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Decatur wrestling team wins meet against CR, STM

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Dec 21, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur sophomore Keegan Mitchell battles Saint Michaels’ Christopher Gutierrez in their 120-pound match on Tuesday in Berlin.

(Dec. 22, 2017) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team won 70-3 over Saint Michaels and then outscored Colonel Richardson 52-21 during Tuesday’s tri-meet in Berlin.

“I thought we overall wrestled pretty well,” Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said. “I’m pleased with everybody’s effort.”

Decatur battled Saint Michaels first.

Senior captain Jeremy Danner (132 pounds) and juniors Jhymir Blake (138) and Zain Brady (170) pinned their opponents. Sophomore Keegan Mitchell earned a 10-1 victory at 120 pounds. Sophomore Tony Scafone’s 113-pound opponent was injured and unable to continue, so he was declared the winner. In total, the Saints forfeited seven matches.

The Seahawks saw stiffer competition in its match with the Colonels.

Blake got things started for Decatur, topping his 145-pound opponent, 12-5. Junior JJ Purnell then pinned his 152-pound competitor and the Berlin squad led 9-0.

Colonel Richardson won the next two matches to even the score, 9-9.

Junior Daletez Smith gave Decatur a 15-9 lead with a pin at 182 pounds, but Colonel Richardson tied it up with a pin at 195 pounds.

Senior captain Caleb Bourne recorded a pin at 220 pounds and Decatur pulled ahead 21-15.

Colonel earned a pin at 285 pounds to again tie the score, 21-21, but Decatur won the following six matched to increase its advantage to 52-21.

Baines (106), sophomore captain Jagger Clapsadle (113) and Mitchell (120) pinned their opponents. Sophomore Kyle Elliot outscored his 126-pound competition, 6-4.

Senior captain Cade Solito (132) and Danner (138) logged technical falls for outscoring their opponents 20-5 and 16-1, respectively.

“We had several starters out with some injuries and Colonel is having a really good year, so I knew they were going to put some points on us,” Martinek said. “I like the way we wrested. We’re pretty much in shape. We won some matches at the end, scored some bonuses at the end and didn’t give up too many pins.

“I got some backup guys in,” he continued. “Daletez Smith again came in really good for us and he’s been a nice addition. Tony Scafone wrested well, Keegan Mitchell, Kyle Elliot, those guys filling in are doing a real good job as sophomores in the lineup. I’m very happy with them.”

This was Decatur’s  (4-0) final meet before Christmas vacation. The team will practice over the break.

“We saw some things we need to work on from neural, some hand control stuff, but overall just keep working hard and try to get healthy. The break should give us time to do that, kind of unwind a little bit,” Martinek said. “It’s been a tough month. We’re going to get right back in it in January. We have Queen Anne’s away on Jan. 3, then Iron Horse Duals and War on the Shore the first two weekends back after New Year’s. We better be ready to go after the break.”

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