peaked at the right time.


"Our youth worked very hard to achieve this measure of success," coach Steve Overton noted.

In the tournament, held at Patuxent High School, Laurel defeated Calvert, 80-60 in the first round, and Glenarden, 76-71 in the second round.


In the championship match, Laurel upended LaPlata, 73-69.

Six Laurel Wildcats went a perfect 3-0 in the tournament.

JJ Pilai, Phillip Bourque and Khaliyl Abdul-Malik each had one pin during their three wins.

Manuel Montout, Anthony Harris and Derrick Moody were also unbeaten for the champions.

Tyrell McKenna (2-0) Dawood Abdul-Malik (2-0), Jaylen Daniels (2-0) Jordan Harris (2-1, 1 pin), Michael Sercy (2-1, 1 pin), Steven White (2-1), Daniel Simpson (2-1) and Myles Harrington (2-1) placed second.

William Levy and Yanni Abdul-Malik both placed third and went 1-0.