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County boasts three dual champions with 8-0 records
By AJ MASON
La Plata hosted its annual Warrior Duals wrestling tournament on Friday and Saturday, featuring a field of nine teams that included itself, Lackey and North Point as well as talented competition from Maryland and Virginia.
In a bevy of individual state-ranked talent across the board, the three Charles County schools in the event had three wrestlers who won all eight of their matches in the grueling two-day affair.
River Hill of Howard County, the defending Class 4A-3A state tournament champions, and Great Bridge (Va.) both finished with 7-1 records. But in a head-to head matchup, River Hill edged Great Bridge on Saturday morning due to a forfeit in the 132-pound bout and won the team tournament title.
North Point, which finished 6-2 in the tournament, took fourth despite defeating River Hill, 33-30 on Friday afternoon in its first match of the tournament. South River also ended up 6-2, but received third place because it topped the Eagles 40-19 on Saturday afternoon.
Great Bridge, who is traditionally a state power in Virginia, overwhelmed North Point 61-6 in its final bout of the tournament.
Senior Malachi Edmond won by forfeit in the 138-pound bout to score the North Point’s only points.
Edmond, who finished 7-1 this weekend, won over South River’s Austin Alley in a 9-8 double overtime thriller where fans watched in excitement.
“I knew it was going to be a battle,” Edmond said. “Last year, I beat him 11-4, but this time, he put up a very good fight. I’m happy I was able to pull it out. The competition was much harder this year.”
“We weren’t as strong as Great Bridge; they are a very tough team and have some very strong wrestlers. They have a tradition and that’s where we want to be at one day,” said North Point head coach Rich Pauole, whose team defeated county foe Lackey 55-21 before its final bout of the tournament. “The kids kept pushing and we are making strides to get better as a team. The level of competition in this tournament will help us, we are still building.”
The Eagles finished with a 3-0 record on Friday that was capped by knocking off county rival La Plata 35-30, despite the Warriors being hampered by injuries.
“La Plata was wounded, but you still have to go out and wrestle,” Pauole said. “We just took advantage of pour opportunities.”
North Point led 27-12 at one point and senior Travis Bonds clinched the victory with huge pin at heavyweight in the first period. The Warriors responded with two straight pins in the final two bouts, but fell short. The Eagles won eight out of the 14 bouts, with four of them coming by way of pin.
“It was some very good competition at this tournament; overall, it was better than last year,” La Plata head coach John Pankhurst said, whose team defeated North Hagerstown of Washington County and Bethesda-Chevy Chase of Montgomery County on Saturday after going 0-4 the day before. “The weight classes were very deep. We wanted to invite some great teams. With the injuries, that gave us a chance to see where our lineup is.”
La Plata junior Anthony Cable, La Plata sophomore Marty Margolis and Lackey junior Corrice Davis all finished 8-0 this weekend individually.
In eight matches, Cable (160) finished with four pins, three wins by decision and another by a technical fall as he went undefeated in the home duals tournament for the second straight season.
“It felt good to go undefeated like last year,” Cable said. “We did some new things with the lineup because of our injuries, but it was a fun two days.”
As a freshman last season, Margolis said that he had one loss, but was excited to finish 8-0 this season. At 120, he picked up four pins, won by forfeit twice, had a major decision win and a technical fall victory.
“I knew this tournament was going to be very tough, and I wanted to bounce back from losing at War on the Shore,” Margolis said. “There were some very tough teams and Great Bridge was very good, they are one of the top teams in Virginia.”
“Marty was very sore, but he was able to get a couple of matches in,” Pankhurst said. “He looks better this year; he is naturally at his weight.”
Davis eight wins came at 170.
“I did what I could do to win,” Davis said. “Coming into this tournament, I wanted to just clear my mind and just wrestle. I just wanted to wear down my opponents.”
Davis’ junior teammate Mike Laury finished 5-3 this weekend at 195 pounds.
“I knew every team was tough, we were depleted,” Lackey head coach Stephen Gilligan said. “A lot of our kids had the flu, but this gave us the chance to have a lot of mat time and compete with the elite. Corrice and Mike keep getting better, they really wrestled well this weekend.”