2005 Results, Sketchy but enough to get started on.

With some help and scrounging I found some brackets and information to update 2005. I don't usually update a page that is this sketchy with results, but in the current circumstances I thought maybe some more people out there have access to brackets and county results. As usual I have not been able to find county results for Bayside or Bi-County, Washington County, Frederick, Prince Georges and Montgomery. Some of the results I do have only list the first three team places and some individual champions. The state results have the first 10 places at the State Tournament but not much more beyond that.

2005 was a pretty interesting year to look back on. Maryland had a great year at National Preps. Bryn Holmes won his second National prep title and pinned his way through. Tim Jennings won a Prep title and became St. Vincent Palotti's only National Prep Champ. Mike Rowe had the heartbreak of losing in the National Prep finals in his last high school match. That loss kept him from being a 4X National Prep Champion. The loss also kept him one match shy of tying Wes Cummings then state record of wins with 220.

Mount St. Joes had a dominant team that year. Though there were some other notable events. Mike Rowe became the first 4x Private school wrestling champion. In that tournament Rob Willey also made his fourth state final and won in his last attempt.

Walt Whitman was able to put it all together and won Montgomery County Titles, Dual Meet Championships and the state 3A/4A Title.

2005 results can be found at the link. As usual if you have something to contribute send it in.

1987 Information on MSA and National Prep All- Americans updated

Thanks to all the people posting old brackets and clippings on the Facebook group Maryland Wrestling Uncensored I was able to update some of the results from the 1987 season. I added first names to the MSA champions of that year and added a bunch of National Prep All-Americans from that year. I previously only had top two finishers from Baltimore area schools.

If anyone has more material squirreled away send it in on the
contact me link and I will add it.

Results from 1999 Season

I have recently found some results from the 1999 Wrestling season. These are not brackets but are the final results of in season tournaments and some county finals.

find them here: 1999

1999 Season: some old tournament results and rankings

A little archival work found some old material from the 1999 wrestling season. Here are the MSWA Final rankings for that season.

Maryland State Wrestling Association Rankings - Final - 03/15/99


1. DeMatha
2. Archbishop Curley
3. Damascus
4. South Carroll
5. Arundel
5. Old Mill
7. Franklin
8. Northern (GC)
8. Overlea
10. Calvert
10. Magruder

Honorable Mention: Calvert Hall, Gilman, Hammond, Kent, McDonogh (BC), Owings Mills and Winston Churchill


Note: All ties are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

103 lbs

1. Darien Kess - 10 (Curley)
2. Zach Johns - 9 (McDonogh - BC)
3. Marc Heincelman - 11 (Magruder)
4. Max Meltzer - 9 (Bullis)
4. Luke Palumbo - 10 (Annapolis Area Christian)
6. Matt Eveleth - 10 (Chesapeake-AA)
6. Matt Schuster - 9 (Franklin)

112 lbs

1. Chris Knox - 12 (Calvert Hall)
1. Brandon Lauer - 11 (River Hill)
3. Nick Alley - 12 (Southern-AA)
4. Jeff Eveleth - 11 (Chesapeake-AA)
5. John Narlis - 12 (Towson)
6. Mark Anderson - 11 (Gaithersburg)
6. Stan Wagner - 11 (Franklin)

119 lbs

1. Matt Palmer - 9 (Bullis)
2. Matt Pandullo - 12 (Meade)
3. Donnie Yerkie - 10 (Kent)
4. Brian Santangelo - 12 (Northwest-MC)
5. Kevin Stine - 11 (Mardella)
6. Kevin Bryant - 12 (Bladensburg)
6. Adam DeCosmo - 12 (Old Mill)

125 lbs

1. Brandon Stein - 11 (Northern-GC)
2. Nick DeLonga - 11 (DeMatha)
2. Fran Jackson - 10 (North Carroll)
4. Nick O'Gwin - 12 (Damascus)
5. Marty Velazquez - 12 (Watkins Mill)
6. Chris Combs - 12 (Old Mill)
6. Jason Laubach - 10 (Overlea)
6. Antwaun Lide - 11 (Curley)

130 lbs

1. Aron Dorsey - 12 (Quince Orchard)
1. Tim Lowe - 11 (Einstein)
3. Vaymond Dennis - 12 (Hammond)
4. Mike Blake - 10 (Kent)
5. Wayne Boward - 10 (Williamsport)
6. Brian Bricker - 12 (Curley)

135 lbs

1. Kevin Gabrielson - 10 (DeMatha)
1. Bryan McDermott - 12 (Mt. St. Joe)
3. Kyle Burger - 12 (Westminster)
3. Chirs Kehne - 12 (Walkersville)
5. Blaire Surgent - 12 (Calvert)
6. Garrett Black - 11 (Chopticon)
6. Drew Bowers - 12 (Owings Mills)

140 lbs

1. Jesse Shimrock - 12 (Southern-GC)
2. Anthony Gigliotti - 12 (Sherwood)
3. Joey Garvin - 12 (Damascus)
4. Jason Poore - 12 (Calvert)
5. Shawn Calhoun - 12 (Curley)
6. Nick Glanden - 12 (DeMatha)
6. Luke Mays - 10 (Franklin)

145 lbs

1. Drew Robertson - 12 (DeMatha)
2. Tony Russo - 12 (Calvert Hall)
3. Frank Edwards - 11 (Sherwood)
4. T.J. Salb - 11 (Damascus)
5. Sam Mays - 10 (Franklin)
5. Derrick Oxendine - 12 (Overlea)

152 lbs

1. Paul Boettcher - 12 (Curley)
1. Tony Howard - 11 (Magruder)
3. Andrew Hemminger - 12 (Annapolis)
4. Kyle Woods - 12 (DeMatha)
5. Steve Chucoski - 11 (Urbana)
5. Steve Crowe - 12 (Beall)
5. Nick Dolan - 12 (Southern-GC)

