Kenwood’s “Best of the Nest” wrestling duals tournament, for the second time in four years, experienced a weather delay. A long weather delay.
An ice storm caused Saturday’s second day of the tournament to be postponed until Feb. 1.
The same situation happened in 2017, when an ice storm knocked the Saturday portion of the tournament back a week.
Kenwood finished pool play with a 2-2 record, making it unlikely the Bluebirds will advance to the semifinals. The second day of the tournament will begin with cross-pool matches before the semis and the championship match.
Marriotts Ridge leads Pool A with a 4-0 record, followed by Archbishop Curley (3-1), Kenwood, Walter Johnson (1-3) and Baltimore Polytechnic (0-4).
Manchester Valley (4-0) leads Pool B, followed by Winston Churchill (3-1), Lackey (2-2), Chopticon (1-3) and Dulaney (0-4).
Sussex Tech of Delaware, winner of the previous two “Best of the Nest” tournaments, did not return this year.
Kenwood opened the tournament with a 40-39 win over Walter Johnson. The match ended 39-39, but Kenwood was declared the winner on the Criteria B tiebreaker.
The Bluebirds were aided by three Walter Johnson forfeits (Kenwood had none forfeit).
Kelly Bailey (108 pounds), Ethan Miller and Charles Huntley had pins for Kenwood, while Daylon Duncan won an 8-6 decision.
Kenwood then lost to Marriotts Ridge 54-23.
Daylon Duncan, Huntley and Trevor Campbell had pins for Kenwood, while Kaylon Duncan won by a technical fall.
In a 57-24 Bluebird victory over Poly, Kenwood racked up eight pins: Kaylon Duncan (122 pounds); Marc Taylor (140); Daylon Duncan (147); Ryan Bomberg (154); Huntley (172); Nashawn Morgan (184); David Nwachokwu (222) and Nick kaindoh (285).
Sulyvan Esparza won a decision.
Kenwood lost to Archbishop Curley 48-27 in a match that ended a minute before midnight.
Esparza (115 pounds), Huntley (172) and Morgan (197) each had pins for Kenwood. Daylon Duncan won by forfeit, and Kaindoh won a decision at 285 pounds.
Daylon Duncan and Huntley each won four matches during the first day, while Kaindoh won three matches.
Two wrestlers reached 100 career wins during the tournament: Greg Grifffin of Chopticon and Manchester Valley’s Adam Mattson. Both wrestle at 170 pounds.
Griffin defeated Mattson 3-2 when the two met on the mat. It was Chopticon’s only victory against Manchester valley in a match won by the Mustangs 68-3.