With a shallow freshman year, drained by injury, Archbishop Curley’s Corey Huntley made a big splash in his sophomore season, breaking out to a pair of MIAA and MIS state titles.
Following his perfect run through the MIAA Tournament two weeks ago, Huntley continued his dominance of the 113-pound weightclass with two falls and two decisions on Saturday, his final decision for the Friar’s first ever MIS state title.
“Last year he was injured in practice in the beginning of the season and we never got a chance to see how good he really was,” Curley coach Gregg Kessler explained. “We had him at one tournament, where he went 7-1, and it has been a great recovery back. He is a very talented wrestler who ii think is going to make a big splash in the state of Maryland and in the country.”
Huntley wrestled just one non-MIAA grappler in the road to his state crown, decking Smyrna’s Jake Vosburgh in the first period of their semifinal matchup. His finals match also differed from that of the week prior, having an upset in the lower end of his bracket.
In the MIAAs, Huntley was opposite St. Vincent Pallotti’s top-seeded Chris Halkos, meeting in the finals for Curley’s 4-1 win, but Huntley found himself face-to-face with Archbishop Spalding’s Mike Still in the MIS finals, pitching a 6-0 shutout.
Huntley had beaten Still the week before in the MIAA semifinals, 4-1, but saw Still again after the third-seeded Cavalier upset second-seed Halkos in the MIS semis, 8-0.
“It’s really great. It feels amazing to win states, but I treat every tournament the same,” Huntley said. “It is just a big recovery for me, coming back from last year not being seated in Maryland to now being seated. Winning states, it has been my dream ever since I was a little kid.”
Sidetracked by a torn labrum in the fall of 2010, Huntley wrestled what he could of the 2010-2011 season, going 7-1 in the McDonogh Duals before taking time off the mat. The absence was anything but a vacation for the promising young wrestler.
“I was furious,” Huntley recalled from the McDonogh gym floor. “I came here and wrestled in the McDonogh Tournament with the torn labrum and still wrestled all eight matches. I was really disappointed with that season. But now I am back.”
Not only is he back, but Huntley has his sites at finishing quite high at this weekend’s National Preps on the campus of Lehigh University.
“I think I have a good shot at getting first or second at National Preps. Hopefully first,” said Huntley, seeded second in the tournament. “I know who I have, I treat every tournament the same, so it is just a matter of doing it.”
Maryland wrestlers make up for of the top eight seeds in the tournament, including second-seed Huntey, third-seed Still, fifth-seed Halkos and eighth-seed Vosburgh.
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