There were a number of firsts for National Prep Wrestling this weekend. The most notable perhaps was that the tournament was held in Maryland for the first time at the Showplace Arena in Prince George’s County. The other was St. Mary’s Ryken finishing in 4th place with 114 points, their highest ever placement at the national tournament. However if there was any home cooking to be had for Maryland teams it was not apparent. Maryland teams did earn 22 individual All-American honors, but there was only one finalist from a Maryland team– Richard Fedalen of McDonogh, and no individual champions.
This past weekend may be the busiest one in the state for wrestling officials and coaches. The private school state championship is held at the Harford County Community College while every county, and the large conferences like the SMAC, UCBAC, and Baysides, hold their championships. Most of the brackets and results from these are now located on on the 2022 Brackets and Results page. Of course, the junior and rec leagues are wrestling this weekend as well.
The MIS, private school state championship, will be held this year at the Harford County Community College and they will follow a covid protocol that includes Covid testing for all coaches and wrestlers. This event is a qualifier for the National Prep Tournament the following week which probably will be following at least as strict a protocol. All wrestlers and coaches must meet one of the below criteria: • fully vaccinated; • receive a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the tournament; • or have tested positive within 90 days of the tournament. o If they have tested positive
In a year of change here is another one. Teams in Maryland long had to qualify for the Dual meet championship and that is a big change this year as every team qualifies, but not every team has elected to participate. The MPSSAA Dual Meet Championships will be a single elimination tournament with four regional champions who will be reseeded into a championship series after the regional championships. Here are the regional dual meet brackets as determined by the MPSSAA: 4A Dual Meet Brackets 3A Dual Meet Brackets 2A Dual Meet Brackets 1A Dual Meet Brackets Dual Meet Tournament Schedule
This past weekend saw many of the Maryland’s high school teams competing in tournaments throughout the state. Fortunately the MPSSAA has allowed teams to make changes to their schedules after the season has started so dropped tournaments and matches can get rescheduled. While much of the state has moved to dual meet tournaments many bracketed tournaments remain. As the season goes on I will post as many of their results as I can gather on the 2022 brackets and results page. One bit of news was Gilman School winning their own dual meet tournament for the first since since 1987.
The new year has started with more delays, closings, and restrictions on athletics. While most have not been as draconian as last year, they are influencing this years events. One for certain end of year change will be in the National Prep tournament, which for the first time in memory will not be held at Lehigh University. Unless some changes occur it may be a rough go to have a full fledged event in DC as the City is ratcheting up their restrictions and requirements as well. Closer to home Harford County is restricting athletic events to contestants only.
The 2022 wrestling season is underway and for the most part, it has been going as planned. Recently however some Covid outbreaks in several counties have led to what are now temporary suspensions of activities. Howard County has suspended winter activities till the new year and several other schools have had outbreaks that have led to school-specific suspensions. Going into the Christmas break it will be interesting to see how many Christmas tournaments are held and how many teams are able to pick up canceled duals and tournaments. As the season goes on please send any completed brackets and results
The 1994 season was an important one in Maryland high school wrestling. It was the last year of the MSA conference– which had included most Baltimore area private schools and all the Baltimore City public schools. The MSA tournament went as the previous 18 had gone with a Mount St. Joseph team title. The Baltimore City public schools did not travel to Lehigh University for the National Prep Tournament but Dunbar’s Bruce Pendles took Outstanding Wrestler honors as the City schools ended their run with the privates. The National Prep results had not been available for this year but Maryland
When I had gathered the information for the 1991 National Prep tournament I only had the team scores. recently I got a hold of the full brackets for that year’s tournament and added in the Maryland All Americans from that year. There were 21 all-Americans that year– though despite having 5 Marylanders in the finals that year DeMatha’s 103lber Myner Herrera was the only National Prep Champ that year.
I spent a little time looking over some old brackets for the National Prep tournament and it is remarkable how Maryland schools dominated in the 1980s. Mount St. Joe started a run there with a National Prep title in 1980, took a year off, and then won two more in 1983 and 1984, and closed out the decade with a title in 1989. That is a pretty remarkable run of success but Mount St. Joe’s four titles would be equaled by four titles from Bullis, who was able to run off a pretty incredible run of four consecutive titles in