The annual Battle of Bethesda, pitting BCC against neighbors Whitman and Walter Johnson, is always a highlight of the season with great competition and often regional dual implications. This year did not disappoint and had the additional excitement of being senior recognition night.
The first match of the evening was Whitman versus Walter Johnson where Whitman dominated for the win. Following that match was Senior Night festivities where wrestlers Alejandro Cubillan, Brayden Brinson and Eli Guttentag were honored as well as BCC’s great manager team, Elsbeth Norman, Hannah Holzer and Mariana Salas.
The main event of the evening was next as BCC took on Whitman with the coveted #1 regional seeding on the line. The match opened at 120 where Alejandro Cubillan worked hard to deny the more experienced Peyton Casamento bonus points.
Whitman’s lead was short lived as Aiden Moffitt (126) pinned Caleb Brenner.
Eli Guttentag at 132 was up next and while unable to secure a pin, he ran up a 15-0 technical fall over Matthew Lindstrom with a series of tilts.
Fabio Martinez (138) secured a major decision over Colby Fong.
Drew Guttentag (145) did not appear to be slowed at all from his injury hiatus coming back strong with a first period pin.
Jeo Martinez (152) would keep the bonus points coming with a dominant 11-1 win.
At 160 Whitman’s John Mackall would take Evan Wassmann directly to his back from a blast double. While Wassmann was able to fight off his back the first time he soon found himself there again and Mackall would get a pin and stop the BCC five match run.
At 170 the Whitman push would continue as Sebastian Turkewitz secured a major decision over Noah Bowers.
At 182 Emmanuel Oladapo would lose 5-10 to Thomas Santora.
Whitman would win another at 195 where Yussef Zaki pinned David Folivi. Whitman was now in striking distance.
However at 220, Andrew Atienza stepped up and halted the Whitman run with a hard fought 8-4 decision.
Whitman’s Tom Wilmarth would defeat Alhassane Kouyate at 285 to pull within three but that would be close as they would get.
Ike Guttentag put it out of reach at 106 with a quick first period pin.
In the final match, Issac Besrot fought hard on his back for almost four minutes but Christian Simpson was determined and finally secured a pin.
BCC would take on Walter Johnson in the third match of the night where Walter Johnson was overwhelmed by the stronger BCC squad. Aiden Moffitt, Eli Guttentag, Fabio Martinez, Jeo Martinez, Dan Shapiro, Ike Guttentag, Christian Simpson and Alejandro Cubillan would all win by pin for a combined 48 points. Emmanuel Oladapo would add three points from his regular decision win. Drew Guttentag, David Folovi and Andrew Atienza would all win by forfeit. For a final score of BCC 69, Walter Johnson 12.
BCC’s Battle of Bethesda sweep ensured them the #1 seed and home gym advantage for Wednesday’s regional duals. Next up, Clarksburg in the regional dual semi final on Wednesday February 6th.