SD Wrestling Elite: Borradaile, Bennett join ‘100 Wins Club’
(Jan. 24, 2014) Stephen Decatur senior wrestlers Andrew Borradaile and Nick Bennett joined a prestigious list last week, the school’s “100 Wins Club,” that only 13 other Seahawks have become members of in the program’s 43-year history.
They reached the milestone–wins 100 and 101–Jan. 15, during a tri-meet with Mardela and Cambridge South Dorchester.
The boys were honored and presented with plaques after last Friday’s home meet–the first of the season–against the Kent County Trojans. The Seahawks won 72-6.
“I had never really set a number to it and I really didn’t set a number on 100, but I’m stoked. Definitely excited,” said Borradaile, a team captain and four-year member of the Decatur squad, of reaching 100 career wins. “It’s awesome. It’s a good group of kids on there who have a reputation, so I was glad to get on the list with them.”
While Borradaile had never set his sights on 100 wins when he started wrestling, Bennett has been working to achieve that mark since he was a young grappler.
“It’s very exciting. It’s been a goal of mine since I was a kid,” said Bennett, who transferred to Decatur from Sussex Tech this year. In his three years competing for Sussex Tech, Bennett racked up 84 victories.
“I’ve always had the goal to break 100 wins and be a state champ. That’s what I’m working toward now,” Bennett said. “I drill hard and I’m going to start pushing myself even harder now than I have been to make sure I achieve that goal.”
Borradaile and Bennett both tallied wins No. 102 during last Friday’s Kent County meet. The Trojans forfeited the 152- and 160-pound matches to Bennett and Borradaile, respectively.
Senior Jared King (170), junior Dillon Goggin (113) and freshman Robert Kaminski (106) also won by forfeit.
Freshman Andrew McKahan (120), junior Joseph Rodriguez (132), seniors Nate Rosenblatt (138) and Caleb Massey (220) and sophomore Patrick Devenny (195) pinned their opponents.
Junior captain T.J. Scafone earned a 26-9 technical-fall victory over his 126-pound opponent.
Sophomore Tyler VanSice (145) scored a major decision win, 12-1.
Senior Ethan Eibl moved up a weight class and wrestled Kent County’s Robert Donovan, ranked No. 7 in the state, in the heavyweight division. Eibl led 3-1 with one period remaining. He edged out Donovan 3-2.
“Ethan’s been working real hard in the [wrestling] room and sometimes he gets tired, so I didn’t know how he could do in the third period, but he pulled it out and he wrestled tough late in the match,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “He got a win over a state-ranked kid so that’s always a good thing.”
Eibl said his game plan was to “go out there, wrestle hard and beat” Donovan.
“It was a pretty big win,” Eibl said. “I feel like I did good, but I also feel like I could have done better because I should have took more shots, and when I got my legs in in the third period, I should have closed the match up then. I weighed [in at] 212 [pounds] he was 277. I’m wrestling up a weight class, 50-something pounds, and I still beat the kids. That was a big boost of confidence.”
Decatur is scheduled to travel to Wilmington, Del. today, Friday, to battle the Saint Marks Spartans at 7 p.m.
Stephen Decatur (STDE) 72–Kent County (KECO) 6
182: Justin Peacock, KECO, pinned Brandon Wooten, STDE, 3:39
195: Patrick Devenny, STDE, pinned Andrew DeBoeser, KECO, 1:27
220: Caleb Massey, STDE, pinned Markel Newnam, KECO, 1:07
285: Ethan Eibl, STDE, decision Robert Donovan, KECO, 3-2
106: Robert Kaminski, STDE, forfeit
113: Dillon Goggin, STDE, forfeit
120: Andrew McKahan, STDE, pinned Kyle Clayton, KECO, 3:08
126: T.J. Scafone, STDE, technical fall Bobby Ashley-Pinder, KECO, 26-9
132: Joseph Rodriguez, STDE, pinned Victor Raimond, KECO, 1:35
138: Nate Rosenblatt, STDE, pinned Chris Blazejak, KECO, 0:57
145: Tyler VanSice, STDE, major decision Joey Peacock, KECO, 12-1
152: Nick Bennett, STDE, forfeit
160: Andrew Borradaile, STDE, forfeit
170: Jared King, STDE, forfeit