A day later than scheduled due to November 15th’s snow event, a number of Harford County teams and athletes opened the 2018-19 Winter high school sports season Thursday.
On the mat in Havre de Grace, where a 3:30 p.m. dual meet with Harford Tech was delayed more than an hour for lack of a referee, six forfeits by the host Warriors led to a 42-35 Tech win.
The Cobras won the first five bouts by forfeit, starting at 113 pounds. Winning for Tech were Godfred Acheampong, 113; Hayden Barrow, 120; Andrew Wood, 126; Pierce Courtalis, 132; and Thomas Carter, 138.
Once matches were contested, seven total, Havre de Grace won six, but the hole built from the forfeits was to deep to overcome.
“We can’t fight like that, we can’t,” Tech coach Ju’Juan Burrell said. “That’s just unacceptable. We got in positions where we got guys standing straight up and we don’t attack. It’s unacceptable, we‘ve got to get back to the drawing board and do better.”
Braeden Bushyager got the Warriors on the scoreboard at 145, breaking up a 4-4 tie against Andrew Townsley and pinning him in 5:58.
At 152, Havre de Grace’s Gavin Lloyd was dominant over Kelvin Mendez, en route to an 18-2, technical fall victory. Tech’s lone wrestled win came at 160 with Sam Grabia needing just :34 to pin Michael Dickens,
At 170, Warrior Michael Sweigart was a second faster in his win, pinning Austin Coccia in :33. Christopher Boyd of Havre de Grace followed at 182 with a tough, 6-5, decision over Evan Moore. Down 6-1, Moore nearly pulled off a win, scoring four points in the final 35 seconds.
Jared Pomfrey took the last Tech forfeit win at 195, while at 220, Skylar Lindsay of Havre de Grace edged Andrew Jones, 2-1.
Jesse Fenner was awarded a forfeit at 285 for the Warriors and in the final match of the night, Warriors freshman Ayden Boyd pinned Spencer Swanson in 3:58 at 106.
Havre de Grace coach Joshua Foy was fairly upbeat despite the loss. “They all wrestled hard, we won matches we weren’t supposed to win,” Foy said. “I think our guys wrestled real hard and real well, I’m thrilled with the way that went.”
Huskies win twice
Patterson Mill won a pair in tri-meet action at home. The Huskies beat Aberdeen, 63-4, and Perryville, 60-12. It was Huskies coach Ryan Arist’s 300 career win.
Perryville beat Aberdeen, 41-30, in the other meet.
The Huskies had multiple double winners. They were Kyle Pulket 113; Tony Anthanasia, 120; Ethan Harvey, 132; Jae-Hoon Choi, 138; Brian Wheatley, 145; Alex Sweaney, 152; Kevin Le, 160; Eric Neutzling, 170; Jack Brown, 182; Connor Morton, 220 and Mason Sprinkel, 285.