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SD grapplers ‘outstanding’ during Iron Horse tourney

(Jan. 16, 2015) Stephen Decatur Coach Todd Martinek was pleased with his wrestlers’ performance during last weekend’s Iron Horse Duals, hosted by C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air.

Decatur scored victories over Hereford (45-10), Franklin (51-22), C. Milton Wright (68-9) and Bishop McNamara (78-6).

The Seahawks lost matches to St. John’s (42-25), Spring Grove (59-9) and Spalding (38-30).

Martinek thought the Seahawks did “outstanding.”

“A lot of our guys are wrestling better. [They did] not get pinned. [It] looked like we are in good shape and remained relatively healthy, too.”

Senior captain Brandon Wooten had a standout performance, going undefeated in the 195-pound weight class.

“We are getting better [and] building confidence going into a grueling end-of-season schedule, which includes Kent Island, North Caroline and St. Mark’s.”

Decatur will host its annual War on the Shore tournament, today and Saturday.

Twenty-two of the top teams from Maryland, Delaware and Virginia are scheduled to compete. It will feature a range of experienced wrestlers, from state champions to first-year participants.

The competition originally took place at the Berlin school until it was moved to the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury in 2007. It returns to the school this year.

The tournament had also been held in early December at the beginning of the wrestling season, but due to some conflicts with football playoffs it was pushed back to mid-January.

“[This] could be the best field ever,” Martinek said. “Some weights could have as many as eight past state place winners in it.”

To be successful, Martinek said the Seahawks must win close matches.

Matches are set to begin at 3:30 p.m. today and will run until about 8 p.m.

Competition will start at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Weight class finals are scheduled to kick off at 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $10 per day or $15 for a tournament pass.

For more information, visit www.SDWarontheShore.com.

War on the Shore schedule:

Friday:

3:30 p.m. – Round of 32 on four mats

4:30 p.m. – Round of 16 on four mats

6:15 p.m. – Quarterfinals on two mats in gym

6:15 p.m. – Consolation Round 1 on two mats in cafeteria

7 p.m. – Consolation Round 2 on two mats in cafeteria

Saturday:

9:30 a.m. – Consolation Round 3 on four mats

11 a.m. – Semifinals on two mats in gym

11:30 a.m. – Consolation Quarterfinals on two mats in cafeteria

1:30 p.m. – Consolation Semifinals on four mats

3 p.m. – Fifth/Sixth place matches on two mats in gym

4:30 p.m. – Championship Round (106 to 285 pounds)

Mat 1 – First/Second place

Mat 2 – Third/Fourth place

*Subject to change

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