FREDERICK — Even though Hugo Ramirez is a senior, he still considers himself a newcomer in wrestling, given that he has been competing only three years.
Yet Ramirez is more than experienced enough to understand the basic rule of his sport: a pin is a pin, no matter the opponent or circumstance.
Ramirez and his teammates put on a clinic on the value of pins Thursday, helping the Mavericks overwhelm a depleted Frederick squad for a 53-18 dual-meet victory.
“I’m really confident the way that coach is teaching us,” Ramirez said. “The team is getting in there and getting after it. We’re working hard and I think we’re going to go above and beyond what everybody expects.
“This is only my third year, but we’ve had a lot of guys come in and work with us and teaching us new moves. I like using that stuff. I like improving myself because I’m still kind of new to this game. A pin is a pin.”
With injury and illness decimating Frederick’s lineup, the host Warriors were unable to mount much of a challenge against Mead.
Only eight of the 14 weight divisions fielded bouts, with Mead recording victories in five of those eight contests. Of those five victories, four were posted via pins while the fifth occurred on a major decision.
“We wrestled well and we competed well, which is what you want to see,” Mead coach Ty Tatham said. “It’s not always about winning. It’s about doing the things you work on in practice and getting after it. I thought everybody did that tonight. Hopefully it will continue that way.”
The 152-pound Ramirez posted perhaps the most impressive of Mead’s four pins, needing only 68 seconds to take down Frederick’s David Yang. Mead also received pins from 126-pounder Austin Van Hooker, 145-pounder Kyle McNellis, and heavyweight Jack Gallegos. Mead senior Mat Stinson recorded a 17-2 major decision against the Warriors’ Nick Letkomiller.
Frederick’s Cody Campos earned a 12-6 decision against the Mavericks’ Cristian Cortez at 132 pounds, and the Warriors’ 160-pound junior Noah Payne put together an impressive win by using a late reversal to defeat Mead’s Marco Clark 7-6. Frederick’s Dylan Shoop earned the Warriors’ only pin at 138 pounds, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the four forfeits Frederick was forced to surrender.
“I don’t know if I’d say we’re quite in a rhythm yet. We still have a few things to work on,” Tatham said. “We work on things in practice, and you don’t see enough of it in the matches. So we’ve got a little bit of that going. Now it’s just about constantly trying to improve and stay healthy and injury-free. Right now, we’re pretty healthy. We’ve had some colds and the flu but right now we seem to be OK.”
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Mead 53, Frederick 18
At Frederick HS
106 — Trey Streifel, Frederick, default; 113 — Sage Budd, Mead, default; 120 — Dyllan Burch, Mead, default; 126 — Austin VanHooker, Mead, pinned Isaac Chavez, 1:24; 132 — Cody Campos, Frederick, def. Cristian Cortez, 12-6; 138 — Dylan Shoop, Frederick, pinned Justice Lovato, 3:26; 145 — Kyle McNellis, Mead, pinned Jordan DeFalco, 3:49; 152 — Hugo Ramirez, Mead, pinned David Yang, 1:08; 160 — Noah Payne, Frederick, def. Marco Clark, 7-6; 170 — Gabe Alvarado, Mead, default; 182 — Mat Stinson, Mead, maj. dec. Nick Letkomiller, 17-2; 195 — Kyle Couch, Mead, default; 220 — Jorge Cortez, Mead, default; 285 — Jack Gallegos, Mead, pinned Zach Tymoczko, 3:24.