Facing the defending MIAA B Conference dual champions St. Vincent Pallotti on the road on Thursday, Glenelg Country School did something it had never done – beat the Panthers.
The Dragons overcame an 18-3 deficit by winning seven straight matches – including three pins and three forfeits – to take a 27 point lead lead en route to a 45-24 victory.
"It feels good. I knew they have a couple of holes, but we're missing three weights too. So it was a toss up and it went our way," said Glenelg Country coach Doug Jesse, who credited pins from Cameron Loadwick (152 pounds) and Eric Wootton (160) that led the charge. "Cameron has been battling all year – he just keeps coming close in matches but now he's finishing them off and he stepped up. Eric, that was his first match in a year and a half. ... Obviously we're glad to have him. He gave us exactly what we needed."
It wasn't easy for the Dragons, though. They trailed, 18-3, after the first six matches, which included two double-forfeits at 113 and 132 pounds, but turned to BJ Borowski for a spark.
The junior, who was 20-0 last year before breaking his collarbone, dominated his 145-pound opponent before winning via injury default. The win pushes Borowski's record to 16-0 on the year, and was the first of seven straight victories for Glenelg Country.
"BJ, he's still kind of flying under the radar a little bit," Jesse said. "He's having a great year."
Loadwick decked Anthony Urbizo in 4 minutes, 40 seconds to cut the Panthers lead to 18-15, and a quick pin by Wootton gave the Dragons a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Rey Robinson followed suit with a pin of his own at 170 pounds, and Reid Chaconas, Marcus Khademi and Demetrius Ravenell each earned forfeits.
Though Chaconas didn't get a chance to wrestle, he has been a force for Glenelg Country over the last few seasons. He placed second at the MIAA tournament last season, and this year he is a favorite to win it at 182 pounds.
"Reid is Reid, a known commodity at this point. His only losses so far were at Beast of the East, where he went 2-2," Jesse said. "Looking at the rankings, MIAA's has the top chunk of the guys there at his weight class, so he'll get to see those guys at states. As long as he keeps putting the work in he'll be fine."
Glenelg Country moves to 3-2 in the MIAA B Conference and 5-2 overall with the win, and Jesse says his young team has shown significant improvement with leaders like Chaconas, Borowski, Raj Malviya and Ravenell in the room.
"The younger guys, they're coming along. It's certainly a learning curve, but they're getting there," he said. "I told them we need to be up for this. They came prepared and got the job done."
As for Pallotti, first-year coach Rob Nusum knew it was going to be tough to repeat as conference champions with so many holes. The Panthers do, however, boast one of the top grapplers in the state in junior heavyweight Mansur Abdul-Malik.
"What's great about Mansur is that he draws kids," Nusum said. "Having a guy like that in your room is great because of his leadership, and it's also great because if someone wants to get better, they can ride his coattails. We only have two seniors and a lot of freshmen. ... The future is incredibly bright for this school."
Glenelg Country School (3-2 MIAA B, 5-2 overall) 45, St. Vincent Pallotti 24
106: Nathan Abellano (P) pinned Jibreel Uddin (GCS), 1:34 [0-6]
113: Double forfeit [0-6]
120: Raj Malviya (GCS) dec. Christian Gonzales-Bazurto (P), 6-2 [3-6]
126: Alex Cheek (P) pinned Jason Zhang (GCS), 3:02 [3-12]
132: Double forfeit [3-12]
138: Newt Davis (P) pinned Spencer Goldrich (GCS), 1:15 [3-18]
145: BJ Borowski (GCS) inj. default Peter Russo (P), [9-18]
152: Cameron Loadwick (GCS) pinned Anthony Urbizo (P), 4:40 [15-18]
160: Eric Wootton (GCS) pinned Warren Dixon (P), 1:33 [21-18]
170: Rey Robinson (GCS) pinned Tyler Rhodes (P), :27 [27-18]
182: Reid Chaconas (CGS) fft. [33-18]
195: Marcus Khademi (GCS) fft. [39-18]
220: Demetrius Ravenell (GCS) fft. [45-18]
285: Mansur Abdul-Malik (P) fft. [45-24]
South River continued its strong season with a controlling 42-22 win over 3A/4A East region rival Reservoir on Thursday.
