Scorpions crown four champs; Lansdowne is second with three champs; Farace and Kalu named outstanding wrestlers (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Billy Loverocket
Oakland Mills High had the team title sewn up going into the final round so there would be no team race drama at the 32nd Annual SnOverlea Wrestling Invitational at Overlea this weekend. There was, however, lots of high quality wrestling in the championship finals.
The Scorpions won the title by 58 points over runner-up Lansdowne (249-191). Their five finalists and four champions were the most of any team, as were the 11 total place winners.
“This is just another step in the right direction for us,” Oakland Mills coach Brad Howell said. “We’ve been really pushing the pedal to the metal the last couple of weeks to try to surge towards the end. They’re healthy, excited, eager. This is always a good test for us near tournament time. You got a lot of teams in here and there’s some really, really tough individuals in this tournament. While the team title isn’t always a tight race there’s always tough individuals throughout the tournament. We really look to come here and try to compete against those kinds of kids. I felt we came in and competed well this weekend.”
Winning gold for the Scorpions were No. 3 Kyle Farace (126 pounds), No. 17 Ben Goldfien (138), Dylan Watt (152), and Mulbah Kamara (182).
Farace pinned all three of his opponents, including dropping Milford Mill Academy’s Jabias Barr at the 3:21 mark of the second period. The impressive effort earned Farace the nod as the Outstanding Lightweight.
“I felt pretty good,” said Farace. “I felt pretty strong. I have my diet set pretty good, so I definitely feel real strong. I had a strong mindset. I know that I’ve been pushing myself in the room working hard. That’s all you can control really, is the work you put in, so I’m just focused on that this year.”
Watt, who was unranked in the state, upended Milford Mill’s unbeaten Chaz Shackelford (No. 17) in the semifinals, 5-2. The junior finished off with a 14-2 major-decision in the finals against Overlea’s Jarius Cannon.
“I just went in there and wrestled like any other match,” Watt added. “I stayed aggressive, just worked my moves, and what I’ve been practicing everyday in the room. Even though I got taken down I tried to stay in it the whole time. I feel like I finally hit my peak. I’m wrestling like the way I should be. It was a great match. He’s a great wrestler.”
Bringing home silver for Oakland Mills was Jalen Cornelius (113). Quan Dunscomb (132) and Anthony Morales (160) were third. Aaron Smith (195) was fourth. Isaiah Williams (120) placed fifth, while Ian Santiago (106) and Steven Harrell (145) landed in the sixth spot.
Lansdowne went a perfect three-for-three in the finals with Desean Hunter (113), No. 11 Jacob Lipscomb (120), and Kyree Briscoe (170) claiming tournament titles.
Damontez Rawlings (126) and Anthony Brown (182) were third for the Vikings. Peyton Collins (138) and James Alston (285) were fourth. Matt Mendes (152) and Herberth Franco (220) placed fifth and sixth respectively.
Milford Mill Academy pushed four grapplers into the championship finals, but only crowned one champion, No. 15 Kevin Neal (220).
Neal squared off with No.19 Mac Alban (Boys’ Latin School) and came away with a 7-4 victory.
Settling for silver were Barr, Najuane Philpotts (182), and Jordan Johnson (285). Shackelford bounced back from his loss to Watt to earn bronze. Chase Talaiferro finished in sixth place for the Millers.
The marquee bout of the final round occurred at 195 with No. 9 Ike Kalu (Western Tech) facing off against No. 10 Mervyn Crawford (Poly). The match lived up to the hype as the two wrestlers engaged in a fierce battle. The pace was high for the entire match, neither wrestler left anything in the tank. When the final buzzer sounded Kalu secured the championship with a 4-3 decision and earned the Outstanding Heavyweight award.
“I don’t even know the state rankings,” Kalu said. “I didn’t know that it was anticipated. I was just like, another wrestler, wrestle hard, wrestle smart, and come out with a W. I won by a point, I could have done better. I could have been more aggressive. I got to get the conditioning up overall. I’m satisfied with the W, but we gotta get back in the gym the next day.”
A devastating injury derailed Fallston’s Josh Ford at the beginning of last season. The senior made it all the way back and walked away with the title at 132. Ford edged Woodlawn’s Joel Turner-Rodgers, 4-3.
“This time last year my doctor told me to worry about walking without a limp much less being on the mat,” Ford continued. “To be able to be out here just to wrestle in general is a big blessing in itself, but the win is a pretty cool moment. I felt like I definitely didn’t give up when I got that takedown in the last 30 seconds to put myself ahead. I gotta hand it to the guy from Woodlawn. He fought hard the whole time. He’s strong as anything. It was a fun match, but you always got to work on something.”
Boys’ Latin’s Jamie Rice (160) enjoyed a magical run through the tournament. The fifth seed beat No. 4 seed Mikey Neal from Calvert Hall College in the quarterfinals, then knocked off the top seed, Randallstown’s Wise Allah, 1-0, in the semifinals.
In his finals bout, Rice upset No. 19 Telfer Agard from Edgewood, 8-3.
“I wanted to go out and wrestle, wrestle my game and don’t give up,” Rice said. “Don’t think about the other wrestler and just do my thing. I just came out here and I was ready to wrestle this weekend. I really needed a bounce back from the past three losses, so I just really wanted to get after it. I was kinda mad and I wanted to get some W’s.”
Woodlawn’s Raymond Anderson (145) had a run similar to Rice’s. The senior was the fifth seed and reached the finals by handing Towson’s Caleb Boyer (the No.1 seed) his first loss of the season. In the finals, Anderson beat New Town’s Victor Allen, 10-7.
