Ea­gles place fifth in 4A-3A South wrestling tour­ney

Ed­mond brings home in­di­vid­ual crown for North Point

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

an­dery SPRINGDALEs­port ath­letes stress from the — vir­tu­ally im­por­tance Coach­e­sevof Satur­day peak­ing eveningat the right­the time Hunt­ing-and town team provedHigh nearly School dom­i­nant wrestling en route to cap­tur­ing the Class 4A3A South Re­gion ti­tle at Charles H. Flow­ers High School.

Hunt­ing­town eas­ily won the team ti­tle by amass­ing 204 points, nearly 50 more than run­ner-up Leonard­town (158). North Point (78) fin­ished fifth, while North­ern (61) took ninth, Chop­ti­con (50) and 10th to round out the top 10. Great Mills (17) was 14th and St. Charles was one of four teams that failed to score and tied for 19th.

Hunt­ing­town had 10 wrestlers reach the re­gion semi­fi­nals and six of them ad­vanced to the cham­pi­onship matches where four of them, Josh Stokes (126 pounds), Tristin Breen (160), Gino Sita (195) and Jared Bur- goyne (220) all proved vic­tori- ous. Tony Sita (145) and Ja­cob Cramer (170) set­tled for run- ner-up hon­ors in their re­spec- tive weight class fi­nals.

“It was a great two days for these kids,” Hunt­ing­town head coach Kevin Gil­li­gan said. “We had 10 guys make it to semis, six reached the cham­pi­onship and we have four in­di­vid­ual champs and we scored over 200 points. Our fresh­man, Josh Stokes, was re­ally good and then Tris- tin, Gino and Jared all wres­tled ex­tremely well. It’s great to win the re­gions, but there’s still a lot of work that we have to do this week to get ready for states next week.” Hunt­ing­town and their fel­low South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence teams that qual­i­fied wrestlers for the 4A-3A state cham­pi­onships will not have to travel quite as far next week­end when they ven­ture to the Show Place Arena in Up­per Marl­boro. Nev­er­the­less, for sev­eral Hurri- canes the shorter com­mute will hardly im­pact their ea­ger­ness to par­tic­i­pate in the state cham- pi­o­nships. “This week I will be do­ing a Hunt­ing­town’slot of work on Gino car­dio,”Sita, who said recorded a pin with 20 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod to de­feat Stephen De­catur’s Caleb Bourne in the 195-pound ti­tle match. “It means a lot to win the team ti­tle. All of these guys re­ally worked hard for this. Josh Stokes is only a fresh­man, but he’s al­ready break­ing school records. I was so proud of Jared — he’s my prac­tice part­ner all week and he was great tonight.” “I re­ally want to fo­cus on stay­ing healthy and stay­ing fo­cused,” Breen said. “I’m in a re­ally tough weight class. There are a lot of re­ally strong wrestlers at 160 this year, so I will have to just have to come in ready and healthy. It was great to win the re­gion ti­tle, es­pe­cially af­ter we let the chance to com- pete at state du­als slip away.” Stokes had jump started the Hur­ri­canes by de­feat­ing Elea- nor Roo­sevelt’s An­drew Thom- as, 7-1, and later Bur­goyne punc­tu­ated Hunt­ing­town’s ti­tle by down­ing Park­dale’s Nathan Forschner. Bur­goyne gained the up­per hand right from the out­set and led 9-4 when Forschner suf­fered his third in­jury of the match and could not con­tinue with 46 sec­onds left in the third pe­riod.

Leonard­town had sev­eral wrestlers reach their re­spec­tive ti­tle match. Sean Vos­burgh (106) was pinned by Park­dale’s Kidus Ge­bri­or­gis with 1.8 sec­onds left in the first pe­riod. Trevor Crowley (160) lost to Breen in an all-SMAC fi­nal, but Raiders sopho­more John Podsed­nik (152) edged North­ern’s Lance Adri­ani, 5-4, in an­other al­lSMAC fi­nal.

“It’s hard to be­lieve that seven weeks ago I dis­lo­cated by right el­bow,” said Podsed­nik, who has by­passed surgery to seek heal­ing from a higher author­ity. “I asked God to heal my el­bow and here I am back com­pet­ing and able to win a re­gion ti­tle. Ev- ery match that I wres­tle helps me to give thanks to God and spread the word of Je­sus. Without his strength and guid­ance and in­spi­ra­tion, I would have noth­ing.”

De­spite hav­ing only one wrestler reach the cham­pi­onship round on Satur­day, North Point fin­ished fifth in the team stand­ings and the ef­forts of Isa­iah Ed­mond were a big rea­son for that climb. In one of the clos­est matches of the evening’s fi­nals, Ed­mond (132) edged Eleanor Roo­sevelt’s Isa­iah Wil­liams, 8-6, to high­light the per­for­mances of Charles County per­form­ers and con­tinue the fam­ily tra­di­tion.

“My brother, Malachi, won a re­gion ti­tle,” Ed­mond said. “So, tonight I came here want­ing to fol­low in his foot­steps. A lot of my friends and fam­ily came up here from Wal­dorf to watch me and cheer for me. It means a lot of win a re­gion ti­tle with so many of them here. I’m ex- cited to be go­ing to states. I’ve had good com­pe­ti­tion all year, but I know it’s go­ing to be even tougher over there.”

North­ern had a pair of wres- tlers who reached the fi­nals. While Adri­ani suf­fered a nar- row set­back to Podsed­nik, Seth Cran­ford (182) edged C.H. Flow­ers’ Austin Cole, 4-3. Cran- ford led 4-1 head­ing into the third pe­riod, but Cole con­tin­ued to at­tack the Pa­tri­ots wrestler whose de­fen­sive tac­tics en­abled him to pre­vail.

Chop­ti­con’s Ma­son Cox con- tin­ued his stel­lar sea­son by cap­tur­ing the 138-pound ti­tle. In the fi­nals, Cox ac­tu­ally trailed High Point’s Kevin Ro­jas 2-0 ini­tially, but the Braves wrestler scored the last 11 points of the match, in­clud­ing all six in the third pe­riod, to pull away from his Ea­gles foe for an 11-2 tri­umph.

“My main fo­cus was try­ing to get off to a good start,” Cox said. “He sur­prised me with an early move, but then I was able to get con­trol of the match af­ter that. It’s al­ways mean­ing­ful to win a re­gion ti­tle. Now I’m look­ing for­ward to states. I know that I have to work on a few new moves in or­der to be ready for some of the guys I will see over there.”

From a team per­spec­tive, SMAC squads cap­tured the top two spots and three of the top five. In 10 con­sec­u­tive weight classes from 126 to 220, SMAC schools had a rep­re­sen­ta­tive in a cham­pi­onship match. SMAC schools had a fi­nal­ist in 11 of the 14 weight classes, col­lect­ing eight in­di­vid­ual ti­tles and five run­ner-up fin­ishes.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK North Point High School’s Isa­iah Ed­mond, cen­ter, proudly dis­plays his cer­tifi­cate af­ter win­ning the 132-pound ti­tle at the Class 4A-3A South Re­gion wrestling tour­na­ment at Charles H. Flow­ers High School in Springdale on Satur­day evening.

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