Blazers triumph 52-18 with quick pins and forfeits
NELSON H. KOBREN MEMORIAL GYMNASIUM, Jan. 24 –
The Blair wrestling team came through with a dominant effort on Thursday night, soundly defeating the outmanned and outmatched Watkins Mill Wolverines at home, 52-18 thanks in large part to four wins by forfeit and powerful performances from Blair's captains.
The highlights of the evening were the dominant performances from senior co-captain Bereket Kebede (157) and junior Alhaji Janneh (171). Both were able to manhandle their opponents early, scoring astounding pins in less than 15 seconds. Kebede's match clocked in at a mere 14 seconds and Janneh won in just 13 seconds. Senior captain Haben Ghebremeschel (140) also won on a pin in the first round.
Junior Kekura Musa (125) started his match strong, but grew tired in round two before regaining his edge in round three and finishing with a hard-fought 7-5 win to earn three points. Sophomore Johni Meeks (135) was in control of his opponent with several early takedowns, but wore down as match went on. Meeks was very close to being pinned as time expired, but managed to escape with a 17-13 win (three points). Junior Miche Ulysse (145) was in control for entire match, leading 5-0 after round 1 en route to a 10-0 shutout win (4 points).
Overall, Scott was pleased with the team's performance on Thursday. "The guys really came together and wrestled strong," he said. Scott was particularly impressed by the leadership and strong showings from the captains, Kebede, Phine Ulysse and Ghebremeschel.
But Scott also saw room for improvement. "Honestly, we came out a little flat at times," he said. "Watkins Mill is not the most challenging team." In the future, Scott hopes to score more pins, which are worth more points. "We're going to work on pushing our opponents, wrestling relentlessly," he said. The team will also focus on working with individual wrestlers at specific weight classes, in preparation for their next meet on Saturday, where they will take on Wheaton and Einstein.
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