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Spartan grapplers sweep tri-match with Camden, Eau Claire

Posted: January 13, 2011 2:57 p.m.
Updated: January 14, 2011 5:00 a.m.

By his own assessment, Camden Military Academy head wrestling coach Mark Dority knew both Camden and Eau Claire were not at the top of their respective games coming into last Thursday’s tri-match at the white Field House on the CMA campus.

Still, the first-year Spartans’ boss liked what he saw from his own young squad which swept to a pair of victories, topping Camden High, 36-33, and Eau Claire, 37-36, on an evening in which forfeits played a large role in each of the night’s contests.

"Both teams (CHS and EC) had a lot of forfeits. Both of them are undermanned this year," Dority said. "But it still felt good to win both matches."

Against Camden High, CMA scored four pins and won twice by forfeit to account for all its scoring.

Dority’s troops received a pin from 140-pound Dallas Marrow to start off a string of three straight victories by pin as Rush Branham (145) and 152-pound Noah Leary followed suit.

"Marrow is a technical wrestler," Dority said. "He gave up an early takedown, but scored a reversal and went on to win against a very game CHS wrestler. Branham is only a sophomore, but already exhibits considerable skill. He used superior riding and pinning skills to win his match while Leary is a hard-nosed wrestler who continues to improve. He never quits on the mat."

CMA picked up six more points at 171 pounds as David Duncan scored a pin, which did not come as much of a surprise to his coach. "Duncan is an exceptional wrestler and all-around athlete, as well as team captain," Dority said.

The Spartans received forfeits at 135- and 189-pounds with Lucas Mayer and Davis Cassie, respectively, were the beneficiaries of CHS not having wrestlers in those divisions.

"Mayer is a first year wrestler who has really taken to the sport and Cassie is an excellent wrestler and team captain who leads by example on and off the mat," Dority said.

In the opener against the Shamrocks, Mayer, Morrow, Branham, Leary, Duncan and Cassie each picked up wins via forfeit. At heavyweight, CMA’s Cammeron Warren took a 6-3 lead in his first wrestling match, only to lose late in the third period. Still, Dority was impressed with Warren’s debut and looks forward to his development.

"Warrren is a fast learner," he said, "and is sure to be a winner as he gains mat experience."

Camden head coach Stephen Sutusky said that, once again, giving away too many points due to forfeits left his team too big a hole to climb out of in this match.

"Our kids wrestled well," he said, "obviously we have to be near perfect to win due to giving up some forfeits throughout the lineup. Our guys are really focused on getting better every time the practice or step on the mat in a dual match or tournament."

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