BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team turned in a strong performance at the state 4A-3A championships last week with four of the six wrestlers placing in their respective weight classes.
The Seahawks finished second overall in the 3A-South Region meet two weeks ago and sent a total of six wrestlers to the state 4A-3A tournament last weekend at Cole Field House at the University of Maryland. Four of the Seahawks placed in their respective meets in the tournament, which took place last Friday and Saturday.
At 113, Decatur’s Andy McKahan beat Nolan Smith of Paint Branch in his opening match, then beat Elijah Smith of Franklin in his second. McKahan fell to Damascus’ Mikey Macklin in his third bout, but then beat Smith again and Huntingtown’s Gino Sita to win third in his weight class.
At 220, Decatur’s Ethan Eibl beat T.J. Patterson of Northwest in his opener, then beat Calloway Lee of Catonsville in his second bout. Eibl lost to Cory Daniel of River Hill in his third match to drop down to the loser’s bracket, but responded by beating Adric Turner of Aberdeen and Thomas Fitzpatrick of Richard Montgomery to take third in his weight class.
At 145, Nick Bennett beat Austin Pagnotta of Glenelg and Owen Brooks of Damascus to take his first two matches. Bennett then fell to Austin Kraisser of Centennial. Bennett rebounded with a win over Tyler Rendina of Arundel, but lost to Mitchell Zio in his last bout to finish fourth in his weight class.
At 160, Andrew Borradaile lost his opener to Coleman McHose of North Hagerstown, then reeled off three straight including wins over Kevin Blake of Walt Whitman, Zach Smith of Atholton and Brady Daniel of River Hill. Borradaile then lost to Churchill’s Adam Keita, but recovered with a win over Johnny Fischer of Damascus to take fifth in the weight class. Robert Kaminski finished fourth at 103 in regionals and competed last weekend in the state tournament, while Nate Rosenblatt finished third at regionals at 126 and competed last weekend.