Dundalk High puts a ring on Doetsch’s wrestling state title
Heading into last season’s Maryland state wrestling tournament, Robert Doetsch of Dundalk High told principal Kristin Anelli it was a tradition for a wrestler winning a state championship to receive a ring.
“So I told him, you win a state title, I’ll get you a ring,” Anelli said.
Doetsch won a state title. On Monday, he received his ring.
(I was not aware of this tradition. Then again, prior to March, I had never covered a local athlete winning a wrestling state title.)
Doetsch became the first area wrestler to win a state title since Sparrows Point’s Mike Weber in 2000. He’s the first Dundalk wrestler to claim a state title since Dan Simancek in 1996.
It capped an unbeaten season (39-0) for Doetsch and left his career high school record at 111-11.
A senior, Doetsch has a chance to become the first multiple state champion wrestler in school history. And to earn a ring for his other hand. have taken it out fast, forced Centrowitz into a faster pace, and perhaps drain some of his strength before the final lap.
Instead we had, what, the slowest winning Olympic 1,500-meter time in decades? Doesn’t matter. The race is to the finish line, not against the clock.
Highlight of the Olympics, for me (bearing in mind I prefer distance races).
Did the disqualification of the USA men’s 4x100meter relay team seem familiar? It’s the same reason (the runner being in the exchange zone, but the baton wasn’t) Dundalk High’s 400-meter relay team was disqualified at last spring’s regional championships, causing them to miss an opportunity to medal at the state meet.
I still think the Owls got robbed. The USA, too, but at least the judges were able to check a slow- motion instant replay. had legitimately botched the baton exchange, didn’t deserve another chance and it was all due to American privilege and the USA bullying the meet officials.
Much of the whining seemed to be from American idiots who felt the USA was getting special treatment and didn’t deserve it, that no interference had taken place and, gosh, America needed to be taken down a peg or two.
( Gee, I wonder who those people will be voting for in November?)
Then there were the people who insisted “that sort of jostling takes place all the time!” Uh, maybe in your little casual rec council races. Not in real track meets.
All- in- all, it was a reminder there are a lot of people out there who only pay attention to track and field every four years, know absolutely nothing about the sport and its rules, and unfortunately have access to the Internet. once- reliably Democratic blue collar residents of the 6th Legislative district ( Dundalk- Edgemere and most of Essex) support Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump because we’re mostly white ( 77 percent), didn’t get much schooling past high school ( apparently we have the lowest percentage of college degrees among all districts) and are, ummm, concerned about a rising immigrant population.
Yeah, it couldn’t be that maybe the blue- collar residents of this former Democratic stronghold might be feeling let down by a Democratic party that, to them, seems to care more about liberal social issues than about the concerns of the struggling working class that have long been the mainstay of the Democratic Party.
( For the record, my view of November’s election is taken from the tagline of the movie Aliens vs. Predator: Whoever wins, we lose.)
Dundalk High School presented senior Robert Doetsch with a ring on Monday in honor of his winning a wrestling state title last winter. From left: wrestling coaches Chad Goodnight and Jeff Tyler; Doetsch; Dundalk High principal Kristin Anelli and Dundalk High athletic director Derek Maki.
A close-up of the ring awarded to Dundalk High’s Robert Doetsch by the school in honor of him winning a wrestling state title in March.