2017 Haswell Franklin All-Star Classic

In a new format this year there was not the usual tri-meet of Privates vs 1A/2A and 3A/4A seniors. Instead the seniors
competing were placed into pools. It is the first year as well the there was a girls All-Star match. The event was held the tuesday after MPSSAA states at McDaniel College.
The results are

2017 Montgomery County Championships

The 2017 Montgomery County Wrestling Championship

By Robert Yi

The 2017 MCPS County Tournament showcased Damascus's dominance with 232 team points, 5 champs (Obendorfer, Lawrence, JA Furgeson, T. Furgeson, Pukey), John McLaughlin-2nd, Patton-3rd, Creegan-3rd, Baisden-3rd, Bradshaw-3rd. Congrats to Dmass Nation for your accomplishment on the road to hopefully nabbing another state tournament title.

Despite losing the services of Chris Ervin (don't know) and Anthony Slaughter (shoulder), on the second day of competition, Chuchill put up 169 points and crowned 3 champs (Lucas Young. Jack Connelly, and Andrew Welch). Awesome, congrats coaches.

Northwest had 3 in the finals (Patterson, Harris, Owens) and put Yonas Harris at the top of the podium. 3rd place in the team standings.

People wondered who might be considered a tournament team more so than a dual team, that was Clarksburg and Poolesville for sure. The Coyotes sent 4 to the semifinals and crowned 2 champions (Gonzalez, Oh), Along with Alex Carbonell's 2nd, Poolesville dominated the conso round with placements from Truppo (5th, Savage (3rd), Kinzie (6th), Szafranski (5th), Trent (5th).

One of the more eventful matches of the first day was from Wooton's Jacob Luterman vs Poolesville's Colin Savage at 126 lbs. Luterman tried a big move early which didn't work and put him down early. But Luterman would manage to lock up a cradle which Savage fought through. Not sure if it was broken up by the scream rule or not. Afterwards, Savage hit a whizzer roll, got caught underneath but bridges thru for a pin.

Look out for flying heavyweights as BCC's Tosin Aroyewon took a header into and under the table in his first round match. And Paint Branch Hwt Javan Mendzies found himself going full force into the lap of WJ coach FitzPatrick, which caused him to hit a roll himself.

I plopped myself between Baron and Coyote nation, the last 2 two teams I coached. I couldn't see 2 scoreboards but did have the benefit of Trackwrestling. Which was highly effective and did make up for the fact that the brackets weren't available all week.

106- Echeona's drop down to 106 had an immediate impact as he beat Colton Holdsworth to reach the semis. Chris Ervin's rematch with Silas Patton started well for Ervin, until he took a crossface to a head & arm to his back. He got put in a cradle for no backs and very nearly popped his head out for a reversal, but had it stalemated and lost 6-4. In the semis.

Yonas Harris managed to catch a turk on one of his takedowns that eventually lead to back points over Silas Patton in his semifinal and a trip to the finals.

On the other side of the bracket, Alex Carbonell got the first 2 and rode Echeona out for most of the rest of the match, a reversal later would seal the deal and send Poolesville's lone finalist through

In the finals, Carbonell got a iffy merkle takedown to go up 6-3 over Harris. Harris would get a reversal, to cut it by one, 6-5, but Alex would get an escape to go up 7-5. But a risky reshot late by Carbonell lead to a Yonas go behind to tie it up 7-7 and send it to OT. Yonas would spin for 2 more in sudden victory to collect a title.

113- Northwood's 7 seed David Miller, received a forfeit into the quarters and then knocked off 3rd seeded Anthony Slaughter 4-0, to advance into the semis before losing to CJ Cramma (MAG), Slaughter injured his shoulder early in the match and now appears done for the season. Wootton's 12 seeded Jake Gross earned a pigtail at regionals next week with a 5th place DQ win over Northwest's Sarvastani .

In the finals, Cramma and Balmorris started their final like we hoped. Quick shot after quick shot, back and forth. But once Cramma hit a Peterson (no backs?), Cramma took control. CJ would hit 2 whizzer hip throws and 2 tilts for a commanding 13-3 win. Cramma will be tough to beat if he keeps wrestling like that.

120- Lucas Young's 5-2 victory over John McLaughlin might have been the upset of the tournament. Young's run started with a win over top seed Eli Guttentag in the semis. But when Young got a reversal in the 3rd period to go up 4-3 on McLaughlin, that's when the fun started. The common thread here that keyed Young's run was his ability to ride legs. As he spent the majority of the last 2 periods with boots in on top. By the 3rd period, he was crab riding and almost finding himself with a self pin numerous times, but managed to hold on and pull of the upset. This should make for quite the region tourney, as Guttentag only got by Crosby (CLK) 2-1, for 3rd place. Throw in Brian Truppo and we have ourselves a competition.

