Host Lions fall to Dunbar
Dulaney hosted Dunbar in a wrestling dual meet on Thursday afternoon in what appeared to be a competitive match when the schedules came out.
Instead, it turned into a tuneup for wrestlers on both squads destined for bigger things in the postseason.
Dulaney (12-10) forfeited four weight classes and Dunbar (15-2) forfeited only one and the No. 15 ranked Poets rolled to a 51-30 victory.
"A month ago it would have been a different match," said Dulaney coach Scott Asher, who lost four starting wrestlers to injury.
"He (Philip Bramucci) qualified for states as a freshman and didn't last year, so he's looking forward to coming back again," Asher said.
Dulaney and Dunbar in action during a wrestling match at Dulaney High School on Thursday, Jan. 18.
(Staff photos by Brian Krista)
Dulaney forfeited at 106, 113, 145 and 170 and they were pinned in three matches.
Malacai Davis (138), Dwayne Johnson (195) and defending state champion Jorden Pryor (285) all earned pins for the Poets.
A possible showdown between Pryor and Dulaney senior Tyler Woodard didn't materialize because Woodard wrestled at 220 and pinned Pablo Gonzalez in 2:27.
"We definitely thought they would do that as a tuneup for both of them for states," said Dunbar coach Douglas McClain, noting Pryor defeated Woodard last season.
Woodard went on to finish second in the Class 4A-3A state championship meet, when he finished 36-5.
This year, his only loss to a Baltimore County opponent came against Franklin's Elijah Solomon.
"My guy is not 100 percent," said Asher, who noted Woodard's only other loss came against a ranked wrestler from Delaware last week."
Woodard, who had an 8-2 lead when he decked Gonzalez, was just happy to get some mat time.
"I'm just trying to win as much as I can and get ready for counties, regionals and states," Woodard said. "That's the most important."
He wasn't the only Lion who won by pin.
"I usually pull for both of us to win," said senior Aaron Dow, who leads the Lions in wins (23) and pins (15). "My brother is a freshman, so he's just getting into it, so it's really cool that we both won and both got pins."
Dow qualified for the state meet last year at 170 when he finished 33-9 and he was wearing Dulaney's wrestling chain proudly around his neck after his pin.
The "Pin Chain" was copied from the Ohio State wrestling team.
"The wrestling chain goes to the guy that gets the most recent pin," he said. "If you get a bunch of pins in a row, it gets everybody going and ready to wrestle."
Senior Joe Newland also got to wear the chain, after he earned a pin (3:51) for Dulaney at 126.
"He's been hitting a chin whip or a headlock and he's been doing real nice for us," Asher said.
The only matches that didn't result in a pin or forfeit came at 120 and 132.
Dunbar's Camerin Deville (120) defeated freshman Myrddin Bramucci, 18-4, and Jalen Jones defeated Destiny Benjamin at 132.
"Destiny Benjamin is our girls state champion and she's probably 8-12 this year, Asher said. "She beat two guys last week from Delaware. She's wrestling real well and a lot of the coaches know her and they know that she is tough. She is one of the toughest on the team."
While the match lacked compelling close duels, Dunbar coach McClain knew his team had to be prepared for anything.
"We want to get them a lot of experience, but we always want to get them ready for regional duals and to come together as a team," he said.
Dulaney's Asher just wants to see his squad get healthy.
106: Tyler Jackson (Dun) won forfeit
113: Steve Luedtke (Dun) won forfeit
120: Camerin Deville (Dun) maj. dec Myrddin Bramucci (Dul), 18-4
126: Joe Newland (Dul) pin Devon Woodard (Dun), 3:51
132: Jalen Jones (Dun) tech fall Destiny Benjamin (Dul), 21-6
138: Malacai Davis (Dun) pin Tucker Plasse (Dul) :30
145: DeArirus Carr (Dun) won forfeit
152: Noah Dow (Dul) pin Valentino Pryor (Dun) 1:10
160: Carlos Lovo (Dul) won forfeit
170: Denille Smith (Dun) won forfeit
182: Aaron Dow (Dul) pin Dayvon Davis (Dun), 1:19
195: Dwayne Johnson (Dun) pin Scott Shuster (Dul), 1:09
220: Tyler Woodard (Dul) pin Pablo Gonzalez (Dun), 2:27
285: Jorden Pryor (Dun) pin Nick Schiefelbein (Dul), :27