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Forestville Military Academy’s top wrestler is 195-pounder Patrick Clark.

He’s lean, strong and agile.

Of the four wrestlers on the roster for the Knights, Clark is the one the others look to for leadership.

And having already won one of their four bouts in Wednesday’s match against Charles H. Flowers that was decided before it started because of Forestville’s roster vacancies, Clark was hopeful to provide the Knights a second victory.

Then, in front of a substantial crowd, Flowers’ Terron Paden jogged out of the Jaguars’ team huddle at the far end of the gym.

One student, decked out in his school uniform, sprung from the bleachers and screamed, “Oh no!” before jokingly running through the double doors.

Paden is, as one might have guessed, an imposing figure. His biceps are hulking and his neck is the size of an average man’s quad. Still, despite his beastly figure — his nickname is Tyga — Paden was tested by Clark until he ran away with the match in the third period.

Paden was the only wrestler on Flowers’ team to compete twice in Wednesday’s tri-meet at Forestville where the Jaguars beat Forestville, 58-6, and then trounced Potomac, 72-0.

“I’ve been working hard. We’re trying to get our team together and get back on track like we were last year,” Paden said. “We had a lot of veterans last year. We’re trying to keep it together.”

In the third match of the evening between Potomac and Forestville, only one bout occurred. The rest were either double forfeits or forfeits by the respective teams. Clark pinned his opponent, Marcus Sanders, in that 195-pound match, but the team score ended up tied at 24. The Knights were awarded the win via the second tiebreaker in the MPSSAA rulebook, most falls.

Flowers improved to 5-0 with the pair of victories and after losing last season’s county championship by one point, the team is determined to succeed.

“I’m still mad about losing counties by one point,” said Jaguars coach Odist Felder. “But we’re still trying to get a feel for this team and figure out some kids’ weight classes.”

In addition to Paden’s pair of victories, Felder was most pleased with the effort of his 132-pounder, Michael Williams. Williams entered the night nursing a sore left shoulder and was hesitant to wrestle. Felder sent him out to face Courtney Britton anyway.

“One thing I wanted to try with him today was to fight through the pain,” Felder said. “I knew he didn’t want to wrestle, but I’m really proud that he was able to stick it out.”

Not only did Williams stick it out, but he won his match, 5-4.

Felder’s players made a bet with him before the season that if they sent five or more wrestlers to the state championships, Felder would have to die his hair blonde.

For Forestville and Potomac, they too are hoping to send wrestlers to states. They just don’t have any bets in place.

“I never finish with more than four or five kids on the roster,” Knights coach Rio Thompson said. “But if I get one or two guys to make a trip to states out of a team of five every year, then it is what it is.”

ncammarota@gazette.net

Charles H. Flowers 58, Forestville Military Academy 6

106: Double forfeit

113: Double forfeit

120: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

126: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

132: Michael Williams (CHF) d. Courtney Britton (FMA), 5-4

138: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

145: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

152: Dwight Washington (CHF) d. Malik Criss (FMA), 7-6 (3OT)

160: Andre Perry (FMA) fall Chevelle Womack (CHF), 2:29

170: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

182: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

195: Terron Paden (CHF) maj. d. Patrick Clark (FMA), 14-5

220: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

285: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

Charles H. Flowers 72, Potomac 0

106: Double forfeit

113: Double forfeit

120: Francois Scarboro (CHF) fall Damien Boskin (P), 2:41

126: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

132: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

138: Carl Turner (CHF) fall Kenny Clark (P), 0:53

145: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

152: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

160: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

170: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

182: Charles H. Flowers fall via forfeit

195: Terron Paden (CHF) fall Marcus Sanders (P), 2:41

220: Davon Reaves (CHF) fall Keyla Rylan (P), 0:14

285: William Chapman (CHF) fall Davon Scott (P), 1:33

Forestville Military Academy 24, Potomac 24

Forestville Military Academy wins by virtue of tiebreaker (most falls)

106: Double forfeit

113: Potomac fall via forfeit

120: Double forfeit

126: Double forfeit

132: Forestville Military Academy fall via forfeit

138: Potomac fall via forfeit

145: Double forfeit

152: Forestville Military Academy fall via forfeit

160: Forestville Military Academy fall via forfeit

170: Double forfeit

182: Double forfeit

195: Patrick Clark (FMA) fall Marcus Sanders (P), 0:46

220: Potomac fall via forfeit

285: Potomac fall via forfeit