North Hagerstown’s revenge tour continued at the 3A/4A North Region dual meet championships at Lansdowne High School on Wednesday night. Last week, the Hubs (No. 6 in the state per the Maryland State Wrestling Association) beat No.18 Parkdale after losing to them at the Warrior Duals in December. In January, North fell to No.11 Oakdale 39-27. In the region finals match, the Hubs downed the Bears, 33-29, for their third region crown in the last four years. Oakdale won the title last year.
“It was a tremendous match,” North coach Greg Slick said. “A great dual meet between two pretty well-prepared teams I think. We were very concerned about their young man that got hurt (Patrick Thomas). And I think that might have turned some things and forced them to make some moves. You know, you don’t want to win a match like that, but we lost to Oakdale earlier in January, and some of those matches that we lost, we turned around and won. So, I’m gonna credit our guys for working hard in the practice room for the last month.”
“(I told them) just improve on mistakes. Hard work, hard work pays off. I think these guys worked pretty hard this season. (The team’s overall performance was) great. I think we still have work to do before the end of the season, but they’re very excited about this whole thing tonight, so we’ll see how it carries over for Saturday.”
The match kicked off with one of those matches that North lost in the last meeting. Ryan Montes (unranked at 182) outlasted No. 23 Maurio Goings, 9-5, to get the Hubs started off on the right foot. Goings won the first meeting, 13-12. Umar Murshiddinov (195) followed that with a decision of his own, 7-2, over Joe Thomas.
Oakdale tied it up at six when No. 4 Bryce DeMaille (220) won by disqualification against Aaron Hudson. DeMaille pushed the pace throughout the match, and Hudson stalled so badly, he forced the referee to disqualify him.
North won the next three bouts to go up 24-6. Included in that run were two forfeits and a pin by No. 18 Tyler Cook (106). The Bears had to forfeit 113lbs after their starter, Thomas, injured his neck in the semifinal meeting with Franklin. Thomas was taken out of the gym on a stretcher, but all indications point to him having escaped a serious injury.
Ramy Freeman (120, honorable mention) wrestled a solid match against North’s Hoyt Chaney (No. 17 at 126lbs), walking away with a 4-2 victory. After No. 1 Brian Stuart’s fall at 126lbs, the Hubs held a 30-9 lead. Stuart is a two-time 3A/4A state champion.
The Bears were not done fighting though, and went on a five-match win streak to pull within one point, 30-29. At 132, Wyatt McKoy (No. 15 at 126) picked up a major-decision, Zac Leskoski added a fall at 138, and Kyle McDonald (No. 8 at 145) added another major-decision.
Michael Gula (152) was just a second away from potentially being the unsung hero for Oakdale, but time ran out at the end of the second period as the referee slapped the mat for the fall over Layne Hammond. After a consultation with the assistant referee, the call was confirmed, the pin occurred after the buzzer sounded. Gula went on to win the bout 11-8.
Two marquee showdowns filled the card in the last matches of the night. At 160, Oakdale’s No. 6 Chase DeMaille edged No. 9 Kaleb Corbin, 3-1. DeMaille’s win set up a winner-take-all final bout.
No. 1 Aaron Brooks (North, 170) squared off with Logan McKoy (No. 2 at 152). Brooks, a two-time state champion, has owned their rivalry, winning all four matches last season. This one would be no different except for the score. Their last three matches were decided by two points (the first match was a 7-2 win), on this night, Brooks opened up and poured on the offense, registering a 14-2 major-decision. Brooks’ excessive celebration at the end of the match led to a one-point team deduction to leave the final score, 33-29, in favor of the Hubs.
“I knew last year I wrestled him four times,” Brooks continued. “It was close matches because neither one of us really opened up. So, before the match I knew I was gonna get him really good this time. I was just thinking, open up and you’ll blow him away, and that’s what I did. (Clinching the win) felt good, (it) felt real good. I like having the weight on my shoulders because I know this team works hard and I know I can handle it. So, I felt real good going into it. Hard work paid off this summer.”
In North’s opening match with Lansdowne, they jumped out to a 29-0 lead. In that run were pins by Brooks, Montes and Hudson. Georgy Reitterer (113, honorable mention) got the Vikings on the board with a pin of No. 16 Justin Balcita. Jacob Lipscomb (120), who is unranked by the MSWA, followed that with an upset of his own over Chaney, 9-2.
