When a wrestling team is young and somewhat inexperienced, like the Fallston Cougars, there will be nights like Monday when the opposition is just, too tough.
That’s what happened Monday evening in Fallston where the Cougars were handily beaten by the North East Indians, 59-24, in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division dual meet.
The Cougars gave away 18 points in forfeits, got 12 back in forfeits and then won just two of the nine contested bouts.
“They were actually down a couple guys tonight and we realized that, it’s just we didn’t come out ready to wrestle tonight,” Cougars head coach Kevin Medicus said. “A lot of it is an attitude and because we’re so young, a lot of first and second year kids and no junior leaguers, so they’re just figuring it out and they’ll have to realize, it’s not just technique, but attitude and a lot of other things that go into wrestling.”
One of those young wrestlers, though, sophomore Cameron Pires, had the Cougars first wrestled win.
Pires took Ethan Proctor down midway through the first period of the 145-pound match. Pires then scored a pin at the 1:37 mark. “I went out there and in the beginning it was pretty close and I went for a whistle shot because I saw his stance was a little off at the beginning,” Pires said. “So, I felt like I could have pinned a little bit faster, but still got it done. In a match like this, when we don’t have a full lineup, the goal is to get pins.”
Pires’ win locked the score at 12 through four bouts. Fallston’s Logan Mullaney won a forfeit at 126 to get the meet started, but North East got pins from Mason Taylor (132) and Dan Jones (138) to take a brief 12-6 lead.
North East slid back ahead by 12 points after the next two bouts. Joe Funk pinned Fallston’s Ryan Langlotz in 2:38 at 152 and Jacob Waltzer stopped Cougar Justin Kennedy in 1:41 at 160.
Fallston, however, won the next two matches to pull back even. Jeremy Williams accepted a forfeit at 170 and Christian Wilson followed with a 3:20 pin of Brandon Maenner.
The Cougars actually slid a point ahead at the conclusion of Wilson’s match when Meanner was penalized for unsportsmanlike action. It cost North East a team point.
The point loss didn’t matter as the Indians reeled off wins in the final six matches.
Of the six, Fallston forfeited the 195, 220 and 120 weight classes. In the other three matches, Justin Ahern pinned Bryden Eckels in :46 at 285; Kevin Lewis pinned Lazaros Katsaros in 4:34 at 106; and Thomas Chinski pinned Tyler Wilson in 3:26 at 113.
“We’re getting there, but it’s going to be a slow process and giving up forfeits is not helping us, but we need to take care of business where we can take care of business,” Medicus said.
Iron Horse Duals
Three Harford teams, including host C. Milton Wright, participated in the annual duals Friday and Saturday.
Bel Air went 6-2 and had the best team finish. Wins came over Liberty, North County, Walter Johnson, Howard, John Carroll and CMW. The Bobcats losses came against Stephen Decatur and Southern Garrett.
Highlighting the wins were 100th career wins for both Jacob Reed and Jack Brink. Reed went 7-1 in 132-138 matches and Brink was 8-0 at 220.
Brent Lorin also went 8-0 in 120-126 matches, while Shy Ello-Mosely was 7-1 in 132-138 matches. David Abboud went 6-2 at 152-160.
CMW posted a 5-3 record with wins over Howard, Oakdale, Boys’ Latin, Bishop Ireton and South Carroll. The losses were to Cape Henlopen, Leonardtown (overall champion) and Bel Air.
Three Mustangs went 8-0. They were Constantinos Gourgoulianis at 113; James Riveira at 120-126; and Sawyer Sturla at 285.
Theodore Stinson was 7-1 at 182-195 and Logan Dvorak was 6-2 at 170-182.
John Carroll lost all seven meets. The losses came against Liberty, Howard, Stephen Decatur, North County, Southern Garrett, Bel Air and Walter Johnson.
Matt Mitrega went 8-0 at 138 and Sam Smith was 8-0 at 160-170 to lead the Patriots efforts. Cameron Gibson was 6-1 at 182 and Julianne Moccia was 4-3 at 106-113.
Cobras split two
Harford Tech split a pair of meets Thursday at home. The Cobras beat Aberdeen, 51-24, but lost to Hodgson Vo-Tech, 39-34.
Double winners for the Cobras were Andrew Wood, 120; Andrew Townsley, 138-145; Ryan Turney, 145-152; Kelvin Mendez, 152-160; and Jonathan Fletcher, 160-170.
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