Eagles crown seven champs and place 12 wrestlers out of 13 as the 2017-18 wrestling season gets underway


by Billy Loverocket

The McDonogh wrestling team kicked the season off with an exclamation mark on Saturday as they hosted the 45th annual Ray Oliver Tournament. The Eagles captured the crown by a hefty 110.5 point margin over runner-up Delaware’s Salesianum (262.5-146).  The seven champions crowned by McDonogh was easily the most of any team. Smyrna from Delaware had two champs (the only other team with more than one).

Putting the Eagles’ first title on the ledger was super freshman Cooper Flynn (106). Flynn, who is from Tennessee, won his title bout, 4-0, over Benedictine Prep’s (VA) Brendan Barnes. Also keeping titles in-house were Ray Kable (132), Caden Mareno (138), Alex LaVeck (152), Garrett Kappes (170), Jack Wimmer (182) and heavyweight PJ Mustipher (285).

LaVeck, who is currently ranked No. 7 in the state, trounced Salesianum’s Luke Harasika in the finals, 15-2. Harasika defeated Maryland’s top ranked 152lber, Brendon Gallagher (Landon), 5-2, in the semi-finals.

Sean Scott (126) and Parker Robinson (220) finished second for McDonogh. Harrison Trahan (145) was third, Jackson Bonitz (195) was fourth, and Dominic Solis (160) landed in the sixth slot.

Spalding placed fifth as a team running up 132.5 points. Their lone titlist was 120lber PJ Truntich, who cruised to the title with two pins and a major-decision, including a fall over Landon’s Axel Giron at the 3:18 mark of the second period in the finals. Both wrestlers were state runner-ups last year, Truntich at Spalding, while Giron wrestled for Parkdale of Prince George’s County last year (MPSSAA 4A/3A Division).

Picking up silver for the Cavaliers were Ryan Garretson (145) and Dustin Radford (170). Garrett Fisk (152) was third, Dean Laumann (126) placed fourth, while Rick Couch (132) and Tyler Savage (160) finished fifth. Fisk (No.4 at 145) beat Landon’s Gallagher, 1-0, in his third-place match.

The only other local team to finish in the top 10 was Gilman, ninth with 69 points. The Greyhounds had one bronze medal winner, Alex Slodzinski (195). Andy Weinstein (106) was fourth, Jeremy Cranston (170) and Kevonte Beard (182) were fifth, and Cole Brown (152) placed sixth.

The outstanding wrestler award went to Gonzaga’s Nathan Thacker (160). Thacker grabbed his gold medal with a 4-2 overtime win over John Manning (Villanova Catholic from Ontario, Canada).

Landon’s Lorenzo Lopez decisioned McDonogh’s Scott, 2-0, to capture the 126lb. crown.

Smyrna’s two champions were, Greg Baum (145) and Tony Wuest (195). New Kent from Virginia had one champ, Trent Ragland (220) as did Virginia’s Westfield, Will Lisenby (113).

Team Scores:
1. McDonogh School 262.5
2. Salesianum, DE 146
3. Smyrna, DE 136
4. New Kent, VA 133
5. Archbishop Spalding 132.5
6. Benedictine College Preparatory, VA 123
7. St. Georges Tech. DE 100
8. Westfield, VA 71
9. Gilman 69
10. Landon 66.5
11. St. Johns College, D.C. 45
12. Severn School 35
13. Gonzaga, D.C. 34
14. DeMatha 29
15. Georgetown Prep 27
16. Caravel Academy, DE 26
17. Villanova Catholic, ON, CA 24
18. Woodrow Wilson, D.C. 18.0

106 Results
1st Place Match
Cooper Flynn (McDonogh School) 3-0, Fr. over Brenden Barnes (Benedictine College Preparatory) 2-1, Fr. (Dec 4-0).
3rd Place Match
Brayden Hohman (New Kent) 3-1, Fr. over Andy Weinstein (Gilman) 27-20, So. (Fall 3:39).
5th Place Match
Alan Bolden (St. Georges Tech) 6-4, So. over Conor Girard (Salesianum) 1-3, Fr. (Fall 3:24).

113 Results
1st Place Match
Will Lisenby (Westfield) 52-4, Jr. over Zach Spence (Salesianum) 35-5, Jr. (Dec 6-2).
3rd Place Match
Ethan Gray (Caravel Academy) 4-1, Fr. over Joey Natarcola (Smyrna) 4-2, Fr. (Dec 10-5).
5th Place Match
Owen Klinger (Salesianum) 27-12, So. over Sebastian Sye (St. Georges Tech) 8-7, Jr. (For.).

120 Results
1st Place Match
Paul Truntich (Archbishop Spalding) 45-7, Jr. over Axel Giron (Landon) 45-3, Jr. (Fall 3:18).
3rd Place Match
Wyatt McMullen (St. Georges Tech) 31-11, So. over Logan Chandler (Benedictine College Preparatory) 2-2, Fr. (Dec 6-2).
5th Place Match
Jacob Rocha (St. Johns College) 4-2, Fr. over Andrew Yuhas (Caravel Academy) 2-3, Jr. (Dec 9-4).

126 Results
1st Place Match
Lorenzo Lopez (Landon) 44-7, So. over Sean M. Scott (McDonogh School) 31-16, Jr. (Dec 2-0).
3rd Place Match
Shane Weimer (New Kent) 43-14, Sr. over Dean Laumann (Archbishop Spalding) 26-16, So. (Fall 0:43).
5th Place Match
Danny Rankin (St. Georges Tech) 24-10, Jr. over John Quinones (Westfield) 5-5, So. (Fall 4:06).

