Point goes 9-0 over two-day event
by Billy Loverocket
Sparrows Point coach Mike Whisner told Varsity Sports Network in advance of the South River Duals that he expected his team to go 7-2. Injuries had a few starters on the shelf and Whisner was not going to rush them back.
The team’s depth shined through as the Point exceeded their coaches’ expectations and ran the table with a perfect 9-0 record to capture this weekend’s South River Duals title.
“Nine matches is tough for any team,” Whisner said. “It is really tough when you go into the dual meet tournament banged up. This tournament really showed the depth that we have. Dixon Reyes pulled off upsets in the Huntingtown and South River matches to really get us rolling in both matches.
“Ninth grader Mike Brower fighting off his back and getting the pin against Huntingtown was the key to that match. The key in the South River match was Mike Fouts pushing through the pain and getting a hard fought 1-0 decision. It was his only match of the day. I was really proud of all of the guys fighting and doing the job that was asked of them.”
Fouts, who is ranked No.9 at 145 in the Maryland State Rankings by BillyB, suffered a knee injury on the Friday, but fought through that on Saturday to help propel the Point to a 39-36 win over South River.
The Point downed Southern Maryland power Huntingtown, 40-31. Kent Island gave Sparrows Point their only other close match, falling 48-30. Other victims for the Point were, Eleanor Roosevelt, 72-10, Reservoir, 68-9, Northern Calvert, 70-9, Northeast-Anne Arundel, 50-23, Clarksburg, 63-18, and Albert Einstein, 70-9.
Wayne Brooks, Richard Davis, Luke Hoenig, and Jake Rallo were all undefeated. Drew Gorsuch (No.25 at 195) was 8-1, with his only loss being to Huntingtown’s Dakota Cram (No.12 at 182), 8-5. Davis, who is No.21 at 126 pinned Einstein’s Allan Vasquez (No.15 at 132), in the third period, 5:37.
In heavyweight news, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Christian Bryant (No.4) avenged a state tournament semi-final loss from last year (his only loss of the season) to South River’s No.3 Ka’Ron Lewis, with an overtime win in the tie-breaker period, 2-1. Lewis went onto win last year’s 4A/3A state crown, while Bryant was third.