West (at Sherwood High School)

Damascus pinned down their fifth consecutive region crown on the strength of eight finalists, for a total of 197.5 points. Winston Churchill was second with 138 points. The Swarmin’ Hornets will be taking eleven of their grapplers to the Show Place Arena in Prince George’s County for the MPSSAA State Tournament next weekend.

“Our team came to the tournament ready to compete,” Damascus coach John Furgeson said. “We brought 12 to the regional tournament and 11 will move on to states. That was an incredible weekend for our team. I felt our team competed at a high level and are ready for the next challenge. We have our work cut out for us at states. While we had eight in the finals, we came away with three champs. We will have to have a little better outcome to reach our goals. This team is fun to be around and will be ready to compete. We learned a lot from this weekend and will use it to be ready for states. The kids work hard and have fun doing it. The competition in our region is improving and we look forward to a great weekend of wrestling at the state tournament.”

Reaching the top of the podium for Damascus were, Johnny McLaughlin (120, No. 3 in the Maryland State Wrestling Association’s 3A/4A Rankings), No. 1 Ryan Lawrence (145), and No. 1 Paul Purkey (182).

McLaughlin reversed a loss from last week’s county finals to Winston Churchill’s Lucas Young (No. 2). Young won that match 4-3. McLaughlin took the region crown with an 8-2 decision. The 120lb weight class was one of the toughest of the tournament. Young defeated No.4 Eli Guttentag (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) for the second straight week.

Guttentag was third in the state last year with only two losses on the season. The sophomore, who defeated defending 1A/2A state champion Chris Spano at the Severna Park Scuffle this season, came into the region tournament with two losses on the year. That was doubled this weekend as No. 6 Brian Truppo (Poolesville) downed Guttentag in the consolation semi-finals. Guttentag went on to place fifth, and thus, will miss the state tournament.

Purkey pinned No. 4 Abu Abdillah (Paint Branch) in his finals match. Placing second for Damascus were, Scott Obendorfer (132), John Allan Furgeson (152), Timothy Furgeson (160), Elijah Baisden (195), and Mikey Bradshaw (220). Silas Patton (106), Dyllan Ramirez (126), and Josh Creegan (138) were fourth.

Winston Churchill’s lone champion was No. 3 Andrew Welch (170). Welch edged No. 4 Khalil Owens (Northwest) in overtime for the county crown last week, the region title was won on a 3-2 decision of Owens.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase was the only team, other than Damascus, with multiple champions. Winning titles for the Battlin’ Barons were, Seamus Selmi (152) and Gabe McAndrew (195). Selmi (No. 7) lost to John Allan Furgeson, 10-3, in the county finals. The sophomore came out on top of his rival, 4-2, for the region crown.

At 132, No. 2 JD FitzPatrick (Walter Johnson) downed No. 1 Obendorfer, 6-1, for his first win in three meetings with Obendorfer this season.

Northwest’s Yonas Harris (106) again beat Alex Carbonell (Poolesville) in overtime for the second week in a row. Harris’ followed the county final win, with another in the regional final.

In a strange twist at 285, the fifth-place match at the Montgomery County tournament became the region final. Delante Henderson-Feist (Wheaton) pinned county champ, and No. 5, Daniel Oh (Clarksburg) in the semi-finals. In the finals, Henderson-Feist pinned Winston Churchill’s Alec Velikanov. Velikanov pinned Henderson-Feist in that fifth-place match last week.

No. 2 John Luke Iglesias (Walt Whitman) edged No.7 Bradshaw, 6-5, for the 220lb title. At 113lbs, CJ Cramma (Magruder, No. 2) won by major-decision over Northwest’s Siavash Sarvestani, 18-6. Colin Savage (Poolesville) pitched a 7-0 shutout against Wheaton’s Clark Glory at 126lbs.

Nick Gonzalez (Clarksburg) won the 138lb crown with an 11-2 major-decision of Alec Falconer (Quince Orchard). Bret Williams (Quince Orchard) was the 160lb champ. Williams won by default against Timothy Furgeson.


East (at Northeast-AA High School)

In a rare happening, Glenelg and South River tied for the regional crown in the East. Glenelg held a six-point lead when heavyweight Brendan Woody stepped to the mat for South River. Woody, who is the No. 1 3A/4A wrestler at 285, squared off with No. 4 Tyler Ecker (Reservoir), and came through for his team with the fall to secure a tie as co-champions of the East.

“(It was a) Crazy two days,” South River coach John Klessinger relayed. “Our kids wrestled hard and I am proud of them. It was a team effort where 10 of our 11 guys scored team points. That is what it’s all about, giving your best effort regardless of the score or opponent. We had two champs, Trenton Puccinelli at 132lbs and Brendan Woody at 285lbs. Calvin Brumfield was second and Zach Osborne third. Ryan Castro and Isaac Barber were fourth rounding out our state qualifiers. We had three fifth place finishers, Haden Mackowiak, Jonas Beardmore, and Gage Kinohi, and one sixth, Zach Wasileski. Our last competitor was Danny Cowan. Like I said, (I was) pleased with our performance and proud of our kids.”

