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Chesapeake wrestling rolls to long-awaited win over Old Mill, 55-21

The excitement over Old Mill and Chesapeake wrestling’s long-awaited dual ballooned to a frenzy inside the Pasadena gym on Friday night.

In one moment, it burst.

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Old Mill’s Bryan Arevalo was injured in the first period of the 145-pound bout. After about 30 minutes, Arevalo departed on a stretcher. He gave one thumbs up while his teammates cheered his name.

Chesapeake senior Owen Schmidt had to somehow return to readiness in the aftermath.

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“It’s tough, but the other wrestler has to deal with it, too. I’ve been wrestling a long time, it’s something you have to deal with,” Schmidt said. “… Just have to try to keep your head in the game.”

Schmidt delivered one of 10 Chesapeake wins that helped the Cougars surge over the Patriots, 55-21, capturing the first program win over Old Mill in at least eight years.

“This is a huge win. We took our lumps at South River Duals, but since then, we’ve regrouped and hit our stride in practice,” Chesapeake coach Randy Curtin said. “I think we’re wrestling really strong right now.”

The Cougars (26-5, 8-0) allowed the night’s eventual result to be doubted only twice. Once was before the first wrestler even touched the mat.

Chesapeake’s Braydon Ambrose wrangled his fellow 106-pound opponent into a pin with a minute left on the first-period clock, setting a trend. Outside 113-pounder Elias Clark’s pin, Old Mill (24-2) sunk beneath the wave of Chesapeake victories that followed.

It needed a life raft soon.

In the 132-pound bout — the first bout to surpass the first period — Elijah Mills scored a technical fall over Keenan Kopf. His win starting building the raft; Matt Ellison’s subsequent pin splashed Old Mill above water, 18-17.

But then came the injury.

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As paramedics arrived and aided the Old Mill wrestler, Chesapeake wrestlers were given a choice. They could leave, wait in the hallway for the horrific scene to end. They chose to stay, Curtin said, lending their support to someone who had been an adversary, but was now just a fellow wrestler.

“Our thoughts and prayers from our coaching staff go with that young man,” Curtin said. “We hope Arevalo, that it’s a minor injury.”

The event undoubtedly shook Old Mill, as did the ultimate defeat to come. But, Patriots coach Jim Grim said his team is resilient.

“We’ll dwell on this tonight, but we’ll bounce back,” Grim said. “This program is too strong, top to bottom, the history of it. It’s just a match. Our goal is still to win states. We’re OK.”

Schmidt walked to the floor with a level head. The 152-pound Cougar, undefeated in county, put Jackson Cohenour down, holding steady as stone while Cohenour’s legs flailed, somehow escaping a seemingly-imminent pin, instead giving Schmidt a major decision.

Cohenour did not, however, escape having his perfect county record taken away.

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“It’s a big confidence boost,” Schmidt said. “We’ve been going after it a few years now. He’s a good wrestler who puts in a lot of good work.”

In a blink, Old Mill’s chance to overcome Chesapeake vanished. Two pins and decision later and there was no statistical chance for the Patriots to come back.

Not needing six points from Garrett Perrotta to win anymore, why not test their champion against Chesapeake’s best — Victor Listorti?

A potential preview of the county championship 195-pound match began with two figures circling one another like lions. Listorti pounced, pressing Perrotta into the mat and rolling him through two periods, leading 11-1.

A major decision was at hand, but Chesapeake’s winningest wrestler in history wanted more. He knew Perrotta from having tussled with him in practice.

The Chesapeake senior smushed his Old Mill equal into a near-immobile state near the perimeter. Perrotta’s gazed stared into the distance as the referee slapped mat. With the loss, Perrotta, like Cohenour, surrendered his unbeaten Anne Arundel mark.

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“It was fun,” Listorti said with a smile.

Listorti meanwhile continues his march towards an unbeaten season, at least within Maryland’s borders.

“We’re happy to get him challenges like that. Perrotta’s certainly a good challenge,” Curtin said.

Much of Listorti’s season thus far has consisted of forfeits and lopsided wins. His first taste of true challenge came earlier. He bumped up to duel Max Agresti from Delaware — the top 195 in the state, a two-time double All-American – who handed Listorti his first defeat.

It taught Listorti something vital.

“I wanted to go after him, to see what I got,” he said. “Ultimately, we just have to keep practicing good.”

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Strange as it sounds, Grim felt pride for Perrotta then. He felt the same for Logan Cookerly, who dropped a 4-3 decision to Dylan Lewis in the 170.

“We won four matches, but there were a lot of moral victories. Coming off Bryan’s injury, we still found a way to do a few decent things,” Grim said. “We got to find some good. But Chesapeake deserved to win tonight.

“They’re like a freight train. Once they get rolling, it’s hard to derail them.”

Chesapeake 55, Old Mill 21

106: Braydon Ambrose (CH) pinned Colin Hicks (OM), :57; 6-0

113: Elias Clark (OM) pinned Jackson Worley (CH), 1:58; 6-6

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120: Dylan Ritter (CH) pinned Jayden Wills (OM), 1:05; 12-6

126: Dawson Hoover (CH) won by forfeit; 18-6

132: Elijah Mills (OM) tech. fall Keenan Kopf (CH), 16-1; 18-11

138: Matt Ellison (OM) pinned Braidyn Bryant (CH), 1:10; 18-17

145: Chase Listorti (CH) won by forfeit; 24-17

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152: Owen Schmidt (CH) maj. Dec. Jackson Cohenour (OM), 19-11; 28-17

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160: Collin Lewis (CH) pinned Cam Neal (OM), 5:33; 34-17

170: Dylan Lewis (CH) dec. Logan Cookerly (OM), 4-3; 37-17

182: Gavin Moresca (CH) pinned Jayden Venerable (OM), 4:22; 43-17

195: Victor Listorti (CH) pins Garrett Perrotta (OM), 4:45; 49-17

220: Hunter Beck (CH) pinned Tre Rawkin (OM), 2:35; 55-17

285: RJ Duncan (OM) maj. dec. Delmar White (CH), 10-2; 55-21


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