160 lbs

1. Zane Harshman - 12 (Middletown)
2. Scott McAdoo - 12 (Calvert)
2. Joey Sargent - 10 (DeMatha)
4. Jonas Durst - 12 (Beall)
5. Matt Tao - 12 (Wheaton)
5. David Young - 12 (LaPlata)

171 lbs

1. Wes Cummings - 12 (DeMatha)
2. Jared Myers - 12 (Williamsport)
2. Joe Rosenbaum - 12 (McDonough-BC)
2. John Thorton - 12 (C. Milton Wright)
5. Marvin McLain -11 (West Notingham)
6. Steve Hayden - 12 (Northern-CC)
6. John Hayhyrst - 10 (Southern-GC)
6. Omari Patterson - 12 (Frederick)

189 lbs

1. Damien Davis - 12 (Gilman)
2. Matt Kunkle - 12 (Aberdeen)
3. Paul Sheran - 12 (Calvert)
4. Jason Heffernan - 12 (Spalding)
5. Justin Mitchell - 12 (Overlea)
6. Ben Hall - 12 (Pikesville)


1. Mike Faust - 11 (Gilman)
2. Jeff Blachly - 12 (Arundel)
3. Nick Alevrogiannis - 12 (St. Paul's)
3. Mark Hayes - 12 (DeMatha)
5. Juan Reyna - 12 (Magruder)
6. Matt Smith - 12 (Thomas Stone)

2020 Maryland Public School State Reflections by Robert YI

2020 Maryland Public School State Reflections
by Robert YI

2020 may have been the year of MoCo. Steve Runkle mentioned it earlier when he mentioned the prospects for the county with the number of wrestlers ranked 1 or 2 earlier in the season. With Springbrook and Damascus repeating as dual champs and B-CC having beaten both of them, the number of semifinalists, finalists, state placers, and champions, yes....this might have been THE season.

2003 saw 6 champions, 11 finalists.

2020 had 10 finalists, but 8 champs.

You tell your wrestlers that when you get to states, the seeds don’t matter. Too many variables for that to always hold true.

Along with MoCo dominance, came the other historic occurrence, girls wrestling, side by side. Two things I realized about. How great it must have been to have a whole tournament to execute their skill sets versus other female wrestlers. The other thing was how much the girls went after it. Not too many stall calls out there. A lot of offense and offensive attempts. Very fan friendly.

Some pretty big time results in Day 1 came early in Round 1 at 113.

Due to returning state champ Eric Liau of Wootton not wrestling his 3rd/4th match at regionals, he drew region champion Nolan Lunsford of South River first. But a couple go behinds and 3 takedowns overall were enough to advance to the quarterfinals, 6-4.

Tuscarora’s Jhondy Fuller, who beat Liau in the semis last week, would have a 6-0 lead over Leonardtown’s Mathew Oh, before giving up a takedown and 3 near fall in the final 6 seconds to see his finals hopes dashed.

Other MoCo observations in the first round included:

Springbrook’s Armon Nettey extended a 3-2 lead with second takedown until the last :10 seconds of the first 2 periods to pull away at 6-2 and eventually for a 6-3 win.

At 160, Churchill’s Vincent Barnaba got a takedown with 1:12 to tie it up vs. regional champ Anthony Sekelow of Parkville, but gave up an escape 10 seconds later and lost by one point, 9-8. Sekulow would win his quarterfinal in OT and end up facing RM’s Nicholas McCarthy in the semis.

170- Gaithersburg’s Jaedyn Harris had a scare when he was leading 4-1 in the 2nd period, when he gave up an escape, takedown, and 3 back points all in the last :18 seconds of the 2nd period, to go down 7-4. Harris would be down 10-8 with :07 seconds left when he locked a cradle for 3 near fall, to win it 11-10 over Chesapeake’s DJ Hoover.

Blair’s Nelson Manzoeto and Shalom Aviyi were both leading in the 3rd periods of their first round matchups before giving up takedowns and eventual pins.

At 182, always making it interesting is Rockville’s Connor Pace. Pace landed several lat drops for backs that lead to an eventual 16-8 win over regional champ John Ross of Mount Hebron.


Some say that this round produces some of the most drama, as podium spots are determined in this round.

106- BCC’s Christian Simpson dominated this one through out and was highlighted early with a swing single and a cradle to a 5-0 lead. Simpson would advance to the semis, with the 15-5 win over Jabari Pinkney of Hammond.

In contrast, his eventual semifinal opponent Brian McCaw of Blair, scored a takedown early and cross body rode out Northern Calvert’s Dylan Montgomery the rest of the way for a 2-0 win.

The third MoCo resident in the weight class would join them in the semis when Wootton’s Jason Liau crushed Man Valley’s Travis Green, 13-1.
Ike Guttentag vs. Trevor Lorin This match was most impacted by Guttentag’s arm bars from top, as he scored near fall points twice and which eventually resulted in a pin.

Eric Liau vs. Caleb Kearney was a clinic by Liau, as he scored 5 takedowns and two sets of backs from rebar tilts. This would set up the rematch with Ike Guttentag for what some thought of as the finals.
120- Clarksburg’s Alex Gonzalez vs. Jake Boog Gonzalez got the takedown early and locked cradle for 2 backs to a 4-0 lead after one period. Alex would choose top at the beginning of the 2nd and ride Boog out. Boog would choose too in the 3rd but could not turn Gonzales and lost 5-0.

Sean Vosburgh (Leonardtown) vs. Constantinople Gourgoulianis (C. Milton Wright)

This one proved to be quite significant as former state champ Vosburgh held a 5-0 lead in the 2nd period when Vosburgh ended up in a bad position on top and found himself being sat on by Gourgoulianis for the reversal, who then parlayed that into a cradle at :19 seconds and a pin 5 seconds later.

