Reservoir wrestling hasn't had the success this season the program is accustomed to over the last several years, but you wouldn't have known if you saw the Gators team that showed up against Centennial Jan. 13.
Mostly healthy for the first time all season, Reservoir (4-5, 3-4 in county) put on a clinic on its senior night against the visiting Eagles in a 58-12 rout.
"It's nice to see us wrestling to our potential a little bit. ... I think we really showed up and showed the team we're capable of being," said Gators coach Andy McIntyre. "It stinks we weren't there in December, but if we're there in February and March that's really the whole thing and that's fine at this point."
Decisions from Hayoung Park (126) and Trent Kilcarr (138), and pins by Troy Kilcarr (132) and Jeremiah Branch (145) put Reservoir up 18-0 to start the dual, but junior Austin Kraisser stopped the winning streak at 152 pounds.
Kraisser, who is currently ranked 13th in the country by Intermat, had a hard time pinning his opponent, freshman Todd Del Tufo, but eventually secured it in 3 minutes, 55 seconds. Just putting up a fight against Kraisser is something to be proud of, McIntyre said.
"Even though he ended up getting pinned, I think Todd wrestled the best match of his high school career. He was not afraid of one of the best kids in the country and just went after him," McIntyre said. "He took like four shots, was fighting off his back. I don't think Austin expected to work as hard as he did. But that's a testament to how good of a wrestler Austin is that he never got rattled."
At 195 pounds, Reservoir's Shawn Hamilton continued his strong season and shook up the individual county race in the weight class by pinning Centennial's Steven Wysocki, who was ranked eighth in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, in 3:14.
"Hamilton came after him and was wrestling him really tough and hit a couple of throws I didn't know were in Hamilton's arsenal," McIntyre said. "I should know as a Hamilton he would have a couple of hip throws in there.
"He's come a long way. I think he's going to do really well in the postseason. I think a lot of people are sleeping on him a little bit. ... I think he's really going to surprise some people."
Hamilton's older brother, Josh Hamilton, graduated in 2011 with more than 100 wins and was a county and regional champion, as well as a state finalist as a senior after placing third in state his junior season. He is currently an assistant coach for the Gators.
As for having his brother as a coach, Shawn Hamilton says the benefits outweigh the detriments on the mat.
"It sucks most the time, but it helps. It gets me through the year," Hamilton said. "Against good people, he knows about them and he'll look at the top ranked kids and see how they are and how I can do against them."
As for Centennial (9-4, 3-3 in county), which only won one match aside from Kraisser's pin, coach Cliff Kraisser summed up his team's performance as "horrible."
"Give it to Reservoir, those guys came out and beat us up," Kraisser said. "That's about all. I'm not happy, but we'll go back, regroup, work hard and work on a lot of things and get ready for counties."
Although Reservoir is essentially out of the running for the regional duals, McIntyre hopes the victory is just the start of the team's turnaround as they gear for a strong postseason run.
"It's definitely the best we've wrestled, and I hope it's not the best we're going to wrestle," McIntyre said. "I hope we still keep moving forward."
Reservoir 58, Centennial 12
126: Hayoung Park (Re) dec. Savya Konkalmatt (C) 9-5; 3-0
132: Troy Kilcarr (Re) pinned Ammar Narmouq (C) 3:43; 9-0
138: Trent Kilcarr (Re) dec. Amr Narmouq (C) 11-4; 12-0
145: Jeremiah Branch (Re) pinned Mac McGuire (C) :25; 18-0
152: Austin Kraisser (C) pinned Del Tufo (Re) 3:55; 18-6
160: Matt Gonzales (Re) pinned Mark Horton (C) 3:02; 24-6
170: Double forfeit
182: Stephen Sims (Re) pinned Niall Musonda (C) 1:51; 30-6
195: Shawn Hamilton (Re) pinned Steven Wysocki (C) 3:14; 36-6
220: Tyler Ecker (Re) pinned Mark Thurmond (C) 1:35; 42-6
285: Andrew Maleta (Re) major dec. Lucas Shapiro (C) 8-0; 46-6
106: Jacob Blyukher (C) pinned Reese Kilcarr (Re) 3:00; 46-12
113: Dalton Kleinhen (Re) pinned Cameron Neilon (C) 1:18; 52-12
120: Connor Tayman (Re) forfeit; 58-12
River Hill 48, Mt. Hebron 27
106: Yahir Lemus (MH) pinned Vinyard (RH) 1:59; 0-6
113: Matt Shealy (RH) pinned Hannan (MH); 6-6
120: Alex Nguyen (MH) pinned Vaja (RH) 5:09; 6-12
126: Jimmy Hayden (MH) dec. Alex Potts (RH) 6-3; 6-15
132: Jeff Hayden (MH) pinned Dustin, K (RH) :50; 6-21
138: Jared Johnson (MH) pinned Altman (RH) 3:26; 6-27
145: Bond (RH) pinned Flores (MH) 5:03; 12-27
152: Ryan Erskine (RH) pinned Jake Norton (MH) :22; 18-27
160: Benedek (RH) tech fall Shaber Ahmad (MH) 25-10; 23-27
170: Sean Guthier (RH) major dec. Matt Murphy (MH) 13-5; 27-27
182: Brady Daniel (RH) pinned Wes Norton (MH) 1:07; 33-27
195: Bebe Kum (RH) dec. Austin Day (MH) 3-2; 36-27
220: Schwab (RH) forfeit; 42-27
285: Brian Kirby (RH) forfeit; 48-27
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