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Decatur ready for regional duals

(Feb. 14, 2014) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team won 13 of 14 weight class matches during last Friday’s meet against the James M. Bennett Clippers to finish the regular season, 14-0. The Seahawks scored a 68-6 victory during Senior Night in Berlin, when the 12th-grade student-athletes were honored.

Freshmen Robert Kaminski (106 pounds) and Andrew McKahan (120), sophomore Brandon McKenzie (145) and seniors Nate Rosenblatt (132), Nick Bennett (152), Jared King (170), Andrew Borradaile (182) and Caleb Massey (220) pinned their opponents.

Junior captain TJ Scafone won his 126-pound match by technical fall, 15-0. Sophomores Tyler VanSice (138) and Brett Kim (160) outscored their competition 8-2 and 8-3 respectively. Senior Ethan Eibl edged out his 285-pound opponent 1-0.

Bennett forfeited the 113-pound match to sophomore Michael Tropkoff.

“We wrestled very physical,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “They are a strong and athletic team and we matched them, showing that we are stronger than many may think.”

As for the Seahawks’ wrestling ability, Martinek said he thinks they are ready for the post season. Health-wise, that’s another story.

“We have a bit of a flu/mono bug going around which scares me, so we’ll have to see,” Martinek said.

The 4A-3A South Regional dual meet was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but it was postponed to Saturday due to approaching snow. Martinek is hoping the extra few days will give his wrestlers who have been sick a chance to recover. He also hopes no one else becomes ill during that time.

No. 1 Huntingtown (14-0) will host the four-team meet and take on No. 4 La Plata (12-2) in the semifinal round, while No. 2 Decatur (14-0) will battle No. 3 Leonardtown (12-2). The winners will then go head-to-head for the south region title.

Martinek said he thinks his team will match up well with Leonardtown and he is confident the Seahawks can come out on top if they wrestle to their ability.

“We’ve got to get six points (a pin) when we can and we can’t get pinned,” he said.

While Decatur is not looking past Leonardtown, the squad would like the chance to compete against Huntingtown, who is led by Kevin Gilligan, former coach of the Seahawks.

Martinek and Gilligan have coached together for many years and there is a friendly rivalry, Martinek said.

During Iron Horse Duals in January, Huntingtown edged out Decatur 37-22. From that match, Martinek said “we learned that they’re a good team and that we can hang with them.”

“If we can win the close matches and get pins, we should do well,” he said. “We need to be healthy and you have to have some luck. That’s what you need.”

The south region winner will advance to the 4A-3A state dual semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at North Point High School in Waldorf.

 

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