Lions dom­i­nate in wrestling

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DAVID INS­LEY dins­ley@star­

ST. MICHAELS — With matches against Class 2A ri­vals Eas­ton and Kent Is­land com­ing next week, Queen Anne’s County High’s wrestling team took on Class 1A St. Michaels, and fel­low guest Colonel Richard­son on Fri­day in a tri-meet to warm up.

The Lions came out on top in both of their du­als, top­ping the Saints 64-18, and the Colonels, 58-21. Colonel earned a split with a 39-31 vic­tory over the Saints.

“Each team has a cou­ple of good wrestlers, and we’re hop­ing to get our guys ready not just for next week, but for af­ter that,” said Lions coach David Stricker af­ter his team im­proved to 7-4 over­all, 7-3 Bay­side Con­fer­ence. “Eas­ton’s al­ways tough, Kent Is­land’s a very good team. We’ve got a lot of chal­lenges in front of us; we were hop­ing to get a cou­ple of good matches here, and some of our guys did.”

The night’s first dual meet

be­tween Queen Anne’s and Colonel Richard­son be­gan with the Lions pick­ing up a pair of for­feits, mak­ing it 12-0.

“We have had a lot of trou­ble find­ing kids to go at 106 (pounds), and at 113,” Colonel head coach Bryan Hall said. “Our num­bers are down, and for those classes, you usu­ally need younger un­der­class­men, fresh­men, sopho­mores. And we’re not get­ting them to come out.”

Ja­cob West­fall (120, 4:30 pin­fall), and Eric Smith (126, 1:54 pin­fall) also earned six Lion team points apiece. A 30-se­cond pin at 132 by Trys­ten LaBrier made it 300. A ma­jor de­ci­sion at 138 by Colin Jens pushed the Lions’ lead to 34-0 be­fore Colonel picked up its first vic­tor y.

Colonel 145-pounder Ryan Stanton, bat­tling Ja­cob Heinz, fought through three pe­ri­ods, to a 3-3 tie. Stanton earned a sec­ond­pe­riod es­cape and a re­ver­sal in the third, and al­lowed two re­turns to neu­tral be­fore get­ting called for a locked­hands vi­o­la­tion in the fi­nal sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion that tied the score.

As the first one-minute over­time clock wound down, Stanton man­aged a take­down for the 5-3 win, mak­ing it 34-3, Lions.

Af­ter Queen Anne’s Jamie Keating re­ceived a for­feit at 152, Chan­dler Wal­ters (160) picked one up for Colonel.

Colonel 170-pounder Troy Rose pulled his team to within 40-15 with a pin­fall as the first pe­riod ex­pired.

Queen Anne’s Pa­trick Kirby got the last six points with a for­feit at 182, but Colonel’s Jor­dan Gabriel re­sponded with a pin­fall at 195 to make it 46-21.

Lion 220-pounder Mitchell Sher­bert barely beat the clock in his bat­tle with Ryan Mitchell, earn­ing a vic­tory by pin with 0.3 sec­onds left

in the third pe­riod. Chuckie Lansinger (285) wrapped things up with a 61-se­cond pin­fall for Queen Anne’s.

Colonel’s se­cond dual meet, be­gan at 113 with a for­feit to the Saints’ Cole John­son. Chris Gu­tier­rez’s 10-4 de­ci­sion at 120 made it 9-0. Colonel an­swered at 126, Bran­don Draper’s 95-se­cond pin clos­ing the gap to 9-6.

Queen Anne’s Colby Bryan (132) was a take­down away from tech­ni­cal fall over Michael Greenage, but set­tled for a 14-1 ma­jor de­ci­sion that made it 13-6, Saints.

Ma­son Lam­bert, a fresh­man bat­tling at 138, picked up a pin­fall with 26 sec­onds left in the se­cond pe­riod to pull Colonel to within 13-12. Stanton (145) fol­lowed with a 5-3 de­ci­sion over Daniel Pritchard.

Then came a flurry of for­feits, the first three go­ing to the Saints and mak­ing it 3115. Colonel’s Rose (182), Gabriel (195), Mitchell (220), and Skyler Wock­en­fuss (285) got the last four, the 24-team points more than enough to se­cure the team’s third dual-meet vic­tory of the sea­son.

“The for­feits don’t re­ally bother the kids,” Saints head coach King Hill said. “We know they’re com­ing, and it doesn’t re­ally af­fect them. They’re good kids. We might not win a lot of matches as a team, but the kids go out there and do their best.”

Eric Smith’s 120-pound pin­fall be­gan the fi­nal dual meet; it was the first in a string of five Lion wins — four by pin — for a 28-0 lead. Among them was Colin Jens’ 26th win on the sea­son, a 14-3 ma­jor at 132 over Colby Br yan, and LaBrier’s 15th, a 60-se­cond pin­fall at 126.

St. Michaels picked up three more for­feits — Miller (152), Gar­rett Had­daway (160), Briar Smith (170) — mak­ing it 28-18. But the Lions got the same high-weight-class for­feits Colonel did, the wins by Pa­trick Kirby (182; his 21st win of the year), Joe Gar­ris (195), Sher­bert (220) and Lansinger (285) putting the match out of reach at 52-18 with the two low­est weight classes re­main­ing.

Chris Spray, who picked up a for­feit at 106 against Colonel to be­gin the trimeet, did so against St. Michaels as well. Hunter Charles, also a for­feit vic­tor in the first dual meet, earned a pin­fall in the first pe­riod at 113 to end the af­fair.


Queen Anne’s Ja­cob West­fall gets the pin in the 120-pound class against Colonel Richard­son on Fri­day.


Queen Anne’s Colin Jens, bot­tom, earned his 26th win of the sea­son Fri­day with a 14-3 ma­jor over St. Michaels’ Colby Bryan at 132 pounds.


Queen Anne’s Jamie Keating gets in po­si­tion for the pin against St. Michaels on Fri­day.

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