James Rivera (C. Milton Wright) vs. Colton DeValle (Damascus) The 2 time state champ caught DeValle in a spladle in the first 8 seconds of the match, but Colton survived only to be cradled about a minute later for the pin.
Pierre Jean (Springbrook) vs. Rodrigo Cornejo (QO)
This counties rematch started well for Cornejo, as he scored on a low ankle out the back for 2. The match was tied at 3-3 in the 2nd period when Jean escaped from bottom then whipped an underhook that buckled Cornejo off balance and lead to a go behind for Jean making it 6-3. Jean would add another takedown for the 8-3 decision.
Siavash Sarvastani (Northwest) vs. Caleb Chavez (Arundel)

Pivotal showdown here between these top ranked guys. After a scoreless first period, Siavash broke the tie with an escape and held the 1-0 lead heading into the 3rd period. Chavez would get the reversal 14 seconds in and rode Sarvastani out for the 2-1 win.
138- Grayson Wendel (Springbrook) vs. Austin Rohn (Urbana)
Wendel scored all 5 of his points in the 3rd period, as he got an escape to tie it at 1-1, and hit a fireman dump with about :30 seconds for the go ahead score, 3-1. Grayson would roll thru Rohn’s late head and arm attempt for the 5-2 win. Michael Emerick (Damascus) vs. Kaleb Wellford (North County)
Emerick used a quarter nelson to go behind 2-0, but got reversed and almost gave up backs 2-2. Michael would escape and get a late takedown 5-2, to close out the first period. Sorry, missed how Emerick got the pin here.
Armon Nettey (Springbrook) vs. Caron Tull (Old Mill)
I believe Tull was ranked 1 or 2 for the last couple weeks heading into states. After some concussion protocol for Nettey in the 1st period, Armon would use a tilt (not the last time vs. Tull, see later) in the 2nd period to go up 2-0. Armon would hold on for 3-1 win after 2 stall calls late.

Kevin Fultz (Poolesville) vs. Luke Hoenig (Sparrows Point)
Fultz would make it 4 MoCo wrestlers in the semis (2A/1A all together), when he absolutely dominated Hoenig, being up 7-2 after two periods, only to close out the 3rd period with another 5 points that included 2 nearfall with :15 seconds left in the match.

145- Kaeleb Jones (Magruder) vs. Finn Eskeland (Leonardtown)

Jones was up 4-2 after a couple takedowns, when he lifted Eskeland on a hi-C in the air and put him to his back where he would convert it to a pin.

Jeo Martinez (BCC) vs. Jackson Cohenour (Old Mill)

This one was close at 5-4, early in the 2nd period when Jeo hit a lat drop for 5, to make it 11-4. Martinez would hold on for the 15-10 win to create a counties rematch with Safore Sieh.

Speaking of which, dispatched Chesapeake’s Dean Laumann with a :09 second takedown and a pin about a minute later. That made it 3 MoCo’s in the semis.

152- Drew Guttentag (BCC) vs. Deolonte Leggett (Roosevelt)

Drew won a takedown contest with 5 of them to a 12-4 major decision.

Jaden Selby (Churchill) vs. Alex Cohen (Sherwood)

After knocking off 4th ranked Thomas Chenoweth of Manchester Valley in the first round, Churchill’s Selby would cradle up to pin Sherwood’s region champ in the first period.

Jackson Barney (Poolesville) vs. Gavin Lloyd (Havre De Grace)
Barney’s quarterfinal was almost the opposite of his teammates’s Kevin Fultz’s. Although he scored the first takedown, Lloyd would go on to score the next 12.

160- Nicholas McCarthy (RM) vs. Kimon O’Sullivan (Oxon Hill)

McCarthy controlled the flow of this one, especially landing a double leg for a 2-1 lead in the first. Another double in the 3rd, plus 2 backs, put this one out of reach to a 9-3 decision for McCarthy.

160- Colin Savage (Poolesville) vs. Kaleb Neal (Southern-AA)

Savage lead 5-3 in the 3rd period while riding legs when Neal went head hunting and caught Savage’s head over the top and stacked him for backs. Savage had to use just about all of his injury time, but managed to finish the match, losing 12-5.
170- Savage’s teammate Xavier Kresslein would fare better with a big 3rd period, scoring all 5 of his points in the final stanza for the 5-2 win.

170- Jaedyn Harris (Gaithersburg) vs. Owens-Pabon (South River)
The first of two really unfortunate season ending injuries. As Harris was in the process of a chin whip, his leg was in a place where Owens-Pabon landed on it. Couldn’t tell a specific diagnosis, but Harris did not leave the mat under his own power.

182- Connor Pace (Rockville) vs. Trevon Jordan (Great Mills)

Pace got the first 2 when Jordan stopped wrestling on the edge. But Jordan would get the reversal and lock up a cradle and get 2 backs with :03 left in the first period, making it 4-2. Pace would tie it at 5-5 from a double leg, but would give up the go ahead escape with :29 seconds left. Jordan would win by an 8-5 decision and deny Pace a rematch with Damascus’s Aiden Beall.

Aiden Beall (Damascus) vs. Ty Fleming (Northern Calvert)

Although the match started off close at 2-0 after the first period, Beall poured it on scoring 4 more takedowns while picking up stall points along the way to a 13-2 major decision.

Yoann Olympio (Northwest) vs. Anthony Gomez (Springbrook)

A #3 vs #5 matchup according to BillyB, this match never materialized at counties or regions.

Olympio would get the first takedown, but Gomez would make it 2-1, before the close of the first period. Gomez would tie it in the 2nd period 2-2, and hoped to leg ride Olympio out in the 3rd period, but Yoann would escape at the 1:11 mark for the go ahead escape and hold on with a 5-2 win.