Calvert Hall’s Zach O’Brocki won the 106 crown with an 11-5 decision of Edgewood’s Tyler Agard. At heavyweight, Edgewood’s Daviyon Johnson (No. 15) looked like he was heading into overtime with Jordan Johnson from Milford Mill when he executed a takedown to the back and registered the fall with 19 seconds left in the match.
1. Oakland Mills – 240
2. Lansdowne – 191
3. Milford Mill – 144
4. Boys’ Latin – 139
5. Edgewood – 119
6. Overlea – 106
7. Aberdeen – 104.5
8. Calvert Hall – 93
9. Western Tech – 92
10. Fallston – 89
11. Woodlawn – 77
12. Randallstown – 60.5
13. Poly – 60
14. New Town – 40.5
15. Parkville – 38
16. Patterson – 37
17. Towson – 34
18. Dundalk – 32
19. Patapsco – 30
20. City College – 14
21. Chesapeake-Baltimore County – 6
106 – Zach O’Brocki, Calvert Hall, dec. Tyler Agard, Edgewood, 11-4
113 – Desean Hunter, Lansdowne, dec. Jalen Cornelius, Oakland Mills, 3-1
120 – Jacob Lipscomb, Lansdowne, major decision Cameron Gill, Randallstown, 10-1
126 – Kyle Farace, Oakland Mills fall Jabias Barr, Milford Mill, 3:21
132 – Josh Ford, Fallston dec. Joel Turner-Rodgers, Woodlawn, 4-3
138 – Ben Goldfien, Oakland Mills fall Darius Sprye, Patapsco, 1:18
145 – Raymond Anderson, Woodlawn dec Victor Allen, New Town, 10-7
152 – Dylan Watt, Oakland Mills M-Dec Jarius Cannon, Overlea, 14-2
160 – Jamie Rice, Boys’ Latin Dec Telfer Agard, Edgewood, 8-3
170 – Kyree Briscoe, Lansdowne M-Dec Jemar Cannon, Overlea, 12-4
182 – Mulbuh Kamara, Oakland Mills Fall Najuane Philpotts, Milford Mill, 5:37
195 – Ike Kalu, Western Tech Dec Mervyn Crawford, Poly, 4-3
220 – Kevin Neal, Milford Mill Dec Mac Alban, Boys’ Latin, 7-4
285 – Dayvion Johnson, Edgewood fall Jordan Johnson, Milford Mill, 5:41
106 – Amadou Ndiaye, Boys’ Latin fall Darrin Brown, Western Tech, 0:31
113 – Henry Friskey, Overlea fall Marco Denu, Aberdeen, 2:10
120 – Clayton McAlister, Dundalk dec. Jerome Vonziah, Overlea, 5-1
126 – Damontez Rawlings, Lansdowne DQ Semaj Washington, New Town
132 – Quan Dunscomb, Oakland Mills fall RJ Rzepka, Aberdeen, 1:28
138 – Trae Hughes, Edgewood dec. Peyton Collins, Lansdowne, 5-3
145 Vincent Thuman, Calvert Hall major dec. Mohammed Sow, Western Tech, 12-1
152 Chaz Shackelford, Milford Mill dec. Machiavelli Amaya, Randallstown, 10-5
160 Anthony Morales, Oakland Mills dec. Wise Allah, Randallstown, 5-1
170 Peter Ngaba, Parkville dec. Joey Shortt, Boys’ Latin, 12-7
182 Anthony Brown, Lansdowne fall Camden Harding, Fallston, 3:50
195 Christopher Madera, Aberdeen dec. Aaron Smith, Oakland Mills, 3-1
220 – Cristofel Nieves, Aberdeen dec. Darryl Cooper, Edgewood, 3-0
285 – Demetrius Daniels, Parkville dec. James Alston, Lansdowne, 2-0
106 – Joseph Turner, Aberdeen dec. Ian Santiago, Oakland Mills, 6-0
113 – Londen Brown, New Town forfeit Logan Mullaney, Fallston
120 – Isaiah Williams, Oakland Mills fall Ty’Sean Payne, Woodlawn, 1:27
126 – Logan Desell, Fallston dec. Martin Jauquet, Western Tech, 6-5
132 – Liam Kammar, Calvert Hall fall Sam Mensuphu-Bey, New Town, 1:53
138 – Nick Prosper, Poly fall Malachi Dalton, Woodlawn, 3:29
145 – Caleb Boyer, Towson major dec. Steven Harrell, Oakland Mills, 16-3
152 -Matt Mendes, Lansdowne fall Justin Waters, Boys’ Latin, 1:49
160 – Mikey Neal, Calvert Hall dec. Markel Ross, Patterson, 7-5
170 – Jonathan Jacobs, Western Tech fall Chase Talaiferro, Milford Mill, 0:23
182 – JT Morton, Boys’ Latin dec. Dharnel Valcin, Edgewood, 5-3
195 – Jarrell Mayo, Calvert Hall dec. Ryan Carter, Patterson, 5-4
220 – Mike Lally, Fallston dec. Herberth Franco, Lansdowne, 3-0
285 – Jack Morton, Boys’ Latin dec. Silas Jenkins, Aberdeen, 6-0
Video of All Finals Matches:
106-O’Brocki vs Tyler Agard
113-Hunter vs Cornelius
120-Lipscomb vs Gill
126-Farace vs Barr
132-Ford vs Turner-Rodgers
138-Goldfien vs Sprye
145-Anderson vs Allen
152-Watt vs Jarius Cannon
160-Rice vs Telfer Agard
170-Briscoe vs Jemar Cannon
182-Kamara vs Philpotts
195-Kalu vs Crawford
220-Neal vs Alban
285-Dayvion Johnson vs Jordan Johnson