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Decatur wrestlers ready for Bayside Conference meet

(Feb. 20, 2015) Stephen Decatur will join the 14 other Bayside schools for the wrestling conference championship meet, today and Saturday, in Cambridge.

The Seahawks have been focusing on keeping their fitness level up as well as working on throws and fixing issues on the mat, Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said.

“We are wrestling pretty well on our feet, but need some work on the mat,” he said.

The squad had a good practice Monday, he said, but snow hampered the Seahawks’ training the following few days.

Martinek said the North Caroline Bulldogs are favored to win the Bayside Conference team title. It will then be a close race between Kent Island, Easton and Decatur for second through fourth place.

It will come down to “whoever wrestles a good tournament,” he said. “The goal is to get five wrestlers in the finals. I think that’s realistic.”

To be successful, Martinek said the Decatur grapplers must be confident, aggressive, take chances and give 100 percent for their entire six-minute matches.

“They need to wrestle like they do in practice,” he said. “Sometimes they shut down in matches. They don’t want to make a mistake so they take it easy.”

The Seahawks are shooting to place as many wrestlers in the top four in their respective weight classes to quality for the 4A/3A South Regional tournament, Feb. 27-28, at Henry A. Wise High School in Upper Marlboro in Prince George’s County.

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