La Plata wrestling uses bonus points to beat N. Point

La Plata wrestling pre­vails over North Point, re­mains un­beaten in SMAC

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

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.

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