Bayside tourney is first stop in KCHS matmen’s postseason

BERLIN — The forecast of snow Friday night into Saturday provided the Trojans with an extra day of practice as they are poised to begin the individual portion of their wrestling season.

The Bayside Conference tournament, which automatically sends the top four place-finishers in each weight class to the state-qualifying region tournaments, was pushed back from Saturday, Feb. 17 to Monday at Stephen Decatur High School.

The hassles of arranging transportation and adjusting work and school schedules aside, the delay provided Kent County’s wrestlers with what amounted to almost two full weeks of practices.

The plan since Kent County’s dual-match season ended on Feb. 6 with a loss to the top-ranked team in the Class 1A East Region, Harford Tech, was “to grind, keep working the conditioning while smoothing out the rough edges in our technique,” KCHS coach Chris Yiannakis told The Evening Enterprise.

Half a dozen Trojans will compete at Baysides on Monday: sophomore Noah Iacona (126 pounds), 13-5; sophomore Scottie Ford (138), 30-1; senior Brady Sutton (144), 22-5; junior Ethan Clark (150), 11-1; senior Liam Gallo (175), 9-8; and senior Anthony Wilson (190), 12-13.

Already, Ford and Sutton likely have enough points accumulated during the season to advance to the 1A East tournament next weekend.

The others will need to place fourth or better at Baysides to move on. This includes Iacona and Clark, who have solid records but missed several weeks of competition because of injuries.

Kent County finished 5-10 after going 1-1 in the regional duals. No. 8 seed KCHS ousted No. 9 seed Bo Manor, 54-24, but was eliminated in the next round by Harford Tech, 64-18.

Harford Tech would go on to three-peat as the 1A East regional dual champion.

In a Facebook post on Feb. 7, Yiannakis wrote: “Last night we dipped our toe in the Regional Dual sand. We left a good impression. We put a heel down on Bo Manor. We only lost 1 contested match and had 4 pins. Then moved our lead foot forward and shot on #1 seed Harford Tech. We came up short but put up one heck of a fight. Our 2 Seniors Liam Gallo and Anthony Wilson went hard for 3 periods with high caliber opponents. All in all a good finish to rough Dual season.”

In the opener against Bo Manor (1-14), KCHS got pins from Iacona (2:45), Ford (1:43), Sutton (3:18) and heavyweight Avon Hubbard (3:16), as well as forfeits at 113, 120, 132, 175 and 190. There was a double-forfeit at 106.

Well-rested Harford Tech (13-5), which received a first-round bye, filled all 14 weight classes in its match against Kent County.

The Trojans scored their 18 points on pins from Ford (4:26), Sutton (4:51) and Hubbard (5:22).

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