Light­ing it up

Ea­gles split tri-meet with Calvert, North­ern

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

Know­ing his team was look­ing at a fairly sig­nif­i­cant deficit af­ter drop­ping the first two bouts of the night against the North Point Ea­gles, North­ern’s Rex Flem­ing took it upon him­self to shift the mo­men­tum when he first hit the mat for his 145-pound bout on Tues­day night at Calvert.

The Pa­tri­ots, who were go­ing to for­feit two matches at 220 and 285, dropped the dual’s open­ing two bouts by tech­ni­cal fall and fall, cre­at­ing a vir- tual 23-point hole.

“We knew we were down [23] points be­cause of the for­feits,” Flem­ing said. “We knew we had to come out strong and get tons of pins and light it up.”

Flem­ing got the Pa­tri­ots’ pin pa­rade started with a first-pe­riod fall, trig­ger- ing a run of six straight pins for North­ern. The Pa­tri­ots ended up win­ning eight bouts by fall in what ended a 5429 win over the Ea­gles. North­ern later closed the night with a 39-33 win over the host Cava­liers, while North Point sal­vaged a win in the tri-meet with a 4330 win over Calvert.

In the North­ern (4-0, 4-0 SMAC) win over North Point (3-8, 1-1), Flem­ing’s pin at 145 was fol­lowed by pins by Drew Flem­ing (152), Lance Adri­ani (160), Zach Hoff­man (170), Seth Cran­ford (182) and Marvin Mitchell (195). Five of the six came in the first pe­riod, while Fynn Yankanich (106) and Alex Mar­quis (113) later con­trib­uted a pair of first-pe­riod pins of their own.

“We needed pin af­ter pin and we ob­vi­ously showed that,” Adri­ani said. “We had pins at 145, 152, 160 and 170. We did our jobs. Against Calvert, pretty much the same thing. We had to fill up spots. I went out there and did my part. Our whole team did well tonight.”

The Pa­tri­ots only man­aged to win

three matches by fall against Calvert (1-10, 1-2), with Rex Flem­ing, Adri­ani and Hoff­man again earn- ing the max­i­mum, but won 8 of the 14 bouts over- all to earn the win over their county ri­vals. Pick­ing up wins by de­ci­sion were Drew Flem­ing, Cran­ford and Mitchell, while North- ern also took a cou­ple of matches by for­feit.

“I strug­gled kind of in the first pe­riod try­ing to take him down, tak­ing shots,” Mitchell said of his match against Calvert’s An­drew Jones, which ended an 8-5 de­ci­sion for the North­ern grap­pler. “At the end I was just work­ing what was bet­ter for me. I was ac­tu­ally try- ing to work moves in­stead of pin him quickly.”

North­ern’s next sched­uled ac­tion comes this

week­end in the Keaser Clas­sic at North Coun- ty High School in Anne Arun­del County.

In the open­ing dual of the night, North Point won the fi­nal three matches — two com­ing via for­feit — to over­come a 30-25 deficit for a win over the Cava­liers. Isa- iah Ed­mond (138), Mi- chael Meade (145) and Caleb Blan­caflor (120) all won by fall for the Ea- gles, while Jaden Mack (182) picked up a ma­jor de­ci­sion. Ethan Walker (132), Eli­jah Griggs (195) and Kyle Batch­e­lor (220) each con­trib­uted deci- sions to go along with the two for­feit vic­to­ries.

Walker and Ed­mond both also won matches against North­ern, while the Ea­gles claimed three matches by for­feit against the Pa­tri­ots. All in all, it was a rel­a­tively solid night of work for North Point, which is sched­uled

to see its next ac­tion at this week­end’s War­rior Du­als at La Plata.

“They were look­ing good,” North Point head coach Wil­lie Leonard said of the night. “We were wrestling guys com­ing down in weight, mov­ing around and stuff. I think we’re go­ing to get bet- ter as time goes on. We have a lot to work on. It’s a young team, just two se­niors. We’re im­prov­ing slowly, but we’re get­ting to where were want to be. It’s just go­ing to take some time.”

The host Cava­liers won five bouts against North Point, all com­ing by fall. Do­ing the hon­ors were Matthew Davis (126), Ja- cob Davis (152), Vic­tor Brooks (160), Austin Libby (170) and Jesse Chick (285).

In the night­cap against North­ern, Calvert won three matches by for­feit to go along with pins by Kross Can­ter (138) and Devin Jones (132) and a 4-1 de­ci­sion from Matthew Davis at 126.

Calvert was sched­uled to host Hunt­ing­town on Thurs­day night, and then is slated to travel to Du­Val in Prince Ge­orge’s County on Dec. 21. Sim­i­lar to North Point, Calvert head coach Mike Free is work­ing with a rel­a­tively in­ex­pe­ri­enced group that is look­ing to im­prove through­out the course of the sea­son.

“We’re bat­tling,” Free said. “You can’t fall down 12 points with the for­feits. You try to work your way out of it. But in any sport if you try to come back from 12 points, it’s hard. But I have kids that are bat­tling, com­ing to prac­tice and work­ing hard. We’re go­ing to stay pos­i­tive and keep work­ing what we have and hope­fully it will turn it­self around.”

PHOTO BY DAR­NELL MARBURY

North Point’s Ethan Walker won his 132-pound match against North­ern’s Ja­cob McCol­lum by tech­ni­cal fall on Tues­day night at Calvert. North Point lost to North­ern 54-29, but split the tri-meet with a 43-30 win over the host Cava­liers.

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