Frederick school tally win in eight matches; Jalen Jones upsets Wyatt McKoy (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Billy Loverocket
Oakdale High’s wrestling team left the friendly confines of Frederick Saturday, traveling to Baltimore City for a morning matinee at Dunbar. The Bears made the near-hour trip worth it, claiming a 38-28 decision over the Poets.
“The guys battled,” said Oakdale coach TJ Salb. “We knew that Dunbar is a tough team. We knew they have a lot of talent and they’re gonna scrap til the end, so we had to prepare our guys coming down here. We gotta finish on a strong note, with this match, then going into Middletown. We knew we had a little run where it was really going to test us going into the postseason.”
We pretty much anticipated them being a contender for the 1A state tournament. We knew we were in for a battle. When guys like Wyatt and Maurio go down in matches we don’t expect, we had other guys step up and get some bonus points and fill in. Our 120 went down early, came back and won 9-8, so there’s some matches that went our way. We picked up some of our more experienced guys that didn’t win. Some of our guys really stepped up for us.”
The Bears jumped out to a 9-0 lead after Patrick Thomas edged Steven Luedtke (ranked No. 22 in the state at 106 pounds), 9-8, at 120, and Liam Popkin collected a forfeit at 126.
Dunbar’s unranked Jalen Jones, a highly touted junior league wrestler, finally got the chance to shine against a state ranked opponent. Jones played it close to the vest and came back with time expiring to claim the victory over No. 9 Wyatt McKoy. A throw with seconds remaining propelled Jones to a 5-4 win.
The Poets would not be able to carry that momentum forward, as Oakdale reeled off four consecutive wins to take a commanding 28-3 lead.
No. 14 Ramy Freeman added a major-decision at 138, Michael Bullock came up with a pin at 152, and Nick Clark accepted a forfeit at 160.
At 145, The Bears’ Nic Leskoski (No. 19) pulled off an upset win over No.10 D’Airus Carr, 10-6, in an action-packed match.
Dunbar got back in the contest with a three-match winning streak. Patrick Ford (170) and Dwayne Johnson (195) received forfeits. Lamar Simpson (No.23 at 160) bumped up to 182 to face Oakdale’s No. 13 Maurio Goings. Simpson walk away with a 13-6 decision.
The score stood at 28-18 with four matches left. Joe Thomas registered a major-decision at 220 to push the Bears’ lead to 32-18.
The Poets’ No. 1 ranked heavyweight and defending state champ (won 2A/1A 220 title last year), Jorden Pryor, did not get to flash his skill set at as Oakdale forfeited.
Dunbar still had hope with two bouts remaining, but Oakdale’s Jeremy Welch pinned Tyler Jackson in the opening period. No. 20 Camerin Deville ended the day with a win for the Poets picking up a major-decision, 10-2, against Landon Rotter.
Oakdale 38, Dunbar 28
(match started at 120)
120-Patrick Thomas (Oak) dec Steven Luedtke, 9-8
126-Liam Popkin (Oak) won by forfeit
132-Jalen Jones (Dun) dec Wyatt McKoy, 5-4
138-Ramy Freeman (Oak) maj-dec Malachi Davis, 13-5
145-Zac Leskoski (Oak) dec D’Airuss Carr, 10-6
152-Michael Bullock (Oak) pinned Valentino Pryor, 1:49
160-Nick Clark (Oak) won by forfeit
170-Patrick Ford (Dun) won by forfeit
182-Lamar Simpson (Dun) dec Maurio Goings, 13-7
195-Dwayne Johnson (Dun) won by forfeit
220-Joe Thomas (Oak) maj-dec Pablo Gonzalez, 12-2
285-Jorden Pryor (Dun) won by forfeit
106-Jeremy Welch (Oak) pinned Tyler Jackson, 1:18
113-Camerin Deville (Dun) maj-dec Landon Rotter, 10-2
Video of contested matches:
120-Thomas vs Luedtke
132-Jones vs McKoy
138-Freeman vs Davis
145-Leskoski vs Carr
152-Bullock vs V. Pryor
182-Simpson vs Goings
220-Thomas vs Gonzalez
106-Welch vs Jackson
113-Deville vs Rotter