Three other Eagles reach the podium; Mt. St. Joe claims five All-American spots; Spalding gets three; Loyola two
by Billy Loverocket
The prospects of any local teams competing for the team title at the National Prep Tournament were basically non-existent. Afterall, the country’s top three teams were in the field plus a powerful, Lake Highland Prep from Florida (4th with 165.5 points).
At the end of action on Saturday at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland – Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Seminary sat atop the standings with 346.5 points. Another PA squad, Malvern Prep was in second with 304.5 points. New Jersey’s Blair Academy finished in third place with 294.5 points. It was the first time since 1979 that Blair was not in the top two.
The focus over the weekend for the local contingency was individual glory. No one epitomized that as much as McDonogh’s Richard Fedalen (No. 1 in the latest rankings by the MSAW). The senior finally stayed healthy enough to finish a season, grabbing his first MIAA and state titles this year.
Fedalen came up just short of adding the crown jewel to his trophy case, falling in the 152lb finals to the Beast of The East champ, Joe Sealey (Wyoming Seminary), 15-5.
The Eagles’ (11th with 70.5 points) next highest finisher was No. 1 Billy DeKraker, who was 4th at 120lbs. In the consolation semis, the state champion defeated St. Joe’s Coleman Nogle for the third straight weekend, this time, 4-2. It was DeKraker’s second time reaching the prep awards stand (he was 7th at last year’s NP Open).
No. 5 Enzo Bell had a disappointing day 2 of the MIS Tournament last weekend. Holding a late lead in his semifinal match with No. 2 Joel Brown (Landon), things fell apart and the Eagle was pinned with five seconds left. In the consolation finals, he was upset again, this time by Bullis’ Tallion Elliott (No. 4).
In Friday’s round of 16, Bell squared off with Brown and picked up a 7-4 win. The junior would go on to place sixth. No. 3 Gerard Johnson was sixth at 195.
Mount St. Joseph’s five place-winners paced the Maryland teams and landed them inside the top ten (9th with 85 points). No. 1 Carter Nogle was fifth at 113. Coleman Nogle was sixth at 120. For both, it was their second time earning Prep All-American status.
No. 3 Jacob Wright (8th at 132) and No. 1 Bryce Phillips (7th at 182) were also repeat placers. No. 4 Gavin Bage came in as the 11th seed, and busted up the bracket, Enzo Bell style, edging six-seeded Beau Edwards (Episcopal, TX), 4-3, in the round of 16.
In the consolation quarterfinals, the Gael kept the upset train rolling, taking out the seventh seed, Gabe Moore (Liberty Christian School, TX), in overtime, 4-2. The Cinderella run came to an end in his second encounter with Edwards, as the Texan pinned him 48 seconds into the second period (1:48), in the fifth-place match.
Archbishop Spalding put three grapplers on the podium to pace their 12th place showing (69 points). Leading the way was No. 2 Joe Fisk (152), who became a four-time National Prep placer, landing in the 8th spot here.
No. 1 Brady Pruett, fresh off his second straight state crown, was given the sixth seed here. In the quarters, the Cavalier upset third-seeded Casen Roark (Baylor School, TN), 3-1. Pruett would fall in his next two matches, but ended in the fifth-place position, good for his third All-American journey.
Freshman Sean Garretson (106) put himself in position to become a multiple time placer, working his way to a fourth place showing at this year’s edition of the tournament. Garretson was seeded sixth and picked off the three seed, Brady Kaupp (Green Farms Academy, CT), 6-0, in the quarters. The state champ ran back his state finals match with Bullis’ Ellis Kirsch (No. 4) in the consolation semis, winning 11-3 this time. Unfortunately, Garretson dropped his bronze medal match by tech-fall to Jacob Bond (Baylor School, TN), 16-1.
Loyola was right on Spalding’s heels, finishing 13th with 67.5 points and two placers. Both of their placers overcame adversity to do so. No. 5 Judah Aybar (138) was forced to miss the MIS Tournament due to a concussion suffered in a car accident. The Dons’ considerable talent earned him a Wildcard entry, and he was given the 10th seed. The sophomore battled through the bracket and in his seventh-place match took out the No. 3 seed, SP O’Donnell (Malvern Prep, PA), 5-4.
