(Feb. 13, 2015) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team won its final three matches of the regular season as the Seahawks now prepare for the Feb. 20 Bayside Conference championship.
Decatur took a trip to Salisbury last Friday to face the James M. Bennett Clippers. The Seahawks came home with a 51-18 victory.
Decatur seniors TJ Scafone (120 pounds) and Maxwell Pyles (145), junior, Tyler Vansice (152), sophomores Ean Spencer (220), Josh Lawson (106) and Andrew McKahan (132) and freshman Caleb Bourne (170) pinned their opponents.
Junior Patrick Devenny edged out his 195-pound opponent 9-8. Freshman Jeremy Danner won his 113-pound match 8-3 and Brett Kim, a junior, outscored his 160-pound opponent 10-7.
“Most of the guys wrestled very well,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek. “Brett Kim won his match in the last 30 seconds. He is peaking at the right time. He was down 6-3 after two periods [and] scored seven points in the final period.”
On Monday, Decatur traveled to Mardela Springs for a tri-meet with the Mardela Warriors and Cambridge–South Dorchester Vikings.
The Seahawks topped the Warriors 60-20.
Lawson (106), Scafone (120), McKahan (126), Vansice (152), Kim (160), Bourne (170), Spencer (220), senior captains Jeremiah Purnell (132) and Brandon Wooten (182) and sophomore Gavin Payne (285) pinned their competition.
Decatur earned a 58-18 win over the Vikings.
Danner (106), Scafone (120), Pyles (138), Kim (160), Spencer (220) and Payne (285) scored victories by pin.
Lawson shut out his 113-pound opponent 2-0 and McKahan logged a 15-3 major decision at 126 pounds. Vansice outscored his 152-pound competitor 7-0.
Cambridge forfeited matches to senior captain Brandon McKenzie (145) and Purnell (132).
Martinek thought the Seahawks looked a little sluggish, but they wrestled well.
“Lawson bumped up to 113 [pounds] and won a tough 2-0 decision, and TJ Scafone got two wins down at 120 pounds, which is a tough weight for him to get to,” Martinek said. “Gavin Payne picked up two pins. He is really showing improvement over the past month.”
The Seahawks are now fine-tuning for the Bayside Conference championship match scheduled for next Friday in Cambridge.
“We’ll just focus on keeping our fitness levels up as well as fixing some problems we have on the mat. We are wrestling pretty well on our feet, but need some work on the mat,” Martinek said. “The title will belong to North Caroline this year, but we want to get as many wrestlers into the top four this year to qualify for regionals.”
Wrestling box scores:
Stephen Decatur (STDE) 51
James M Bennett (JMBS) 18
170: Caleb Bourne (STDE) pinned Jamal King (JMBS), 2:15
182: William Harrison (JMBS) 8-3 decision over Brandon Wooten (STDE)
195: Patrick Devenny (STDE) 9-8 decision over Jordan Mills (JMBS)
220: Ean Spencer (STDE) pinned Richardo Bravo (JMBS), 2:13
285: Loma Thomas (JMBS) pinned Gavin Payne (STDE), 3:30
106: Josh Lawson (STDE) pinned Eddie Bailey (JMBS), 1:35
113: Jeremy Danner (STDE) 8-3 decision over Tanner Farro (JMBS)
120: Thomas Scafone (STDE) pinned Michael Edwards (JMBS), 0:59
126: Matt Darcy (JMBS) pinned Robert Scafone (STDE), 1:42
132: Andrew McKahan (STDE) pinned Demetrius Hawkins (JMBS), 3:51
138: Steven Ringer (JMBS) 10-9 decision over Jeremiah Purnell (STDE)
145: Maxwell Pyles (STDE) pinned William Twilley (JMBS), 0:39
152: Tyler Vansice (STDE) pinned Collin Hooks (JMBS), 0:21
160: Brett Kim (STDE) 10-7 decision over Louis Bernard (JMBS)
Stephen Decatur (STDE) 60
Mardela (MARD) 20
106: Josh Lawson (STDE) pinned Joseph Cropper (MARD), 1:32
113: Nasir Tucker (MARD) 24-8 tech fall over Jeremy Danner (STDE)
120: Thomas Scafone (STDE) pinned Brett Bramble (MARD), 1:32
126: Andrew McKahan (STDE) pinned Khristian Sempritt (MARD), 3:16
132: Jeremiah Purnell (STDE) pinned Zack Fisher (MARD), 1:31
138: Shemar Watts (MARD) pinned Maxwell Pyles (STDE), 0:30
145: Chase Bowden (MARD) 6-2 decision over Brandon McKenzie (STDE)
152: Tyler Vansice (STDE) pinned Parker Dewitt (MARD), 4:53
160: Brett Kim (STDE) pinned Travis Harcum (MARD), 1:19
170: Caleb Bourne (STDE) pinned Colby Pruitt (MARD), 4:54
182: Brandon Wooten (STDE) pinned Monroe Parker (MARD), 3:15
195: Erick Martin (MARD) pinned Dryden Brous (STDE), 2:36
220: Ean Spencer (STDE) pinned Isiah Sanabria (MARD), 3:04
285: Gavin Payne (STDE) pinned Melvin Grayson (MARD), 3:59
Stephen Decatur (STDE) 58
Cambridge–SD (CSD) 18
106: Jeremy Danner (STDE) pinned Christian James (CSD), 1:47
113: Josh Lawson (STDE) 2-0 decision over Zachary Peters (CSD)
120: Thomas Scafone (STDE) pinned Tre`Quan Prattis (CSD), 2:42
126: Andrew McKahan (STDE) 15-3 major decision over Gavin Garcia (CSD)
132: Jeremiah Purnell (STDE) win by forfeit
138: Maxwell Pyles (STDE) pinned Cullen Cannon (CSD), 3:39
145: Brandon McKenzie (STDE) win by forfeit
152: Tyler Vansice (STDE) 7-0 decision over Caleb Crain (CSD)
160: Brett Kim (STDE) pinned Harrison Spies (CSD), 5:57
170: Khaill Harris (CSD) pinned Caleb Bourne (STDE), 1:48
182: Rhyheem Johnson (CSD) pinned Brandon Wooten (STDE), 5:54
195: Kristofur Williams (CSD) pinned Dryden Brous (STDE), 1:37
220: Ean Spencer (STDE) pinned Erik North (CSD), 1:53
285: Gavin Payne (STDE) pinned Alex Mohr (CSD), 1:57