(Jan. 18, 2013) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team boosted its record to 8-0 after earning wins over the Wi-Hi Indians and Snow Hill Eagles, during the Jan. 9 tri-meet in Berlin.
The Seahawks were competing without five wrestlers — three starters were out with the flu — so Coach Todd Martinek said he was just happy to get two wins.
Decatur edged out Wi-Hi 39-32.
Senior Ryan Kail (285-pound weight class), junior Nate Rosenblatt (113) and sophomores TJ Scafone (106) and Joseph Rodriguez (120) pinned their opponents. Junior Andrew Borradaile (170) scored a technical-fall (18-2) win and Junior Brad Miller (138) earned an 11-3 major-decision victory.
Kaelan Patterson (152), a senior, outscored his competition 8-2 and junior Adam Bargar(195) won his match 9-3.
The Seahawks topped the Eagles 39-30.
Scafone (106) won by pinfall. Sophomore Nevin McIntosh (160), Borradaile (170) and Rosenblatt (113) outscored their opponents 11-7, 8-5 and 2-1, respectively.
Snow Hill forfeited matches to Patterson (152), Bargar (195), junior Ethan Eibl (220) and Kail (285).
Two days later, the Seahawks traveled to Salisbury to compete in the 18th annual Bob Rowe Memorial Classic at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
During the two-day tournament, held Jan. 11-12, Decatur scored 159 points to finish fourth out of 15 teams. Bethesda was third with 161 points, Sussex Tech placed second (212) and Sussex Central took top honors (225).
“We, including the JV (third place overall), did as well as we could have. We are down two starters so I was happy with what we did,” Martinek said.
Ten Seahawks placed eighth or better in their respective weight classes.
Rosenblatt (113) and Kail (285) won their divisions.
“Nate and Ryan are wrestling the best they have ever wrestled, so hopefully they will peak in early March and place in the state tournament, along with a couple of other guys, maybe,” Martinek said.
Patterson (152) and Borradaile (160) finished in second place and Scafone (106) and Eibl (220) took home third-place honors. Junior Jared King (170) placed fourth, while Bargar (195) earned a fifth-place award. Rodriguez (120) and sophomore Josh Emm (126) finished in eighth place.
The Seahawks are scheduled to battle the Kent County Trojans at 5 p.m. today (Friday) in Berlin.