Pointer wrestlers win re­gion, fin­ish se­cond in state

Af­ter stomp­ing Scor­pi­ons, Point falls to de­fend­ing champ Knights

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

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

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.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Spar­rows Point’s Skyler Minutelli was one of four Pointer wrestlers to win a match against Mid­dle­town in the state cham­pi­onship match.

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