The Old Mill wrestling team took a big step toward repeating as Anne Arundel's dual meet champion last night at Chesapeake, coming away with a feisty 39-28 win over the Cougars, thanks in large part to the middle part of its balanced lineup.
Consecutive pins from Nic Box (140), Mario Burkett (145) and Chris Volker (152) started a trend for the Patriots, who got later pins from Josh Marshall (189), heavyweight Keith Jones and Greg Saumenig (103) while the Cougars mostly settled on decisions.
Old Mill improved to 10-1 overall and stayed perfect at 9-0 in Anne Arundel, while the Cougars (9-2) dropped to 8-1 in the county. The Patriots still have work to do, with Arundel and South River left on their schedule.
"I'm very excited and proud of the kids. We wrestled extremely sound tonight to get it done," said Old Mill coach Jim Grim.
Both Chesapeake and Old Mill opened with wins over Annapolis in last night's tri-match.
The Cougars got pins from Sonny Scardina (103), Jarrid Bosque (112), Josh O'Keeffe (119), Zach O'Keeffe (130), Brandon Waters (160) and Eddie McLanigan (215) to roll past the Panthers by a 49-19 margin.
Old Mill also had its way over the Panthers with a 65-2 win, getting pins from Saumenig, Chuck Wilson (112), Steven St. Pierre (119), Volker, Nick Harvey (215) and Jones.
Against Chesapeake, Old Mill set the tone early.
Dallas Evans set the tone for the Patriots with an 8-5 win over Steve Gelety at 125 and the Patriots' pins soon followed.
With the bout starting at 125 and the Patriots down 6-3, Box caught Matt Willis early with a first-period pin; Burkett took care of Tyler Lomax late with a third-period pin and Volker handled Chad Stewart in the first period to give the Patriots a 21-10 lead.