Oakland Mills won the final four matches against Marriotts Ridge Thursday night at Wilde Lake to beat the Mustangs, 45-34, and remain undefeated in county duals.
The Scorpions trailed by 11 but earned a major decision, forfeit and pins from Ernie Smith (220 pounds) and heavyweight Kyle Boothe to close out the dual. They also cruised past the Wildecats, 67-6.
The Mustangs shutout Wilde Lake, 84-0, in the last match of the tri-meet to win their first county match of the year.
“I think we’re getting better. We came in and didn’t really look at matchups and what weight we were at; we just kind of were putting guys on the mat and letting them wrestle and focus on individuals right now,” said Oakland Mills coach Brad Howell. “But you look up at the scoreboard and it’s nip and tuck and you want to go ahead and pull one out.”
Marriotts Ridge (1-2 county, 8-3 overall) won the crucial coin toss at the start of the match, which allowed Jason Conley’s team to match up well and avoid the Scorpions’ top wrestlers.
“That’s why some of our big guys were getting forfeits,” Howell said. “They were able to move away; we had no choice in that.”
Smith, a JV county tournament runner-up last year as a freshman, gave the Scorpions (3-0, 7-4) their first lead of the dual meet and took some pressure off Boothe by winning by fall. Howell said he liked Smith’s composure and ability to change his game plan on the fly.
“The other guy was backing up and not willing to take any risks and he was all short offense,” Howell said. “He stayed composed and that’s the one thing we wanted to see from him.”
The Scorpions’ win over the Mustangs could also have a bigger impact in February. They are the only two county schools in the 1A/2A South region and both squads have their sights set on qualifying for the regional duals for the second straight year. Oakland Mills won the state duals for the first time in program history two seasons ago.
“I love getting in the duals only because my guys are going to get two to four more quality matches and mat time,” Howell said. “I’ve always looked the dual tournament as the true team title. ... These wins help build toward that. I just wish we had better quality matchups.”
Marriotts Ridge was without state champion Chris Spano because of illness and Joey Naidu, who is usually the team’s 220-pounder, because of a concussion. Conley said missing those two plus another starter, Brett Gladstone, who could miss the rest of the season, proved costly.
“That’s the difference right there. I mean, if we don’t win the [toss], I don’t think it goes that way,” Conley said. “I looked at it and said let’s go for the matchups and get our guys their points. It seemed like a no-brainer. Brad even said it ... every single matchup went to the even matches and fell our way.”
Despite the loss, several of the Mustangs’ freshmen continued to impress their coach. Will Vaxmonsky (106) squared off with Oakland Mills freshman Jalen Cornelius in a matchup of two top underclassmen at the weight class in the county. Vaxmonsky dominated, however, and led 8-3 before turning Cornelius and securing the fall with two seconds remaining in the bout.
Three of Oakland Mills’ top grapplers – returning state finalist Daiquan Anderson (113), state place-winner Johnny Rynn (152) and county finalist Paul Johnson (195) – earned forfeits, while two-time state finalist Kyle Farace (132) made quick work of Marriotts Ridge freshmen Ryan Reeling in a 15-0 technical fall to cut the deficit to 11-18.
The Scorpions got a pin from Ben Goldfein (138) but Marriotts Ridge answered technical-fall victories from Jake Fratta (145) and Justin Hooper (160). Austin Cestone’s pin at 170 pounds gave the Mustangs an 11-point advantage, but it was also their last victory of the match.
Oakland Mills’ Anthony Morales (182) sparked the comeback. He secured a late takedown to earn a major decision and cut the deficit to eight, and forfeit to Johnson and pins from Smith and Boothe followed.
Wilde Lake (0-2, 0-3), meanwhile, managed to win just one bout in its 28 total matches on the evening, as Steve Spooner (126) pinned Oakland Mills’ Jose Omar Hernandez. Marriotts Ridge scored the maximum against the Wildecats, winning each match by forfeit or fall.
“It’s a step up from last year. We have better numbers and out captain Ayan Kazi has been working hard. He’s put in the effort and is trying to lead the team in a good direction,” said Wilde Lake coach Nick Sylor. “We just don’t have a lot of experience right now. ... Any victory, and honestly sometimes just not getting pinned, is a step in the right direction at this point. We’ve got a couple of young guys and Steve Spooner had a good win there. He’s got a little experience and maybe in the next few years can be a pretty good wrestler. He’s off to a good start.”
