La Plata wrestling uses bonus points to beat N. Point
La Plata wrestling prevails over North Point, remains unbeaten in SMAC
La Plata showed why it has been one of the top wrestling teams in the Southern Mary- land Athletic Conference thus far
The Warriors scored bonus points in all eight of 14 bout wins en route to a 46-30 road victory over county rival North Point in Waldorf.
La Plata (20-13, 7-0 SMAC) remained unbeaten in the conference standings entering Thursday’s SMAC tilt at Leonardtown.
It was the third meeting between the two teams this season with Tuesday’s win giving La Plata a 2-1 lead in the season series. The Warriors won 43-34 at the Scorpion Duals tournament at Oakland Mills High School in Howard County the first weekend of the season and North Point won 39-36 at Warriors Duals tournament at La Plata the weekend after.
“We’ve been in several battles this season with North Point. It always is,” La Plata head coach John Pankhurst said. The Warriors’ next scheduled bout is at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert. “We’ve been talking about
chasing bonus points and wrestling for the duration of the match as long as there is time left. Business picks up versus Leonardtown. They are a tough team, we are just trying to plug away and get healthy and better ev- eryday.”
North Point (9-15, 5-2) cut a 19-point deficit to just four points through 10 weight classes, but La Plata put the match away, going on an 18-point spurt that resulted in three straight pins by Colton Sciascia (285 pounds), Owen Butler (106) and Josh Roberts (113).
The Eagles won the fi- nal bout of the night as Caleb Blancaflor pinned La Plata’s David Hayes at 120, but the damage was already done.
La Plata opened up match with back-to-back pins from Marco Frederi- co (126) and Michael Bel- lerose (132).
After North Point’s Isaiah Edmond picked up a win by forfeit at 138, La Plata’s Jack Chipps (145) responded with a win on a major decision over Mi- chael Meade.
In his varsity debut, North Point’s Devin Muhammad delivered with a 7-4 win over Matt Embrey at 152.
La Plata scored six points each with pins by David Cooksey (160) and Corbin Bales (170) to give it a 28-9 lead. Bales’ pin on North Point’s Elijah Griggs came with just one second left in the third period.
“Last year [Griggs] beat me on a technical fall at the Scorpion duals and then I wrestled him again in the middle of the sea- son [last year] and I beat him in a close match,” Bales said. “It went down to the wire tonight and pulling out those extra bonus points for the team felt really good.”
The Eagles came back with a 15-point run on a pin from Jaden Mack (182) with 6 seconds left, a 2-1 win by decision from Kyle Batchelor (195) over Ryan Vladimer and another pin from Xavier Prince.
“We just wanted to take it [bout] by [bout] and not worry about the overall team dual [score]. We looked at guys that did well and guys that need to improve,” North Point head coach Wilbur Leonard said. “We went up against La Plata’s dogs tonight. It was tough, but it was good to see Muhammad come through with his first win of the season.”
North Point was slated to travel to Lackey on Thursday night and next has a scheduled tri-match versus Leonardtown and host Chopticon at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
La Plata’s Corbin Bales celebrates after pinning North Point’s Elijah Griggs in the 170-pound bout with 1 second left in the third period of Tuesday night’s 46-30 road victory over the Eagles in a SMAC wrestling match.