195- Damascus’s Timothy Furgeson and Sherwood’s Adam Pfeiffer would set up their 3rd meeting in the semifinals, with convincing wins in the quarterfinals. Furgeson would pin Troy Gibson in :22 seconds, while Pfeiffer tech falled Chandler Booker of Chesapeake-AA, 16-0.
220- Mervin Mancia (Blair) vs. Nate Fleming (Old Mill)

Mervin put this match out of reach early with a takedown to 3 nearfall with :19 seconds left in the first period. Mancia would hold on for a 6-2 decision.

Sam O’Brian (Damascus) vs. Jalen King (Bowie)
Sam got the Merkle 2 early and then scored his 2nd takedown :31 seconds into the 2nd period which he converted into a pin, 14 seconds later.

285- Isaac Righter (Magruder) vs. Joe Stanalonis (Leonardtown)

Righter added this :21 second pin to the :19 second pin from the first round.

The Best of the Rest Weight Summary

106- The top 3 wrestlers in the 4A/3A state and 3 MoCo guys going at it for all the marbles. In the semis, Jason Liau came out with a vengeance with a 19-3 throttling of Northeast’s region champion Colin Cook. On the other side, BCC’s Christian Simpson gave up a scramble for 2 early but was controlling his match with Blair’s Brain McCaw from neutral with 4 takedowns in the first 2 periods and a 9-5 lead heading into the 3rd period. McCaw would get as close as 11-9 with a takedown but finished 13-11, in favor of Simpson. This gave us our first all MoCo final of the tournament and a rematch of the regional final. McCaw would wrestle back for 3rd with a 4-2 win over Northeast’s Colin Cook.

In the Finals- Looked like a replay of the region finals, as Liau scored the next 14 points after an early takedown by Simpson. Congratulations to Jason Liau for adding a second state title to the Liau house hold. The second Wootton state title of the night, after

113- The big rematch from counties between Guttentag and Liau, ended with a resounding thud, as Ike hipped over Liau from the seatbelt to a 2nd period pin. And unfortunately for Liau, he would meet Jhondy Fuller of Tuscarora for 3rd/4th, ending with a similar result. Down 1-0 in the 3rd, Liau found himself giving up back to back sets of nearfalls and down 6-0, eventually losing 7-2.

In the finals- Guttentag vs. Huff (North Point)

Ike was shooting fast and furious, finally landing a swing single 2-0. But an escape and takedown at the end of the first period put Huff up 3-2. The two would trade ride outs on top for most of the next 2 periods until Guttentag would get the escape with :03 seconds in regulation. In OT, Ike would hit a dump near the edge and step over Huff for the win. Congratulations on your long road back from last year’s season ending injury and being the first state champ since Charlie Banaszak (2013).

120- Clarksburg’s Alex Gonzalez was the county’s lone representative on the podium here with a 4th place showing. His 2 losses came to former state champ Sean Vosburgh in the 3rd/4th place match and the eventual state champ in Constantin Gourgoulianis from C. Milton Wright. Getting up on the podium junior year just like big bro (I liked the All-Gonzalez contingent repping Clarksburg in the corner).

126- Like Alex Gonzalez, Springbrook’s Pierre Jean was MoCo’s highest placing wrestler as he took 4th. But this trip made him a 2 time placer (3rd last year). After falling behind 17-6 to Atholton’s David Panda in the semis, Jean wrestled back to the conso finals to face Jonah Richardson of River Hill.

Jean stopped a funk roll for 2 and then whizzer countered for 2 more, to go up 4-1. Richardson would get a Merk 2 and cut Jean’s lead to 5-4 before the end of the 3rd period. Pierre had a 8-7 lead took a shot late, but Richardson would funk roll again but this time gain control with :06 seconds left for the win.

132- The last 2 weekends saw Springbrook sophomore Grayson Wendel ascend to a county and regional champion. He saw his run end in the semis, when Arundel’s Caleb Chavez beat his second MoCo wrestler in a row (Siavash the round before), 4-1. Chavez closed out periods 1 and 2 with takedowns. Wendel hoped to make magic work on top in the 3rd, but Chaves held on to win 4-1. Grayson would end up losing the next 2 to Bowie’s Diamond Kappes and South River’s Isaac Barber for 6th place.

Northwest’s Siavash Sarvastani would pin Isaac Barber in the conso semis and then beat Bowie’s Kappes for 3rd place. Congratulations to you Siavash on your third podium appearance (6th, 2nd, 3rd).

138- You knew MoCo would get someone through to the finals as Damascus’s Michael Emerick faced Springbrook’s Armon Nettey. Armon would hang in there better than their county semis meeting (6-0) but still couldn’t notch a point vs. Emerick, as he would lose by decision 3-0. Armon would face his quarterfinal opponent Caron Tull of Old Mill for 3rd/4th. This match would end with the same score 3-1, but this time in a much more dramatic way. In the ultimate tiebreaker (aka rideout), Tull took bottom, came to his feet, but when Nettey returned him to the mat, he somehow got a tilt to work for 2 nearfall and the win.

In the finals- It was a rematch of last week’s regional finals with Emerick squaring off vs. South Hagerstown’s Caleb Everhart. Emerick scored first with his patented inside leg to a merk 2. Up 3-2 in the 3rd period, Emerick would lift a single leg and trip for 2 backs, to seal it at 7-2, and eventually 7-3.

Poolesville’s Kevin Fultz would improve upon his 5th place finish from last year, when he exacted some revenge against last week’s regional final opponent Malakai Cunningham of Williamsport in the conso semis with a 10-8 decision. He would place 4th after losing to Overlea’s Jerome Vonziah, 6-2.