126- Jack Connely proved to be the class of the field with a convincing 10-0 win over Chase Wilson in the finals highlighted by a match opening takedown to a near fall (which was pretty literal, since Wilson just narrowly missed being pinned in the first 15 seconds). The drama came in the semifinals when Connelly beat Savage 6-2, after a controversial stoppage, when Connelly high hipped on top of Savage for what looked like a possible pin. Savage and Glory for third place didn't quite meet my expectations for excitement when Savage showed why his wingspan and Glory's height were a recipe for repeated cradles. Wooton's Jacob Luterman fulfilled my predictions by wrestling above his 12 seed with a pin over Nauman Funyas of Blair for 5th place

132- It was Obendorfer, FitzPatrick, and everyone else. Granted, I'll give Alejandro Lopez his due, as I believe he was 75 percent in for a spladle on Obendorfer, during their semifinal. But Scotty would win that safely 7-3. In the finals, Obendorfer was in control for most of the match, after opening the match with a Russian to an inside trip. He would score on 2 more takedowns and an escape before JD would get a late takedown to make it 7-5. Congrats Scotty on your 4th straight county title. I thought I also heard in the finals intro that you had 170 wins? That means you are either one or two from breaking Mikey Macklin's Montgomery County All time career wins mark of 172., sometime next week.

138- I'm proud to say that I got a chance to coach Nick Gonzalez in his freshman year and can easily say he deserved this championship due to his dedication to the sport. Talk about someone who lives this sport. His performance in the semis vs Creegan and Falconer in the finals was impressive. Be interesting to see how the region seeds shake out with Creegan having to come from the 12 and Falconer the 6 seed.

145- BCC's Patrick Kirlin gave Nolan Smith of Paint Branch a run on the semis when he lost 4-3. Patrick was tied 2-2 in the third period when Kirlin tried to lock up a cradle and got reversed. Kirlin would finish the tournament strong with a 6-0 win over Jamar Williams of Magruder for 3rd place. But the story was Ryan Lawrence's dominance. It might have been a 1-0 decision, last time they hooked up, but this time in the 145 finals, Lawrence dominated with an 8-0 major. Even when Nolan hit an awesome inside trip takedown on Ryan, Lawrence scrambled and still got the 2.

152- John Allan Furgeson Jr got a couple takedowns and traded scrambles with Seamus Selmi, but the last scramble that Furgeson won put Selmi on his back for a couple more. Too much to come back from. In talking about lower seeds finishing higher than their seeds, Poolesville's 11 seeded Paul Szafranski placed 5th over 8th seeded Kirk Brenneman of WJ.

160- Damascus's youngest county champ Timmy Furgeson connected on 2 merkle takedowns, a tilt, and never let Luke Patterson get his patented feet to back shots going. Coming out of the 8 hole, QO's Brett Williams had some ups and downs, as he knocked off the 1 seed Higazi from Sherwood, fell victim to Patterson's shot to backs in the semis (7-2 loss) but came back to take 3rd, with a 9-2 win over the surprising Alex Berardo (way to get swoll) of Clarksburg.

170- Churchill's Andrew Welch won his rematch vs Khalil Owens of Northwest via ankle pick in OT. This weight class was mostly chalk with Springbrook's John Clifford winning 1-0 OT thriller over Alex Pfeiffer of Sherwood for 3rd place.

182- As per usual Damascus's Paul Purkey came out like a man on a mission with a quick shot that drove Paint Branch's Abu Abdullah backwards, but Abdullah kicked over and somehow whipped Purkey to his back and a near stick. Purkey would get out and catch Abdullah in a throw that ended the match. I could have sworn when I looked over at the Daniel Olympio/Fio Tranquill 3/4 match, Olympio was winning by several points in the 3rd period, but in the end Tranquill would hold his seed and take 3rd.

195- Rockville was looking for their first county champ since 1996 (Tim Miller) and they had 2 cracks at it. Sorry for the jinx. The much anticipated Cameron Hoppman vs Gabe McAndrew match came through with good action as McAndrew caught Hoppman in a head & arm for 4 points when Hoppman tried to jack up a bearhug. Cameron would close the lead to 8-6 before McAndrew would get one more takedown and a second county crown to the McAndrew mantle (big bro Marcelo won last year). Elijah Baisden of Damascus comfortably took 3rd with a 12-0 win over Whitman's Zaki.

