Seahawks Advance Eight To State Finals

Seahawks Advance Eight To State Finals
Eight Stephen Decatur wrestlers advanced to the state championship meet last weekend including seven who finished in the top four in their weight brackets along with one alternate. Pictured above, seven of the state finalists show off their certificates. Not pictured is Jagger Clapsadle. Submitted photo

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team stayed on a season-long roll last weekend, collecting two individual regional championships and advancing eight wrestlers to the state finals this weekend.

The Seahawks had already claimed a state team championship and a Bayside Conference championship before sending 12 wrestlers to compete in the regional qualifying event last weekend. Seven Seahawks finished in the top four in their respective weight classes to advance to the state finals and an eight came in fifth to move on as an alternate.

Noah Reho finished first at 126 and Lukas Layton finished first at 182. Shamar Baines and Jagger Clapsadle finished second, while Decatur also claimed two third-place finishes and two fourth-place finishes.

At 126, Reho had a first-round bye and beat Seth Davis of North County in the second round. In the third round, Reho beat Drew Pruett of Atholton to reach the finals. Reho beat Caleb Chaves of Arundel in the final to win the bracket and advance. Reho will face Jamal Everette of Franklin in the first round this weekend.

After two byes, Layton beat Ron Schlipp of Severna Park and Michael Johnson of Atholton to finish first at 182 and advance. Layton will face Kyle Isolato of Paint Branch in his opener at states.

At 106, Baines earned a first-round bye and beat Pete Frazier of Atholton in the second round. Baine then beat Trinity Killup of Old Mill to reach the final. Baines lost to Kielen Huff of North Point in the final to finish second and advance to the state championship round. Baines will face Jacob Antonielli of Huntingtown in his opener.

At 113, Clapsadle had a first-round bye and beat Aamil Vahora of Mount Hebron in the second round. Clapsadle then beat Chase Listori of Chesapeake in the third around to advance. Clapsadle fell to David Panda of Atholton in the final to finish second and advance. Clapsadle will face Grayson Wendel of Springbrook in the first round.

After a first-round bye at 120, Nico D’Amico beat Adam Lake of Arundel, but fell to Isaac Barber of South River in the third round. D’Amico then beat Nick Shapiro of Centennial and Patrick Hughes of Bennett to finish third in the weight class and advance. D’Amico will take on Alex Gonzalez of Clarksburg in his opener.

After a first-round bye at 170, Micah Bourne beat Noah Manasterli of Mount Hebron in the second round, but fell to Sean Billups of Atholton in the third round. Bourne then beat Micah Reddish of Bennett and Levi Garren of Old Mill to finish third and advance. Bourne will face Marcus Thomas of Duval in the first round.

At 132, Kyle Elliott beat Kaleb Wellford of North County, but then lost to Nick Schardt of Broadneck. Elliott then beat Zaid Namouq of Centennial, but lost to Brian Bieshelt of Leonardtown to finish fourth and advance. Elliott will take on Derrick Moody of Laurel in his opener.

At 160, James Parana beat Glen Anderson of Glen Burnie, but fell to Trenton Puccinelli of South River in the second round. Parana came back to beat Nate Daly of North County and Nehemiah Carter of Old Mill before falling to DeVon Muhammad of North Point to finish fourth and advance. Parana will face Dalton Pearl of Linganore in the first round.

At 195, D.J. Taylor beat Greg Deavers of North County, but fell to Ty Broadway of Severna Park. Taylor then beat Aidan Gamble of Leonardtown, but fell to Kyle Lemming of Annapolis. Finally, Taylor beat Zion Hart of North Point to finish fifth and advance. Taylor is heading to states as an alternate.

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.