145- After Magruder’s Kaeleb Jones got the first takedown vs. Huntingtown’s Jackson Cramer, I so thought we would have another MoCo final. But that thought disappeared quickly when Cramer spladled Jones for the pin. So instead of an All-MoCo final, we would have an All-MoCo conso final vs. Jeo Martinez of BCC.
Jeo would end up in the conso final despite the strongest effort put forth against the eventual state champion Safore Sieh. Sieh got the first takedown vs. Martinez, but Martinez would ride Sieh out in the 2nd period even causing a stall call vs. Safore for being flat on his stomach for most of the 2nd period. Jeo would escape in the 3rd, to cut it to 2-1, but gave up a takedown with :21 seconds left to sew it up for Sieh.

In the 3rd/4th place match, Jones scored a takedown to go up 3–1, but then got called for fleeing the mat which resulted in a penalty point and then gave up an escape to tie it up. But Jeo would hit an inside trip from a pummel resulting in 2 and 2, and the eventual 7-4 win for Martinez. Congratulations to Jeo for becoming a 2 time state placer. I think I’ve underrated Kaeleb for 2 years but there is no mistake that he has been the lynchpin of the program during this time.

In the finals- Sieh vs Cramer

Safore would get a quick takedown but the match would be delayed by a lengthy injury time out (don’t know who). When wrestling resumed, Cramer would get a reversal to tie it at 2-2. But Sieh would return the favor with a reversal 4-2, to close out the first period. After a late 2nd period escape, Safore would pretty much put it out of reach with a dump making it 7-2. Sieh would close it out at 7-3, giving Coach Whittles his first state champ since coming to Springbrook.

152- The second really unfortunate season ending injury came when Marriotts Ridge’s 1 ranked Ethan Bohan met #2 Drew Guttentag in the semifinals. Many thought this should have been the finals. The match definitely lived up to its billing early on when both guys went on the offensive and scrambled for about half the period, but for no score. But when Guttentag and Bohan knocked heads, a strange sequence of events occurred. The first being Bohan pinning a semi-conscious Guttentag. After conferring with each other, the refs determined that it was 2 takedown plus 4 for injury related stoppage. Unfortunately, it Drew couldn’t answer the bell after injury time had elapsed and Bohan would advance to the finals by injury default.

On the side of the bracket Churchill’s Jaden Selby fell behind 7-2 to Arundel’s Trevor Gagnon by a power half from legs. But after a reversal in the 2nd period made it 7-4, Selby cranked an arm bar almost to a turn until the ref conspicuously stopped the hold for injury time. That bar was Selby’s last good opportunity as he would go for broke late in the 3rd and lose by major decision 13-4. Selby would go to take 5th.

160- Was curious to see how RM’s McCarthy vs. Parkville’s Sekulow semifinals would play out considering Sekulow seemed to be doing most of his scoring from shot counters. Sekulow would score first, on a takedown with :04 seconds left in the first period. But McCarthy would nab 2 takedowns in the 2nd period to go up 5-4 heading into the 3rd. With Sekulow now having to chase, McCarthy closed out with 3 more points for an 8-4 win and a trip to the finals.

In the finals- Marriotts Ridge’s Will Vazmonsky got his escape in the 2nd period, while McCarthy chose neutral in the 3rd and couldn’t get that double off for a 1-0 loss. Congratulations to Nicholas on an incredible run and becoming RM’s most successful wrestler (and last finalist) since state champion Scott Church in 2003.

After losing in the quarters and taking almost all of his injury time, I wondered if Savage was going to be healthy enough to win the next 4 to come back and grab 3rd. After a pin over Turney of Harford Tech, a 10-2 major over Joe Colony of Kent Island, Colin would take out 2 regional champs in a row. A 4-2 decision over 2A/1A East champ Jason Mohler and a 4-0 win over 2A/1A North champ Jarius Cannon of Overlea for 3rd place. Congratulations on becoming a 3 time state placer (6th, 3rd, 3rd) for the Falcons.

170- You have to appreciate Poolesville’s Xavier Kresslein for coming back after a last second loss in the county finals to Gaithersburg’s Jaedyn Harris, and a 14-7 loss to state finals opponent Dustin Macdonald, last week at the 2A/1A West Region finals.

Xavier would sneak out a 3-2 win over Sparrows Point’s Jake Rallo when Rallo let Kresslein up at the beginning of the 3rd for the go ahead point 3-2. Xavier would hold on to that 3-2 lead for the win.

In the finals- Kresslein vs. MacDonald

Xavier would try and exact some revenge of last week’s regional final result, but fell gave up a scramble takedown for 2. Xavier would score a takedown in the 2nd period to tie it at 3-3, but would give up the escape with :19 seconds left in the 2nd period, to go down 4-3. Kresslein would get the escape in the 3rd period and send it to OT. This time Macdonald went for the shot and Xavier spun behind for the 6-4 sudden victory win. Back to back seasons with Falcon state champions for Coach Tao and Poolesville Nation.

182- Damascus’s Aiden Beall and Northwest’s Yoann Olympio were on a collision course for meeting 3, but J. M. Bennett’s Micah Reddish was trying to spoil that rendezvous in the semis vs. Olympio. After a 0-0 first period, Reddish took the 1-0 lead after an escape in the 2nd period. Olympio chose neutral and bet on himself to get the takedown and did so on a double leg takedown with :14 seconds left.

