WORTON — Kent County’s wrestlers were not hoisting the team trophy at the conclusion of the annual Holiday Tournament, but they had guys on the podium.
And that was gratifying for coach Chris Yiannakis.
With only four wrestlers, longtime host Kent (46 points) placed 10th in the 11-team field of the Dec. 17-18 tournament — slipping in ahead of North East of Cecil County (44) and not far behind Havre de Grace (50) and North Dorchester (50), who brought larger teams.
Junior Chris Schauber, a first-year wrestler, was the runner-up at 220 pounds, sophomore Brady Sutton won the consolation final at 132 and freshman Ethan Clark placed fourth at 138.
Kent County’s other entry was senior Hannah Beattie, wrestling up a weight class at 145.
In the junior varsity tournament, Parker Dalrymple, also a novice, placed third at 195.
“The growth of these athletes was apparent. I saw each wrestler put in their best matches so far,” Yiannakis wrote in an email to the Kent County News. “Some may not have gotten the win,” he said, “but the improvement lets me know they’re in it.”
Richard Montgomery’s Patrick Keryte pinned Schauber in the third period of their championship bout.
Schauber trailed throughout, giving up a takedown in the opening minute and 15 seconds and then a near fall, but he fought off the pin with an escape just ahead of the horn to end the first period.
Keryte led 5-1 and 7-3 at the first and second period breaks, respectively, and then caught Schauber with a reversal for the pin with 1:23 remaining.
Sutton edged Queen Anne’s Mason Albright in overtime after they battled to a 10-10 draw at the end of regulation of the 132-pound consolation final. Sutton stuck Albright with 50 seconds elapsed in extra time.
Sutton led 10-8 with a minute to go in the third period after being awarded a point for Albright’s illegal move.
But Albright forced overtime after forcefully taking down Sutton with 20 seconds to go in regulation.
Clark deserved a better fate in his consolation final with North Dorchester’s Ryan Meekins. Clark appeared to have Meekins pinned late in the first period, but didn’t get the call. Three back points gave him a 6-5 lead heading into the second period.
Meeks was able to turn Clark midway through the second period and a quick whistle resulted in a pin.