Eastern Tech finished a strong fourth in last weekend's Baltimore County wrestling tournament, thanks in part to having two individual champions.
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“I'm extremely proud of this team, and all the hard work they have put into this season its really strting to pay off,” Eastern Tech coach Kevin Cross said.
Dustin Shackleford (145) and Mitchell Burns (195) both won individual championships for the Mavericks, while teammates Stephen Beam (138) and Ilya Usik (152) both placed third. Nathaniel Gale rounded out the Mavericks' place winners with a fourth place showing.
The individual champions were the Mavericks' first in eight years, Cross said. In all, up to 10 Eastern Tech wrestlers could for next week's Class 4A/3A North regional tournament.
After beating top-seeded Hassan James of Towson 8-6 in the semifinals, Shackleford avenged a loss from last season with a 5-4 victory over Shane Hammer of Sparrows Point in the finals.
“Dustin has really come a long way in his four years wrestling for us,” Cross said. “He really works hard on his technique in the offseason, and that is really paid off.”
Burns also defeated a No. 1 seed in the semifinals, as he posted a 2-0 victory over Dundalk's Joe Doetch to get into the finals where he dominated Sean Bracken of Overlea, 10-2, to claim his county crown.
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