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Decatur wrestlers win over QA, but fall to NC

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Feb 01, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Jeremy Danner, left, locks up with North Caroline’s Seth Layton during their 138-pound match on Wednesday in Berlin. Danner battled back from trailing 2-0 and 4-2, but came up a bit short in the end, losing 4-3.

(Feb. 2, 2018) The Stephen Decatur wrestling team pulled out a 36-27 victory over the Queen Anne’s Lions on Monday, but two days later, the Seahawks lost their first competition of the season, 39-31, to the North Caroline Bulldogs.

Although Decatur Coach Todd Martinek said the Seahawks “just did not look good” and some got pinned and missed weight, the squad scored enough points in Centreville to top Queen Anne’s.

Senior co-captain Caleb Bourne (220 pounds) and sophomore DJ Taylor (182) pinned their opponents.

Senior captain Cade Solito won his 126-pound match, 7-4. Freshman John Hofman outscored his 160-pound competition, 8-1, and senior Shakur Nock earned a 4-2 victory at 285 pounds.

Sophomores Tony Scafone (113) and co-captain Jagger Clapsadle (120) scored 22-6 and 16-1 technical falls, respectively.

Queen Anne’s forfeited the 170-pound match to Decatur junior captain Lukas Layton.

Decatur was 12-0 going into Wednesday’s meet against North Caroline in Berlin.

The Seahawks pulled ahead 4-0 in the first match – 120 pounds – which Clapsadle won, 10-1.

The Bulldogs scored victories in the next eight matches – five of them by pin – to gain a 39-4 advantage. Even if Decatur recorded pins in the final five matches, North Caroline could not be caught.

Layton edged out his 195-pound opponent, 6-5, then Bourne pinned his 220-pound competition in 29 seconds to improve to 21-0 this season.

Senior captain Justin Manganiello (285), sophomore Shamar Baines (106) and Scafone (113) also pinned their opponents.

“We did not wrestle to our potential so we will be changing some things at practice to try to get better,” Martinek said. “More live wrestling and individual instruction.”

Decatur’s final meet of the regular season is today, Friday, against the James M. Bennett Clippers at 5 p.m. in Berlin.

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