Teammate Matty Walsh (No. 3 at 145) was also seeded 10th and placed seventh. In the early consolation rounds, Walsh got by Severn’s No. 2 Ryan Money, 5-0. Money defeated Walsh in the MIAA finals. In the showdown for seventh, Walsh added another upset to his ledger, pinning 6th seeded Kailen Richards (Belmont Hill, MA) in the second period, 1:42.
Gilman (20th – 37.5 points) had two wrestlers bring home hardware, the Sherlock Brothers – No. 3 Emmitt (120) and No. 4 Tyson (126). Both also placed at last year’s NP Open. Emmitt was fifth this year, Tyson seventh. In his fifth-place bout, Emmitt finally defeated St. Joe’s Coleman Nogle, 5-3, after dropping the dual meet and state tournament meetings.
St. Mary’s-Ryken put four grapplers on the podium. No. 2 Evan Boblits was fourth at 113. In the quarter final round, Boblits got by Carter Nogle, in the Ultimate Tie-breaker period. Nogle beat Boblits in the state finals last week and earlier in the season at the East Coast Catholic Classic in VA.
No. 1 Clayton Gabrielson bounced back from his state tournament disappointment with a fourth place showing here to claim his second All-America status. The junior beat Loyola’s Aybar, 8-3, in the round of 16, then pinned the three seed, O’Donnell, in the consolation quarters.
No. 1 Mekhi Neal was sixth at 145. Heavyweight Terrance McCauley (No. 3) placed eighth. The senior avenged his state finals loss to Spalding’s No. 2 Bryce Purnell in the consolation bracket, posting a second period pin, 2:37.
Landon’s No. 2 Joel Brown was third at 132. The junior edged Blair’s Ibrahim Ahmed, 2-1, in the 132lb bronze bout. Brown lost to McDonogh’s Bell early in the tournament, but exacted revenge on the Eagle, 5-3, in the consolation semis. In the consolation quarters, Brown blanked St. Joe’s Wright, 5-0.
Bullis’ Ellis Kirsch (6th at 106) was his team’s lone rep to gain some hardware.
Three wrestlers with Maryland roots excelled this weekend, with two winning titles: Meyer Shapiro (Wyoming Seminary, 145) and TJ Stewart (Blair Academy, 220).
Shapiro, who won a Cadet World Championship last summer, pocketed his first prep title after being a runner-up as a freshman while competing for Bullis. Shapiro used four quick pins to reach the finals where he rolled to a 14-4 major decision of Blair’s William Henckel.
Stewart capped a dominating senior season that saw him win Ironman and Beast of the East titles, with his first National Prep crown. His finals match-up with Malvern Preps’ Caden Rogers was one of the most anticipated finals matches in recent years.
Rogers was given the No. 1 seed based on being a returning National Prep champ. The two Titans battled to a 1-1 tie in regulation, then exchanged escapes in overtime for a 2-2 score, Stewart won the Ultimate Tie-breaker period for the glory at 220. Stewart is a Maryland resident who competed for St. John’s College in D.C. before transferring to Blair prior to his sophomore year.
Stewart’s teammate, Paul Ognissanti, rolled straight to Blair as a freshman after toiling away in the Maryland junior leagues. The sophomore was third at 145 last year. His fifth place finish at 138 this year makes him two-for-two in earning the All-American designation. Among Ognissanti’s wins this weekend was a 6-1 one over Gabrielson in the quarter finals.
Pictured above: McDonogh’s Richard Fedalen stands on the medal podium after placing second at the National Preps Tournament.