Oakland Mills (2-0 county, 6-4 overall) – 67, Wilde Lake (0-2, 0-3) – 6
285: Kyle Boothe (OM) fft. [6-0]
106: Jalen Cornelius (OM) pinned Sam Schmidt (WL), 3:04 [12-0]
113: Double forfeit [12-0]
120: Daiquan Anderson (OM) fft. [18-0]
126: Steve Spooner (WL) pinned Jose Omar Hernandez (OM), 5:37 [18-6]
132: Kyle Farace (OM) pinned Joey Donnawell (WL), :51 [24-6]
138: Ben Goldfein (OM) major dec. Ayan Kazi (WL), 14-6 [28-6]
145: James Pender (OM) pinned Tim Seidel (WL), 1:13 [34-6]
152: Jason McSweeny (OM) pinned Bryan Castillo (WL), 2:45 [40-6]
160: Rocco Delpo (OM) pinned Chris Fiorini (WL), 3:59 [46-6]
170: Anthony Morales (OM) pinned Hasan Linonge (WL), 1:49 [52-6]
182: Mulbah Kamara (OM) dec. Jordan Fletcher (WL), 15-14 [55-6]
195: Paul Johnson (OM) fft. [61-6]
220: Kahlil Abdul-Malik (OM) pinned Taha Nasir (WL), :35 [67-6]
Oakland Mills (3-0, 7-4) – 45, Marriotts Ridge (0-2, 7-3) – 34
106: Will Vaxmonsky (MR) pinned Jalen Cornelius (OM), 5:58 [0-6]
113: Daiquan Anderson (OM) fft. [6-6]
120: Ethan Bohan (MR) fft. [6-12]
126: Jake Rosenbloom (MR) fft. [6-18]
132: Kyle Farace (OM) tech fall Ryan Reeling (MR), 15-0 [11-18]
138: Ben Goldfein (OM) pinned Nick Hogan (MR), 3:13 [17-18]
145: Jake Fratta (MR) tech fall James Pender (OM), 17-1 [17-23]
152: Johnny Rynn (OM) fft. [23-23]
160: Justin Hooper (MR) tech fall Rocco Delpo (OM), 17-0 [23-28]
170: Austin Cestone (MR) pinned Mulbah Kamara (OM), 1:13 [23-34]
182: Anthony Morales (OM) major dec. Darius Wilson (MR), 11-3 [27-34]
195: Paul Johnson (OM) fft. [33-34]
220: Ernie Smith (OM) pinned Jamal Akund (MR), 3:34 [39-34]
285: Kyle Boothe (OM) pinned RJ Goolan (MR), 1:35
Marriotts Ridge (1-2, 8-3) – 84, Wilde Lake (0-3, 0-4) – 0
113: Austin Manwyller (MR) fft. [6-0]
120: Ethan Bohan (MR) fft. [12-0]
126: Jake Rosenbloom (MR) pinned Steve Spooner (WL), 5:17 [18-0]
132: Ryan Reeling (MR) pinned Jacob Mallo (WL), 2:30 [24-0]
138: Jake Fratta (MR) pinned Ayan Kazi (WL), 4:30 [30-0]
145: Tommy Biro (MR) pinned Tim Seidel (WL), :50 [36-0]
152: Justin Hooper (MR) pinned Bryan Castillo (WL), :33 [42-0]
160: Austin Cestone (MR) pinned Chris Fiorini (WL), :47 [48-0]
170: Troy Grandstaff (MR) pinned Hasan Linonge (WL), 1:15 [54-0]
182: Darius Wilson (MR) fft. [60-0]
195: Stephen Alam (MR) fft. [66-0]
220: Jamal Akund (MR) pinned Taha Nasir (WL), 5:00 [72-0]
285: RJ Goolan (MR) fft. [78-0]
106: Will Vaxmonsky (MR) pinned Sam Schmidt (WL), :37 [84-0]
Mt. Hebron (3-0, 12-0) – 40, Springbrook – 28