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Erie's Adrian Rincon gets control of Frederick's Ervey Marquez during their 126-pound bout in a dual meet won Thursday by the Tigers.
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Erie’s Adrian Rincon gets control of Frederick’s Ervey Marquez during their 126-pound bout in a dual meet won Thursday by the Tigers.

FREDERICK — Prior to Frederick taking its home mat for the first time in decades without its legendary leader at the helm, current Frederick wrestling head coach Bobby Matthews felt it necessary for the school to honor Gerry Galway and his 36 years of service to the program. However, knowing his mentor’s modesty, Matthews did his best to make the ceremony a surprise.

But even before things got under way, it was pretty clear what was going on. Members from the community of all ages packed the stands to congratulate the former coach, with many of the younger ones decked out in stickers bearing Galway’s likeness. The Warriors’ current crop of grapplers got in on the act too, rocking fake mustaches in honor of the coach’s iconic facial hair.

While the speeches that were made by Matthews and principal Pete Vargas were touching, and the plaque that was awarded to Galway served as a nice sendoff, the Warriors then had to move toward embarking on a new era, with the first step being a battle with Erie. And the Tigers proved that Frederick will have some work to do before the Warriors are able to reach the level of some of Galway’s great squads, as the visitors secured a 60-24 victory.

“We wrestled Roosevelt last week and lost by one, so we had a much more enthusiastic night tonight,” Erie head coach Steve Gratton said. “Everyone wrestled pretty well and I was happy with it.

“Back in the days (Frederick) used to be our rival, so I got some calls this week from the old-time wrestlers saying ‘You guys better not lose to them.’ It’s not so much anymore, but we still tried to get worked up for it.”

Though Frederick looked impressive in jumping out to the early lead thanks to pins by Robby Saldi and Ray Salcido, Erie quickly turned the tables, running off pins at 170 through 195. The Tigers’ Dustin Hamlin looked particularly dominant at 182, securing a pin in 44 seconds.

Though many of the matches at either end of the weight class spectrum were forfeited, things got the most interesting at 132 when Frederick’s Isaac Chavez squared off with Erie’s Ryley Deckert. Though Deckert went up 2-0 early in the first period, Chavez battled back to take command and a 5-2 edge late in the second. The Warrior then clung to a one-point lead as time ticked away in the third, but just as it seemed Deckert was done he turned tables and earned an exciting pin at the 5 minute, 4 second mark.

“I got a little nervous because it was a close match and this is my first year (wrestling), so I’m kind of learning a bit,” Deckert said. “But I got hand control, got up, and the last thing I thought was ‘Get him down, keep holding him there, win this match, do it for the team.'”

While the result may not have capped off the evening the way Frederick had hoped, there were certainly signs that the Warriors are on the right track. And given how early it is into his tenure, the progress is not lost on the new man in charge of the program.

“We’re definitely in a rebuilding process, but they gave effort and that’s what we’re asking from them,” Matthews said. “We had one senior wrestling tonight, one junior. The rest were sophomores and freshmen.

“Erie has much more experience than we do. But we gave effort and the kids were trying the moves and what we’re working on in the room … and that’s all I can ask for as a coach right now.”

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Erie 60, Frederick 24

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106 — Anthony Willert, Erie, won by forfeit; 113 — Christian VanLindingham, Erie, won by forfeit; 120 — Anthony Nieto, Erie, won by forfeit; 126 — Adrian Rincon, Erie, pinned Ervey Marquez, 0:38; 132 — Ryley Deckert, Erie, pinned Isaac Chavez, 5:04; 138 — Ernie Quintana, Erie, won by forfeit; 145 — Andrew Jarmillo, Frederick, pinned Toby Campbell, 3:33; 152 — Robby Saldi, Frederick, pinned Cooper Batholomew; 160 — Ray Salcido, Frederick, pinned Yuri Rholoff, 3:00; 170 — Trevor David, Erie, pinned, Moses Artega, 3:15 ; 182 — Dustin Hamlin, Erie, pinned Logan Burdett, 0:44; 195 — Elijah Roper, Erie, pinned Jake Longstretch, 2:18; 220 — Michael Castro, Frederick, pinned Cameron Marcucci, 2:31. 285 — Nick Henderson, Frederick, won by default.

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