"I think we wrestled well in spots and we got pins when we needed them," said Seahawks coach John Klessinger. "Some things worked out for us."
South River jumped out to a strong 12-0 lead with a pin from Calvin Brumfield at 106 pounds and a forfeit at 113, but the Gators slowly clawed their way back into the match behind decisions from Dalton Kleinhen (120), Jairo Dumas (138) and Todd Del Tufo (145) and a pin from Connor Tayman at 126.
Del Tufo's victory tied the match at 15-15, but the Seahawks put it on Reservoir from there by securing two first-period pins from Jonas Beardmore (152 pounds) and Chase Lunsford (160), followed by a decision at 170 and another pin at 182 to extend the lead to 36-15.
"The biggest thing is bonus points. We only ended with one pin and one major [decision], and that was it," said Gators coach Andy McIntyre. "We had a lot of guys in positions with guys on their back and could've got pins and didn't, and if a few of those things go a different way it's a lot closer of a match."
AJ Strott stopped a streak of four-straight losses with a commanding 14-1 major decision at 195 pounds, and Shawn Hamilton won a tight 4-1 decision at 220, but it wasn't enough. Seahawks heavyweight Brendan Woody, who went 10-0 at the South River Duals last week, notched a quick pin to seal the dual.
"They got five pins, and it's tough to beat a team when you get pinned five times," said McIntyre. "I don't think we wrestled poorly, it's just a lot of little things and tweaks."
Klessinger said he was happy with the overall result, but knows they need to get better with the meat of their county schedule ahead.
"We've just got to get better. I know it sounds like I'm beating a dead horse, but we need to get better in a bunch of weight classes," he said. "... I like where we're at, though. I expect us to continue to get better. We've got some tough teams coming up down the road, and Reservoir is definitely one of them that we fortunately got through, and now we're looking ahead."
South River (22-6) 42, Reservoir (4-2, 12-3) 22
106: Calvin Brumfield (SR) pinned Reese Kilcarr (Re), 2:47 [6-0]
113: Tyler Larson (SR) fft. [12-0]
120: Dalton Kleinhen (Re) dec. Trenton Puccenelli (SR), 5-3 [12-3]
126: Connor Tayman (Re) pinned Haden Mackowiak (SR), 2:52 [12-9]
132: Ryan Castro (SR) dec. Hayoung Park (Re), 7-1 [15-9]
138: Jairo Dumas (Re) dec. Zach Wasileski (SR), 13-10 [15-12]
145: Todd Del Tufo (Re) dec. Gage Kinohi (SR), 1-0 [15-15]
152: Jonas Beardmore (SR) pinned Connor Harvey (Re), 1:57 [21-15]
160: Chase Lunsford (SR) pinned Vladmir Rife (Re), 1:18 [27-15]
170: Sam Zavala (SR) dec. Max Reed (Re), 6-0 [30-15]
182: Danny Cowan (SR) pinned Nathan Rand (Re), 3:42 [36-15]
195: AJ Strott (Re) major dec. Moses Zavala (SR), 14-1 [36-19]
220: Shawn Hamilton (Re) dec. Zach Osborne (SR), 4-1 [36-22]
285: Brendan Woody (SR) pinned Brandon Laing (Re), 1:24 [42-22]
River Hill (4-2, 11-6) 70, Meade 6
195: Sean Guthier (RH) dec. Sirko (M), 8-2 [3-0]
220: Bonilla (M) pinned Kai Uecker (RH) [3-6]
285: Brett Schwab (RH) pinned Major (M) [9-6]
106: Eric Robinson (RH) fft. [15-9]
113: Matt Greenlee (RH) fft. [21-9]
120: Matt Shealy (RH) fft. [27-6]
126: Vineyard (RH) pinned Colunga (M), :45 [33-6]
132: Jack Island (RH) fft. [39-6]
138: Kenny Dustin (RH) pinned Unknown (M), :21 [45-6]
145: Justin Lee (RH) major dec. Salem (M) [49-6]
152: Brad Smith (RH) pinned Kitt (M) [55-6]
160: Nathan Dustin (RH) fft. [61-6]
170: Zach Wasilewski (RH) pinned Green (M) [67-6]
182: Jack Connolly (RH) dec. Unknown (M), 5-1 [70-6]
Glenelg (6-0, 16-0) 69, Chesapeake-AA 9