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Ten SD wrestlers regionals bound

(Feb. 28, 2014) Ten Stephen Decatur wrestlers have earned the opportunity to compete in the 4A/3A South Regional tournament after placing top four in their respective weight classes during last weekend’s Bayside Conference championship meet in Cambridge.

“We did pretty well. Looking back, you think of the wins you lost out on, but we won some matches that maybe we shouldn’t have, so I guess overall, getting seven guys in the finals and winning four championships, I think most teams would be ecstatic with that,” said Decatur Coach Todd Martinek.

Kent Island won the team title with 296 points. Decatur finished second with 253 points. North Caroline rounded out the top three, scoring 178 points.

“Kent Island is a good team and it’s good that they’re there because it always drives us. If nothing else, coming in second makes us come back in [the practice room] and work a little harder,” Martinek said. “It would be nice to get first, but I think we wrestled to our potential. Not everybody, but as a team we did. Ten to regionals, that’s a great number, especially when we only entered 13.”

Decatur entered a wrestler into 13 of 14 weight class divisions at Baysides. They didn’t have a grappler in the heavyweight, 285-pound, class.

Four Seahawks won their divisions.

Freshman Robert Kaminski took top honors in the 106-pound weight class.

“It was pretty exciting. I wrestled pretty [well],” Kaminski said. “In the finals, I beat [Parkside’s Seamus Donohue] once before 12-0, this time I pinned him in the first period.”

Kaminski is seeded fourth for regionals.

“I’m hoping just to place. I have to wrestle [Huntingtown’s Aidan Dobbins] who I already lost to, first,” he said. “I have to wrestle smart and not get caught…”

Andy Mckahan, who is also a freshman, won the 113-pound division.

He injured his shoulder in the semifinal bout, and still won 10-2.

“I took a shot and I hit a nerve in my arm and it stung down through my arm,” he said.

Mckahan said he had to tape his arm for the finals match, where he scored a 9-1 major-decision victory.

“I wrestled pretty [well]. I majored [Kent Island’s Justin Thomas] in the last three seconds,” Mckahan said.

Mckahan said Monday he was feeling better, but the end of his fingers were still numb. He was confident he would be better by the regional tournament, held today and Saturday in Huntingtown. He is seeded second.

“I want to win regionals. I think I can beat the No. 1 kid ahead of me (Chopticon’s Jarrett Arnold),” Mckahan said. “I’ve got to beat a kid I’m 1-1 with, [Huntingtown’s] Gino [Sita]. I lost to him at regional duals, [but] it was close. I’ve got to wrestle better than him and take more shots.”

After doing some research, Martinek said Decatur has never had a freshman Bayside champion.

“To have two, that’s a promising future. And, they were so dominant,” Martinek said. “It’s awesome to see those freshmen and their parents, how happy they were. The parents put the time in too, going to gyms and driving them all over the place. I know they’re ecstatic for their child’s success.”

Senior captain Andrew Borradaile captured his second Bayside title in the 160-pound division.

“I thought I wrestled well in the finals. I didn’t think I did too well in the matches coming up to the finals, but I guess I did well when it counts,” Borradaile said. He has secured the No. 1 seed for regionals.

“I’m in a good spot to win,” he said. “If I wrestle [well], no one there should beat me.”

Senior Ethan Eibl became the Bayside champion in the 220-pound weight class.

“The first two matches before the finals I felt like I could have wrestled better, but in the finals match I wrestled top-notch and pinned my kid in the second period,” said Eibl, who wrestled his first matches with a broke shoe. The rubber on the bottom fell apart and he had to tape his shoe together. Eibl said he got a new pair for his last match and “I just put everything together.”

He was excited to win is first Bayside title, especially with family and friends cheering him on.

“My dad was there, my grandmom made it, a whole bunch of my dad’s friends that he grew up with came down and saw me. My dad was proud of me,” Eibl said.

He is seeded third in the 220-pound regionals class.

“I think I can win regionals. There are two kids that are going to be hard matches–[Leonardtown’s] Brian Mays and [Northern’s] Kyle Lamond–but if I wrestle the way I’ve been wrestling this year I should be able to beat them,” Eibl said.

Seniors Nate Rosenblatt (126), Nick Bennett (145) and Caleb Massey (195) finished second in their Bayside divisions. Senior Jared King (182) and junior captain T.J. Scafone (120) took third and junior Nevin McIntosh (152) placed fourth in their respective weight classes to join their teammates at regionals.

Martinek thinks the Seahawks should do well at the tournament.

“I think us and Huntingtown are the two best teams, just like we were in the duals,” he said. “I’d like to win the tournament…I think we can take as many as nine kids (to states) and as few as four. It’s going to be up to them.”

The top four wrestlers in each regional weight class will advance to the 4A/3A state championship at University of Maryland Cole Field House, March 7-8.

 

Ten Stephen Decatur wrestlers–Robert Kaminski, Andy Mckahan, T.J. Scafone, Nate Rosenblatt, Nick Bennett, Nevin McIntosh, Andrew Borradaile, Jared King, Caleb Massey and Ethan Eibl–will compete in the 4A/3A South Regional tournament this weekend in Huntingtown.

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