220- Although the match was slow moving early, it ended with a thud, as John Luke Igesias's pin of Junior Pimmental of Rockville, created a lot of fuel for the Rockville boys to look to get it back next week at regionals.

Hwt- Congrats to Daniel Oh of Clarksburg for being the Coyotes second champ of the night with a 6-4, TB win over Leo Saucedo of Walter Johnson in OT. First Korean Champ since David Chee of QO in 1995? I know that maybe a random fact, but it makes sense that it's coming from yours truly. He also likes to believe he is the lightest champ in some time (209 lbs). Proud of both guys and Tosin Aroyewon of BCC for his 3rd place win over Jesse Turcios of Springbrook.

So the coaches meet again today and we shuffle the brackets based on how counties went. Hopefully they won't hold the brackets out from us again. Although it's like doing this all again next weekend, 3 huge differences will be changes from who is on which side of the brackets (different semi pairings), only 8 man brackets, and the biggest difference being that there are wrestle backs to 3rd, which make all the difference in the world, since it's all about making top 4, to get to states.

2017 Prince Georges County Championships

2017 Prince George's County Wrestling Tournament Championships Parkdale Seniors Go Out With A Roar
by Dave
On a night of upsets, the Parkdale Panthers found themselves in an unusual position going into the Finals of the 2017 Prince George's County Wrestling Tournament. They were in second place. The Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders had carved out a 6.5 point lead by virtue of an amazing run of ten falls in the consolation placement rounds. Fortunately for the Panthers, they had six finalists compared to only three for the Raiders.

Parkdale had three wrestlers who were #1 seeds and almost sure locks to win the Title at their weight class. They were Axel Giron (113), Isaiah Williams (132) and Nathaniel Forschner (220). If those three won, Roosevelt would have to have all three of their finalists win to keep pace and hope for Parkdale to lose at least two of their other three finals. A tall order to fill indeed but on a night of upsets, anything seemed possible. The scores for the team title stood at 211 for Roosevelt and 204.5 for Parkdale.

And the upsets came early and often.

At 106, #1 seed MaMadou Diallo (Duval), who is ranked 4th in the State and 1st in the 3A/4A Division by the MSWA, took on #2 seed Kidus Gebriorgis (Parkdale), who is ranked right behind Diallo at 5th/2nd. Gebriorgis opened the scoring quickly with a takedown but cut the Tiger wrestler right away for a 2-1 lead. The two traded shots until late in the round when Diallo secured a takedown of his own for a 3-2 lead going into the second period. He extended that lead with an escape and a takedown but gave up a reversal late in the period and had to fight off two near fall attempts by Gebriorgis to hold on to a 6-4 lead going into the 3rd period. Feeling he would be better off on his feet, Diallo cut Gebriorgis right away to make it a one point match. That decision would come back to haunt him. While in on a shot of his own, Diallo got caught in a spladle and gave up the takedown and three back points. Even though he recovered and reversed Gebriorgis with ten seconds to go, time ran out on the top seed and he lost, 10-8. Gebriorgis placed 6th at States last year while Diallo sat out last year. These two will likely meet again at Regionals and possibly States.

Roosevelt 211 - Parkdale 208.5

At 113 the seeds held true to form as #1 seed Alex Giron (Parkdale) dominated #2 seed Jose Recinos (High Point) before pinning him at the 4:39 mark of the third period. The Panther Sophomore is ranked 4th in the State and 3rd in the 3A/4A Division. He was a match away from placing at States last year and is looking to stand on the podium at Show Place Arena this year.

Parkdale 214.5 - Roosevelt 211

The top seeds went at it again at 120 as #1 Marion Waits (Oxon Hill) faced off against #2 Mark Martinez (Parkdale). Martinez got the opening takedown and used a strong ride on top to close out the first period 2-0. Waits chose neutral to start the second period and Martinez made him pay for it with another takedown. Waits was able to get a reversal at the buzzer to pull to within two points going into the third period. That would be as close as he would get. After getting a penalty point for Waits locking hands on top, Martinez reversed the Clipper Wrestler to his back to go up 10-2. It secured the victory and earned him a bonus point for the major decision.

Parkdale 219.5 - 211

Roosevelt looked to stop the bleeding with their first finalist at 126 as # 2 seed Andrew Thomas took on #1 seed Khari Nelson (Bowie). The two felt each other out in the first period trading shots but neither could secure a takedown in a scoreless first period. Thomas won the toss and chose bottom. He scored first with a reversal and later added two near fall point to go up 4-0. Nelson was able to cut the lead to two points with an escape to end the second period and another to start the third but that was as close as the Bulldog Freshman would get at 4-2. Thomas reversed Nelson and later used a strong arm bar to turn Nelson and secure a fall with three seconds remaining in the match. The lower seed had struck again.

