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Wrestling: WM falls to McDonogh at McDonogh Duals

OWINGS MILLS - It had been quite a while since the Winters Mill wrestling team had lost a match. But the Falcons knew they had a tough opponent in McDonogh, the top-ranked team in the state and defending MIAA state wrestling champion.

The Eagles got the best of Winters Mill at the McDonogh Holiday Duals on Friday night, the fourth match of the day, handing them a 44-24 defeat.

It was the Falcons' first loss since Feb. 12, 2011 to Glenelg in the Class 2A-1A state dual-meet tournament and first in the regular season since losing to South Carroll on Feb. 5, 2011.

Winters Mill (9-1) only lost to McDonogh on the day, however, defeating Langley (Va.) 73-3, Gilman 60-15, Washington (W.Va.) 38-30, and Chantilly (Va.) 69-12.

The Eagles got off to a fast start against the Falcons, winning seven straight matches and jumping out to a 34-0 lead.

"Everywhere where we're good, they're better" WM coach John Lowe said. "Their technique's a little bit cleaner, their muscles are a little bit harder, their determination's a little bit steelier."

During that initial run, the Falcons' Wes Cook (145-pound class) and Cody Sharkey (152) each lost for the first time this season. Cook was pinned by Jack Clark in 3 minutes, 3 seconds and Sharkey lost 8-2 to Toby Hague.

"They're very tough," WM's Chase Cullison said. "They're definitely the top team in Maryland."

Sharkey and Cook each went 4-1. Lowe said that Sharkey's win over Washington's Josh Blackwell was the 100th of his career.

Cullison earned Winters Mill's first points of the match with a pin over Theo Duncan in 2:50 in the 182 bout. Cullison, who has also wrestled at 170 and 195, controlled the match early and led 5-0 when he pinned Duncan near the center of the mat.

"He's incredibly strong," Lowe said about Cullison who went 5-0 on the day. "We have a deep lineup, we really do."

Jake Utz (285), Taylor Logue (113), and Kyle Fisher (120) all pinned their opponents, which were three of the match's last four bouts. Utz went 5-0 on the day and pinned McDonogh's Will Hudson in 20 seconds.

"I had to come out more aggressive," Utz said. "We just didn't match up well against them."

Prior to the loss to the Eagles, Winters Mill narrowly defeated Washington 38-30 after falling behind 19-0. Lowe said that although the Falcons lost, he was impressed with how they fared.

"Even the guys that lost close ones, Ryan Barron, Ryan Hightower, those matches could've gone the other way," Lowe said. "Those guys stayed with good guys. Now we've got to take it to the next level, which is let's beat those guys."

Winters Mill finished the day on a high note, defeating Chantilly in their fifth and final match.

The match was wrestled Friday instead of today because inclement weather caused today's bouts to be postponed.

Lowe added that the Falcons did well against a high level of competition, but they still need to strive to get better.

"We still have a couple of months to improve, and we can get better," Lowe said. "I think we're a very good team. But if we want to be a historic team, we need to take it up to that level that we saw today."

126: Sam Martino (M) m-dec Chris Rose 18-4.

132: Logan Meister (M) pin Neal Rinker 1:50.

138: Xavi Ramos (M) pin Jimmy Guercio 0:32.

145: Jack Clark (M) pin Wes Cook 3:03.

152: Toby Hague (M) dec. Cody Sharkey 8-2.

160: Bobby Twigg (M) dec. Arizona Oxendine 10-4.

170: Myles Martin (M) pin Cole Myers 1:13.

182: Chase Cullison (WM) pin Theo Duncan 2:50.

195: Mike Smith (M) dec. Ryan Barron 5-0.

220: Dan Maltsev (M) dec. Ryan Hightower 5-0.

285: Jake Utz (WM) pin Will Hudson 0:20.

106: TK Megonigal (M) m-dec. Flavio Valdez 11-0.

113: Taylor Logue (WM) pin Alexander Kline 1:46.

120: Kyle Fisher (WM) pin Hunter Bilhardt 1:49.