Lackey cap­tures win over Great Mills

Wrestling team picks up sec­ond straight win of week

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TAMMY SHOWALTER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY SHOWALTER

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.

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