Ocean City Today

Clapsadle second in 106-lb. division, Bourne 4th at 220

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Mar 08, 2018
Courtesy of: Caleb Bourne Stephen Decatur senior captain Caleb Bourne, front row, center, earned his 100th career win last Saturday, during the second round of the 4A/3A state wrestling tournament at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Between Saturday and Monday, about 40 members of his family were on hand to watch him compete. He finished fourth overall in the 220-pound weight class. His teammate, sophomore captain Jagger Clapsadle, came in second place in the 106-pound division.

(Match 9, 2018) Three Stephen Decatur wrestlers competed in the 4A/3A state championship Saturday and Monday at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and two took home medals.

“The longer you coach the more you realize that it’s difficult to place, and it’s really hard to win it,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “You have to wrestle a flawless tournament. I’m happy with the way we wrestled.”

Sophomore captain Jagger Clapsadle finished in second place in the 106-pound weight class.

He pinned his first opponent in 48 seconds. Clapsadle earned technical-fall victories over his next two opponents.

“I wrestled really well. I just think I was on a different level than those guys,” Clapsadle said. “I think the extra work I put in paid off.”

In the finals on Monday, he met Yonas Harris of Northwest High School. Clapsadle led 3-0 in the first period, then Harris tied it in the second. Trailing 5-3, Clapsadle got a takedown to tie the score 5-5 late in the third period. He lost 7-5 in overtime.

Clapsadle said he had a game plan and stuck with it.

“I scored a bunch of points in the beginning and then he came back,” he said. “Obviously it was not what I was going for. It was a heartbreaking loss.”

Despite losing in the finals, Clapsadle said it was a good accomplishment to qualify for the tournament and take second.

“It was a senior versus a sophomore. He’ll have a couple more shots at it,” Martinek said. “He shouldn’t be disappointed with second.”

Clapsadle finished his first season competing for Decatur with a 28-5 record. He won both Bayside Conference and 4A/3A East Region titles.

“My first season went really well. There were some tough losses, but I think I peaked at the right time,” he said.

Clapsadle said he is looking forward to next season and returning to the state championship meet.

“I think we’re going to have a talented wrestling room next year,” he said.

Senior captain Caleb Bourne came in fourth place in the 220-pound weight class.

“I didn’t do as good as I expected to do. I had the hard side of the bracket,” Bourne said. “I wrestled a lot of good defensive wrestlers. I attack and attack and they waited for me to make a mistake and took advantage.”

“A lot of the coaches were saying that 220 was the toughest weight class,” Martinek said. “There were very few with undefeated kids and his weight class had three.”

Bourne, who was 29-0 going into the tournament, pinned his first two opponents. His second pin was extra special as it earned Bourne his 100th career victory.

A number of his family members were in attendance to see him get his 100th win, which was also announced over the loud speaker.

“That was exciting. Everyone was going crazy,” he said. “It was fun.”

He lost 10-8 in the semifinals Saturday night. Trailing 7-1 in the first period, Bourne fought back and with about a minute left in the match he was down 10-8. Bourne tried to turn his opponent but he flattened out, making that task impossible.

“It wasn’t the best feeling. It was a tough loss,” he said, knowing he would not compete for a state title.

Shortly after, Bourne competed in the consolation semifinals and won, pinning his opponent in one minute.

He returned to the mat on Monday for his third/fourth-place match. Bourne was pinned and finished in fourth place.

“It was more sad for me not because I lost, but it was my last high school match,” he said.

Despite not winning a state title, Bourne was happy to earn a medal. He said he has come a long way since stepping on the mat as a freshman.

He finished the season with a 32-2 record and 101 career wins overall. Bourne is the 18th Decatur wrestler in program history to earn 100 wins.

He captured both Bayside Conference and regional titles this year. Bourne also became the first wrestler from the school since 2012 to win a War on the Shore tournament title.

“This year I busted my way through the season,” he said.

His four years competing for Decatur went fast, he said.

“You’ve got to cherish all the little moments, because it goes by so fast,” Bourne said.

Senior captain Jeremy Danner also competed in the state tournament.

“I could have done better, but overall I feel like I did my best,” he said. “I managed to get two wins.”

He lost by technical fall in the first round of the 126-pound division, but bounced back with a pin in consolation round 1. He took his opponent down in 20 seconds – the fastest pin of the state tournament.

“I was going for a takedown and he was slouching and his head was hanging … I cradled him and then stuck him,” Danner said. “It was a great feeling to get on and off the mat so quickly.”

He won in a ultimate tiebreaker in the next round.

“That match was difficult. He was strong with a low center of gravity,” he said. “I had to get lower and fight.”

Tied 5-5, the match went into overtime.

When Martinek suggested he start in neutral position, Danner “told him I feel like I got this on bottom.”

He pulled out a five-point move – two reversal and three back – to win.

“It was super thrilling to be able to do that against a kid who was seeded. It was an honor to go into triple overtime with him,” he said. “It took a lot of heart, a lot of passion, a lot of drive to keep going. I knew it might be my last match.”

He lost his next match 7-0 and was eliminated from the tournament.

“Jeremy wrestled a great tournament. One twenty-six was a tough weight class,” Martinek said. “Overall, even in his loses, he wrestled tough.”

Danner broke his hand toward the end of the season last year, so to come back this season and go 24-10 overall and qualify for the state meet was a big accomplishment, he said.

Improving each year, Danner said it has been an honor to be around great coaches and teammates and “be able to wrestle with some of the greatest kids in the Bayside.”

Decatur finished the season with a 13-1 record. The Seahawks came in second place in the Bayside Conference championship meet, two points behind North Caroline.

Martinek praised his assistant coaches. They “worked hard and always do a great job,” he said.

“I was very happy with the season. I thought it would be a down year,” Martinek said. “I didn’t know how well some kids would do. They exceeded expectations. They put a lot of work in.”

The team will graduate five starters. Although the seniors will be missed, Martinek thinks the team will be strong next season.

“We have some great freshmen coming in,” he said. “We have a great core coming back and with the addition of the freshmen, I think we’re going to be good next year.”

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