Team Scores (Top 10 + MD Teams)
1-Wyoming Seminary (PA) 346.5
2-Malvern Prep (PA) 304.5
3-Blair Academy (NJ) 294.5
4-Lake Highland Prep (FL) 165.5
5-St. Mary’s-Ryken 114
6-Western Reserve (OH) 108
7-Green Farms Academy (CT) 96.5
8-Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) 91.5
9-Mt. St. Joseph 85
10-Baylor School (TN) 81.5
12-Archbishop Spalding 69
1st Anthony Mutarelli Richboro, PA (Malvern Prep) DEC Davis Motyka Edwardsville, PA (Wyoming Seminary), 5-0
3rd Jacob Bond Chattanooga, TN (Baylor School) TF Sean Garretson Severn, MD (Archbishop Spaulding), 16-1 3:35
5th Liam Davis Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep) DEC Ellis Kirsch Chevy Chase, MD (Bullis School), 4-0
7th Brady Kaupp , CT (Green Farms Academy) DEC Calvin Werden , (Western Reserve Academy), 6-3
1st Leo Deluca Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) DEC Cooper Hilton Culleoka, TN (Wyoming Seminary), 4-2
3rd Tommy Link Malvern, PA (Malvern Prep) F Evan Boblits Hughesville, MD (St. Mary’s Ryken), 0:48
5th Carter Nogle Bowie, MD (Mount Saint Joseph) DEC Zeno Moore Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep), 8-6 SV
7th Lane Foard Reva, VA (Benedictine Prep) F Andrew Pimental Lowell, MA (Belmont Hill), 4:32
1st Marc-anthony Mcgowan Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) MD Jack Consiglio Lansdale, PA (Malvern Prep), 12-3
3rd Luke Lilledahl Weldon Spring, MO (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Billy Dekraker Owings Mills, MD (McDonogh School), 5-1
5th Emmitt Sherlock Linthicum Heights, MD (Gilman School) DEC Coleman Nogle Bowie, MD (Mount Saint Joseph), 5-3
7th Ethan Rivera Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep) FOR Brycen Arbogast Charlotte Court House, VA (Benedictine Prep)
1st Matthew Lopes Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) DEC Matt Hart , (Western Reserve Academy), 6-0
3rd Nikolaus Oneill Philadelphia, PA (Malvern Prep) DEC Jackson Bond Lyerly, GA (Baylor School), 3-0
5th Brady Pruett Severn, MD (Archbishop Spaulding) DEC Hunter Sloan Doylestown, PA (The Hill School), 3-0
7th Tyson Sherlock Linthicum Heights, MD (Gilman School) DEC Casen Roark , TN (Father Ryan High School), 5-2
1st Nic Bouzakis Kingston, PA (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Spencer Barnhart Kennett Square, PA (Malvern Prep), 6-2
3rd Joel Brown Bethesda, MD (Landon) DEC Ibrahim Ahmed Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy), 2-1
5th Dyson Dunham Haymarket, VA (Benedictine Prep) FOR Enzo Bell , MD (McDonogh School)
7th Nate Askew Chattanooga, TN (Baylor School) DEC Jacob Wright Arnold, MD (Mount Saint Joseph), 4-2 SV
1st Eligh Rivera Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep) DEC Sam Cartella , (Western Reserve Academy), 2-1 UTB
3rd Kai Owen Tampa, FL (Wyoming Seminary) MD Clayton Gabrielson Chesapeake Beach, MD (St. Mary’s Ryken), 8-0
5th Paul Ognissanti Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) FOR Kelvin Griffin Pottstown, PA (The Hill School)
7th Judah Aybar Manchester, MD (Loyola-Blakefield) DEC Sp Odonnell Malvern, PA (Malvern Prep), 5-4
1st Meyer Shapiro Woodbine, MD (Wyoming Seminary) MD William Henckel Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy), 14-4
3rd Reed Fullmer Wayne, PA (Malvern Prep) DEC Brayden Ivy Morristown, TN (Lakeway Christian Academy), 1-0
