KCHS takes down Snow Hill on final night of regular season

MARDELA — Kent County High School heads into the opening round of the Class 1A East Region dual-meet tournament tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 6) having defeated higher-seeded Snow Hill by the slimmest of margins on the final night of the regular season.

The No. 8-seeded Trojans ran the table, almost, with Liam Gallo (175), Anthony Wilson (190) and Avon Hubbard (285) winning their respective bouts by pin to pull out a 40-38 victory Friday.

No. 5 seed Snow Hill (7-7) had a full lineup, while shorthanded Kent (4-9) forfeited three weight classes.

The Trojans fell behind early, 18-0, and still trailed by 15 points, 27-12, after seven bouts.

Brady Sutton’s 10-0 major decision at 150 put KCHS on the comeback trail. He led 6-0 after one period.

Kent County won the last five contested bouts, including four by fall that began when Ethan Clark (157) stuck his opponent in 3 minutes, 53 seconds. Clark led 8-0 after the first period with a takedown and two near falls.

Back-to-back pins from seniors Gallo and Wilson gave Kent County its first lead of the match at 34-32 with two bouts to go.

Gallo trailed 4-3 after the first period and was still down a point after a scoreless second period. Working from the bottom to start the third period, he scored one point for an escape for a 4-4 draw. He then got a takedown and turned his opponent just before the horn sounded.

The Eagles had one team point deducted after the bout.

Snow Hill picked up six team points with a win by forfeit at 215 to pull back out in front, 38-34, with only the heavyweight bout remaining.

For the second match in less than two weeks, freshman Hubbard pinned down the team win when he decked his opponent in 56 seconds.

Sophomore Noah Iacona scored Kent County’s first points with a third-period pin at 126. He put on a clinic with five takedowns.

KCHS’ Scottie Ford, also a sophomore, had the quickest pin of the night — with only 44 seconds elapsed in the 138-pound bout.

Kent County’s match with Snow Hill was initially scheduled as a home match on Jan. 19 but, because schools were shuttered that day due to snow, was rescheduled as a double-dual Friday, Feb. 2 at Mardela.

In the nightcap, “Mardela outmatched us,” KCHS coach Chris Yiannakis said of the 54-30 loss.

The Trojans won five bouts, all by fall — Icona (126), Ford (138), Sutton (150), Clark (165) and Gallo (175). Clark and Gallo pinned their opponents in less than a minute.

Regional duals begin tonight at the higher seed.
For Kent County, that’s top-seeded Harford Tech (10-4).

No. 8 seed Kent County will square off against No. 9 seed Bohemia Manor (1-13) in the first round. The winner will then face Harford Tech.

Colonel Richardson (10-4) is the No. 2 seed and will host No. 7 Perryville (4-8).

No. 6 Cambridge-South Dorchester (6-8) travels to No. 3 Mardela (7-7), and No. 5 Snow Hill (7-7) travels to No. 4 Havre de Grace (6-6).

North Dorchester (2-12) and St. Michaels (1-9) withdrew.

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