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Thomas Stone senior wrestler Garrett Lineberger anxiously waited for his turn on Tuesday night during its match with the hosting Leonardtown Raiders, its second match of the night after defeating the McDonough Rams 61-10 earlier in the tri-meet.
Lineberger was waiting his turn by sitting on the bench, sitting on the floor beside the bench, pacing back and forth around the bench, sometimes with one ear of headphones on and sometimes both ears on.
What Lineberger was waiting for was his 195-pound bout with Leonardtown’s Aaron Peterson as it was up to the 2012 Class 4A-3A state champion at 170 pounds to clinch the win and help the Cougars sweep the meet.
After 24 seconds of work, Lineberger did just that and helped Stone earn the 34-31 victory over the Raiders by earning a victory by pinfall.
“Leonardtown is a good team and we knew it was going to be tough, especially with a couple of holes we have; we lost a couple of kids,” Lineberger said, “We pulled it out and I am glad we did.”
Lineberger’s win was the third of three straight wins that clinched the match against Leonardtown. Jonah Gillens (170) earned a 10-2 decision and a 15-0 technical fall victory by Wesley Fowler (182) gave Stone a 28-25 lead heading into Lineberger’s bout.
“I was getting nervous because I knew it was going to be a close match and [Leonardtown] started winning and pulling out matches,” Lineberger said. “I was doing the math and once Jonah got the bonus points and Wes did, too, that kind of secured it and all I had to do was go out there and do my job.”
Cody Jameson (132) and Brad Revoir (285) also picked up pinfall victories over their respective Leonardtown opponents in helping Stone earn the two wins on Tuesday.
“It feels really good,” Jameson said of the sweep. “It was a lot of hard work. We pulled it off by getting a lot of bonus points [against Leonardtown] and that helped out a lot. ... It was about having heart and making sure we stuck it out at the end.”
Stone coach Michael Kositzke was pleased watching his team earn two victories to improve to 14-3 overall and 5-1 in SMAC matches. He was more pleased that his wrestlers earned more than just wins on the mat.
“It always feels good to win,” Kositzke said, “that’s the goal. We don’t come here to lose. Leonardtown is a really tough team and it came down to bonus points in a couple of different matches and luckily, we came out on top of them. ... That was a quality win for us and we haven’t had too many of those this year.”
Leonardtown (3-5, 2-4 SMAC) defeated McDonough (1-19, 0-6) 63-16 in the first match of the tri-meet on Tuesday. But despite picking up one win, Leonardtown wrestlers were thinking about the one loss more.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed by the loss to Thomas Stone,” Leonardtown’s Andrew Lee admitted. “That was a tough one there because had some points that we could have scored that we ended up not getting. The McDonough win felt good, obviously they didn’t have many kids, but I felt we wrestled well.”
Lee picked up two wins with a second-period pin against McDonough opponent Brad Smith at 145 pounds and an 8-5 decision over Stone’s Chris Jagen at 138.
Hunter Shelton (120) and Brian Mays (220) each wrestled to two victories for the Raiders on Tuesday night.
McDonough head coach B.J. Treadway, despite giving up 42 points via forfeit in both matches, continues to be pleased with the character shown by his boys, who continue to wrestle and do their part in improving as the year continues.
Brandon Yarbrough (182) earned a pinfall victory against Leonardtown opponent Brandon Dennee and McDonough counterpart Justin Shaw (138) picked up a win in similar fashion against Leonardtown’s Garland Brooks.
Colin Rooney (285) earned a pinfall victory against Stone opponent Brad Revoir.
“I was pleased with all of their efforts,” Treadway said. “I felt they wrestled hard. We are trying to get them to wrestle tough every night and I feel like they are starting to do that. They know we are giving up forfeits in every match. ... At this point, it’s about them wrestling with heart and pride and I thought they did that.”