Seahawks Finish Strong at War on Shore

Decatur’s Andy McKahan prepares to start a match during last week’s 12th Annual War on the Shore wrestling tournament. McKahan swept three matches to reach the championship in the 113 class, but fell in the title bout to earn second place.

Photo by Earl Campbell Decatur’s Andy McKahan prepares to start a match during last week’s 12th Annual War on the Shore wrestling tournament. McKahan swept three matches to reach the championship in the 113 class, but fell in the title bout to earn second place. Photo by Earl Campbell

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team made a strong showing at its own 12th Annual War on the Shore tournament last weekend, finishing fourth overall in the impressive field and placing several individual wrestlers in their respective weight classes.
The War on the Shore, hosted by Decatur for the last 12 years, features some of the best high school wrestling programs in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia each year and this year’s field was impressive as ever with some of the top programs in the region represented. The tournament was held last Friday and Saturday at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.
Representing Maryland in the tournament last weekend were host Stephen Decatur, Archbishop Curley, Gonzaga, Huntingtown, Mount Saint Joseph, Severna Park, and St. Mary’s Ryken. Delaware will be represented by Caravel Academy, Middletown, Salesianum, Sussex Tech and Sussex Central.
Representing Virginia in the 12th War on the Shore last weekend will be Hickory, Hylton, New Kent, Northampton and Stafford. Avella and Fr. Judge will represent Pennsylvania in the tournament, while West Virginia will be represented by Wheeling Park.
Perennial powerhouse Mount Saint Joseph finished first overall with 176.50 team points. Fr. Judge was second with 166 points, followed by New Kent with 138. Decatur finished in fourth as a team with 127 points, representing its best finish in recent memory. Last year, the Seahawks finished 11th as a team.
The Seahawks were buoyed by several strong individual performances as 10 Decatur wrestlers placed in their respective classes. At 113, Andy McKahan swept three matches to reach the championship, but fell to Sussex Tech’s Juwan Massey in the title bout to place second in the weight class.
At 126, Nate Rosenblatt, who won the championship at 113 last year at the War on the Shore, won two matches to reach the championship. Rosenblatt fell to Hickory’s Caleb Corbett in the title bout to finish second. At 152, Decatur’s Nick Bennett swept three early round matches to reach the championship, but fell to Fr. Judge’s Vickson Krah in the title bout and finished second.
In the 285-pound class, Decatur’s Caleb Massey lost his first bout, but put together three straight wins to take third place. At 106, Robert Kaminski lost two matches, but won three others to take fifth place in the division. At 120, T.J. Scafone won three and lost two on his way to a sixth place finish. At 160, Andrew Borradaile won three and lost two and also finished sixth in his weight class. Three Decatur wrestlers, including Joseph Rodriguez (132), Brett Kim (170), and Marwan Saleh (195), placed eighth in their respective weight divisions.

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