GERMANTOWN – Northwest’s Moustapha Aloubaidy couldn’t wait to execute some of the moves he worked on throughout the offseason.
“Last year, I was up and down between varsity and junior varsity. Probably only three matches were on varsity,” said Aloubaidy. “I put in a lot of work on over the past three years and went to camps, like, 24-7, over the summer. My go-to moves are the double-leg and the single-leg takedowns, and I couldn’t wait to use them.”
The 160-pound Jaguars’ senior did so with aplomb Saturday, finishing Northwood’s Adrian-Roberto Montero in 2:14 and Watkins Mill’s over Azmi Abdelrahman in 1:09 during a season-opening dual meet sweep.
The Jaguars lost just one of the 28 total bouts in taking down Northwood, 76-3, and, Watkins Mill, 77-0. Northwood handled Watkins Mill, 51-24.
“The first guy I pinned with an arm-bar and the second guy with a cradle,” said Aloubaidy. “I’m always trying to be that aggressive wrestler who makes the first move and to put the kid on his back. It was exhilarating.”
Others finishing with two pins were Yonas Harris (106), Jack Drengwitz (132), Luke Patterson (152) and Joey Davis (195), while senior Hassan Garrison (160), had a first-period pin and a technical fall.
Aaron Adato (220) added a pin and a major decision, Darnell Palmer (106), Laray Palmer (120), JC Hillis (126), Harry Chau (285) each had a pin and a forfeit, and Caleb Blair (145), a decision against Watkins Mill.
“This win doesn’t really mean anything to us because we know there are a lot of work to do,” said Aloubaidy. “We will savor this win, but we’ve got to take one match at a time.”
Last year’s Jaguars (2-0) finished at 12-2, upending previously undefeated Walter Johnson in the Class 4A-3A West Regional semifinals before falling to eventual state dual meet champion Damascus in the final.
“This is a rare year when we don’t bring back a lot of state qualifiers or state placers to anchor our line up, but this year, there are a lot of young kids hungry for success,” said coach Joe Vukovich.
“Our varsity team this year only has three returning starters, and we have nine coming up off our JV team, three of which were JV champions. This is really a group that is going to have to make a name for themselves. I call this team, ‘The New Kids On The Block.’”