Colonels pick up split at tri-meet

Times-Record - - FRONT PAGE - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

ST. MICHAELS — With matches against Class 2A ri­vals Eas­ton and Kent Is­land com­ing next week, Queen Anne’s County High’s wrestling team took on Class 1A St. Michaels, and fel­low guest Colonel Richard­son on Fri­day in a tri-meet to warm up. The Li­ons came out on top in both of their du­als, top­ping the Saints 64-18, and the Colonels, 58-21. Colonel earned a split with a 39-31 vic­tory over the Saints.

ST. MICHAELS — With matches against Class 2A ri­vals Eas­ton and Kent Is­land com­ing next week, Queen Anne’s County High’s wrestling team took on Class 1A St. Michaels, and fel­low guest Colonel Richard­son on Fri­day in a tri-meet to warm up.

The Li­ons came out on top in both of their du­als, top­ping the Saints 64-18, and the Colonels, 5821. Colonel earned a split with a 39-31 vic­tor y over the Saints.

“Each team has a cou­ple of good wrestlers, and we’re hop­ing to get our guys ready not just for next week, but for af­ter that,” said Li­ons coach David Stricker af­ter his team im­proved to 7-4 over­all, 7-3 Bay­side Con­fer­ence. “Eas­ton’s al­ways tough, Kent Is­land’s a very good team. We’ve got a lot of chal­lenges in front of us; we were hop­ing to get a cou­ple of good matches here, and some of our guys did.”

The night’s first dual meet be­tween Queen Anne’s and Colonel Richard­son be­gan with the Li­ons pick­ing up a pair of for­feits, mak­ing it 12-0.

“We have had a lot of trou­ble find­ing kids to go at 106 (pounds), and at 113,” Colonel head coach Bryan Hall said. “Our num­bers are down, and for those classes, you usu­ally need younger un­der­class­men, fresh­men, sopho­mores. And we’re not get­ting them to come out.”

Ja­cob West­fall (120, 4:30 pin­fall), and Eric Smith (126, 1:54 pin­fall) also earned six Lion team points apiece. A 30-sec­ond pin at 132 by Trys­ten LaBrier made it 30-0. A ma­jor de­ci­sion at 138 by Colin Jens pushed the Li­ons’ lead to 34-0 be­fore Colonel picked up its first vic­tory.

Colonel 145-pounder Ryan Stan­ton, bat­tling Ja­cob Heinz, fought through three pe­ri­ods, to a 3-3 tie. Stan­ton earned a sec­ond-pe­riod es­cape and a re­ver­sal in the third, and al­lowed two re­turns to neu­tral be­fore get­ting called for a locked­hands vi­o­la­tion in the fi­nal sec­onds of reg­u­la­tion that tied the score.

As the first one-minute over­time clock wound down, Stan­ton man­aged a take­down for the 5-3 win, mak­ing it 34-3, Li­ons.

Af­ter Queen Anne’s Jamie Keat­ing re­ceived a for­feit at 152, Chan­dler Wal­ters (160) picked one up for Colonel.

Colonel 170-pounder Troy Rose pulled his team to within 40-15 with a pin­fall as the first pe­riod ex­pired.

Queen Anne’s Pa­trick Kirby got the last six points with a for­feit at 182, but Colonel’s Jor­dan Gabriel re­sponded with a pin­fall at 195 to make it 46-21.

Lion 220-pounder Mitchell Sher­bert barely beat the clock in his bat­tle with Ryan Mitchell, earn­ing a vic­tory by pin with 0.3 sec­onds left in the third pe­riod. Chuckie Lansinger (285) wrapped things up with a 61-sec­ond pin­fall for Queen Anne’s.

Colonel’s sec­ond dual meet, be­gan at 113 with a for­feit to the Saints’ Cole John­son. Chris Gu­tier­rez’s 10-4 de­ci­sion at 120 made it 9-0. Colonel an­swered at 126, Bran­don Draper’s 95-sec­ond pin clos­ing the gap to 9-6.

Queen Anne’s Colby Bryan (132) was a take­down away from tech­ni­cal fall over Michael Greenage, but set­tled for a 14-1 ma­jor de­ci­sion that made it 13-6, Saints.

Mason Lam­bert, a fresh­man bat­tling at 138, picked up a pin­fall with 26 sec­onds left in the sec­ond pe­riod to pull Colonel to within 13-12. Stan­ton (145) fol­lowed with a 5-3 de­ci­sion over Daniel Pritchard.

Then came a flurry of for­feits, the first three go­ing to the Saints and mak­ing it 31-15. Colonel’s Rose (182), Gabriel (195), Mitchell (220), and Skyler Wock­en­fuss (285) got the last four, the 24-team points more than enough to secure the team’s third dualmeet vic­tory of the sea­son.

“The for­feits don’t re­ally bother the kids,” Saints head coach King Hill said. “We know they’re com­ing, and it doesn’t re­ally af­fect them. They’re good kids. We might not win a lot of matches as a team, but the kids go out there and do their best.”

Eric Smith’s 120-pound pin­fall be­gan the fi­nal dual meet; it was the first in a string of five Lion wins — four by pin — for a 28-0 lead. Among them was Colin Jens’ 26th win on the sea­son, a 14-3 ma­jor at 132 over Colby Bryan, and LaBrier’s 15th, a 60-sec­ond pin­fall at 126.

St. Michaels picked up three more for­feits — Miller (152), Gar­rett Had­daway (160), Briar Smith (170) — mak­ing it 28-18. But the Li­ons got the same high-weight­class for­feits Colonel did, the wins by Pa­trick Kirby (182; his 21st win of the year), Joe Gar­ris (195), Sher­bert (220) and Lansinger (285) putting the match out of reach at 5218 with the two low­est weight classes re­main­ing.

Chris Spray, who picked up a for­feit at 106 against Colonel to be­gin the tri-meet, did so against St. Michaels as well. Hunter Charles, also a for­feit vic­tor in the first dual meet, earned a pin­fall in the first pe­riod at 113 to end the af­fair.

St. Michaels hosts Snow Hill at 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

Colonel, which com­peted in a 10-team tour­na­ment at Nan­dua (Va.) yes­ter­day, hosts Kent County on Wed­nes­day at 5 p.m.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son’s Jor­dan Gabriel gains con­trol be­fore pin­ning Queen Anne’s Joe Gar­ris Fri­day, Jan. 27.

Colonel Richard­son’s Bran­don Draper gains con­trol be­fore get­ting the pin against St. Michaels Fri­day, Jan. 27.

PHO­TOS BY DUSTIN HOLT

Colonel Richard­son 145-pounder Ryan Stan­ton gets in po­si­tion be­fore pick­ing up the vic­tory against St. Michaels Fri­day, Jan. 27.

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