Lions dominate in wrestling
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.