Three-time Maryland State Champion Aaron Brooks headed to the NHSCA Nationals this weekend at the Virginia Beach Convention Center with one thing on his mind, bringing home another title. Brooks, who is currently ranked 10th in the nation by FloWrestling at 160lbs, won the 152lb Junior division crown with a 7-3 decision over Pennsylvania’s Robert Patrick. Brooks won NHSCA titles as a freshman and sophomore. He is now in position to complete a rare four-peat of NHSCA championships. These titles sit along nicely with Brooks’ double championships in Freestyle and Greco-Roman at last summer’s Fargo Nationals.
St. Paul’s Jack Parr followed up his first state title this season with a 9-2 win over the No.1 seed, Pennsylvania’s Cole Urbas, in the finals to bring home the 182lb Sophomore title.
McDonogh’s bright future was on display this weekend as the Eagles saw four grapples bring home hardware. Winning titles in the Freshman division were Pennsylvania natives Jack Wimmer (182) and Cody Williams (220). Both wrestlers had little trouble in their finals bouts, Wimmer defeated Ohio’s Samuel McNulty, 12-3, and Williams downed Maine’s Jeffrey Worster, 10-3. Also placing in the Freshman division for McDonogh was Dominic Solis (7th at 160). Ray Kable placed sixth at 126lbs in the Sophomore division.
Dunbar’s Jorden Pryor came up short in his title quest dropping a 5-1 decision to South Carolina’s Owen Trephan. In the semi-finals, Pryor picked off the top seed, Joshua Heindselman (Oklahoma), 12-5.
Archbishop Spalding had two wrestlers reach the podium, freshman Dustin Radford was fifth at 170lbs and sophomore PJ Truntich was 7th at 120lbs.
In the Senior division, Maryland saw four competitors make it to the awards stand. Middletown’s four-time state champion Danny Bertoni was fourth at 138lbs. Three-time state champion, Joey Thomas of South Carroll finished eighth at 120lbs. Huntingtown’s Gino Sita, who won his first state title this year, landed in the seventh spot at 182lbs. Brian Hennssey who is a Maryland resident that wrestled for St. John’s in Washington D.C. placed eighth at 195lbs.
Brian Stuart (North Hagerstown), a two-time state champion, was eighth at 120lbs in the Junior division. Other juniors bringing home awards were, DeMatha’s state champion Nathan White (126, 8th), Archbishop Curley’s two-time National Prep placer Josh Laubach (8th, 145), and Oakdale’s state champion Bryce DeMaille (5th at 220lbs).
Mount St. Joseph’s Chris Roybal was seventh at 138lbs in the Freshman division. Magruder’s Isaac Righter, a freshman, finished third at heavyweight.