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Josh Culver pointed to his chest and then to the side of his head directly after his Great Mills Hornets wrestling team defeated the McDonough Rams 60-15 on Tuesday night.
While pointing, Culver admitted that, “As long as my heart and mind is there, I can do whatever I need to do.”
That attitude has been the main reason Culver, a senior, has survived on the wrestling team for four years straight, and on Tuesday, he was celebrated during senior night along with three other seniors, Mamdouh Lattif, Tre Patterson and Harry Carlson.
And after being asked how he has been around for so long, Culver added while pointing, again, to his chest and head, “It’s more in here and in here than anywhere else.”
In his last match at home, Culver wrestled to a victory for the last time on his home mats, picking up an 8-6 decision over Brad Smith in the 152-pound bout, a victory that gave the Hornets a 21-9 lead at the time.
“It’s meant a lot,” Culver said of the last four years. “This is basically my life, and the past four years have all been right here [on the mat]. I have done so much here.”
Hornets head coach Ben Gill spoke about Culver and mentioned that he has been a key reason to the growth of the program.
“He is pretty much the heart and soul of our program,” Gill said. “He is the go-to guy for leading by example. He does any and everything you ask him to do. He is tutoring everybody in study hall, and then any first-year wrestler who works with him comes up quick. ... They go out and win varsity matches because Josh works with them endlessly on technique. If I had four of five of him, this would be a different program. ... He’s going to be missed.”
Patterson was the only other senior to pick up a victory Tuesday, a 7-4 decision over Brandon Yarbrough. Only six matches were wrestled due to a light Rams lineup.
Arriving to Great Mills his sophomore year from Egypt, Lattif admitted the night was special to him, despite his 9-4 loss on the mat to Justin Shaw at 132.
“It was pretty good,” Lattif said of the night. “I wish I would have won, but I tried my best. ... I was trying to hit switch at the end of the match, but it didn’t work out.”
Both Great Mills and McDonough closed out their respective dual-meet regular seasons after the match Tuesday that was originally scheduled for Jan. 24 but postponed due to weather.
“There were ups and downs like always,” Gill added on the season. “It’s nice to know we’re facing a lot of the top 20 in the state [within SMAC], but you know, when that’s what you’re facing, it’s hard to kind of judge how good you are until you go out of conference for a little bit. But I’d say we were above average. We’re in a good place, especially for next year, too.”
Out of conference, the Hornets (8-13, 2-10 SMAC) placed third at the Charm City Duals in Baltimore with a 4-1 record.
In conference, however, both the Rams (1-25, 0-12) and Hornets will prepare for the SMAC tournament to be hosted by Westlake on Feb. 15 and Feb. 16.
Joe Escobar (145) also added a win for the Hornets, a second-period pin.
Of the six bouts wrestled, the Rams won half of them, with Dale Arbaugh opening the night with a first-period pin at 120. McDonough’s Colin Rooney (220) earned a second-period pin in the last bout of the night.
McDonough head coach BJ Treadway was unavailable for comment after the match.