Puccinelli, No. 6 by the MSWA, won by major-decision over North Harford’s Will Sadowski.

Glenelg’s four champions powered their push to the title. Bringing home championships were, Jared Thomas (126), Max Sotka (160), Garrett Murray (170), and Sam Alsheimer (182).

Thomas (No. 4) won by major-decision against North County’s Chris Kirchner. No. 5 Sotka won a close match, 7-5, with Howard County rival Amr Narmouq (Centennial). Murray, the No. 5 guy at 170, pinned No.7 Jason Smith (Old Mill). No. 2 Alsheimer defeated No. 3 Tom Gomez (Bel Air) for the second time this year.

Placing third for the Gladiators were, Kevin Hansberger (106) and Jacob Jones (152). Ian Gwin (132) was sixth.

“I was proud of the way our guys competed,” Glenelg coach Matt Bichner said. “We had an injury and a scratch from our lineup which we knew would make it more challenging to win the team title. In the end, the guys stepped up in the placement rounds to win and get bonus points which helped us catch South River and split the team title. I’m excited to see the state tournament draws and get back at it next weekend.”

Bel Air crowned two champions, Brent Lorin (113) and Scott Miser (152). No.1 Lorin, a state champion last year, pinned Brumfield for his 42nd win of the season. The sophomore was 44-0 last year, and has yet to lose this year. Miser pinned returning state placer Ariq Nixon (Edgewood) to clinch his title.

No. 1 Nathan Gainey (Arundel), who is favored to win his second straight state title this year, won by major-decision, 12-3, over North County’s Casey Payne for the 120lb championship.

Another defending state champion, Centennial’s No. 1 Jason Kraisser, won the 138lb weight class with a fall over No. 4 Todd Deltufo (Reservoir).

No. 2 Wyatt Graham (C.Milton Wright) beat Old Mill’s Nasir Bakare (No.17 overall by the MSWA), 6-2, for the 195lb crown. No. 22 Montez Coleman (North County) upset No. 11 Drew Pruett (Atholton, No.7 in the 3A/4A rankings), 6-5, at 106lbs.

No.4 Chase Pennell (Old Mill) won the 145lb class with a pin of Mt. Hebron’s Ali Pender. Mt. Hebron’s Nick Nordhausen, who was third at the Howard County tournament, pulled an upset of his own over Anne Arundel County champ Chris Bonilla Arocho (Meade), 3-2, in the 220lb finals.


South (at Charles H. Flowers High School)

Huntingtown followed up their SMAC tournament title over Leonardtown, by duplicating that feat at the regions. The Hurricanes piled up 204 points on the strength of four champions, and 13 place-winners. The Raiders were second with 158 points.

“I’m Really proud of this group of young men,” Huntingtown coach Kevin Gilligan added. “(We) started the year off with a bunch of young kids and a mix of talented returnees, and they meshed quickly. We are excited about taking 10 to states and placing 13 in the top six, with four champions and six finalists. This is the most exciting time of year and the boys have been relishing it. On to Show Place.”

Grabbing championships were, No. 6 Josh Stokes (126), No. 3 Tristin Breen (160), No. 1 Gino Sita (195), and No.4 Jared Burgoyne (220). Sita pinned Stephen Decatur’s No.18 (overall) Caleb Bourne at the 3:40 mark of the second period. No. 3 Nathan Fosrchner (Parkdale) couldn’t finish his match with Burgoyne and defaulted out.

Taking second for the Hurricanes were Tony Sita (145) and Jacob Cramer (170). Nick Sulhoff (152) was third. Blake Jury (106), Alex Kephart (120), and Dakota Cram (182) placed fourth. Kaleb Dolina (132) was fifth, while Jackson Cramer (113) and Matt Watosn (138) were sixth.

Parkdale tied Huntingtown with four champions. No.1 Kidus Gebriorgis (106), No. 3 Axel Giron (113), and Mark Martinez (120) gave the Panthers a clean sweep of the first three weight classes. Quentin Tighlman won the 170lb title.

Gebriorgis pinned No. 5 Sean Vosburgh (Leonardtown) with one second left in the first period. Giron downed No. 4 Robert Kaminski (Stephen Decatur), 5-2.

No. 1 John Podsednik (Leonardtown) edged Northern Calvert’s No.4 Lance Andriani, 5-4, for the 152lb win. At 132lbs, No. 3 Isaiah Edmond (North Point) outlasted No. 6 Isaiah Williams (Parkdale), 8-6. Three-time state-placer, No. 2 Andy McKahan walked away with the 145lb championship after downing Tony Sita, 10-2.

No. 8 Seth Cranford (Northern Calvert, No. 17 overall) won by a hair over No. 18 Austin Cole (Charles H. Floweres), 4-3, to claim the 182lb crown. Heavyweight Christian Bryant (Eleanor Roosevelt, No. 24) executed a big upset over No. 6 Ean Spencer (Stephen Decatur, No. 17 overall) when he secured the fall with one second left in the match. Mason Cox (Chopticon) major-decisioned High Point’s Kevin Rojas, 11-2, at 138lbs.


North (at Milford Mill Academy)

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