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Pointer wrestlers clinch top seed, will host regional duals

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The Sparrows Point wrestling team rolled over another quality program when it thrashed visiting Patterson Mill 62-10 on Jan. 28.

Spicing up the match a bit was the 100th career victory for the Pointers’ Jake Rallo, and a match between the first and third-ranked 195-pound wrestlers in Maryland Class 1A/2A.

Lexx Carr of Sparrows Point, the top-ranked 195-pounder, pinned third-ranked Connor Morton of Patterson Mill with 1:07 remaining in the second period in the last match of the night.

Carr is ranked fifth overall in the state, while Morton is ranked 13th.

“The first thing I want to do in a match is dominate, take control of the match,” Carr said. “There’s no way [an opponent] can stop me if I’m always on the attack.”

Carr led 2-0 on a takedown after the first period, then escaped, took Morton down and pinned him in the second period.

Morton did not score a point in the match.

“He didn’t make any mistakes,” Carr said. “I got him in a headlock, took him down.”

Rallo had to work the whole six minutes for his 100th win, but he was in control the entire match before winning 16-3 in a major decision.

After getting two takedowns in the first period, Rallo earned a takedown and a three-point near-fall in the second period.

He started the third period with an escape, scored a takedown, then intentionally allowed his Patterson Mill opponent to escape (twice) to score another two takedowns.

The Huskies forfeited four weight classes during the match.

The match started at 285 pounds, where Zack Barnickle scored a pin for Sparrows Point.

Patterson Mill got a pin at 106 pounds to tie the match at 6-6.

Two forfeits extended Sparrows Point’s lead to 18-6, but Patterson Mill won a major decision at 120 to make it appear the match would be competitive.

Two forfeits sandwiched around a 13-2 major decision by Richard Davis made it 34-10, then two narrow decisions went the Pointers’ way for a 40-10 lead with four matches remaining.

First, Luke Hoenig took a 3-1 decision at 145 pounds, then Kendrick Ermani rallied to win a 9-8 decision at 152 pounds.

Hoenig had a takedown in the first period and an escape in the third period.

Trailing 4-1 in the first period, Ermani escaped, scored a takedown and added thee near-fall points for 7-4 lead.

He was taken down twice over the last two periods, but held on to win because he was never put on his back.

Jake Lure had a first-period pin at 160 pounds, and Michael Brower had a first-period pin at 181 pounds.

Sparrows Point lost at South River on Friday, 46-23, to finish 21-1 in the regular season and clinch the top seed in the Class 2A North Region duals tournament.

The Pointers will host the regional duals tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 12, seeking their fourth straight regional duals title and a fourth straight trip to the state championship match.

Helping Sparrows Point secure the top seed and home court was a 48-36 win at Owings Mills on Jan. 23.

The Pointers took an 18-0 lead on pins by Tyler Maynor (106) and Dom Ambrosino (112) and a Golden Eagle forfeit.

A pin by Davis (132) made it 24-12, then the Pointers won four of the next five matches (three pins, one forfeit) to take a 48-18 lead with three matches remaining.

Ermani, Lure and Brower had the pins. Carr did not wrestle as Owings Mills got pins in the last three matches with Sparrows Point having already clinched the win.

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