Above: Sparrows Point’s Skyler Minutelli (top) works towards a first period fall over Carver’s Brock Chittum at 145.

Pointers earn No. 1 seed in 1A North Region, will host duals for 4th straight year


by Billy Loverocket

The Sparrows Point wrestling team took care of business on Tuesday night in their home gym with authority, rolling to a 72-9 victory over the Carver Center for Arts and Technology. The win gives The Point the No. 1 seed in the 1A North Regional Duals. This will be the fourth consecutive season they have hosted a dual meet region, but the first under the new single class alignment.

“I thought we wrestled well,” Sparrows Point coach Mike Whisner said. “We’re getting ready for regional duals next Wednesday. (It was) senior night, all the hoopla, trying to work some kids in, and get ready for Dunbar. They came out well.”

“(We’re) excited about it (hosting regional duals). This will be our fourth year in a row hosting regional duals. This crowd is just magnificent. With the spotlight the crowd will be rocking next Wednesday. We’re looking forward to Dunbar, Pikesville, Loch Raven. We’ll see how it goes.”

The final tune-up before the postseason went as expected with Sparrows Point jumping out to a 42-0 lead.

The first three grapplers in the Point’s line-up were seemingly having a fastest pin competition as they all registered first period falls. Bryce Schmidt (106) spent 28 seconds on the mat. Matt Fouts (113) topped him by six seconds though, dropping his opponent in 22 seconds. Richard Davis (120) decided to get a little work in before ending his match after 1:16.

Danny Davis caught a forfeit at 126. Mike Fouts (132) got The Point back on the pin train with a fall 30 seconds into the second period. Luke Hoenig (138) got his pin with one second left in the first period, and Skyler Minutelli (145) registered his at the 1:22 mark of the first period.

Josh Ward (152) picked up the Wildcats’ only contested win of the night when he picked up three late back-points to edge John Harris, 10-9.

Sparrows Point got pins in four of the next five bouts, the exception was a forfeit to Jake Rallo (170). Picking up falls were Jacob Lure (160), Lexx Carr (182), Drew Gorsuch (195), and Givoni Herring (220).

Carver’s Bryce Brown collected a forfeit at 285 to close the meet.

Sparrows Point 72, Carver A&T
(match started at 106)
106-Bryce Schmidt (SP) pinned Haley Roddy, :28
113-Matt Fouts (SP) pinned Nick Blahat, :22
120-Richard Davis (SP) pinned Spencer Mann, 1:16
126-Danny Davis (SP) won by forfeit
132-Mike Fouts (SP) pinned Tyrone Johnson, 2:30
138-Luke Hoenig (SP) pinned Larry Martin, 1:59
145-Skyler Minutelli (SP) pinned Brock Chittum, 1:22
152-Josh Ward (CAR) dec John Harris, 10-9
160-Jacob Lure (SP) pinned Maxwell Ross, :28
170-Jake Rallo (SP) won by forfeit
182-Lexx Carr (SP) pinned Taemar Rollins, 5:27
195-Drew Gorsuch (SP) pinned Will Ruffin, 3:41
220-Givoni Herring (SP) pinned Tyrese Springer, 4:22
285-Bryce Brown (CAR) won by forfeit

Video:
106-Schmidt vs Roddy

113-Matt Fouts vs Blahat

120-Richard Davis vs Mann

132-Mike Fouts vs Johnson

138-Hoenig vs Martin

145-Minutelli vs Chittum

152-Ward vs Harris

160-Lure vs Ross

182-Carr vs Rollins

195-Gorsuch vs Ruffin

220-Herring vs Springer