The two squads traded pins at 126 (Stuart) and 132 (Da’Shaun Childs) to make the score 35-15. Ari Kelly (138) and Tyler Long (145) picked up wins for the Hubs to run their lead to 41-15. The Vikings’ Luis Martinez (152) earned a pin and North forfeited at 160 to end the match.
Oakdale found itself in a bit of a whole after seven matches in their opening dual. Gaining points on pins for Franklin were, Shamar LaPrade (170) and Elijah Solomon (195). Heavyweight Antonio McNeely collected a forfeit and No. 18 Phil Smith (113) won by default when Thomas couldn’t continue.
Franklin was out-front 24-15, and saw the Bears surrender three team points on a couple of unsportsmanlike conduct calls, which pushed the Indians’ lead to twelve, 24-12.
The unsportsmanlike conduct calls came after Thomas’ injury, when Oakdale’s coaches were high strung with concern over their fallen grappler. When things calmed down, they rallied and were able to go on a seven-match run to put the victory on ice, 48-24.
The winning streak featured pins by Wyatt McKoy (126) and Leskoski (138), coupled with major-decisions by McDonald (145), and Ramy (120) and Romel Freeman (132). DeMaille (152) and Logan McKoy (160) received forfeits to close out the opener.
North Hagerstown 33, Oakdale 29
(1 point was deducted from North’s score for unsportsmanlike conduct)
(match started at 182)
182-Ryan Montes (NH) dec Maurio Goings, 9-5
195-Umar Murshiddinov (NH) dec Joe Thomas, 7-2
220-Bryce DeMaille (O) won by disq. Aaron Hudson
285-Randy Robinson (NH) won by forfeit
106-Tyler Cook (NH) pinned Jeremy Welch, 2:16
113-Justin Balcita (NH) won by forfeit
120-Ramy Freeman (O) dec Hoyt Chaney, 4-2
126-Brian Stuart (NH) pinned Liam Popkin, :37
132-Wyatt McKoy (O) maj-dec Joe Gross, 11-3
138-Zac Leskoski (O) pinned Ari Kelly, 1:18
145-Kyle McDonald (O) maj-dec Tyler Long, 8-0
152-Michael Gula (O) dec Layne Hammond, 11-8
160-Chase DeMaille (O) dec Kaleb Corbin, 3-1
170-Aaron Brooks (NH) maj-dec Logan McKoy, 14-2
North Hagerstown 41, Lansdowne 27
(match started at 170)
170-Aaron Brooks (NH) pinned Kevin Interiano, :15
182-Ryan Montes (NH) pinned Jacob Beck, 3:04
195-Umar Murshiddinov (NH) maj-dec Anthony Brown, 13-2
220-Aaron Hudson (NH) pinned Ethan Cichoz, :55
285-Randy Robinson (NH) dec James Alston, 4-3 OT TB
106-Dustin Balcita (NH) maj-dec Desean Hunter, 13-3
113-Georgy Reitterer (L) pinned Justin Balcita, 5:39
120-Jacob Lipscomb (L) dec Hoyt Chaney, 9-2
126-Brian Stuart (NH) pinned Tyler Perdue, 1:36
132-Da’Shaun Childs (L) pinned Joe Gross, :54
138-Ari Kelly (NH) dec Peyton Collins, 3-2
145-Tyler Long (NH) dec Raoul Meva, 7-4
152-Luis Martinez (L) pinned Jackson Sindaco, 3:42
160-Octavio Vasquez (L) won by forfeit
Oakdale 48, Franklin 24
(Oakdale was deducted 3 team points for unsportsmanlike conduct)
(match started at 170)
170-Shamar LaPrade (F) pinned Logan Carey, 1:35
182-Maurio Goings (O) dec Richard Tyler, 5-0
195-Elijah Solomon (F) pinned Joe Thomas, 2:50
220-Bryce DeMaille (O) pinned Randy Gassaway, 1:34
285-Antonio McNeely (F) won by forfeit
106-Jeremy Welch (O) pinned Isaiah Shedrick, 1:35
113-Phil Smith (F) won by default over Patrick Thomas
120-Ramy Freeman (O) maj-dec Jesse Johnson, 11-2
126-Wyatt McKoy (O) pinned Shane Hudson, :46
132-Romel Freeman (O) maj-dec Leo Brooks, 12-2
138-Zac Leskoski (O) pinned Josh Kreshtool, 4:37
145-Kyle McDonald (O) maj-dec Luis Bellmontes, 12-0
152-Chase DeMaille (O) won by forfeit
160-Logan McKoy (O) won by forfeit