‘Rines wrestling look to rough up Falcons, break tough losing streak

Alex Wright, Tyler Lewis, and Lirim Krasniqi

Watkins Mill varsity wrestling will be looking for a victory this Saturday, January 21, when they take on the Poolesville Falcons at home after three tough matches against the Rockville Rams, Whitman Vikings and Kennedy Cavaliers.

The Wolverines lost a hard-fought match Wednesday night, January 11 at home against the Rockville Rams after a week-long break from the mats. The squad came into the match with lots of energy, but could not finish the job on the floor, losing in their seventh match of the year.

The team played hard in their first match at home since December but were unable to pull out a win. As they look to increase interest in the sport, it is our job to get out there and support the team.

On January 4, the team went up against the Whitman Vikings fighting hard but couldn’t pull out the W due to an incomplete team. “Since we did not have a complete team we were forced to forfeit a few games,” senior Favio Quintanilla said.

The ‘Rines took no break while off from school, attending a winter tournament hosted at Richard Montgomery. Junior Lenard Clarke, who was honored after the tournament with a medal for winning all three of his matches, added, “I was excited because not only did I win a medal but I realized that I had come a long way since the season started.”

Junior Kelvin Quacoe-Dameshie also capitalized on the opportunity over break, winning his first and third match in just under ten seconds. “I won my first match in ten seconds and my third match in ten seconds. I lost my second match by a few points,” Quacoe-Dameshie said.

“Unlike other sports, in wrestling there is a mix of individual performance and team performance,” Quintanilla said. “You have to go out there individually and do your part so you can win for your team.”

In the last match before break, the Wolverines won an icy competition against the Kennedy Cavaliers at home on December 20.  The team was able to close out 2016 with a strong win, creating optimism for the new year.

As the team looks to increase interest in the sport, it is your job to get out there and support the team. So come out to their home match this Saturday, January 21!


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