[Blanchard] wrestle more aggressively in the match that sealed it, but there was just no point in having him wrestle aggressively for the team. I didn’t know at that point what would happen with the heavyweights.”
The Lions bumped up their lineup in an effort to get the matchups they wanted, but Kent Island proved too strong in the middle and upper weight classes.
The victory clinched a berth for the Bucs (12-2) in the Class 2A-1A South Regional dual-meet championships. Top-seed LaPlata will host the competition. Kent Island is seeded second, Oakland Mills third, and Southern of Anne Arundel fourth.
Two Kent Island forfeits (113 pounds and 126), a pinfall by Queen Anne’s Jacob Westfall (120), and a major decision by QA’s Colin Jens propelled the Lions to a 22-3 lead to open the meet. But the Bucs then won seven
straight bouts to secure the victory. Queen Anne’s final points came on Chuckie Lansinger’s pinfall at 285 and a Bucs forfeit at 113.
Dylan Finlay earned a hard-fought 10-6 victory over Trystyn LaBrier in the 132-pound bout for the Bucs’ first points.
“We were looking at it all week,” Sitar said. “We knew that LaBrier had beaten Finlay last year. We kind of figured that they might try to get that matchup, to get the matchup with Jens going ‘38. Westfall for Queen Anne’s wrestled at 120. That’s where they started bumping. … One-twenty-six, Eric Smith got the forfeit and then LaBrier bumped to 132. Jens bumped to 138, [Jacob] Heinz bumped to 145, and [Jamie] Keating bumped to 152.”
LaBrier scored a takedown in the opening seconds against Finlay, but Finlay earned a reversal that led to three near-fall points midway through the second