Panthers top Colonel Richardson and grab four individual titles
by Billy Loverocket
Annapolis crossed the Bay Bridge to do battle at the Andy Perez Memorial tournament at Cambridge-South Dorchester High School this weekend. On Saturday they drove home as champs, getting past Colonel Richardson by 24, 375-351.
Annapolis’ four titlists paced the field. In all 12 Panthers reached the awards stand. Tate Scott (132), Nate Ditmars (138), Craig Erwin (145), and Brandon Jackson (195) were gold medalists. In a pool based round robin tournament the “championship match” can happen in any given round.
Ditmars, who was sixth in the state last year, and came in ranked 13th in Maryland defeated No. 20 Reilly McIntyre (North Caroline), 4-3. At 145, unranked Craig Erwin pinned North Caroline’s No. 13 Rhian Sisley in the third period of their meeting, 5:34. Sisley was fifth in the state last year. Jackson defeated North Caroline’s Trenton Hillard 7-3. Hillard is ranked No.15 at 170 while Jackson is unranked at 195.
Placing second for Annapolis were, Aidan Heim (126), Jalen Lampkin (160), and Jake Leming (170). Dimitri Sfakiyanudis (170) was third.
Kevin Van Besien (113) and Max Lucas (152) were fifth. Landing in the seventh spot were Kevin Volland (120) and Alex Ditto (285).
Despite finishing second, Colonel Richardson crowned just one champ, Jorselen Gabriel at 113lbs. Kent County had two guys reach top status, Alex Bellarin (106) and Will Ashmore (160).
The hosts crowned two champions as well, Camren Lake (152) and Javant Rolle (170). St. Michaels pushed two to the top, Tae Gowe (120) and Andre Setter (126). James M Bennet had two titlists, Micah Reddish (182) and Eric Ward (220). Heavyweight Nick Belay was North Caroline’s lone champ.