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BTS National Duals: Team Baltimore Takes Silver!

The Beat the Streets National Duals, which features city and regional teams bearing the BTS moniker, was held last weekend at the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Twelve teams were in the field.

The Baltimore chapter was placed in the “B Placement” Pool, where they accrued a 2-1 record to finish second in their group. They lost their first match to New York City, 39-28, then took down squads from Lancaster, PA (44-27) and Washington D.C. (52-18).

BTS Baltimore was then assigned to the Silver Bracket. The Marylanders lost their semifinal to New England, 39-27, but came back to beat BTS Austin, 52-20, to place third in their bracket.

Leading the way with 5-0 records for BTS Baltimore were Miles Molina (106), and two, two-time state champions, Loyola’s Jaden Jackson (126), and Old Mill’s RJ Duncan (285).

Four wrestlers suffered just one defeat with Bradley Alexander (100), St. Frances’ state placer Maurice Womack (132), and John Davis (215) going 4-1. New Town’s state placer Maleek Ayonrinde was 3-1 at 190lbs with his loss coming against former nationally ranked Isael Perez (NMH/New England), 11-1.

St. Frances Academy’s head coach Doug McClain was one of BTS Baltimore’s coaches alongside Jesse Garrett, Pete Friedl, Justin Henry, Antonio McCree, and Ugochi Anunobi. McClain had three more of his ranks on the squad. Noah Shird, a two-time state placer, was 3-2 at 144. Noah’s brother Jadon was 2-3 at 113. Former state placer Chase Carpintieri was 2-3 at 157.

Others posting 2-3 records were Darryl David (150) and Juwon Omtoso (165). 1-4 records were compiled by Uriah Tippos (120) and Pauly Ayden (175). Jaden White went 1-2 at 132 while sharing time with Keysean Gray, who was 0-2. Kashif Hampton lost his only match at 190.

The girls had a tournament, too, and the BTS Baltimore squad was second in the Bronze Pool at the end of the action. They started in the “B Placement” Pool.

In that Pool the Baltimore girls were 1-2, with a win over Austin, 35-25, and losses to Chicago, 66-5, and Los Angeles, 57-10. In the Bronze Pool, they fell to Pennsylvania, 43-24, to finish 1-3 overall.

The 235lbers went 3-1 for Baltimore, with Destiny Dupree posting a 2-1 tally, and AZ Odutola going 1-0. 2-2 records were booked by Viviana Abalama (135), Jazmia Bennett (140), Trinity Butler (145), and Daegan Bishop (170).

Three ladies went 1-3: Wura Idowu (110), Christina Padilla (115), and Jordan Lawson (190). Lia Uc was 1-2 at 120 and Emma Frederick was 0-2 at 125.

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