Parkdale 219.5 - Roosevelt 217

Isaiah Williams (Parkdale) and Steve Velasquez (Northwestern) squared off in the final at 132 in another #1 vs. #2. In this case the top seed prevailed as Williams scored a first period takedown and cut the Wildcat wrestler, rode Velasquez the entire second period, and got his own escape in the third period to close out the scoring, 3-1. It was the Panther Senior's third County Title, (he finished third as a Sophomore), and it earned him the Joe Murphy Award as the Senior who had earned the most points for his team at the County Tournament throughout his career.

Parkdale 223.5 - Roosevelt 217

A stunning upset occurred in the final at 138. Number four seed Kevin Rojas (High Point) had already knocked off the #1 seed Romeo Gilmore (Wise) in wild 15-14 semi-final match. He now faced the #2 seed, Ramar White (Flowers) for the title. Rojas struck first with a takedown but White answered with an escape. Rojas took White down again and the first period ended in favor of Rojas, 4-1. Here is where the stunning part comes in. White chose bottom to start the second period and Rojas cut him at the whistle. By the time I looked up from recording the escape in my notepad, the ref had slapped the mat. Rojas had taken the Jaguar wrestler to his back and pinned him nine seconds into the period. Simply amazing. The upset bug was back with a vengeance.

Top seed Andy Kappes (Bowie) faced #7 seed Delonte Smith (Crossland) in the final at 145. Smith had pinned his previous two opponents and didn't let up in the final. When Kappes took an ill advised shot early in the match, the Cavalier wrestler locked in a cradle and registered the fall 37 seconds into the match.

In the 152 pound final, #7 seed Darius Walker (Wise) put on a takedown clinic against the #1 seeded Melvin Mallory (Bowie). Walker scored 6 takedowns in route to a 13-7 victory that wasn't as close as the score would suggest. (In fact, I had the bout scored 13-6).

The final at 160 saw #4 seed Will Adefehiniti (Duval) take on #7 seed Antoine Thomas (Central). Adefehiniti had Knocked off #1 seed Victor Garrett (Wise) in the semis and Thomas had pinned #3 seed Emmanuel Nchako (Roosevelt) in the other semi. There was no scoring in the first period and Thomas chose the bottom position to start the second. The Falcon wrestler got his escape but was later taken down by Adefehiniti and trailed 2-1 to start the third period. Adefehiniti got his escape and followed with a takedown to make the score 5-1. The Referee awarded Thomas a penalty point for an illegal slam by Adefehiniti but there would be no more scoring and the bout would end at 5-2 for the Tiger wrestler. Not really an upset but neither wrestler was expected to be in the final to begin with.

At 170, Roosevelt had a chance to keep their championship hopes alive if #2 seed Andrew Long could beat #1 seed Nick Threat (Wise). Neither wrestler could secure a takedown in the first period and Long chose bottom to start the second. He was awarded a penalty point for Threat locking hands and later escaped for a 2-0 lead going into the third period. Threat earned an escape and forced the issue which resulted in a stalling warning with a minute to go in the match. Long decided not to leave the outcome in the hands of the referee and scored a takedown and rode Threat out for the victory, 4-1. Did the upset bug have any more surprises up it's sleeve? We would have to wait until after the 182 final to find out.

Parkdale 223.5 - Roosevelt 221

The 182 pound final was never in doubt as #1 seed Austin Cole (Flowers) pinned #2 seed Nabeel Futa (Laurel) in 58 seconds. The Prince George's County Tournament doesn't name an outstanding wrestler for the tournament but if they did, Austin Cole would have received my vote. The Jaguar wrestler dispatched his three opponents in a total of four minutes and eleven seconds, (not even one complete match)! He was like a man among boys out there. It will be interesting to see if anyone at the Regional Tournament next weekend can hang with him for six minutes.

At 195, fourth seeded Aaron Rishton (Parkdale) pinned his way to the final in part due to the fact that #1 seed Stephon Mitchell (Wise) did not wrestle. Number two seed Kevin Jimenez (Northwestern) did his part by pinning his way to the final as well. The first period was deadlocked after neither wrestler could take the other down. Rishton took bottom in the second period and reversed Jimenez to open the scoring. Jimenez was able to earn an escape but was taken down by Rishton to fall behind 4-1. Another escape brought the Wildcat wrestler to within two points at the end of the second period. Jimenez escaped again to start the third period to pull within one but was taken down and turned to his back for a three point near fall. Rishton would give up a late escape but the damage was done and he was the 195 Champion by the score of 9-4. (The scoreboard had it 7-4 but my notes say otherwise). Once again, the upset bug had bitten but this time it earned the Panthers the Team Title.

