Wrestler’s State Appearance Caps Successful Season for Team

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Wrestler’s State Appearance Caps Successful Season for Team

Abagail McKnight, Senior

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Junior Daylon Duncan became Kenwood’s first state wrestling finalist since 2005 with a second-place finish in the state tournament.

Duncan’s run at the state title was one more mark of a successful season for the team. Overall, the team had set out to make the 3A North Regional Duals and succeeded, “a point of pride for the wrestlers,” said Coach Will Richter.

Duncan, at 145lbs, is 49-5 and went 9-0 at the Rockville Duals tournament where he won most outstanding wrestler. He also went 9-0 at The Best of the Nest Duals and was voted most outstanding lightweight wrestler.

Among the highlights of the season was an early win, 42-29, against Dundalk. A key moment in the win came when Kevin Aguilar was losing, but stepped up in the third period and threw and pinned his Dundalk opponent with one of the best headlocks Coach Richter said he’s ever seen from a high school wrestler. The move sealed Kenwood’s win.

Kenwood’s only female wrestler, Brooke Markell, finished second place at the MPSSA Girl’s Invitational. Brooke has been wrestling with Kenwood since her sophomore year and has really enjoyed her time on the team. “It’s like a huge family of brothers. Even though we fight and wrestle, at the end of the day we have each other’s backs like family,” she said. She has seen female wrestling in her three years really start to evolve as a  sport for boys and girls.

Another highlight of the season was Kenwood’s win over Meade. Last season they beat Kenwood on the wrestlers’ senior night, a loss that stuck with the team all year. When Kenwood traveled to Meade this year, the Bluebirds were the ones to triumph, 64-18.

This season also marked Kenwood first trip to Regional Duals in fifteen years. They headed into the Regional Duals as the third seed. It was their best appearance since 2002 with a record of 10-4. In addition, this year’s team has the most dual wins overall with a record of 26-15, including beating Eastern Tech for the first time in fifteen years. They were second in the 3A/4A Baltimore County dual standings behind Catonsville and fifth overall in Baltimore County Dual Standings behind Catonsville, Sparrows Point, Owings Mills, and Hereford. Kenwood had 692 total in season dual points scored on their opponents this season with only 382 dual points scored against them.

Some other key statistics for other Kenwood wrestlers include:
– Wins by Ricky Figueroa 41-0, 106lbs, at the Rockville Duals, the Best of the Nest Duals, and the Tomahawk duals
– A record of 29-16 with 19 pins for Sulyvan Esparza, 113 pounds
– A record of 28-19 with 21 pins for Jalen Demauri, 120 pounds
– Allen Kalb, 126lbs, went 21-10
– Zack Hemmig, 132lbs, went 20-20 in a very tough weight class
– Darius Riley, 152/160lbs, went 13-15 for the season
– Francis Bell, 170lbs, went 15-13 with 11 pins
– Charles Huntley III, 182lbs, went 25-7 and undefeated at the Tomahawk Duals 7-0
– Kevin Aguilar, 195/220lbs, was 26-8.
– Davis Nwachukwu, 285lbs., was 14-17.
– Four wrestlers placed in the County tournament ( Daylon Duncan 2nd at 145, Darius Riley 4th at 152, Charles Huntley III 6th at 182, Kevin Aguliar at 195, 6th)
– Ten wrestlers qualified for the Regional tournament ( Sulyvan Esparza, Jalen DeMauri, Allen Kalb, Zach Hemmig, Daylon Dunca, Darius Riley, Francin Bell, Charles Huntley III, Kevin Aguliar, David Nwachukmu), the most since the mid-late 90’s.


Fantastic job to our Kenwood wrestlers and can’t wait to see what they do next year.