Pointer wrestlers win region, finish second in state
After stomping Scorpions, Point falls to defending champ Knights
The Sparrows Point wrestling team celebrates after defeating Dunbar and Hereford to win the Class 1A/2A North Regional duals championship last week. The Pointers reached the state championship match with a convincing win over Oakland Mills, but fell to defending champion Middletown.
Sparrows Point won its first regional duals title two years ago. In the state semifinals, the Pointers were whipped by Oakland Mills.
Sparrows Point flattened three postseason opponents last week to reach the Class 1A/2A state duals championship match on Saturday at North Point High in Waldorf.
The run ended against defending state champion Middletown, which handled Sparrows Point a 56-19 loss.
Again meeting Oakland Mills in the state semis, the Pointers whipped the Scorpions 56-19.
So, maybe in two years, it will be Middletown’s turn.
“They are pretty good,” Sparrows Point coach Mike Whisner said. “That team is loaded.”
But the Pointers made the Knights work for it. After Middetown won the first three matches to take a 16-0 lead, Sparrows Point won the next three matches to close to within 16-13.
The Knights won seven of the last eight matches, however, to slam the door on the Pointers.
“Even with those three wins, knew it would be an uphill battle,” Whisner said. “We let three matches get away from us.”
The Knights featured eight ranked wrestlers to the Pointers’ five.
Six of Middletown’s ranked wrestlers won their matches, five by pins. In all, the Knights had eight pins.
In a showdown at 132 pounds, Max Hammonds of Sparrows Point (ranked second in Class 1A/2A at 138 pounds, 10th in the state) won a 5-2 decision over Sean Farron (ranked sixth in Class 1A/2A at 132 pounds).
Middletown’s eighth ranked wrestler did not wrestle.
Sparrows Point’s Mike Fouts (7th in Class 1A/2A) pinned Ethan Grossnickle in 3:08 at 120 pounds, while the Pointers’ Ethan Smith (ranked No. 1 overall) pinned Beau Hermann in 3:21 at 182 pounds.
Sparrows Point’s other win came at 126 pounds, where Skyler Minutelli won an 8-0 major decision over Noah Grossnickle.
At 220 pounds, Middletown’s Tyler Clemmer, ranked second in 1A/2A and seventh overall, pinned Josh Hux (ranked eighth) in 3:31.
Middletown’s Adam Bain (second in 1A/2A, sixth overall at 152 pounds), pinned Sparrows Point’s Cortavious Carter (7th at 145) in 3:21, while Josh Paige (ranked 1st and fifth) defeated Point’s Ethan Hoenig 18-4 at 145 pounds.
At 285 pounds, Middletown’s top-ranked Sean Mullican (third overall) pinned Justin Rallo in 1:01.
Against Oakland Mills, Sparrows Point actually trailed 9-6 after losing two of the first three matches.
But after Danny Davis (113 pounds) gave the Pointers a 12-9 lead by pinned Jalen Cornelius in 1:59, the Scorpions forfeited the next two matches to extend Sparrows Point’s lead to 24-9.
PHOTO BY BILL GATES
The Sparrows Point wrestling team warms up before the start of the regional championship match against Hereford. The gymnasium lights were dimmed save for a single spotlight above the mat.
Sparrows Point’s Skyler Minutelli was one of four Pointer wrestlers to win a match against Middletown in the state championship match.