Seahawks Celebrate With Awards Banquet

BERLIN- After what can only be described as a remarkable season this year, Stephen Decatur’s varsity wrestling team took time last weekend to relish the favorite moments and dole out some post-season team awards.

There was little the Seahawks did not accomplish this season. Decatur went undefeated in conference meets and handily won the Bayside Conference championship meet. The Seahawks then won the state regional meet before capturing the team state championship meet.

Decatur sent eight wrestlers to the state individual championship meet and brought home a school record six place-winners including a state championship for Noah Reho at 126 and a state runner-up for Jagger Clapsadle at 113. Reho’s state championship was the first for a Decatur wrestler since Danny Miller won a title in 2009. In addition, Decatur’s Anya Knappenberger won the school’s first-ever girls’ state championship during the 2018-2019 season.

All of those milestones and victories were reason enough to celebrate for Coach Todd Martinek and his team last weekend at a packed reception and awards banquet at Dry Dock 28 in Ocean City. Reho was named the team’s most valuable wrestler. Three wrestlers earned Coach’s Awards including Clapsadle, Lukas Layton and Michah Bourne. Nico D’Amico was honored with the award for the most heart on the team, while Kyle Elliott was named the most improved wrestler.

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.