The Parkdale High School wrestling team accomplished something on Wednesday that it had never done before — at least during coach Adam Forschner’s tenure — win at rival Eleanor Roosevelt.
The Panthers did more than just win. They secured a decisive, 51-15, victory.
“The guys came out strong today, and they wrestled well,” Forschner said. “It’s always been tough [wrestling here], so I was a little nervous coming in. Right now, we are undefeated in the county with a couple losses [out of county], but coming in and wrestling as well as we did today, I was impressed with my guys.”
Parkdale jumped right on the host Raiders, earning decisions in three of the first five matches while taking the other two by forfeit. Dashaun Taylor’s 4-0 victory over Levi Gayatao at 106 pounds was the highlight of the 21-0 start for the Panthers since he avenged a defeat to Gayatao from last year’s Prince George’s County Championships. At 120 pounds, Maravell Scott was able to earn a technical fall over Samir Salib to give Parkdale a 27-0 advantage.
The Panthers also benefited from back-to-back pins by Michael Perdomo (132 pounds) and Kevin Thomas (138) to seal the victory with five matches remaining in the meet.
“The key match-ups were the 195 pound — [Terry Nance] wrestled really good,” Forschner said. “That, and 182 [Fernando Hurdle] was a big key match-up. We were victorious on that. So those were the key today, the ones we were looking at to see what we had for counties and regionals and all.”
Roosevelt took it’s first match at 126 pounds when Ricky Bryant earned a pin as time expired in the first period. Initially it appeared as if Bryant would be awarded back points and the match would move on to the second period, but after a few moments of deliberation, he was awarded the fall. Jose Trujillo (160 pounds) earned a point for a stall penalty in the third period of his match against Eric Harrell, and then added another on an escape with 10 seconds remaining to win by decision, 2-1.
In what was arguably the most exciting match of the meet, Jon Jones (170) earned a fall by locking in a cradle late in the second period against L.K. Lyles-El.
“I had never seen him wrestle before, and we weighed in two guys at 160, so we decided to bump me up [to 170] hoping that we would end up with more points that way,” Jones said. “He really out-muscled me, and caught me off-guard in the first period with the takedown, but I guess I was pretty composed and I was able to stick him with that cradle.”
Parkdale’s regular season wraps up on Saturday with a home tri-meet against Montgomery Blair (Montgomery County) and Charles H. Flowers. Then, the Panthers will be left to prepare for the postseason.
“Overall, we are having a great season,” Forschner said. “Our schedule is harder than last year, so we have a couple losses, but we are still in the running for regional duals. Right now, we are operating on all cylinders. We are working hard, we wrestled really well today. I’m looking really good for counties and regionals.”
Parkdale 51, Eleanor Roosevelt 15
106: Dashaun Taylor (P) d. Levi Gayatao, 4-0
113: Fatai Williams (P) d. Jon Inda, 9-4
120: Maravell Scott (P) t.f. Samir Salib, 19-4
126: Ricky Bryant (ER) f. Saidu Sulimin, 2:00
132: Michael Perdomo (P) f. Marquis Stevens-Clark, 1:04
138: Kevin Thomas (P) f. Joey C., 0:39
145: Saliou Kaba (P) d. Jorge Escobar, 13-6
152: Ray Jones (P) m.d. Sam Brogi, 11-2
160: Jose Trujillo (ER) d. Eric Harrell, 2-1
170: Jon Jones (ER) f. L.K. Lyles-El, 3:23
182: Fernando Hurdle (P) f. Miles Robinson, 1:56
195: Terry Nance (P) d. Casey Wokocha, 5-2
220: Macred Gbenro (P) for.
285: Thomas Velez (P) for.