St. John’s of D.C. claims WCAC championship for first title since 1979

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Good Counsel is second, St. Mary’s-Ryken finished third
The St. John’s wrestling team was facing a task, that on paper looked like a real possibility; win the WCAC Tournament. To do so, they would have to topple last year’s Maryland Private School State Champs, Good Counsel (currently ranked 18th by the Maryland State Wrestling Association). The Cadets accomplished their goal for their first WCAC Championship since 1979, outpointing runner-up Good Counsel, 202.5-175.5.

Winning individual titles for St. John’s were, Luke Kowalski (106, No. 11 in the MSWA’s DC/MD rankings), Aidan Rocha (132), Jack Cassidy (145), Steven Wentz (160), No.15 Zach Wentz (170), and No. 1 Brian Hennessey (195).

Rocha, unranked by the MSWA, upset No. 9 Grady Hotz (St. Mary’s Ryken), 4-2, to win his crown. Wentz edged No. 16 Ryan Briggs (Good Counsel), 7-6.

Placing second for the Cadets was Jalen Dickerson (285). No. 7 Gavin Stoddard (120) and Luke Davis (126) were third. Tim Costello (113) and Joey Sanchez (220) landed in the fourth spot.

Good Counsel’s three champions were No. 1 Bailey Thomas (152), Jalen Lea (220, No.7 at 285), and No. 1 Brady Daniel (285).

No. 11 Cord Richardson (120), Avery Miller (145), Briggs, and No.19 Drew Brenowitz (182) were runner-ups.  Conor Lozupone (106), Cole Robilotto (138), and Alwyn Taylor (16) brought home bronze for the Falcons.

St. Mary’s Ryken’s third place finish was powered by three titlists, No. 9 Alex Figuerias (113), No. 3 King Sandoval (120), and No.6 Ernie Sigmon (182). Sandoval pinned Good Counsel’s Richardson in their finals match. Sigmon downed Good Counsel’s Brenowitz, 16-9.

The 126lb champ was Nathanil White (No. 3 at 132). No.6 Nathan Thacker (Gonzaga) won the 138lb crown.

Last Updated (Monday, 06 February 2017 19:41)



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