Seahawks Cruise To Bayside Title

Seahawks Cruise To Bayside Title
Six Stephen Decatur wrestlers took first place in their respective divisions in the Bayside Conference championships and 12 Seahawks overall advanced to states. Pictured above are Shamar Barnes, Dakota Souder, Micah Bourne, Nico D’Amico, Jagger Clapsadle and James Parana. Submitted photo

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team stayed on a major roll last weekend, cruising to the Bayside Conference championship and collecting six first-place finishes.

The Seahawks, fresh off their state championship win a week earlier, rolled through the Bayside Conference championship last weekend in Cambridge. Decatur finished first with 283 team points, followed by Parkside with 209 and Queen Anne’s with 196.

Decatur wrestlers placed in 12 of the 14 weight classes including six first-place finishes, one second-place finish, two third-place finishes and three fourth-place finishes. Winning conference championships were Shamar Baines at 106, Jagger Clapsadle at 113, Nico D’Amico at 120, James Parana at 160, Micah Bourne at 170 and Dakota Souder at 285.

At 106, Baines beat Aron Ashley-Pinder of Kent County in the quarterfinals, Landon Church of Parkside in the semifinals and Dazheem Emory of Cambridge-South Dorchester in the championship bout. At 113, Clapsadle went straight to the semifinals where he beat Michael Corder of Queen Anne’s. Clapsadle then beat David Willis of Cambridge-South Dorchester in the championship.

At 120, D’Amico beat Nic Corkran of Cambridge-South Dorchester in the quarterfinals, followed by a win over Pete Lemmons of Queen Anne’s in the semifinals. D’Amico then beat Patrick Hughes of Bennett in the championship bout. Parana ran the table at 160 with a win over Chandler Dyott of St. Michael’s in his opener, followed by a win over Ian Weingaertner of Queen Anne’s in the quarterfinals and Camren Lake of Cambridge-South Dorchester in the semifinals. Parana beat North Caroline’s Trenton Hillard in the championship.

At 170, Bourne beat Randy Main of Kent Island in the quarterfinals, followed by a win over Micah Reddish of Bennett in the semifinals. Bourne beat Eli Sellinger of Parkside in the championship. At 285, Souder beat Moses Ansari of Wicomico in the quarterfinals, Troy Gibson of Bennett in the semifinals and Angelo Moore of Queen Anne’s in the championship.

At 183, Lukas Layton beat Lamar Crossel of Wicomico in the quarterfinals and Justin Tucker of Parkside in the semifinals before falling to Joey Bunce of Kent Island in the championship to finish in second. At 126, Noah Reho beat Gabe Yiannakis of Kent County in his opener, but fell to Max Bentley of Easton in the semifinals. Reho then beat Andre Setter of St. Michael’s and Brandon Draper of Colonel Richardson to finish in third place.

At 132, Kyle Elliott had to battle back to win third place. Elliott beat Cameron Faulkner of Kent Island, but then lost to Matt Lewis of Parkside. Elliott then beat Aidan Hughes of Bennett, Zach Stanley of Colonel Richardson, Camden Harrison of St. Michael’s and Hunter Charles of Queen Anne’s.

At 152, Jhymir Blake beat Anthony Weiss of Snow Hill and Jared Silva of Kent Island before falling to Will Ashmore of Kent County. Blake then beat Hunter Cale of North Dorchester, but fell to Jacob Westfall to finish in fourth place. At 195, D.J. Taylor beat Corian Mills of Bennett, but lost to Gabe Dennis of Snow Hill. Taylor then beat David Ludwig of Easton and lost to Jordan Gabriel of Colonel Richardson to finish in fourth place.

At 220, Daletez Smith beat Alex Waidner of Parkside, but fell to Hayden Blanchard of Kent Island. Smith came back to beat Brandon Crouch of Kent County, but lost to TreVontae Hodges of Bennett to finish in fourth.

With the big win in the Bayside Conference championships, Decatur is sending 12 wrestlers to the state 4A-3A East regional tournament in Severna Park this weekend out of the 14 possible weight classes. Heading to the state tournament are Baines, Clapsadle D’Amico, Parana, Bourne, Souder, Layton, Reho, Elliott, Blake, Taylor and Smith.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.