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Martinek ‘happy with what we did out there, especially that we’re in good shape’
By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 14, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur junior Cole Bennett gets a tight grip on his 152-pound opponent, Grant Sullivan, during Wednesday’s meet against Wicomico in Berlin. Bennett won 7-0.

(Dec. 15, 2017) After losing the first match of the night, the Stephen Decatur wrestling team earned victories in the next 13 to win Wednesday’s competition in Berlin, 74-6, over the Wicomico Indians.

“I’m pretty happy with the way we we’re in shape,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “Some of our younger guys wrestled well, like [junior] Daletez Smith did a nice job filling in for [injured, junior captain] Lukas Layton at 182.

“[Sophomore] DJ Taylor did a nice job at 220 wrestling the heavy guys. Overall, I’m pretty happy with what we did out there, especially that we’re in good shape,” Martinek added.

Wicomico scored a pin in the 120-pound match. Decatur senior captain Cade Solito tied the score, 6-6, with a pin at 126 pounds. The Indians forfeited the 132-pound match to sophomore Kyle Elliot.

Seniors Jeremy Danner (138), a team captain, and David Braciszewski (145) pinned their opponents, and junior Cole Bennett won his 152-pound match, 7-0, to give Decatur a 27-6 lead.

Wicomico forfeited the next two matches – 160 and 170 pounds – to junior Zain Brady and senior Austin White, respectively.

Smith (182), senior captain Justin Manganiello (195) and Taylor (220) pinned their competition, and Decatur pulled ahead 57-6.

Captain Caleb Bourne’s 285-pound opponent injured his knee and was unable to continue, so the Decatur senior won by forfeit.

Wicomico then forfeited the 106-pound match to sophomore Shamar Baines. Sophomore captain Jagger Clapsadle finished the meet with a pin at 113 pounds. Because of unsportsmanlike conduct, one team point was deducted from Decatur’s score.

“A couple of things we worked on this week that we didn’t do real well with tonight, we’ll go back and work on it the next couple days,” Martinek said. “We have a couple days off – we don’t wrestle until next Tuesday – so we have a little break. So, just try to stay healthy and fix some of the things we’re doing wrong.”

Colonel Richardson and St. Michaels will compete in a tri-meet with Decatur on Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m. in Berlin.

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