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A Linganore First: Back-to-Back Champs

Linganore won a battle of defending state duals champions, 34-31, over 19th-ranked South River on Saturday thanks to the resiliency of 113-pound freshman Jayden Lassiter in the night's final match against the Seahawks' 18th-ranked freshman Jackson Peeples.

Trailing, 34-28, against the Lancers (17-1), the Seahawks needed a pin from Peeples to tie the match and force a tie-breaking criteria decision. Lassiter lost only a 9-4 decision, resulting in the final margin of victory for the repeat Class 3A state dual meet champion Lancers.

"We told Jayden, 'he has to pin you in order to tie the match,” said Lancers' coach Ben Arneson, a 1994 Linganore graduate who was a Class 4A-3A state runner-up at 140 pounds. “We told him to wrestle smart, fight for your positions, don't get out of position and just manage the match. Jayden went out and did his job.”

A recent call up from the junior varsity where he is undefeated, Lassiter had improved his varsity record to 5-3 with 96-second fall in the first bout of the Lancers' 58-15 semifinal victory over Bel Air of Harford County.

The 12th-ranked Lancers had six double-winners on Saturday to earn their second straight Class 3A state duals crown led by eighth-ranked sophomore state runner-up Josh Arthur (106) with falls in 1:28 and 1:33.

"We hadn't used Jayden as much because Josh Arthur was having a hard time getting down to 106 and had been at 113," said Arneson of Arthur, a returning Class 4A-3A state runner-up. "We made sure that Jayden got matches in every dual meet, and that worked out for him. Now he's our regular at 113."

**Photo Credit to Cannon

The Lancers' other double-winners were second-ranked Class 4A-3A state runner-up senior Ethan Arneson (175) with a first-period fall and a forfeit, and 16th-ranked junior third-place state finisher Brennan Considine (126) with a 72-second pin and a 19-2 technical fall. Also winning twice for the Lancers were 22nd-ranked junior Peyton Picket (157) with a 73-second fall and a major decision, 16th-ranked junior Dylan Rohn (144) with a pin and a major decision and 18th-ranked sophomore sixth-place state finisher Cash Wheat (132) with fall and a 9-3 decision.

“The victory feels amazing. The younger guys we’ve had in and out of the lineup all season really stepped up and helped us put it all together,” Coach Arneson said. “Winning last year’s state title was the first in Linganore history and now we’ve gone back-to-back. It feels damn good and I’m proud of all of our guys.”

A returning Class 4A-3A state runner-up who has also placed fourth at states, Arneson is a two-time Frederick County champion and has captured one regional title in two appearances in that event’s final.

"This win means everything to me and the rest of the team. I am just super happy for all of the guys who have been busting their butts every day in practice," said Ethan Arneson, who improved to 28-0 with 25 pins. "We've all been pushing one another to achieve and to reach this point of success. This gives me a lot of confidence going into the postseason and I just need to keep improving to win the next gold medal."

The Seahawks were after their third straight state dual meet crown, having earned last year's Class 4A version with a resounding, 42-28, triumph over Urbana of Frederick County in the state championship match. A five-time county tournament and seven-time county dual meet champion, South River finished at 16-2 a year ago.

Double-winners for South River, a 64-9 winner against Marriotts Ridge, were Peeples with a pair of decisions, 20th-ranked sophomore Trent Shipley (120) with pins in 20 seconds and 1:52, 20th-ranked junior Busayo Balogun (285) with a 37-fall and a win by injury default and ninth-ranked senior Aidan Healey (190/215) with a 70-second fall and a forfeit.

Healey is a returning county champion who finished second at regions and fourth at states. Shipley is a returning county champion who was third at regions and fifth at states. Balugon is a county champion who was fourth at regions.

