“We’ve (performed) as well as I thought we would by now,” Grim said. “We’re still a far way away, but the beauty of it is we’re pretty healthy for the most part … We’re sitting at 11-0 right now so I can’t be too upset, but we have a long way to go to reach our goals. But right now, I’m pleased where we are.”
After staking themselves to a 15-6 lead, the Patriots dropped three straight decisions.
The mini-skid was topped with a loss at 145 in which junior Matt Morris erased a 6-1 deficit after the second period. But the Eagles’ Mark Rodgers was able to hold on for a 9-7 decision, giving North Point a slim 16-15 advantage.
“He hit that lat drop at the end and I thought he was going to be able to hold on for a few mat points, and if he did, he wins the match,” Grim said. “But I was really proud of Matt; he kept coming. Win or lose, sometimes even in a loss he showed a lot of heart out there.”
Team captain Robbie Fleming came in next at 152 and gave the Patriots a much-needed pin in 34 second to retake the lead.
“We expect that,” Grim said. “Robbie is one of our best wrestlers on the team; captain and four-year varsity starter. When I went back to talk to him I said ‘Everything here needs to be tight. We need six here, nothing else.’ Then he goes out there and does what he does.”
North Point only won two more decisions from that point.
“They’re starting to get healthy,” Grim said of the competition. “They have some pretty physical kids, and we’re a physical team, so they matched up well with us physically, so it was a pretty good contest. We knew it was going to be tight coming in. We knew they matched up well with us.”
With Old Mill up by eight and just a few matches left, senior Jason Smith came up with an overtime decision against the Eagles’ Jaden Mack to effectively put the match away.
“It was a really competitive match,” Grim said. “The kid from North Point beat Jason last year pretty convincingly, and Jason battled back. (Mack) is ranked in the state; (Smith) is ranked in the state. It was a great match and for Jason to win that and come out on top, that was a huge match for us.”
One of the most exciting matches, between the Patriots’ Nehemiah Carter and the Eagles’ Devon Muhammed at 160, ended with a scare in overtime when Carter appeared to land awkwardly on his shoulder after attempting a takedown. The junior laid on the mat for several minutes in visible pain.
“He’ll be OK,” Grim said. “It’s more of a muscular strain in the back of his shoulder … I guess the shoulder kind of pulled back a little bit (and he fell.) He was going in for a takedown. It was a good match on both parts.”
Old Mill’s next match comes at home against Kent Island on Jan. 4th.
Old Mill 36, North Point 25
106: Killup (OM) dec. Moore, 11-4
113: Lundstrom (OM) pinned Dwomoh, 3:49
120: North Point won by forfeit
126: Mansapit (NP) pinned Schumaker, 1:44
132: Edmund (NP) dec. Tull, 5-0
138: Walker (NP) dec. Newland, 11-2
145: Rodgers (NP) dec. Morris, 9-7
152: Fleming (OM) pinned Bonilla, 0:34
160: Muhammed (NP) dec. Carter, 3-1 (OT)
170: Garren (OM) pinned Wansel, 0:53
182: Smith (OM) dec. Mack, 5-3 (OT)
195: Batchleor (NP) dec. Floyd, 2-1 (OT)
220: Prince (NP) dec. Fleming, 9-4
285: Old Mill won by forfeit