Back on the home mat

North Point wrestling rolls past St. Charles

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

Com­ing off a busy week­end at the Hub Cup tour­na­ment at North Hager­stown High School, the North Point wrestling re­turned to the mat on Tues­day night to take on vis­it­ing St. Charles in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence con­test.

In its first home match since the sea­son opener on Dec. 6, the Ea­gles cruised to a 75-6 vic­tory over a Spar­tans lineup that fea­tured just six wres- tlers.

North Point (9-14 over- all, 5-1 SMAC), which suf- fered its lone con­fer­ence de­feat to North­ern on Dec. 13 in a tri-match that in­cluded Calvert, won 13 of the 14 weight classes with eight com­ing to for- feits and four from pins.

Next up for the Ea­gles is county foe La Plata (19-13, 6-0) at 6:30 p.m. Tues­day.

“St. Charles com­peted and has some tough wres- tlers that are learn­ing and the pro­gram is still de­vel- op­ing,” said North Point head coach Will Leonard, whose team placed 12th out of 22 teams in the Hub Cup with 90 points. Host North Hager­stown won with 181.50. “I thought we wres­tled well tonight. Look­ing for­ward to the rub­ber match ver­sus La Plata and we had a big week­end in the Hub Cup. So our guys are grind­ing it out and it is all about be­ing there in March.

North Point’s Caleb Blan­caflor kicked off the match with a win by for- feit in 120-pound weight class and An­dre Cas­tro fol­lowed up with a 3-0 win by de­ci­sion for the Ea­gles over St. Charles’ Chito Del Rosario at 126, the clos­est bout of the match.

Af­ter ju­nior Ti­mothy Molock picked up the Spar­tans’ only win of the match at 138 with a pin over North Point’s Ethan Walker, the Ea­gles won the next 10 weight classes.

Isa­iah Ed­mond (132), Michael Meade (145), Ai­dan Oakes (152), and Eli­jah Griggs (170) all had pins for North Point.

“It is all about get­ting bet­ter and learn­ing from your mis­takes,” said Griggs who pinned St. Charles’ R.J. Bur­rell in the win. “St. Charles was lim­ited and we have a lot

of wrestlers, but it was a good win for us mov­ing for­ward. We faced La Plata al­ready in a duals tour­na­ment, so it will be an­other tough test for us.”

Bran­don Sali­nas (160), Jaden Mack (182), Kyle Batch­e­lor (195), Xavier Prince (220), and Seth Tal­bert (285) each won by for­feit.

“We are a very young team. We have a cou­ple of se­niors and a good core of ju­niors, so we are de­vel­op­ing and look­ing fin­ish this year off strong and come back with a strong group next year,” Leonard said.

With an­other low turnout of wrestlers for St. Charles (3-13, 2-5) this sea­son, head coach Ja­son Kiessling is still hop­ing to fill the team ros­ter at some point.

“It has been a frus­trat­ing sea­son so far. We started off with nine wrestlers orig­i­nally, but it comes down to com­mit­ment and the six that I have are very com­mit­ted,” Kiessling said. “They show up to prac­tice ev­ery day and work hard and are still green and con­tin­u­ing to learn the sport. We are still en­cour­ag­ing guys to come out to the team. Our wrestlers are lim­ited with part­ners and it is tough to im­prove with a small group of kids.”

St. Charles is sched­uled to be at Poolesville High School in Mont­gomery County to­day and Satur­day for the Dorsey duals tour­na­ment, then re­turns to SMAC ac­tion at 5 p.m. Tues­day in a tri-match at North­ern that will also in­clude Hunt­ing­town.


North Point’s Eli­jah Griggs takes down R.J. Bur­rell of St. Charles in the 170-pound weight class in Tues­day night’s SMAC wrestling match. Griggs won on a pin mid­way through the sec­ond pe­riod.

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