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Decatur grapplers come from behind to beat Warriors

(Dec. 28, 2012) The Easton Warriors’ wrestling team won the first three matches of the Dec. 19 meet in Berlin, but the Stephen Decatur Seahawks bounced back on their home mat, earning victories in nine of the next 11 bouts to take the competition 54-21.

The meet started with the 182-pound weight class division. Easton earned a decision in that match, as well as decisions in the 195- and 220-pound competitions to pull ahead 9-0.

Decatur junior Marwan Saleh pinned his Easton opponent 27 seconds into the 285-pound match to cut the lead to three points. Easton forfeited the next two matches to Decatur sophomores TJ Scafone (106) and Dillon Goggin (113), pushing the home team ahead 18-9. Junior Nate Rosenblatt (120) and sophomore Joseph Rodriguez (126) both earned first-period pins to increase the Seahawks’ advantage, 30-9.

The Warriors scored victories by pinfall at 132 and 138 pounds, and the visitors trailed 30-21.

Senior Alex Schiffer pinned his opponent a little over a minute into the 145-pound bout to give Decatur a 36-21 lead. Kaelan Patterson, a senior, took down his 152-pound competitor with 23 seconds remaining in the first period to put the Seahawks on top 42-21.

Juniors Andrew Borradaile (160) and Jared King (170) logged second- and first-period pins, respectively, to tack 12 points onto Decatur’s total.

Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said, overall, his grapplers performed well.

“We had a couple holes in our line-up tonight and they exposed them … but we got the win,” Martinek said. “I’m certainly not happy when we get pinned. We lost three decisions, but I’m OK with that. Those kids are better than our kids, but I think they’re confident that in February they might be able to beat those kids.

“I can sleep much better when our kids give up decisions rather than pins,” he said, “because that will kill you.”

The Decatur grapplers will practice over the Christmas break to fine-tune their skills. The Seahawks are scheduled to battle the Kent Island Buccaneers in Berlin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2. Both teams are undefeated.

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