Dun­dalk High puts a ring on Doetsch’s wrestling state ti­tle

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION -

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.

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