Lackey captures win over Great Mills
Wrestling team picks up second straight win of week
The scoreboard didn’t show the amount of heart that went into each bout of Thursday night’s Southern Maryland Athletic Conference wresting match that featured the visiting Lackey Chargers against the Great Mills, but the individual wins on each side, along with the fan and team support, were an indicator of it.
Lackey took home nine victories, three by pin, for a 46-27 win over Great Mills for its second straight victor y of the week.
Chargers head coach Justin Lansley said he was happy with the way his young team stepped up and overcame some adversity and stayed committed to what they needed to do.
“We have a couple guys that aren’t feeling real good today, but it didn’t show that much, so they were able to overcome that and still perform well,” Lansley said. “I liked how the team came together and everybody was supporting each other on the side and we had a couple guys come up with some big matches.
To have Sebastian [Kolczynski] come out against a good wrestler and win that tough match was awesome. You always leave points out there because there’s always room for improvement. I was happy with the effort that I saw, but I definitely saw some things that we can fix before the end of the season.”
Great Mills (8-21, 3-7 SMAC) started the night with back-toback wins, a pin by Sean Mc- Creery over Lackey co-captain Jacob Dobry in the 138-pound weight class followed by Tyler Yeldell 11-9 victory over Taiyo Kirby at 145.
Lackey (5-21, 5-6) answered with two pins to lead 12-9. Joseph Dodson (152) pinned Nick Potts in 4 minutes 42 sec- onds and Lackey standout and co-captain Trevor Thorne, who his now 20-2 overall, pinned Kenny Nelson in 2:49.
Thorne said the night couldn’t have gone any better.
“Can’t ask for much more,” Thorne said. “We’re starting to peak now. This is where we’re at our best condition. We didn’t have much time to get a good warm-up in, but they all came out ready to go tonight. It was a good night.”
One of the most challenging matches of the night was Lack- ey’s Jaxon Vayro who defeated Matt Eagan 15-6 at 195, the middle of three straight wins for the Chargers after the Hornets had regained a 15-12 lead.
Eagan made a concentrated effort to come back, but Vayro wasn’t giving up easy.
“I was quite happy with Matt Eagan tonight,” Great Mills head coach Carl VanDunk said. “He was down 10-1 and made that head darling move, which is kind of a desperation move. I was like, ‘Go for it’. He hit it, but he couldn’t finish.”
Darius Jackson-Jordan picked up another win this year when he pinned Jahaad Proctor in 38 seconds, bringing Great Mills to within 25-21.
Jackson-Jordan said it’s al- ways a good night when you pick up a win.
“When I knew we were going up against Lackey, I knew I’d already beaten them at the Northern Patriots Classic ear- lier this year and I figured I’d have an easy match, but I never let that disrupt how I approach the match,” he said. “I always go in thinking I’m the under- dog and do my best to beat my opponent, so I didn’t waste any time taking him down to the mat to where I could get my two points there.
Jackson-Jordan said he worked his double arm bar move first.
“I was able to quickly turn him and put him on the back,” Jackson-Jordan said. “He kind of fought me at first on the mat, but once I had both of his arms and locked it in, at that point there really wasn’t anything that he could do about it. I basi- cally waiting there for the ref to call the match.”
Jackson-Jordan is looking for- ward to the SMAC tournament, which Great Mills is scheduled to host Feb. 17 and 18.
“I’m feeling pretty good because I’ve won most of my matches in SMAC,” he said. “I feel like the only person I need to prepare for is one of the guys at Northern. I didn’t get to com- pete with him twice because he was overweight. All I know is if I see him, I know it’s going to be a hard match. That’s the one I need to really prepare for.”
Lackey picked up three wins by forfeit and a 1-0 victory as co-captain Sebastian Kolczynski (126 pounds) defeated Shawn Rosenbery, 1-0, with an escape in their first match-up this year. The Chargers hosted La Plata and Westlake in a tri-match on Tuesday and are scheduled to wrap up the regular season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday with a home dual match versus Hammond of Howard County.
“He was showing good defense on his feet and holding me real good, but I guess he just tired out,” said Kolczynski, who is now 18-11 on the season. “We were both getting tired, but with speed and explosiveness, which is what coach teaches us, I was able to get the win. I feel like it could have been a little more separated. I could have done better on my feet.”
Great Mills was scheduled to be face Huntingtown and host North Point in a tri-match on Tuesday, then is slated to finish the regular season at 5:30 p.m. Thursday versus Patuxent. Then it’s on to the SMAC tournament, and VanDunk said he’s looking forward to hosting the event.
“I’m excited and nervous,” he said.
Lackey junior Sebastian Kolcznski, left, defeated Great Mills standout Shawn Rosenbery, 1-0 with an escape move in the 126-pound bout Thursday night. The Chargers captured a 46-27 victory.