5th Ethan Mojena Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep) DEC Mekhi Neal Leonardtown, MD (St. Mary’s Ryken), 5-3
7th Matthew Walsh Finksburg, MD (Loyola-Blakefield) F Kailen Richards Belmont, MA (Belmont Hill), 1:42
1st Joe Sealey , NC (Wyoming Seminary) MD Richard Fedalen Owings Mills, MD (McDonogh School), 15-5
3rd Danny Nini Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep) DEC Nick Kunstek Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy), 3-1 SV
5th Peter Kane Fairfield, CT (Green Farms Academy) F Ian Mcgehee Memphis, TN (Memphis University School), 0:48
7th Nathan Rickards Pottstown, PA (Malvern Prep) MD Joseph Fisk Pasadena, MD (Archbishop Spaulding), 8-0
1st Lorenzo Norman Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) DEC Dominic Federici Edwardsville, PA (Wyoming Seminary), 9-3
3rd Marcus Murabito Los Gatos, CA (Green Farms Academy) DEC Zane Cox Moseley, VA (Benedictine Prep), 4-3
5th Colby Isabelle Pottstown, PA (The Hill School) F Owen Quinn Blue Bell, PA (Malvern Prep), 3:44
7th Joshua Boykin Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep) DEF Tre Wilfong Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Christian School), 7-1 4:14
1st Danny Wask Wantage, NJ (Blair Academy) DEC Jonathan Ley Orlando, FL (Lake Highland Prep), 5-1
3rd Caleb Campos Concord, NC (Cannon School) DEC Carter Schubert Farmington, NY (Wyoming Seminary), 3-1
5th David Barrett SPFLD (LONG), MA (Northfield Mt. Hermon) TF Aidan Bowers Memphis, TN (Christian Brothers), 19-4 4:02
7th Pearson Hill New Haven, CT (Hopkins) DEC Isiah Wright Malvern, PA (Malvern Prep), 3-2
1st Jude Correa Pelham, NH (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Jack Wehmeyer Malvern, PA (Malvern Prep), 1-0
3rd Nate Taylor Newtown, CT (Green Farms Academy) DEC Gervacio Gonzalez Germantown, TN (Christian Brothers), 5-0
5th Omaury Alvarez Dalton, GA (Baylor School) DEC Nicholas Bell Gill, MA (Northfield Mt. Hermon), 12-5
7th Bryce Phillips , MD (Mount Saint Joseph) DEC Andrew Lavayen Falls Church, VA (St. Stephens/St. Agnes), 10-4
1st Aiden Hanning Merrimack, NH (Northfield Mt. Hermon) F John Dusza Warren, NJ (St. Benedict’s Prep), 5:12
3rd Andrew Connolly Malvern, PA (Malvern Prep) DEC Wolfgang Frable Kingston, PA (Wyoming Seminary), 5-3
5th Ike Schimdt Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) MD Gerard Johnson Owings Mills, MD (McDonogh School), 14-1
7th Cameron Cavins Memphis, TN (Christian Brothers) DEC James Blackman Alexandria, VA (St. Stephens/St. Agnes), 12-6
1st Tj Stewart Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy) F Caden Rogers Malvern, PA (Malvern Prep), 8:30
3rd Jack Darrah Foristell, MO (Wyoming Seminary) DEF Evan Anderson , (Western Reserve Academy), 0-0 0:00
5th Gabe Fisher Nashville, TN (Montgomery Bell Academy) DEC John Perdue Houston, TX (St. John’s School), 8-4
7th Joshua Powell Richmond, VA (St. Christopher’s School) F Matthew Hickey Deerfield, MA (Deerfield Academy), 4:24
1st Nicholas Feldman Malvern, PA (Malvern Prep) TF Billy Brosko Broomall, PA (The Haverford School), 18-3 3:40
3rd James Howard Chattanooga, TN (McCallie School) F Dj Moehring Kingston, PA (Wyoming Seminary), 2:12
5th Beau Edwards Bellaire, TX (Episcopal (TX)) F Gavin Bage Baltimore, MD (Mount Saint Joseph), 1:48
7th Gabe Moore Roanoke, TX (Liberty Christian School) F Terrence Mccauley Leonardtown, MD (St. Mary’s Ryken), 2:10