Winters Mill wrestler Troy Blessing talks about the Falcons' win over Francis Scott Key.

The Winters Mill wrestling team finished its dual-meet against Francis Scott Key with a flourish.

The visiting Falcons won the last three matches by pin to drive past the Eagles, 39-26.


Winters Mill received falls from sophomores Trevor Fawley (145 pounds, 15-9) and Josh Burndley (160, 16-14) and junior Troy Blessing (152, 24-4).

"You are in control of the match, but then you starting losing it," Blessing said. "You don't know how people are going to react. We were able to stay composed, and go out there and get three pins. It was a great feeling."

The Falcons — who improved their dual-meet record to 9-5 overall and 2-1 in the county — trailed 26-21 with three bouts to go.

Fawley pinned freshman Diego Zent (10-14) in 2:43.

Blessing then pinned Jared Harless (3-15) in 1:59 and Burndley followed by decking Ryan Owings (15-7) in 5:59.

"A couple of those guys were kind of on losing streaks, and turned it around," Winters Mills coach John Lowe said. "Fawley and Burndley. They just had a couple of tough weeks. They had tight losses at Westminster and some finishes in our tournament they wished they had improved on."

Francis Scott Key trailed 21-12 after eight bouts, but the Eagles took the next three to go ahead by five points.

Dontae Smith (126, 19-6) won by technical fall over Logan Konold, 16-0, Gabe Mojica (132, 22-4) pinned Bailey Konold (16-8) in 4:17 and Blaine Robertson (3-14) prevailed in a 10-6 decision over Nico Vagnier (9-14).

The Falcons answered with three pins and the win.

"We are not as experienced in some weights." Francis Scott Key coach Bill Hyson said. "We're still looking to find our way a little bit, and gain some mat time. I think that caught up with us some at the end."

Francis Scott Key junior Nate Imes (170, 22-4) opened the night with a 5-3 conquest of Casey Rowe (18-11).

Winters Mill junior Hunter Lowe (182, 24-5) had an impressive third period to beat Kane Richardson, 11-9. He overcame a 9-6 deficit in the third period by scoring on a takedown and near fall to prevail.

Then, Eagles' Brett Rienehart (195, 24-3) pinned Alex Miller (19-9) at 2:19.

Winters Mill took the next three bouts to build a 18-9 lead.


A.J. Holmes (220, 25-4) pinned Jacob Kraics in 1:33, Kyle Shanholtz (285, 21-9) topped Paul Hann, 12-5, and Hunter Merson (106, 22-7) pinned Charles Damron in 1:13 to give the Falcons a 18-9 advantage.

Holmes highlighted the run of points with his 15th pin of the season.

Francis Scott Key freshman Lonnie McLain (119, 13-10) slowed down the momentum by edging Zach King, 9-7.

McLain scored on a reversal with less than a second remaining in the final period.

"The bottom line is we knew it was going to be a tight match," Hyson said. "I had it coming down to a couple of points either way. I don't think there were any surprises."

170: Nate Imes (FSK) dec. Casey Rowe 5-3.

182: Hunter Lowe (WM) dec. Kane Richardson 11-9.

195: Brett Rinehart (FSK) pin Alex Miller 2:19.

220: A.J Holmes (WM) pin Jacob Kraics 1:33.

285: Kyle Shanholtz (WM) dec. Paul Hann 12-5.

106: Hunter Merson (WM) pin Charles Damron 1:13.

113: Lonnie McLain (FSK) dec. Zach King 9-7.

120: Colby Unkhart (WM) dec. Nathan Perry 6-2.

126: Dontae Smith (FSK) t-fall Logan Konold 16-0.

132: Gabe Mojica (FSK) pin Bailey Konold 4:17

138: Blaine Robertson (FSK) dec. Nico Vagnier 10-6.

145: Trevor Fawley (WM) pin Diego Zent 2:43.

152: Troy Blessing (WM) pin Jared Harless 1:59.

160: Josh Burndley (WM) pin Ryan Owings 5:49.