Hurricanes win some hardware
For the last half-decade or so, Huntingtown’s wrestling program had elevated itself to become the top program in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference and one of the better teams in the state. But as the 2017-18 season commenced, the Hurricanes still didn’t have very much to show for it.
But after a dominant showing at North Point High School on Nov. 10, Huntingtown finally had a state championship trophy, as the Hurricanes defeated Mount Hebron 46-18 to win the Class 3A state duals championship.
“I’m really happy. I can’t really explain it,” said Huntingtown coach Steve Gilligan. “I watched my brother [Kevin] win a state championship with Stephen Decatur 10 years ago. Twenty-one years ago, I participated in the event [wrestling for Lackey] and we were able to win a championship, so it’s really nice to be able to finally bring home a championship for Huntingtown High School. I’m kind of at a loss for words. It’s pretty cool.”
Huntingtown won 10 of 14 matches in the championship dual with Mount Hebron, but started off in a 6-0 hole after a loss in the dual-opening 152-pound match. But Jacob Cramer’s pin at 160 kicked off a four-match run by the Hurricanes as they took control. Tristin Breen (170) and Joe Murray (182) both won by fall, while Dakota Cram secured a 12-11 decision at 195 to give the Hurricanes a commanding 21-6 advantage that they would never relent.
“You have to keep that good attitude and good vibe. You have to keep things rolling,” Breen said. “The excitement that you give off is a big part of it. To be there for your teammates while they’re wrestling, no matter win or lose, is important.”
Mount Hebron won three straight to close to within 21-18, but the Hurricanes won the final six matches to close out the decisive victory.
“I thought we had the ability,” he said. “I knew there were a few weight classes where they had some guys that maybe were a little bit better than our guys coming in. But I knew that if we went out there and wrestled our style and our match that we could go out there and put on a dominant performance. The kids were able to do that. I was really pleased with how they went out in the finals. They went after the bonus points and nobody backed down. We won some really, really good matches against some tough kids.”
Huntingtown’s wrestling team won its first state duals championship, winning the 3A title in February.