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(Jan. 4, 2013) After 14 matches, the score was tied, 33-33, so the referee and the Stephen Decatur and Kent Island wrestling coaches went to the rule book to determine the winner of Wednesday’s meet in Berlin.

Both teams, who were undefeated going into the competition, won seven matches apiece and each team recorded four pins. It came down to the ninth tie-breaker criteria: near-fall points.

Decatur had nine points and Kent Island scored three. The Seahawks were declared the winner.

“I’ve coached 20 years and I’ve never had a match go to criteria. We’ll take the win, but it wasn’t pretty,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “I thought we were a better team than Kent Island, not seeing them [before the meet]. We looked at what the kids did last year and what they’ve done this year, so I was pretty confident going in that we could beat them…Seeing them firsthand, they’re better than what I expected and it was a lot closer than what I wanted it to be.”

Kent Island’s Dimitry Callas outscored Decatur senior Alex Schiffer 2-1 in the 145-pound match to give the visiting team a 3-0 lead.

Decatur’s Kaelan Patterson and Kent Island’s Mike Hooks were tied 1-1 after three periods of the 152-pound match. Seven seconds into the one-minute overtime period, Patterson, a senior, scored two points on a takedown to even the meet at 3-all.

Junior Andrew Borradaile pinned his 160-pound opponent 1:20 into the first period to give Decatur a 9-3 lead. Jared King, a junior, won his 170-pound match, 7-2, to boost the Seahawks’ advantage, 12-3.

The visiting Buccaneers took the 182-pound match by decision to cut the home team’s lead to six points.

Junior Adam Bargar earned a pinfall at 195 pounds to provide Decatur with an 18-6 cushion. Ethan Eibl, a junior, shut out his competition 7-0 in the 220-pound match and the Seahawks pulled ahead 21-6.

Decatur heavyweight Ryan Kail, ranked No. 2 in the state in his weight class, was aggressive from the start of the 285-pound match and pinned his opponent in just 37 seconds to increase the lead to 21 points (27-6).

Kent Island recorded pins at 106 and 113 pounds, chipping away at Decatur’s advantage.

Decatur junior Nate Rosenblatt scored a pinfall 29 seconds into the 120-pound match. The Seahawks led 33-18 with three bouts remaining.

Kent Island earned a pin at 126 pounds and a decision at 132 and trailed by only three points (33-30) with one match left.

Buccaneer Zach Smith outscored Seahawk junior Logan Smith in the 138-pound match, 7-4, to tie the score at 33.

“There was a lot of mis-matches tonight. They had some good kids where we had holes and we had some good kids where they had holes. If we combine both teams, that’s a really great team,” Martinek said. “I thought our middle kids and their middle kids—the kids that sometimes win, sometimes lose—would decide that match, and some of ours wrestled good and some of theirs wrestled good and that’s why it came out 33-33.”

Decatur will compete in the Iron Horse Duals, today and Saturday, hosted by C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, Md.

“We’re going to wrestle a lot of tough duals. Five of the top 20 teams in the state are going to be there,” Martinek said. “Kent Island was a good eye opener for our kids that they have a lot of work to do.”

Decatur senior Ryan Kail pins his 285-pound opponent, Kent Island’s Ricky Maldonado, 37 seconds into the match during Wednesday’s meet in Berlin. Kail is currently ranked second in the state in his weight class.

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