Pointer wrestlers sweep South River Duals, stay unbeaten
Dundalk to debut wrestling invitational this weekend
The Sparrows Point wrestling team ended 2018 with another perfect tournament performance as the Pointers claimed the team title at the South River Duals on Dec. 29.
Sparrows Point defeated all nine opponents at the tournament to raise its record to 23-0.
The toughest match was against host South River, which would finish second in the team standings with an 8-1 record. Sparrows Point defeated the Seahawks 39-36 to clinch the tournament crown.
In addition to beating the host school, which entered the tournament ranked higher than Sparrows Point in the Sun’s metro poll, the Pointers also knocked off defending state champion Huntingtown 40-31.
Sparrows Point also knocked off Eastern shore power Kent Island, 48-30.
The other six matches were relatively easy, with the Pointers defeating Eleanor Roosevelt 72-10; Reservoir 68-9; Northern 50-23; Albert Einstein 70-9; Northeast 54-24; and Clarksburg 63-18.
“What I liked was, we did it without several starters,” Sparrows Point coach Mike Whisner said.
Sparrows Point had four individual weight class winners: Wayne Brooks (113 pounds); Richard Davis (126); Luke Hoenig (138); and Jake Rallo (170).
The Pointers opened the new year with a 66-15 win at Carver A&T on Thursday.
Sparrows Point was to host Parkville on Thursday. It has been six years since the Pointers have lost a regular-season dual match (not counting tournaments. Their winning streak currently stands at 79.
Dundalk lost at Catonsville on Thursday, 45-35, while Patapsco lost to visiting Franklin 66-12.
The Owls will debut their new “King of the Mat” duals tournament on Friday and Saturday. Twenty teams are expected to compete in the two-day event, which replaces Dundalk’s usual wrestling duals tournament which was called “The Battle for the Banner.”
Dundalk took its boys team to the Southern Maryland Indoor Classic on Saturday at the Prince George’s County SportsPlex and received an impressive performance from its 800-meter relay team.
The quartet of Jordan Williams, Marquis Marable, Se’Vion Thompson and Taishaun Craddock finished third with a time of 1:33.11 — the best time posted in Class 3A so far this season.
Bullis Prep, a private school, won the event with a time of 1:28.39, while Class 4A school Paint Branch took second in 1:31.16.
Craddock also finished seventh in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.75, and fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (7.80).
Williams finished 12th in the 55 meters (6.84).
The Dundalk boys finished fifth in a 13-team meet on Friday at CCBC Essex.
Jordan Williams (6.92) and Adam Lmansour (7.04) finished second and third, respectively, in the 55-meter dash for the Owls.
Taishaun Craddock (8.30) and Se’Vion Thompson (8.940 took third and sixth, respectively in the 55-meter hurdles, while Thomas Hamby (40-5) took third in the shotput.
Malik Brown finished fourth in the pole vault (9-6) and sixth in the high jump (5-2).
The 4x160-meter relay team of Williams, Thompson, Brown and Lmansour finished third in 1:22.54.
Harford Tech defeated Dulaney for the team title, 134.5 to 128.4. Towson (57.2 points) was third, followed by Bel Air (43.9) and Dundalk (43).
For the Dundalk girls, Keyona Henry (26-9) finished second in the shotput.
Harford Tech won the girls meet by a 142.5 to 87 margin over Bel Air, with Dulaney (83 points) taking third, followed by Elkton (41) and Towson (38. Dundalk tied for 10th place with nine points.
Patapsco (1-5) picked up its first win of the season with a 45-12 victory at Sparrows Point on Friday.
The Patriots were to host Parkville on Wednesday and Pikesville on Friday before playing at Dundalk on January 16.
The Owls (0-6) lost at Pikesville on Friday. Dundalk was to play at Carver A&T on Wednesday before hosting Hereford on Friday.
Sparrows Point (1-4) lost at Dulaney on Friday 63-26. The Pointers were to host Loch raven on Wednesday and Milford Mill on Friday.
Te Dundalk 800-meter relay team of (from left, wearing medals) Jordan Williams, Marquis Marable, Se’Vion Thompson and Taishaun Craddock took third at the Southern Maryland Indoor Classic on Saturday with a time of 1:33.1 — currently the top Class 3A time in the state for the event.
Patapsco’s Jacob Dempsey pinned his Franklin opponent for one of the few bright spots for the Patriots during a 66-12 loss.
Alex Ratliff battles a Franklin wrestler during the Patriots loss to the Indians last week.