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Calvert Cavaliers wrestler Kyle Hicks was behind on the scoreboard 10-4 in the third period of his second 106-pound bout of the night against Westlake Wolverines wrestler Brandon Logan.

For Hicks, who dropped his first match of the night to Chopticon Braves wrestler Jarrett Arnold, it was not a case of, “Here we go again,” when behind on the scoreboard, but rather a case of, “Time to step up.”

Wrestling box scores

Calvert 47, Chopticon 33

182 Kinney (C) pinned Warner, :43

195 Myers (C) won by forfeit

220 Fowler (C) pinned Coccera, :40

285 Stuart (C) pinned Hall, 2:19

106 Arnold (Ch) pinned Hicks, 1:59

113 Reilly (C) pinned Capps, :39

120 Fant (Ch) won by forfeit

126 McMullen (Ch) def. Howes, 7-2

132 Dorsey (C) def. Parsons, 18-3 (tech. fall, 4:00)

138 Griffith (Ch) won by forfeit

145 Jewell (C) pinned Rackey, :20

152 Cannon (Ch) pinned Hibbard, 5:42

160 Sesso (C) pinned Harris, 1:05

170 Barnes (Ch) pinned O’Mealy, :44

Calvert 61, Westlake 12

195 Linder (W) pinned Myers, :37

220 Fowler (C) pinned Phillips, 1:06

285 Stuart (C) pinned Elliot, 1:51

106 Hicks (C) pinned Logan, 5:30

113 Reilly (C) pinned Valasquez, 1:36

120 Howes (C) pinned Sties, 1:30

126 Solano (W) won by forfeit

132 Dorsey (C) def. Schoneburg, 9-1

138 Double forfeit

145 Jewell (C) won by forfeit

152 Hibbard (C) won by forfeit

160 O’Mealy (C) won by forfeit

170 Sesso (C) def. Wells, 10-3

182 Kinney (C) pinned Chheng, :49

Chopticon 60, Westlake 16

170 Wells (W) def. Barnes, 18-6

182 Warner (C) def. Chheng, 14-9

195 Linder (W) won by forfeit

220 Hall (C) pinned Phillips, 4:40

285 Elliot (W) pinned Coccera, 1:45

106 Capps (C) def. Valasquez, 6-1

113 Arnold (C) pinned Logan, 1:54

120 McMullen (C) pinned Sties, 4:47

126 Fant (C) pinned Solano, 2:36

132 Griffith (C) pinned Schoneburg, 2:31

138 Rackey (C) won by forfeit

145 Hubbell (C) won by forfeit

152 Harris (C) won by forfeit

160 Cannon (C) won by forfeit

And stepped it up he did, earning a third-period pin despite trailing and suffering a loss earlier in the tri-meet hosted by Westlake on Tuesday night.

“Not to make that last mistake, which would be pinning myself,” Hicks said of his thought process heading into his match with Logan.

Calvert head coach Mike Free called Hicks and the rest of his Calvert roster, “scrappy,” and that scrappy mentality led to a sweep of the meet, 47-33 over Chopticon and 61-12 over Westlake, helping the Cavaliers improve to 7-10 overall and 5-4 in SMAC this season. Chopticon (8-16, 3-6) split the meet with its 60-16 win over Westlake (1-11, 1-7).

“Kyle is a tough kid,” Free said. “He is getting to where I need him to be. I like his enthusiasm and his hustle, and he still has a ways to go, but he is always scrappy and that’s what I like to see in my guys.”

Calvert was scrappy and efficient by earning pinfall victories in 14 of its 20 wrestled bouts on the mat en route to its sweep, including Hicks’ win and two pins from 220-pounder Mark Fowler, who was on the mat for all of 1 minute 46 seconds combined.

“They really impressed me,” Fowler said of his team. “We really needed to beat Chopticon and I feel really good. We have been working hard in practice, working hard in the wrestling room and it shows.”

When asked about Hicks’ performance and the performance of his team overall, Fowler added, “This team is about never quitting. We’re always die hard. If you lose, lose by one point, or if you lose, don’t get pinned and that’s what we went out there believing. We try not to get pinned and always try to be offensive.”

Stephen Reilly (113), Kevin Dorsey (132), Connor Sesso (160/170), Sean Kinney (182) and Jesse Stuart (285) joined Fowler in wrestling to two wins on the mat.

“Overall, I think the kids stepped up in places where I needed them to step up,” Free said.

Fowler admitted of his mindset this season, “I am wrestling with a big chip on my shoulder. I didn’t place at SMAC in my first two varsity years, this is my senior year and I am really trying to become better. I am trying to become a better person on and off of the mat and also trying to become a SMAC champion this year.”

Calvert’s Chris Howes picked up his first varsity wrestling victory on Tuesday night with a pin over Joe Sties of Westlake.

Chopticon wrestlers Jarrett Arnold (106/113) and Larry Cannon (152/160) continued their individual undefeated seasons amid the team’s split.

Arnold picked up his two victories by pin and Cannon earned a third-period pin over RJ Hibbard of Calvert, that after earning a victory via forfeit against Westlake.

Despite the win-loss record of the Braves, Cannon is excited about how another aspect of the team’s season has gone thus far.

“From the beginning of the year until now, I have seen so much improvement,” Cannon said. “Before, they were going out there wrestling and soon as they got taken down, [they] would go right to their back. We started working on, when going out there and feeling like you’re about to go to your back, belly out and be safe. It’s getting them to wrestle so much smarter.”

As far as his season goes, Cannon added, “I am just wrestling tough. [Confidence] is pretty high. It was good that I had a couple of losses [in tournaments] and I could see my weaknesses and where I need to improve, but now is the time to just get better.”

Westlake’s Brian Linder (195) earned a victory via pinfall over Calvert’s Blake Myers and Justin Wells (170) and DaVonte Elliot (285) each earned victories against their respective Chopticon opponents.

Westlake head coach Corey Munn could not be reached for comment by press time.