Parkdale 227.5 - Roosevelt 221

At this point, the only way Roosevelt could win the title would be if Nathaniel Forschner (Parkdale) at 220 were disqualified for unsportsmanlike conduct or a flagrant foul. The #1 seeded Panther Senior and Captain, (who is ranked 8th in the State and 3rd in 3A/4A), wasn't about to let that happen and used a slick inside trip to take #6 seed Nick Libcke (Northwestern) directly to his back for a fall at 1:53 of the first period and set the Parkdale celebration into full swing.

Parkdale 233.5 -Roosevelt 221

The 285 Pound final was anything but anticlimatic despite the fact that Parkdale had locked up the team title. The bout featured #1 seed Troy Hamilton (High Point) against #3 seed Christian Bryant (Roosevelt). The match started out slowly as expected for the big guys. Neither wrestler was willing to try and make something happen lest they make a mistake and get caught so the first period ended a scoreless tie. Bryant opened the scoring in the second period with an escape and it looked like the big boy dance was on again. However, Bryant had proved at the Cadet Nationals at Fargo last summer that he isn't afraid to go for the big money move and he executed a beautiful lateral drop on Hamilton that almost earned him back points He had to settle for the takedown and two points but they would prove to be the winning points. To his credit, Hamilton fought ferociously to get out from the bottom but Bryant thwarted every attempt and entered the third period winning 3-0. After a penalty point was awarded to Bryant because it was deemed by the referee that Hamilton was stalling, he finally earned an escape to cut the lead to 4-1. With Hamilton needing a takedown and back points to win, most wrestlers would have gotten on their bike and back peddled the rest of the match. Not Bryant, he kept the pressure on Hamilton and scored a late takedown of his own to seal the deal, 6-1.

Final: Parkdale 223.5 - Roosevelt 225

The top 10 teams were rounded out by:

3 -147- Wise 4 -130- High Point 5 -121- Bowie 6 -88- Flowers 7 -80- Northwestern 8 -66- Crossland 9 -64- Duval 10- 59- Laurel

This was Parkdale's sixth straight Prince George's County Tournament Team Title to go along with their six straight County Dual Meet Titles. Head Coach Adam Forschner's face was a mix of satisfaction and relief as he held the two plaques for pictures with his team after the dust had settled. It had to be a bittersweet moment considering this is his last year at Parkdale. Due to personal reasons, he has decided to step down and take an Assistant coaching position at St. John's College High School in the District next year. I think I speak on behalf of the entire Prince George's County wrestling community when I wish him the best of luck at his new endeavor and thank him for his years of service at Parkdale.

Congratulations and good luck as well to everyone who competed this weekend and especially those who will be representing Prince George's County at the Regional Tournament at Flowers next weekend. I know you will make us all proud. Thanks also go out to Odist Felder and his staff for running an outstanding event. It is something we all take for granted but it wouldn't happen without the efforts of Coach Felder and his support crew. Thank you all. See you again next week!

2017 Results

As the results of 2017 come in I thought it would be interesting to see which areas are crowning new champs and which have repeats. Surprisingly the Privates seem to be the ones shaking things up.

2016 Champs 2017 Champs
  • MIAA: McDonogh — Mount St. Joe
  • WCAC: Good Counsel — St. Johns
  • IAC : Georgetown Prep — Georgetown Prep (11th in row!)
  • 3A/4A Duals: Damascus — Damascus (5th!)
  • 1A/2A Duals Middletown — Middletown
  • MIS: Good Counsel — Mount St. Joe
  • Baltimore County: Hereford — Sparrows Point (1st ever)
  • Anne Arundel County: South River — South River (2nd)
  • Bayside: North Caroline — Stephen Decatur
  • Carroll County: South Carroll — South Carroll (3rd)
  • UCBAC: Bel Air — Bel Air (3rd)
  • SMAC: NO Results — Huntington
  • Bi-County: Southern Garrett — Southern Garrett (2nd)
  • Prince Georges County: Parkdale — Parkdale (6th!) Story by Dave
  • Montgomery County: Damascus — Damascus(5th) Story by Robert YI
  • Baltimore City: Dunbar — Poly
  • Howard County: Glenelg — Glenelg (2nd)
  • Frederick County: Oakdale — Middletown
  • MPSSAA 1A/2A: South Carroll — South Carroll (4th)
  • MPSSAA 3A/4A Damascus — Damascus (3rd)