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Glenelg clips South Carroll to claim 2A West Region dual-meet wrestling tournament title

South Carroll advanced to the finals of Wednesday’s Class 2A West Region dual-meet tournament in search of its first team championship in a decade.

The Cavaliers faced a Glenelg team that entered the tourney with four consecutive regional crowns, and the Gladiators made it five in a row thanks to a thrilling finish.

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Jake Durkin edged Shane Allison in their 220-pound bout, the finale of the finals, to give Glenelg a 33-32 victory.

“I was thinking ... if I keep him down, I keep pounding, he’s going to give up,” said Durkin, who worked on top of Allison and was awarded stalling points down the stretch to give him a 3-2 win. "You’ve got to have the [bigger] willpower in this. When it goes to overtime then it’s the conditioning, and I’ve got the conditioning. So if he wants to go to overtime, I’ll go to overtime all day."

Glenelg's Jake Durkin, left, tries to escape the control by South Carroll's Shane Allison in the 220 weight class during the finals of the 2A West Region wrestling duals meet at South Carroll High School on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Glenelg's Jake Durkin, left, tries to escape the control by South Carroll's Shane Allison in the 220 weight class during the finals of the 2A West Region wrestling duals meet at South Carroll High School on Wednesday, Feb. 12. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Durkin didn’t have to deal with overtime. Instead, Glenelg advanced to Saturday’s state duals at North Point High School and left South Carroll one win short of moving on for the first time since 2010.

The Cavaliers led 26-9 after eight bouts in the finals, but they didn’t collect bonus points like they have throughout most of the season. Glenelg capitalized and won five of the final six bouts, getting pins from Ethan Mackey (160) and Nick Kingsbury (182) before Durkin sealed it with his decision.

“There’s a lot of things that couldn’t have gone our way that didn’t go our way," said SC coach Matt Thomas. “There’s no room for excuses or anything. We knew we had four or five guaranteed wins going into that dual, and they had about the same. You’ve got six to seven swing matches. We fell short on a lot of those.”

South Carroll's AJ Rodrigues pounces on Winters Mill's Zach Kirby in the 132 weight class, scoring a takedown during the semifinal round of the 2A West Region wrestling duals meet at South Carroll High School on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
South Carroll's AJ Rodrigues pounces on Winters Mill's Zach Kirby in the 132 weight class, scoring a takedown during the semifinal round of the 2A West Region wrestling duals meet at South Carroll High School on Wednesday, Feb. 12. (Brian Krista/Baltimore Sun Media Group)

South Carroll got pins from Jake Rippeon (138), Rylan Moose (145), and Antonio Bradford (170), who decked Daniel Vaysman late in the first period to give the Cavs a 32-18 lead. The top-seeded hosts didn’t score again, however, and Glenelg’s determination down the stretch proved vital.

“They’re loaded with a lot of young talent,” Gladiators said Matt Bichner said about SC. “They’ll be good for the next few years. I was really proud of our lightweight guys battling and not giving up bonus. That was really the difference.”

The Cavaliers advanced to the finals by beating county rival Winters Mill 40-32. Glenelg advanced in the other semifinal when the Gladiators knocked out Middletown 46-27.

Glenelg jumped out to a 28-6 lead and kept the Knights at bay. Posting pin for the Gladiators were Kyle Hansberger (106), Ethan Sotka (126), Kingsbury (170), Drew Sotka (182), and Lucas Suri (285).

SC’s AJ Rodrigues and WM’s Zach Kirby battled at 132, and their bout oozed anticipation. Rodrigues scored an escape early in the third period to eke out a 3-2 victory, handing the senior his first loss of the season.

South Carroll capped its second win this season over the Falcons when Justin Brister (182) pinned Alex Lowe in the final bout.

Winters Mill got pins from Jake Stiff (160), Cian McCauley (220), and Sebastian Springfield (285), and a technical fall from Hunter Merson at 145.

South Carroll missed out on competing for its first state dual-meet championship, but Thomas said the Cavaliers will regroup.

“Back to the drawing board, you can’t hang your head,” the coach said. “There’s always room for improvement.”

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SEMIFINALS

Glenelg 46, Middletown 27

220: Russell Endicott (M) pin Dominic Magnolia n/a

285: Lucas Suri (G) pin Vince Green 2:50

106: Kyle Hansberger (G) pin Ethan Zumbrun 1:34

113: David Ridenour (G) by forfeit

120: Jaegon Hibbitts (G) m-dec. Jack Camarote 11-2

126: Ethan Sotka (G) pin Oliver Graham 1:25

132: Jeremey Farran (M) pin Taegon Hibbitts 3:15

138: Jack Boumel (M) pin Kevin Yang 1:34

145: Aidan Waters (M) tech fall Trey Fleece 16-0

152: Clarke Cheairs (M) m-dec. Kian Payne 15-7

160: Ethan Mackey (G) dec. Riley Sheng 5-2

170: Nicholas Kingsbury (G) pin Josh Brull 0:39

182: Drew Sotka (G) pin Ezra White 0:54

195: Jake Durkin (G) dec Chad Hoy 3-1

South Carroll 40, Winters Mill 32

220: Cian McCauley (WM) pin Shane Allison 2:31

285: Sebastian Springfield (WM) pin Richie Summerlin 1:22

106: Michael Pizzuto (SC) m-dec. Brady Forte 9-0

113: Ryan Athey (SC) pin Jamie Goodwin 0:15

120: Gage Owen (SC) dec. Alex Vagnier 9-3

126: Anthony Bond (SC) pin Damien Claypool 1:33

132: AJ Rodrigues (SC) dec. Zach Kirby 3-2

138: Colby Unkart (WM) dec. Jake Rippeon 4-0

145: Hunter Merson (WM) tech fall Gage Duncan 23-7

152: Rylan Moose (SC) pin John Alcorn 3:02

160: Jake Stiff (WM) pin Brandon Athey 1:51

170: Antonio Bradford (SC) pin Craig Love 0:53

182: Cayden Beard (WM) by forfeit

195: Justin Brister (SC) pin Alex Lowe 4:21

FINALS

Glenelg 33, South Carroll 32

285: Suri (G) pin Summerlin 2:58

106: Pizzuto (SC) dec. Hansberger 6-0

113: R. Athey (SC) m-dec. Ridenour 15-2

120: Owen (SC) dec. J. Hibbitts 3-2

126: T. Hibbitts (G) dec. Bond 3-2

132: Rodrigues (SC) m-dec. E. Sotka 9-1

138: Rippeon (SC) pin Fleece 0:52

145: Moose (SC) pin Yang 1:53

152: Payne (G) dec. B. Athey 12-9

160: Mackey (G) pin Austin Gidge 4:27

170: Bradford (SC) pin Daniel Vaysman 1:55

182: Kingsbury (G) pin Brister 0:51

195; D. Sotka (G) by forfeit.

220: Durkin (G) dec. Allison 3-2.

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