The Chesapeake wrestling team excelled throughout its schedule this year and capped an impressive all-around season with strong performances at the county, region and state level.
Chesapeake posted an 11-3 regular season region record that included an 8-3 county record and wins over Northeast, Glen Burnie, Annapolis, Severna Park, Patterson Mill, Arundel, North County, Broadneck, Meade, Rockville and Patuxent. A few of the wins came after long droughts; the victory over Patterson Mill was the first ever for Chesapeake against that school, while the win over North County was the first for Chesapeake since 2008 and the win over Broadneck was the first for Chesapeake since 2012.
Overall, Chesapeake went an impressive 27-5 as a team. This mark included an 8-0 performance at the Frederick Clash at the Coliseum Tournament and an 8-1 record at the Rockville Rumble. In Frederick, Victor Listorti and Chase Listorti both went 8-0; while DJ Hoover, AJ Richardson, Bryce Carleton and Jacob Rosenbloom went 7-1. Chase Listorti was the Outstanding Light Weight Wrestler, and Victor Listorti got the fastest pin (7 seconds). At the Rockville Rumble Dual Tournament, the Cougars placed second at 8-1, with Reese Russell, Bryce Carleton, Hunter Beck and Aiden Yost all going 8-1; Rosenbloom going 7-1; and Hoover, Chandler Booker and Richardson all going 7-2.
At the Hammon Dual Meet Tournament, the team went 5-0 and placed second. Chase Listorti took first place; Hoover and Richardson both took second place; and Victor Listorti took third place.
The Cougars’ overall record qualified the team for the regional duals for the first time since 2004, where they advanced to the semifinals before falling to Atholton.
At the county championships at Arundel in February, the team scored 150.5 points to place fifth, the highest point total since 2007 and highest county placing since 2008.
Victor Listorti, a sophomore, led the way for Chesapeake, winning the county championship at 145 lbs and making it through the county tournament with a 36-7 overall record. Freshman Chase Listorti was the county’s runner up at 113 lbs, having compiled a 35-3 overall record through counties. Hoover placed third at 160, while Dion Ambrose placed fourth at 152.
Chase Listorti achieved the fastest fall of the county tournament, winning his quarterfinal match in 10 seconds. Victor Listorti, in winning the 145 title, won all three of his county matches by fall and tied for the most team points scored by anyone in the tournament.
As a team, Chesapeake combined for the most pins and tech falls with 20 total. Beck placed fifth at 170. Yost placed fifth at 120. Adam Taifouri placed seventh at 107.
Having qualified for the region meet, Victor Listorti and Chase Listorti went on to finish third and fourth, respectively, at regions to qualify for states, and they were the only two Cougars to advance to the state meet. Both underclassmen, neither placed at states, but both won two matches at the state meet.