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Bourne, Clapsadle region champs

Danner also advances to state championship meet; Solito hurt, can’t compete
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Mar 01, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Three Stephen Decatur wrestlers hope to add their name to the state champion wall behind them, when they compete in the 4A/3A championship meet, today and Saturday, at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro. Pictured, from left, are co-captains, seniors Caleb Bourne (220) and Cade Solito (120), sophomore Jagger Clapsadle (106) and senior Jeremy Danner (126). Solito injured his elbow and is unable to participate.

** State meet postponed to Saturday and Monday

(March 2, 2018) Three Stephen Decatur wrestlers will compete in the 4A/3A state championship meet, today and Saturday, at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Co-captains, seniors Caleb Bourne and Jeremy Danner and sophomore Jagger Clapsadle, advanced to the championship meet because of their top-four finishes during the 4A/3A East Regional tournament, held Feb. 23-24, at Severna Park High School.

Bourne and Clapsadle both captured regional titles.

Bourne, who is now 29-0, earned the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye in the 220-pound weight class. He pinned two opponents to advance to the finals, where he won 10-4 over senior Noah Genovese of Broadneck High School.

“I thought I wrestled pretty good,” Bourne said. “I didn’t have who I expected in the finals. I had a kid who blew through his bracket, but I still wrestled the same as I thought I would.”

Bourne said he felt confident for his regional finals match.

“I knew I had control of the match. I didn’t have any worries beforehand or during,” he said. “He had four escapes, which I just pushed him off. I just wrestled pretty conservative because I’ve never seen the kid wrestle before.”

Bourne, who is also the 220-pound Bayside Conference champion, said his mission is to bring home a state championship title. He plans to “bring back everything I’ve learned over the last four years.”

“I’ve had that goal since the second I stepped on this mat freshman year and I’m ready to win it,” he said. “If you come up against me you’re going to get my hardest. I’m so excited. I feel good.”

Clapsadle became regional champion in the 106-pound weight class.

“I think I wrestled really well,” he said.

The No. 2 seed received a first-round bye. He pinned two opponents to earn a spot in the finals where he battled junior Andrew Pruett of Atholton High School. Clapsadle won 5-2.

“He’s a great competitor, but I scored from my feet and I rode him out and that was the difference,” Clapsadle said.

Clapsadle (25-4), who is also the 106-pound Bayside Conference champion, said his goal is to win a state title.

“As long as I wrestle my match and I get to my offense, I can win any match there and be a state champion,” he said. “I intend on winning it this weekend.”

Danner had a first-round bye in the 126-pound division. He scored a pin in the quarterfinals, but then got pinned in the semifinals. He won 6-3 in the consolation semifinals. Danner lost 6-2 in the third/fourth-place match.

“I wrested hard. I was wanting to do things big since it’s my last year,” he said. “I was just excited to be able to go to states this year. That’s all that really mattered to me. Once I knew I was in I was more relieved than anything.”

Danner (22-8) said he wants to do the best he can at states, taking one match at a time.

He said he needs to “wrestle smart and like I know how to wrestle, and want it.”

Senior captain Cade Solito came in fourth place in the 120-pound weight class.

He received a first-round bye then won his quarterfinals match, 2-1. He lost 9-5 in the semifinals.

Winning 3-2 in the consolation semifinals, in the final seconds of the match, Solito injured his elbow.

“The last five seconds of the match he comes in for a shot and I was defending him, and so I posted on the mat. When I posted on the mat my arm just pretty much snapped in half,” Solito said. “I tore all common flexors and collateral ligament in my elbow.”

Solito said he didn’t even get to celebrate his win because he was in so much pain. He had to forfeit the third/fourth-place match. He will be unable to participate in the state tournament and will have surgery on his elbow in a few weeks.

“I thought I had a really good performance. I definitely beat some kids that were ranked ahead of me,” he said. “I was the sixth seed going in and I defeated both the third and four seeds.”

Solito said he is disappointed he can’t compete in the state meet.

“Especially when I worked so hard for something like that. That was one of my goals,” he said. “I’ve got to take away a couple positives and look at how much I improved as an athlete and as a person this season.”

Senior captain Justin Manganiello (285), sophomore DJ Taylor (195) and freshman Johnny Hofman (160) also competed in the regional meet.

“It didn’t surprise me having two in the finals, but then for Cade and Jeremy to wrestle back to get fourth is tough and those are tough weight classes,” Coach Todd Martinek said. “I was proud of those guys for wrestling back and qualifying for states. [Manganiello], DJ and Johnny lost matches to kids that were tougher than them. Not like they did anything wrong. Just inexperience for the young guys and [Manganiello], who is new.

“Johnny’s a freshman and DJ’s a sophomore, so they’re going to get a shot to come back next year and do well,” he added.

Martinek said he likes where his wrestlers are placed in their state tournament brackets.

“But seeds really don’t matter. You just got to wrestle a great tournament,” he said. “Jeremy’s going to have to wrestle a great tournament to place, and Jagger and Caleb have real hopes of winning it. Certainly they can win it, but you got to wrestle a flawless tournament.”

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