Robinson’s Martino wins with a smart approach
Junior’s strategy propels him past Kingett at Mount Mat Madness
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.
BrooksMartino’s victory over James Kingett, left, in the 135-pound championship helped Robinson finish third atMountMatMadness.