Class 3A state semifinals

South River 64, Marriotts Ridge 9

106 Austin Langis (South River) over Sravanth Saladi (Marriotts Ridge) Fall 5:24

113 Jackson Peeples (South River) over Rocky Alabbadi (Marriotts Ridge) Dec 4-3

120 Trent Shipley (South River) over Brady Eldridge (Marriotts Ridge) Fall 1:52

126 Boden Pistorio (Marriotts Ridge) over Ethan Burger (South River) Dec 7-3

132 Pete Laye (South River) over Jamie Kraft (Marriotts Ridge) Fall 1:04

138 Xavier Foran (South River) over Alex Gladstone (Marriotts Ridge) Fall 1:15

144 Ethan McWaters (South River) over Trip Bennett (Marriotts Ridge) Maj 12-2

150 Micheal Pinos (Marriotts Ridge) over Ben Ford (South River) Fall 1:27

157 Evan Paximadas (South River) over Matthew Beak (Marriotts Ridge) Fall 3:22

165 Sam Travis (South River) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf

175 Brent Phillips (South River) over CJ Nyorkor (Marriotts Ridge) Fall 3:37

190 Aidan Healey (South River) over Branden Kim (Marriotts Ridge) Fall 1:10

215 Cristian Erazo (South River) over Ja`Kaylen Love (Marriotts Ridge) TB-1 5-2

285 Busayo Balogun (South River) over Casmir Soma-Dike (Marriotts Ridge) Fall 0:37

Linganore 58, Bel Air 15

113 Jayden Lassiter (Linganore) over Danial Dirton (Bel Air) Fall 1:36

120 Lincoln Zirk (Linganore) over Cole Bursk (Bel Air) Fall 1:21

126 Brennan Considine (Linganore) over Andrew Montalvo (Bel Air) Fall 1:12

132 Cash Wheat (Linganore) over Dominic Gray (Bel Air) Fall 2:44

138 Dylan Rohn (Linganore) over Aidan Zajicek (Bel Air) Fall 0:45

144 Chris Nice (Bel Air) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf 0 6.0

150 Christian Ibarra (Linganore) over David Kalthof (Bel Air) Maj 10-2

157 Camden Scarbrough (Linganore) over Grant Smith (Bel Air) Dec 4-1

165 Peyton Pickett (Linganore) over Gary Mann (Bel Air) Fall 1:13

175 Ethan Arneson (Linganore) over Joel Ouandji Nana (Bel Air) Fall 1:54

190 Nate Groves (Linganore) over Eric Riser (Bel Air) Dec 8-2

215 Ian Nitz (Bel Air) over Alex Tortolan (Linganore) Dec 9-5

285 Owen Reilly (Bel Air) over Eric Lowe (Linganore) Fall 1:02

106 Josh Arthur (Linganore) over Alex Gray (Bel Air) Fall 1:33

Class 3A state finals

Linganore 34, South River 31

120 Trent Shipley (South River) over Lincoln Zirk (Linganore) Fall 0:20

126 Brennan Considine (Linganore) over Ethan Burger (South River) TF 19-2

132 Cash Wheat (Linganore) over Pete Laye (South River) Dec 9-3

138 Dylan Rohn (Linganore) over Xavier Foran (South River) Maj 9-1

144 Ben Ford (South River) over Christian Ibarra (Linganore) Dec 11-7

150 Noah Zohrabi (Linganore) over Ethan McWaters (South River) Fall 1:39

157 Peyton Pickett (Linganore) over Evan Paximadas (South River) Maj 12-2

165 Brent Phillips (South River) over Camden Scarbrough (Linganore) Maj 14-1

175 Ethan Arneson (Linganore) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf

190 Zach Glienke (South River) over Alex Tortolan (Linganore) Dec 7-5

215 Aidan Healey (South River) over Unknown (Unattached) Forf

285 Busayo Balogun (South River) over Isaac Farrari (Linganore) Inj 2:00

106 Josh Arthur (Linganore) over Austin Langis (South River) Fall 1:28

113 Jackson Peeples (South River) over Jayden Lassiter (Linganore) Dec 9-4

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