Kent matmen pin down program's 400th win

Kent County freshman 106-pounder Alex Bellarin (top) is unbeaten in dual matches and 17-1 overall. He absorbed his first loss Saturday in the championship round of the Battle at the Bridge tournament hosted by Bohemia Manor High School.

SNOW HILL — There was little fanfare to mark a huge accomplishment for Kent County's storied wrestling program last week. That's because the Trojans' historic 400th victory came on the road and was so lopsided.

The milestone is to be marked by a much bigger celebration Wednesday night when wrestling alumni come together for presentations and fellowship before the match at home against Mardela.

State champions Trey Kohl and Donnie Yerkie have said they will be there.

Kohl is among the head coaches who also have committed, joining Brett King, Dan Primiani and hall of famer Dan Zottarelli, who launched the program in 1972.

The tentative schedule has the introduction and warmup for wrestlers at about 5 p.m. Then the presentations, to be followed by the junior varsity and varsity bouts.

Kent decked host Snow Hill, 66-18, on Jan. 8, with 48 points awarded for eight forfeits. 

"We would like to have seen more varsity matches to make the 400th win more rewarding and hard fought, but we will take it," coach Chris Yiannakis said in an email.

He was more excited about the junior varsity match, where the Trojans won five of the seven bouts. 

"Seeing our JV guys get some wins keeps us motivated about our future," Yiannakis said.

Kent is 1-1 in the new year and 3-2 overall.

At Snow Hill, freshman Alex Bellarin (106), who is unbeaten in dual matches, set the tone with a second-period pin. He already had built a 14-1 lead before decking Justin Henry.

Kent also received pins from sophomore Hunter Benton (120) and junior Will Ashmore (160) in 1 minute, 43 seconds and 3:45, respectively.

The Trojans' other points came from forfeits: freshmen Connor Moxley (113) and Brandon Cannon (152); sophomores Aron Ashley-Pinder (126) and Alystair McKenzie (132); juniors Kevin Mallory (138) and Gabe Yiannakis (145); and seniors Kregg Walton (182) and Brandon Crouch (195).

In junior varsity bouts, sophomore Ronald Parker, who played varsity basketball last year, was a winner twice by pin at 220 pounds. In his first match, Parker gave up an early takedown before getting a fall in 1:09. He never trailed in his second match, which ended with a pin in the third period.

Junior Lazaro Rosas and sophomore Michael Smith both won by pin at 170 pounds, and junior Joel Cruz won by pin at 285.

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