132 Results
1st Place Match
Ray Kable (McDonogh School) 34-14, Jr. over Gannon Jones (New Kent) 38-12, So. (Dec 5-4).
3rd Place Match
Josh Yost (Benedictine College Preparatory) 45-19, Jr. over Oleg Johnson (Westfield) 36-25, Jr. (Fall 4:38).
5th Place Match
Rick Couch (Archbishop Spalding) 43-18, Jr. over Nicholas Novarnik (St. Georges Tech) 41-7, Sr. (For.).

138 Results
1st Place Match
Caden Mareno (McDonogh School) 43-13, Sr. over Bryce Henley (New Kent) 34-13, Jr. (MD 12-4).
3rd Place Match
Harry Latch (Salesianum) 21-8, Jr. over Hunter Tibbetts (Westfield) 41-20, So. (Fall 2:52).
5th Place Match
Riley Vaughan (Benedictine College Preparatory) 4-2, Jr. over Brad LaBella (Severn School) 2-3, So. (Dec 10-4).

145 Results
1st Place Match
Greg Baum (Smyrna) 28-5, Sr. over Ryan Garretson (Archbishop Spalding) 45-18, Sr. (TB-1 4-3).
3rd Place Match
Harrison Trahan (McDonogh School) 4-1, Fr. over Sammy Toggas (Woodrow Wilson) 42-11, So. (Dec 3-1).
5th Place Match
Odysseus Avgeros (Benedictine College Preparatory) 3-2, Sr. over William Brock (Salesianum) 3-3, So. (Dec 10-5).

152 Results
1st Place Match
Alex LaVeck (McDonogh School) 39-14, Jr. over Luke Harasika (Salesianum) 35-17, Sr. (MD 15-2).
3rd Place Match
Garrett Fisk (Archbishop Spalding) 38-19, Jr. over Brendon Gallagher (Landon) 49-13, Sr. (Dec 1-0).
5th Place Match
Nick Johnson (Benedictine College Preparatory) 38-18, Sr. over Cole Brown (Gilman) 18-8, Sr. (Dec 5-2).

160 Results
1st Place Match
Nathan Thacker (Gonzaga) 4-0, Sr. over John Manning (Villanova Catholic) 31-5, Sr. (TB-1 4-2).
3rd Place Match
Christos Avgeros (Benedictine College Preparatory) 44-19, Sr. over JT Davis (Smyrna) 34-17, So. (MD 10-2).
5th Place Match
Tyler Savage (Archbishop Spalding) 40-20, Jr. over Dominic Solis (McDonogh School) 41-15, So. (For.).

170 Results
1st Place Match
Garrett Kappes (McDonogh School) 46-13, So. over Dustin Radford (Archbishop Spalding) 29-22, So. (Dec 11-4).
3rd Place Match
Seamus Selmi (St. Johns College) 43-9, Jr. over Josh Dailey (Smyrna) 4-2, Sr. (TB-1 7-5).
5th Place Match
Jeremy Cranston (Gilman) 37-12, Sr. over Ryan Tremain (Benedictine College Preparatory) 2-3, Fr. (Fall 2:42).

182 Results
1st Place Match
Jack Wimmer (McDonogh School) 40-13, So. over Jacob Jarosz (Severn School) 2-1, Sr. (Dec 7-2).
3rd Place Match
Logan Montgomery (Salesianum) 29-12, Sr. over Dakota Kerr (Smyrna) 25-11, Sr. (Inj. 1:25).
5th Place Match
Kevonte Beard (Gilman) 2-2, Jr. over Nicholas Atehortua (St. Georges Tech) 20-15, Sr. (Dec 4-2).

195 Results
1st Place Match
Tony Wuest (Smyrna) 41-2, Sr. over Kyonte Hamilton (Georgetown Prep) 3-1, Fr. (TF-1.5 4:00 (15-0)).
3rd Place Match
Alex Slodzinski (Gilman) 28-17, Sr. over Jackson Bonitz (McDonogh School) 2-2, So. (Dec 12-6).
5th Place Match
Michael Loessner (Salesianum) 3-2, Fr. over Hudson Davis (Dematha) 1-3, Fr. (Fall 0:24).

220 Results
1st Place Match
Trent Ragland (New Kent) 43-6, Sr. over Parker Robinson (McDonogh School) 33-18, Sr. (Fall 5:24).
3rd Place Match
Danny Stradley (Salesianum) 4-1, Fr. over Jason Robertson (Dematha) 14-11, Jr. (Dec 4-1).
5th Place Match
Jared Pheasant (St. Georges Tech) 16-9, Jr. over Mikey Keen (St. Johns College) 2-3, Fr. (For.).

285 Results
1st Place Match
PJ Mustipher (McDonogh School) 43-8, Sr. over Alexander Minner (Salesianum) 12-13, Sr. (Fall 2:31).
3rd Place Match
Vinny Marcozzi (Salesianum) 24-11, Sr. over Jamar Christian (New Kent) 6-5, So. (Dec 4-3).
5th Place Match
Nick Terzaghi (St. Georges Tech) 12-21, Jr. over Buddy Whitecotton (New Kent) 11-11, Jr. (Fall 3:14).