(Jan. 11, 2013) Several of the top wrestling teams in the state competed in the Iron Horse Duals, held Jan. 4-5, at C. Milton Wright High School in Bel Air, Md.
Stephen Decatur Coach Todd Martinek was pleased with the Seahawks’ overall performance. The Berlin squad went 4-3 during the tournament.
Decatur earned victories over Patterson Mill (44-30), Bel Air (37-35), Liberty (40-30) and Parkville (48-31). The Seahawks lost a close battle with LaPlata, 39-37, and the team also fell to North Carroll 43-31.
Huntingtown topped Decatur 42-28 to take third place in the tournament. The Seahawks finished fourth out of 13 squads.
“We wrestled some good competition and proved that we are one of the best teams in the state,” Martinek said. “We wrestled over 100 matches so it showed some strengths and some weaknesses [and] we will work on those weaknesses…in practice. The varsity [wrestlers] did well and I was able to plug some JV kids in to keep us healthy. They did a nice job as well.”
Junior Nate Rosenblatt (113-pound weight class) and senior Kaelan Patterson (152) won all seven of their matches to go unbeaten during the Iron Horse Duals.
The Seahawks are scheduled to compete in the 18th annual Bob Rowe Memorial Classic, Jan. 11-12, at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury. The tournament honors former Wi-Hi Coach Bob Rowe and serves as a fundraiser for the school’s wrestling program.
Martinek, who was battling strep throat this week, said several Decatur grapplers are either hampered by bronchitis or the flu.
He still expects the squad to be competitive this weekend.
“It will be a three-team race — us, Sussex Tech and Sussex Central — but we are sick and beat up,” Martinek said Tuesday. “[I] give the edge to Central, but you never know.”
Sussex Central won the 2012 tournament, while Decatur placed fourth and Sussex Tech seventh.