Robin­son’s Martino wins with a smart ap­proach

Ju­nior’s strat­egy pro­pels him past Kingett at Mount Mat Mad­ness

The Washington Post Sunday - - COURTSIDE - BY ANDY MARSO mar­soa@wash­post.com

ca­tonsville, md. — The word on Robin­son ju­nior Brook­sMartino is that he’s a cere­bral wrestler from a cere­bral fam­ily: He’s an as­pir­ing doc­tor with a 4.25 GPA and older broth­ers at­tend­ingNYU and Brown.

So whenMartino finds a strat­egy that works, like the one he’s got against For­est Park se­nior Ja­cob Kingett, he sticks with it.

Martino de­feated Kingett, 1-0, in the 135-pound cham­pi­onship of the Mount Mat Mad­ness tour­na­ment Satur­day at the Com­mu­nity Col­lege of Bal­ti­more County, writ­ing an­other chap­ter in what is be­com­ing one of Vir­ginia’s top ri­val­ries in the weight class.

“We al­lowed Brooks to slow us down,” For­est Park Coach Seth Cameron said. “At the be­gin­ning we were wrestling the way we wanted to wres­tle but we didn’t get a take­down. Then he con­trolled the tide.”

Martino led Robin­son to third place at the 29-team tour­na­ment, be­hind only Penn­syl­va­nia pow­er­house Wy­oming Sem­i­nary and Delaware’s Cae­sar Rod­ney.

The match was eerily sim­i­lar to the pair’s first meet­ing at the Beast of the East in De­cem­ber, when they went through three over­times tied 1-1 be­fore Martino rode out Kingett to break the tie.

Cameron said the strat­egy go­ing into the match was to be ag­gres­sive and Kingett did that early, slap­ping Martino around the head in an ef­fort to get him off bal­ance.

“He’s a more phys­i­cal wrestler,” Martino said of Kingett. “He re­mem­bered that from last match so he was try­ing to go with that same strat­egy, but I’ve been study­ing also.”

Martino never opened him­self up to a take­down. Af­ter he rode out Kingett to end the sec­ond pe­riod, Cameron was com­pelled to give up an es­cape at the be­gin­ning of the third to get the two wrestlers on their feet again.

“We’d wres­tled him be­fore and I didn’t think we were go­ing to turn him,” said Cameron, who coached Martino’s brother, Gregg, at Stonewall Jack­son. “We’re a lit­tle more com­fort­able on our feet and he’s a real good top and bot­tom wrestler.”

Kingett, who car­ries a 3.8 GPA and said he was go­ing home to write col­lege en­trance es­says af­ter the tour­na­ment, is no aca­demic slouch him­self. But he couldn’t fig­ure out Martino’s de­fenses and each shot he took in the third pe­riod came out empty.

“It was re­ally, re­ally frus­trat­ing,” Kingett said. “It didn’t seem like there was any­thing I could do.”

Kingett may yet get an­other chance. He’s30-5an­drankedNo. 4 in the state at 135. Martino is 27-6 and ranked No. 1. A state tour­na­ment re­match is a dis­tinct pos­si­bil­ity.

“I’m go­ing to need to wres­tle him again,” Martino said. “ This is not the last time I’ll see him.”

Good Coun­sel fresh­man Kyle Sny­der won the 215-pound cham­pi­onship Satur­day and re­mained un­de­feated at 35-0. But he faced stern chal­lenges in a 3-0 semi­fi­nal win against DeMatha’s Dylan Devine and a 4-1 triple over­time win against Wy­oming Sem­i­nary’s A. J. Viz­car­rondo in the fi­nal.

Cen­ten­nial ju­nior Nathan Kraisser also stayed un­de­feated (16-0), top­ping Wy­oming Sem­i­nary’s Dom Malone 3-1 in the 119-pound cham­pi­onship. Kraisser was named the meet’s out­stand­ing wrestler.

For­est Park’s Pa­trick Budd and Kevin John­son and Good Coun­sel’s Shane Arechiga all reached the fi­nals but lost.

DOUG KAPUSTIN FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

Brook­sMartino’s vic­tory over James Kingett, left, in the 135-pound cham­pi­onship helped Robin­son fin­ish third atMoun­tMatMad­ness.

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