In the finals- Beall went back to being the takedown machine as he was the aggressor/shooter throughout. Although his first takedown came from underhook ducking an Olympio attempt. Beall would put it out of reach in the 2nd period, with an escape and another takedown to go up 5-1. Aiden would hold on for the 5-3 win. Congratulations to Aiden for his second podium appearance and first one at the top.
195- The finals happened one round earlier in the semis when Damascus’s Timothy Furgeson met Sherwood’s Adam Pfeiffer for the third time this season. This one played out a bit differently albeit the same result. The match went scoreless in the first and much like last year’s final for Furgeson, his only points came on 2 near fall from top (I know hindsight is 20/20, but why go in the down position to Furgeson?). And also similar to last year’s final, Furgeson could not get out from bottom with 2 stall calls going against Timothy amounting to Pfeiffer’s 1 point. Adam would take 3rd with a decisive 16-6 win over Urbana’s Michael Schifano.

In the finals- Furgeson would use a front head lock and drop to an ankle for a 2-0 lead, Timothy would then reshoot on a low ankle for the second takedown before Furgeson loaded up the pin at 2:41 in the match. The talk continues on who is Damascus Wrestling’s G.O.A.T. I’ve heard a lot of Ryan Lawrence, Scotty Obendorfer, Mikey Macklin and even some Paul Purkey. But with Timothy Furgeson’s 2nd state title, 3rd finals and 4 county titles, his name is right there in that discussion.

220- The battle for top MoCo 220 was decided in the consolation finals between Damascus’s Sam O’Brian and Blair’s Mervin Mancia. This is a rematch from counties where Mancia came out on top. But I will admit, this is where I went to the bathroom before the finals. So Trackwrestling says fall:56, but anyone want to fill in the blank? Shout out to Springbrook’s Matt Bauer for taking 5th.

Hwt- Ok, I’m running out of steam here. The only drama for Magruder’s Isaac Righter was whether anyone could go the distance.

In the semis- Duval’s Elijah Fontem kept it scoreless for 4:42 until getting pinned in the 3rd. Congratulations to Coaches Tao and Hill for having Magruder’s first state champ since John Holloway.

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2020 Results

2020 Results

Springbrook Wins the 2020 4A State Wrestling Championship

By Robert Yi

The Barons waited a whole year for this rematch. Unfortunately, it was not occurring in the 4A Final. With Springbrook’s 3 losses, the 1 and 4 match looked imminent. But when Annapolis upset South River, it appeared that Springbrook might bump up to the 3 seed, thus changing the semifinal matchup. I thought that Springbrook would get the tiebreaker since Springbrook placed higher than Annapolis at last year’s state duals. But it turns out that Springbrook and Annapolis had a common opponent: Southern of Anne Arundel. Annapolis beat them by 33, while Springbrook won by 27.

Well that set the stage for what some thought as THE match.

But before I get to the matches, let me talk a bit about the 2 time champion Blue Devils.

I had the fortune of watching the finals with an old coaching adversary, Coach Rob Wendel. This was happening while I was getting my leg banged into by shirtless toddlers that belonged to Coach Whittles and lineup verification from Mrs. Whittles.

Coach Wendel, intimated to me how impressed he was with the job Coach Whittles has done and continues to do. And who can argue, considering how he has he made Springbrook High School, off New Hampshire Ave, a wrestling Mecca.

The sport of wrestling thrives in Southern Garrett, by the beach in Berlin, MD. And nothing emanates more in Damascus, MD (except maybe football). But what Coach Whittles has done with wrestling and how the cultural diversity in that school has been spun into the fabric of that program and has continued (starting with Coach Wendel) to prosper has been amazing. I know they have some Junior leaguers now, but much of this is done without that benefit (granted, I’m sure it doesn’t hurt with recruiting, that Coach Wendel and Damascus Coach John Furgeson work there).

Springbrook vs B-CC

160- Sagbe Sieh vs Wassman

The Barons started off on the right foot when Wassman built up an 8-0 lead before getting the stick on the younger Sieh.

Bcc 6-0

170- Oladapo vs Peralta

It appeared that Peralta pulled Oladapo on top of him while countering a shot, giving up 2 takedown and 2 backs. But after a long deliberation, it went from 4-0, to 3-2 Oladapo. Emmanuel seemed to be controlling the match from neutral, but he was holding on for dear life on top 7-6 with about 12 seconds left. Oladapo had received a questionable stall call earlier for pushing Peralta out while trying to return to mat and then gets called for his second stall with about 12 seconds left to tie it at 7-7. OT 1 went scoreless and Peralta would escape in TB 1 and rideout Emmanuel in TB 2 for the win.

BCC 6-3

182- Bowers vs Nguyen

Nguyen would use an escape in the 2nd period to score the match’s only point.


195- Scott vs Gomez

A go behind for Gomez would put him up 2-0. Gomez would take top and score 2 backs from legs for a 4-0 lead and eventual 4-1 win.

Springbrook 9-6

220- Blondes vs Bauer

After a scoreless first 0-0. They would be tied again at 2-2, but Bauer would score a
takedown to backs to make it 7-2. Bauer would eventually get a half to go for a pin.

Springbrook 15-6

Hwt- Badje vs Kouyate

Another match that ended up with an OT conclusion, came about through a couple locked hands from Badje. At 3-3 in OT, Badje would let Kouyate up in TB 1 for the 4-3 win.

Springbrook 15-9

106- Simpson vs Smith

It took 3:22 but Simpson finally got a butcher to go for a pin over Smith.


113- Moffitt vs Reynolds

In a swing match that the Barons were really depending on, Reynolds managed to lock up a cradle for the pin. That took the sails out of their momentum and made the Barons prospects that much tougher.

Springbrook 21-15

120- Guttentag vs Kilby

Ike caught a Kilby shot and whammed him for 2-0. Kilby would get a reverse to tie it at 2-2. But Ike would get a reversal himself and run a bar for 3 nearfall, 7-2. This cut the lead back to 3.

