Mt. Hebron wrestling begins season with 40-32 victory over River Hill | Howard County sports roundup

Hitting the mat for the first time in nearly two seasons, the excitement from both the Mt. Hebron wrestlers and their fans was palpable Tuesday, as the Vikings kicked off their regular season schedule with a 40-32 victory over River Hill.

“Our guys were so excited, they were so pumped up ready to go,” Mt. Hebron coach Adem Kaya said. “Having our first match at home gave us an advantage. We appreciate the parents coming out and supporting us, it was nice of them. I’m so happy with the result and their performance today.”


The Vikings won seven of 12 matches overall, including four of the final six bouts. Conversely, the Hawks won three of the first four weight classes but couldn’t compile consecutive victories down the stretch.

The Vikings trailed 15-6 after the opening four matches before battling back with consecutive victories in the 132-pound and 138-pound weight classes. Junior Benjamin Scherr started the comeback for the Vikings by defeating Hawks’ freshman Owen Fraser by regular decision after three rounds, bringing the deficit to three, 15-12.


“I was just trying to stick in there and stay strong,” Scherr said of his victory. “I was just trying to not give up and keep going for as long as I could.”

In the match after Scherr, senior Owen Segala pinned Hawks senior Srividhu Potluri with 1:07 remaining in the first period to give the Vikings their first advantage since the opening match.

Building on their back-to-back wins, Vikings senior Kameron Frazier defeated Hawks sophomore Selim Demirkan by regular decision. However, the fluctuation of emotions continued as River Hill immediately bounced back when senior Jonas Hoffmann pinned Mt. Hebron freshman James Roche in the second period.

“I think even the new kids, they know and they’re smart,” River Hill coach Kevin Cannon said of the back-and-forth momentum changes. “They understand scoring and what can happen. I think I have to be an example. Moods are contagious, so however I’m feeling they’re going to feel. I think we did a pretty job knowing we had a chance, knowing we were right in there.”


With the score even at 21 entering the 160-pound weight class, the Vikings caught fire down the stretch by winning three out of the final four matches. The senior tandem of Nicholas Machiran and Bassem Qassem catapulted the Vikings lead to 28-21 with victories by major decision and pin fall at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively.

At 182, Hawks junior Dylan McCullough briefly recaptured some momentum with a win over junior Sahith Mada. Entering the 195-pound match, the Hawks needed a victory to keep the match alive. However, one of the Vikings’ youngest wrestler’s — freshman Benjamin Blackerby — clinched the victory with a pin of Hawks senior Kendall By in the second period.

“That was a fantastic performance,” Kaya said of Blackerby’s victory. “As a freshman coming on the varsity team it’s not everybody’s responsibility and he handled that responsibility tremendously. So, happy for that and we trust him. We believe he can do it and he did it.”

Mt. Hebron (1-0, 1-0) – 40, River Hill (0-1, 0-1) - 32

106: Lucas Lopez (MH) pinned Shaley Frazer (RH) [0-6]

112: Hamza Aboarob (RH) pinned Ethan Kimack (MH) [6-6]

120: Jacob Michael Cohen (RH) dec. Jeremy Fox (MH), 10-3 [6-9]

126: Nick Bakthiar (RH) pinned William Rauss (MH) [6-15]

132: Ben Scherr (MH) dec. Owen Fraser (RH), 7-4 [9-15]

138: Owen Segala (MH) pinned Srividhu Potluri (RH) [15-15]

145: Kameron Frazier (MH) dec. Selim Demirkan (RH) 20-14, [18-15]

152: Jonas Hoffman (RH) pinned James Roche (MH), [18-21]

160: Nick Machiran (MH) dec. Garin Jeng (RH), 15-2 [22-21]

170: Bassem Qassem (MH) pinned Wesley Burnett (RH) [28-21]

182: Dylan McCullough (RH) dec. Sanith Mada (MH) [28-26]

195: Ben Blackerby (MH) pinned Kendall By (RH) [34-26]

220: double fft [40-32]


Reservoir (1-0, 1-0) - 72, Wilde Lake (0-1, 0-1) - 6

106 - Aaron Aquino (RHS) fft. [6-0]

113 - Andrew Dolezel (RHS) pinned D’Asia Dendy (WL) [12-0]

120 - Sam Vissers (RHS) fft. [18-0]

126 - Sebastian Meza (RHS) fft. [24-0]

132 -Jack Goldscher (RHS) fft. [30-0]

138 - Olav Jensen (RHS) pinned Michael Lucero (WL) [36-0]

145 - double fft. [36-0]

152 - Demetrius Battle (RHS) pinned Kofi Abdallah (WL) [42-0]

160 - Luke SIms (RHS) pinned Chris Varga (WL)[48-0]

170 - Kevin Sisk (RHS) pinned Alasadair Cain (WL) [54-0]

182 - Dylan Wiegert (RHS) fft. [60-0]

195 - TJ Thompson (RHS) fft. [66-0]

220 - Hakim Antoine (WL) pinned Aiden Coler (RHS) [66-6]

285 -Runor Agarin (RHS) fft. [72-6]

Glenelg (1-0, 1-0) - 76, Atholton (0-1, 0-1) - 3

Broadneck- 45, Centennial (0-1, 0-2)- 30

106: Cam Williams (B) fft. [0-6]

113: Brandon White (B) fft. [0-12]

120: Jake Woodward (B) fft.[0-18]

126: Peter Saroch (B) dec. Moiz Sabir (C), 4-3 [0-21]

132: Ezra Ruiz-Lebron (C) fft. [6-21]

138: Calvin Kraisser (C) dec. Liam DeBaugh (B), 4-1 [9-21]

145: Peyton Miller (B) pinned Caden Alkire (C) [9-27]

152: Nicholas Shapiro (C) pinned Rylan Woodward (B) [15-27]

160: Noah Whipkey (C) dec. Max Demella (B), 9-5 [18-27]

170: Zachary Bellamy (C) pinned Mitch Reed (B) [24-27]

182: Aiden Bellamy (C) pinned Jake Chamberx (B), [30-27]

195: Dax Avilla (B) pinned Tristan Yee (C), [30-33]

220: Ian Mauldin (B) fft. [30-39]

285: Ashton Brown (B) pinned Matthew Shin (C), [30-45]

Oakland Mills (1-0, 1-0)- 57, Centennial (0-1, 0-2)- 21

106: Janah Espernosa (OM) .fft [6-0]

113: Gerson Alvarado (OM) .fft [12-0]

120: Alex Tamai (OM) .fft [18-0]

126: Kyle Sellman (OM) dec. Moiz Sabir (C) 10-1, [22-0]

132: Mason Cowell (OM) TF Ezra Ruiz-Lebron (C), [27-0]

138: Calvin Kraisser (C) pinned Abdur Razzay-Hassam (OM), [27-6]

145: Alex Morales (OM) pinned Caden Alkire (C), [33-6]

152: Nicholas Shapiro (C) pinned Adeeb Pender (OM) [33-12]

160: Joe Clark (OM) pinned Noah Whipkey (C), [39-12]

170: Zachary Bellamy (C) pinned Cyrus Thomas-Ray (OM), [39-18]

182: Aiden Bellamy (C) dec. Tori Smith (OM), 11-4, [39-21]

195: Brighton Barker (OM) pinned Tristan Yee (C), [45-21]

220: Alex Tiley (OM) .fft [51-21]

285: Alonzo Brooks (OM) .fft [57-21]