SANDY SPRING, Md. —Just two of the 10 wrestlers representing North Hagerstown and South Hagerstown at the Maryland Class 4A-3A West region championships advanced to the semifinals on the first day of the tournament Friday at Sherwood High School.
North’s Gene Balcita advanced in the 138-pound class with a pin over Thomas Wooton’s Garrett Ruderman in 2:26 in the quarterfinals. South’s Marquil Holt advanced at 220 with a 4-0 decision over Dalonte Taylor of Northwood in the quarters.
The shocker of Friday was the forfeit by North junior Brendon Colbert, who did not make weight. Colbert was the top seed at 132 and is a two-time state runner-up who is 34-1 this season and 106-5 overall.
“I’m going to take responsibility for Brendon. I should have monitored him closer,” said Hubs coach Greg Slick. “He’s disappointed. He’s broken-hearted. I’ve tried to explain that it’s not the end of the world. Tomorrow’s going to be a better day.”
Colbert was not the only weigh-in casualty for the Hubs, as Diantra Landry also did not make weight at 145. Landry came in with a 24-7 record.
Holt and Ruderman wrestled to a scoreless stalemate in the first period of their bout, but Holt came on in the second. After receiving a technical violation point put him on the board, Holt quickly earned an escape and a takedown for the victory.
After quarterfinal losses, four Hubs — Coleman McHose (152), Amont Hawkins (182), Antonio Rosario (195) and Aaron Dopson (285) — moved into the consolation rounds, which start at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Collin Edwards was eliminated in a preliminary bout Friday, falling 6-1 against Marc Stephen-Meredith of Hubie Blake at 120.
“It’s hard to wrestle when you get kicked in the stomach like we did today, finding out about Brendon and Diantra,” said Slick. “Hopefully they’ll wrestle back tomorrow and hopefully they’ll qualify.”
Isaiah Brooks (106) moved onto the consolations for the Rebels.