Springbrook 21-18

126- Jean vs Moffitt

So Pierre finally made the drop to 126 (don’t know how since the kid seemed to have no body fat when he was wrestling 132). Jean got out to a 4–1 lead at the end of the first, but then poured it on to a 14-3 major. Moffitt actually fought tough to keep it to a major, 14-3.

Springbrook 25- 18

132- Wendel vs Lorenzo

But this stretch of studs would prove to be too much. Grayson hit a slide by 2-0, then cradled up for a 4-0 lead. He then followed that up with a reinforced tilt to make it 7-0, and then eventually to a pin.

Springbrook 31-18

138- Nettey vs Fabio

The Barons needed this to keep hope and the math alive. After a scoreless first period, Armon would score first with a reversal. But Fabio would stay in it with a reversal himself and tie it at 2-2. The two would trade escapes, but Nettey would seal his match and the overall match with a takedown making it 5-3.

Springbrook 34–18

The Blue Devils would forfeit the last 2 matches.


Annapolis vs Springbrook

170- Sfakiyanudis vs Nguyen

Sfakiyanudis would get the first takedown for Annapolis 2-0. He would build a 4-1 lead, before Nguyen would score 3 straight to tie it at 4-4. Sfakiyanudis would escape to go up 5-4, but Nguyen would score on a hi-c to take a late 6-5 lead. But Sfakiyanudis would get one last reversal for the 7-6 win.

Annapolis 3-0

182- Simpson vs Gomez (8 in 4A/3A)

Anthony would get it back for the Blue Devils with a takedown to backs and a 4-0 lead. Gomez would get a reversal and lock up a cradle for the pin.

Springbrook 6-3

195- Jackson vs Tran

Ryan would get a takedown at the at buzzer 2-0. Tran would score on a front headlock and an ankle pic to an eventual 7-2 decision.

Springbrook 9-3

220- Leming vs Berrada

Annapolis would tie it back up as Kyle would the first period pin.

Tie 9-9

Hwt- Ditto vs Bauer

After a 0-0 first period,
Bauer scored the first 2 points of the match from a locked hands and 2 stalls called against Ditto. But when Ditto turned into Bauer from the bottom position,Matt took him right to his back and the stick.

Springbrook 15-9

106- Van Beslen vs A. Smith

Ayden put on double leg takedown and tilt clinic to a 17-5 major decision.
Credit to Van Beslen for fighting off numerous pin attempts to keep it to a major.

Springbrook 19-9

113- N. Antonelli vs Reynolds

Although Reynolds would get the first takedown, scrambles would continue to happen and one lead to an Antonelli pin.

Springbrook 19-15

120- F. Antonelli (5 in 4A/3A) vs Kilby (4 in 4A/3A)

An early scramble lead to a 2-0 lead for Matt Kilby. But this match became a scramble fest, leading to a bunch of reversals. The last reversal happened from Kilby’s leg riding, but it resulted in a pin for Antonelli and their only lead of the match.

Annapolis 21-19

126- Helm vs Jean (5 in 4A/3A)

But the Blue Devils would reel off the next 5, starting with Pierre dominating this one to a 16-1 tech fall. Aiden did an amazing job staving off pin after pin attempt.

Springbrook 24-21

132-Tate Scott (OTW) vs Wendel

Grayson kept the ball rolling and pitched a 7-0 shutout to extend the Blue Devil lead.

Springbrook 27-21

138- Ditmars (8 in 4A/3A) vs Nettey

Armon ran out to a 4-0 lead on a takedown in the first and a reversal in the second. He would give up 3 points, but held on for the 4-3 win.

Springbrook 30-21

145-Erwin (8 in 4A/3A) vs Sieh (3 in 4A/3A)

Safore ran a double leg clinic to a score of 11-2. This locked it up for the Blue Devils.

Springbrook 34-21

With the math in hand, I left to beat the traffic.

It looks like Sam Monser put the cherry on top with a pin over Gabe Luna.

Springbrook forfeited 160.

Damascus Wins 2020 3A State Wrestling Championship

Damascus defeats Manchester Valley to win 3A State Wrestling Championship
by Robert T. Yi

So you tell your wrestlers all the time, “Stop looking at the forum and believing all the crap that it says”. The matches are won on the mat, not on the forum. No team exemplifies the notion of the whole being stronger the parts, than the Damascus Hornets. Although, the Blue Devils won their second 4A state team dual title, the story at North Point High School were the now 8 time consecutive dual meet state champions, Damascus Hornets.

This year’s story was different from the rest in that, the year started with expectations of being the favorites but quickly changed to the realization that starters, Silas Patton, Nick Biava, Brodie Douglas, Isaiah Bell, and Andrew Creedon were not returning. And for the first time, the Hornets were vulnerable. But even with the last 3 returning to bolster the lineup and big reassuring wins over Springbrook late in the season and defeating a tough Linganore team to capture the 3A West Dual crown, I thought the Hornets were still the underdogs heading into state duals.

Good thing, Furgeson and the gang had me to use as bulletin board material/motivation to stir the then 7 time consecutive champs to show the Maryland wrestling world that when the champs step into North Point High School, their confidence, will, spirit, and embedded culture take over. Where you saw it tonight was time and time again, when the Hornets needed those bonus points with late takedowns in matches they were already winning, coming up clutch vs tough opponents, or not giving up that extra bonus point that the other team needed. Congratulations to Hornet Nation for your amazing feat.

Chesapeake vs Damascus

106- Ritter vs Gruner

Gruner tied it at 2-2 in the second period, but Ritter would run off the last 9 points for the major decision, 11-2.

Chesapeake 4-0

113- Taifouri vs Khan

Khan would get Damascus on the board with a pin.

Damascus 6-4

120- Shifflett vs Clark

Shyler would get up early with a cross knee pick to a cradle and a 5-0 lead. Shifflett would get it as close 5-2, but Clark would extend the lead to 14-6 and the major decision.

