(Jan. 25, 2013) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team outscored the St. Michaels Saints, 66-15, in Berlin last Wednesday. Two days later, competing on their home mat against Kent County, the Seahawks won all but one match in its 70-6 victory over the Trojans.
The Saints scored three points for a decision in the first match of the night — 220 pounds — on Jan. 16. St. Michaels forfeited the next two matches to senior Ryan Kail (285) and sophomore TJ Scafone (106).
Joseph Rodriguez, a sophomore, pinned his 113-pound opponent midway into the first period to give Decatur an 18-3 lead. Dillon Goggin (120), a sophomore, also pinned his competition to increase the Seahawks advantage 24-3.
The Saints scored a pinfall in the 126-pound bout, but junior Brad Miller (132) and senior Steve Redner (138) pinned their opponents to put the Seahawks on top, 36-9. St. Michaels forfeited to senior Kaelan Patterson (145), then sophomore Nevin McIntosh (152) won by pinfall. Junior Andrew Borradaile (160) earned victory by forfeit, followed by a junior Jared King (170) pin.
The visitors earned points from a pin at 182 pounds, but forfeited the 195-pound match to junior Adam Bargar.
“We wrestled pretty well,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “We won all the matches we could have. We were down a couple kids and they took advantage of those spots.”
Two days later, on Jan. 18, Decatur hosted the Kent County Trojans. The visiting team won the first match, at 160 pounds, by pinfall. The Seahawks were victorious in the next 13 matches.
Borradaile (170), King (182), Bargar (195), junior Nate Rosenblatt (120), senior Alex Schiffer (145) and Patterson (152) pinned their opposition. Scafone (106) outscored his competition 17-2 to earn a technical-fall victory. Kail (285), Miller (132) and Redner (138) won their matches, 3-0, 14-4 and 17-5, respectively.
The Trojans forfeited matches to junior Ethan Eibl (220), Goggin (113) and sophomore Josh Emm (126).
“I was generally happy with the way we wrestled. Seeing the score, I think they know we’re getting a little bit better and we’re getting a little healthier,” Martinek said. “We had a relatively good week at practice because we didn’t have to cut a lot of weight. We were able to work on getting better at a couple moves we’re not real good at.”
The Reservoir Gators are scheduled to travel to Berlin on Saturday to battle the Seahawks at 5 p.m. Decatur’s seniors will be honored before their last home meet of the regular season.