Western Tech wrestling dominates New Town for second victory

Two years ago, Western Tech’s Tejon Anthony put the Wolverines' wrestling program on the map when he won a state championship in his first season of high school wrestling.

Last year, he finished fifth in the state meet, but he had company at the Maryland state championships as a school-record seven Wolverines qualified.

Now, the senior, who didn’t wrestle in high school as a freshman, is one of three senior captains who are keeping the Wolverine program at an elite level.

Anthony entered the season with a 72-10 career record and he improved that to 74-10 with his second victory of the season in the Wolverines’ 43-18 triumph at New Town Thursday evening.

Anthony, wrestling up a weight class at 145, defeated Chaz Holbrook, 11-3.

“He wrestled pretty hard and he wrestled pretty well today,” Anthony said.

Western Tech coach Juan Solera was glad to see his senior standout get some mat time.

“It’s always good for him to have somebody push him and go all three periods,” said Solera, whose squad improved to 2-0.

Fellow captains Austin Harrison (171) and Necho Freeman (285) were well ahead on points when they both secured second-period pins.

“He (Austin) is legit,” Solera said. “He’s coming around. He’s put in a lot of work in the offseason and he’s dedicated to the sport.”

Freeman has also made great strides.

“Necho is another kid that just loves the sport and he dedicated himself to some serious work this year and he’s getting the result he deserves,” Solera said.

Junior Malachi Gatewood (138) and freshman Ben Hogan (113) both added first-period pins and freshman Darrien Laboo (220) came from behind and earned a fall in the third period.

Junior Thomas Anderson (126), who also qualified for the state meet last season, won a 9-6 decision over Darryl Watson.

The pair was tied at 6-6 late in the third period when Anderson rolled him to his back and secured three near fall points.

Western Tech’s Carlos Winston (152) broke a 3-3 tie after two periods and won a 7-3 decision over Joel Lahare and Angelo Payne (182) won a 14-10 decision over Cory Pointer.

New Town (0-2) got pins from Trustin Harris (160) and Malike Farmer (195) and Collin Manning (120) won by forfeit for the only points.

“It’s just a rookie team,” New Town coach Cordell Hunter said. “This is my first year here and my only goal right now is to try and get the interest back.”

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