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COLLEGE PARK – La Plata's Marty Margolis came into this weekend's state wrestling tournament looking to break a family tie.
His father, Marty, and uncle, Todd, each won one state championship during their respective high school careers. The younger Margolis won his first as a sophomore last year, and entered University of Maryland's Cole Field House ready for No. 2.
He now holds family bragging rights, as he won by technical fall, 23-8, over Cole Wetzel of Westminster in the Class 4A-3A 126-pound championship match.
“It feels good, especially to pass my dad and my uncle. They were both one-time state champions, so I have bragging rights in the house,” Margolis said.
Margolis was one of four Southern Maryland Athletic Conference wrestlers to earn state championships on Saturday night, all coming in the 4A-3A classification.
Anthony Cable, Margolis' La Plata teammate, won the 170-pound title, while Huntingtown 285-pounder Dalonte Holland earned a spot atop the podium, as did Northern's Breandan Coughlin at 106. In all, nine SMAC wrestlers wrestled in championship matches.
Cable defeated rival and friend Ryan Sharp of Thomas Stone in a 2-1 overtime decision. The two had wrestled in each of the past three weeks, with Cable defeating Sharp narrowly in the SMAC tournament finals and then again in the 4A-3A South Region tournament semifinals.
“He trained for everything I had to bring, to be honest,” Cable said. “We wrestled three times now this season. He knows what I do. I know what he does. The last couple weeks he really trained hard. He knew exactly what I was going to do, and it showed out there. It was a tough match.”
Holland earned Huntingtown's first state championship since the school's inaugural 2004-05 season with a 4-3 decision over Quince Orchard's Connor Tilton. The state title was just the second in program history. Holland finished as a state runner-up a year ago.
“It means a lot to me,” Holland said. “As a sophomore, I was looking up there like, 'Man, I want my name up [on the list of Huntingtown state champions]. To get my goal now is wonderful. I'm so happy right now.”
Wrestling in the last match of the night, Coughlin won in the quickest fashion. The Northern grappler earned the only win by fall in the 4A-3A championship matches, sticking Dell Ngonga of Northwest in the first period.
“Once I put him on his back, there was no way I was letting him off,” Coughlin said. “I didn't come this far to lose.”
Among other SMAC finalists, Calvert's Justin Couto lost a 7-5 overtime decision to Charlie Perella of Catoctin in the 2A-1A 145-pound title clash.
Back in the 4A-3A tournament, Chopticon's Jarrett Arnold came up just short in a heartbreaking 5-4 decision to Mikey Macklin of Damascus at 113. Jackson Drum of Northern lost the 160 final 6-3 to Meade's Travis Chidebe, while fellow Patriot Kyle Lamond came up on the short end of a 6-0 decision to River Hill's Cory Daniel at 220.
North Hagerstown won the 4A-3A team title with 96.5 points, four better than runner-up River Hill. With 81 points, Northern led all SMAC teams and finished third. With its two state champions, La Plata finished fifth with 69.5 points. Huntingtown was sixth with 62.
Calvert and Patuxent finished tied for 22nd in the 2A-1A tournament with 31 points. Kent Island of Queen Anne's County and South Carroll of Carroll County tied for the team title with 94 points.
Class 4A-3A state wrestling tournament team scores
1. North Hagerstown 96.5, 3. Northern 81, 5. La Plata 69.5, 6. Huntingtown 62, T-17. Lackey 31, T-22. Leonardtown 26, 26. North Point 23.5, 31. Chopticon 19, T-32. Thomas Stone 18, T-67. Great Mills 0, T-67. Westlake 0
Class 2A-1A state wrestling tournament team scores
T-1. Kent Island 94, T-1. South Carroll 94, T-22. Calvert 31, T-22. Patuxent 31, T-57. McDonough 0