Damascus 10-4
126- Lisorti (7 in 4A/3A) vs Devalle

Lisorti would get the first takedown, 2-0, but Devalle would tie it up when Lisorti got too high with the cross body ride, 2-2. Colton would take the lead at 5-4, but would give up a takedown late and a 6-5 decision.

Damascus 10-7

132- Yost vs McKneely

McKneely seems to come up big on this stage. A takedown and a cradle pin later,

Damascus 16-7

138- Schmidt vs Emerick

Emerick would score the first on a merkle 2 position and would soon gain the pin at 1:22 to extend the Hornet lead.

Damascus 22-7

145- Laumann (8 in 4A/3A) vs Douglas

Although Laumann was in control of this match, Douglas stayed tough on bottom and kept the loss to only a 5-1 margin.

Damascus 22-10

152- Rosenbloom vs Holt

Holt made it down to 152, and ran out to a 5-0 lead early with a takedown and a butcher 5-0. Seth would extend the lead to a 15-4 major.

Damascus 26-10

160- Lisorti (3 in 4A/3A) vs Jamarillo

The heavier Lisorti would get Annapolis as close as 10 with a pin here.

Damascus 26-16

170- Hoover vs Creedon (6 in 4A/3A)

Hoover got out to the 2-0 lead, but Creedon 3 backs and then a back trip tilt from standing for a 5-2 lead. After 3 more points, Andrew notched the pin,

Damascus 32-16

182- Desalvo vs Bell

Isiah would make his return and did so by building a 7-1 lead and then getting the pin with a stack. That sealed it,

Damascus 38-16

195- Booker vs Beall (2 in 4A/3A)

A bunch of blast doubles and a tech fall later……..

Damascus 43- 16

220- Hardin vs Furgeson (1 in 4A/3A)

A :26 pin later……

Damascus 49-16

Hwt- McDuffie vs O’Brian (3 in 4A/3A)

Sam would run a bar to close it out with a pin.

Damascus 55-16

Manchester Valley

113- Siepp vs Gruner

Siepp got Man Valley on the board first with a 3:13 pin.

Man Valley 6-0

120- Boog (OTW) vs Clark

Boog got out to a 6-1 lead, before blowing it open with a reversal to backs and an 11-1 major decision,
Man Valley 10-0

126- Green (9 in 4A/3A) vs Devalle

Colton had quite the pivotal moment in last year’s championship match and seemed to get the ball rolling here. Green took a 3-0 lead, but in the 3rd period, Devalle locked up a standing cradle and brought it back for a 3-3 tie. The match would go into OT at 5-5, and Devalle would come through again with a takedown for the win and put the Hornets on the board.

Man Valley 10-3

132- Hernandez vs McKneely

If Colton’s win was big, Joe’s win might have been even bigger. The takedown to a cradle pin in a swing match that the coaches needed to have. But the bonus points gave the Hornets even more life.

Man Valley 10-9

138- Zeigenfuse vs Hyre

Hyre’s early dump set the tone 2-0, and another takedown to backs increased Chris’s lead to 8-2. But the string of clutch late match points that resulted in bonus points kept coming with one more set of backs, 11-2. This also put the Hornets ahead.

Damascus 13-10

145- Schaeffer (9 in 4A/3A) vs Emerick (2 in 4A/3A)

Big talented individual matchup here. After a scoreless first, Emerick would escape and hit a sweet double that lifted Schaeffer off the mat, 3-0. A standing tilt would make it 5-0 and Emerick would on for the 5-1 win.

Damascus 16-10

152- Chenoweth (6 in 4A/3A) vs Douglas

Thomas would score on two fireman dumps and would continue to extend the lead to 21-7, but Brodie hung tough and fought off his back numerous times to save Damascus a point but more importantly kept the morale high and the momentum going.

Damascus 16-14

160- Safely vs Holt

Holt would get the first takedown 2-0, score backs to make it 5-0, right before the end of the first. Holt was up 10-4 late in the 3rd, and much like his teammates before him, Seth would score a takedown late in the match to make it 12-4, and add another bonus point for the major.

Damascus 20-14

170- Mattson (4 in 4A/3A) vs Creedon (6 in 4A/3A)

Man Valley really needed the win here and they got it when Mattson would step over on a neck whip, pin Creedon, and tie it up.


182- Colacioppo vs Bell

After not getting a takedown on the edge at the end of the first period. Bell would just get Colacioppo to go over on a half for the stick. Giving the Hornets the lead heading into the strength of their lineup was huge. But the Mavericks still had a couple state ranked studs too.

Damascus 26-20

195- Livingston (4 in 4A/3A) vs Beall (2 in 4A/3A)

Level change fakes were the name of the game here, as Beall hit 2 sweet doubles and a go behind to go up 7-0. Livingston would cut it to 9-3, but not to re-iterate my theme too much, but Aiden would hit a late takedown to make it 11-3 and another major decision.

Damascus 30-20

220- Warner (4 in 4A/3A) in Furgeson (1 in 4A/3A)

It would only take 1:20 for Timothy to seal it for the Swarmin Hornets with a pin. Continuing to add onto the history and the dynasty.

Damascus 36-20

Hwt- Brathuhn vs O’Brian

Another cradle would get it done for Sam, at 2:19.

Damascus 42-20
Damascus would forfeit at 106.

2020 Private School League Championships

It is championship time again in Maryland High School wrestling and the private league tournaments have concluded with some of the usual suspects on top, but some emerging programs coming to the for as well. In the MIAA it was McDonogh on top over Mount St. Joseph as those two programs continue to dominate the league. In the IAC though, Bullis has re-emerged as a power as they return to the top spot most recently dominated by Georgetown Prep. The WCAC has a new top dog in St. Mary's Ryken.