Over­com­ing ad­ver­sity

Three late pins dif­fer­ence in match

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

With just a 10-wrestler ros­ter, West­lake’s wrestling team gives up free points on for­feits but Tues­day night West­lake over­came that ob­sta­cle and went on to de­feat host Great Mills 40-28.

The two teams com- bined to for­feit six matches — in­clud­ing a pair of dou­ble for­feits — but the Wolver­ines claimed the win by win­ning 4 of 8 con- tested matches, three of them on falls.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult know- ing that even be­fore we go out there we’re giv­ing up four for­feits,” West­lake head coach Corey Munn said. “That’s 24 points [right off the bat] so in or- der to make up that defi- cit we have to get a lot of pins.”

West­lake (2-2, 2-2 SMAC) also con­ceded the 220-pound match when Demarco Thomas was forced to with­draw with a knee in­jury.

The win was the sec- ond straight for West­lake, which had pre­vi­ously pounded McDonough 57-6. The Wolver­ines had pre­vi­ously lost a 31-30 de­ci­sion to St. Charles.

The Hor­nets (4-10, 2-1) have al­ter­nated wins and losses since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son. Great Mills was 2-8 at the Rock- et Du­als at Richard Mont- gomery High School last week­end, though two of its losses were by tiebreaker and an­other was an 18-point de­feat to Chop­ti­con.

“There were some bright ends to the match,” Great Mills head coach Carl Van Dunk said. “I think we could have wres­tled a lot bet­ter, but we had a bunch of guys who had been out for a bit [with in­juries]. There was some sloppy wrestling.”

Lead­ing 22-16, the Wolver­ines pulled away for good when they won the next three matches on first-pe­riod falls by Con­nor Row­ley (170), Lordell John­son (182) and Rex­ford Ede­len (195). The trio se­cured the falls in

a com­bined 2 min­utes 29 sec- onds.

“Not re­ally dif­fer­ent, I just needed to still keep up the in- ten­sity up for the whole six min­utes and wres­tle ev­ery op­po­nent the same,” Row­ley said of be­ing bumped up from 160. “I knew he was a big­ger dude than I’m used to so I wanted to make him work as much as I could and keep tak­ing shots and try and get him down on his back. I was able to get him in a half [Nel­son] a cou­ple times but he was good at de­fend­ing it.”

Great Mills took the 220-pound weight class when Dy­lan Vogt was awarded the win by in­jury de­fault when Demarco Thomas with­drew in the sec­ond pe­riod with a knee in­jury.

“His moves were good and once he got the guy on the ground he used a lot of ground tech­nique,” Van Dunk said of Vogt, who led the match 4-1 in the sec­ond pe­riod when the in- jury oc­curred.

The Wolver­ines built up a 22-0 lead in the match — which started with the 106-pound weight class — on a fall by Mau­rice Scriber (132), a ma- jor de­ci­sion by Jor­dan Bryant (138) and a pair of for­feits.

“I was hop­ing to use the other man’s mo­men­tum on him­self,” said Bryant, who won 14-2 thanks to a 9-point sec­ond pe­riod.

Great Mills got on the board thanks to a for­feit win by Sean McCreer y at 145 pounds.

“We de­cided to bump up at 145 be­cause we re­mem­bered [Great Mills’ Sean] McCreery had a strong show­ing last year at the SMAC tour­na­ment,” Munn said. ‘“That de­ci­sion al- lowed us to get a few [later] pins where we might not have got­ten six points.”

Great Mills pulled to within five points when Tyrik Brooks (152) se­cured a pin 71 sec­onds into the first pe­riod.

“I know he’s bet­ter than that,” Van Dunk said of Brooks, who was 8-2 at the Rocket Du­als. “He was just slow and he even said it him­self. He told me he was just tired.”

Sur­prise starter Nick Potts, who suf­fered a knee in­jury dur­ing the team’s chal­lenge matches on Mon­day, pulled Great Mills to within five points when he blew open a 2-0 first pe­riod lead and went on to de­feat Bryce Sewell 20-8 at 160 pounds.

“My game plan was to give it my all,” Potts said. “I knew what moves I was go­ing to work and I came in on full of­fense. It was an even match un­til I started work­ing him and he started get­ting tired.”

“He’s get­ting a lot of those quick moves off, he just has to work a lit­tle bit on work­ing his weight,” Van Dunk said of Potts, who was 5-5 at the Rock- et Du­als. “When he’s run­ning the half or the cra­dle he gets too high and he just slips off. Over­all, his tech­nique is good he just has to work back on his weight.”

Munn said he was pleased how Sewell “fought off his back with three sec­onds left [in the

PHOTO BY DEREK SABEDRA

Great Mills’ Tyrik Brooks, left, and West­lake’s Zayon Carter tan­gle dur­ing their 152-pound match Tues­day at Great Mills. Brooks se­cured the win on a first pe­riod fall.

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