Above: North Hagerstown’s Aaron Brooks picks up the fall against Bethesda-Chevy Chase’s Gabe McAndrew to secure his fourth state title

Centennial’s Jason Kraisser wins third title, C. Milton Wright crowns two champs in Graham and Riveira

by Billy Loverocket

-Team scores were not kept at the state tournament

-All rankings are based on BillyB’s Wrestling World’s 4A/3A state rankings unless noted with the overall tag

The expectation coming into Monday night’s MPSSAA 4A/3A State Wrestling finals at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro was that No.1 Aaron Brooks (North Hagerstown, 182) would not just win his fourth state title but do so in dominating fashion.

The senior, who won a world championship last summer, did not disappoint the crowd on hand as he picked up a 45 second fall of No.2 Gabe McAndrew (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) in the finals. Brooks’ longest match of the tournament was 1:15 in the semis over Quince Orchard’s unranked Rodney Jones. He pinned his other adversaries in 20 and 33 seconds.

“(I wanted to) have fun,” Brooks said. “A lot of people let the pressure get to them. I just wanted to have fun. It’s amazing. A lot of great wrestlers have done it (won four titles). It’s always been one of my goals to go out there and do it.

“It’s rewarding and satisfying, but I know I gotta keep moving forward. I can’t sit on wins, that’s how you get caught. I did it. I’m grateful, blessed, (I gotta) keep moving forward and keep looking for more.”

That forward movement will see FloWrestling’s No.1 182lber in the nation head to Virginia Beach later this month for the NHSCA Senior Nationals. Brooks is looking to become a four-time champ there as well, after capturing freshman, sophomore, and junior titles, he has his sights set on the title in the senior division. Down the line, Brooks will be taking his talents to Happy Valley, Pennsylvania to wrestle for Penn State.

Centennial’s No.1 Jason Kraisser took another step towards joining Brooks and the other six grapplers in the four-timer club that also includes his brother Nathan. The junior, who is ranked No.12 in the country by FloWrestling, tallied a major-decision, 16-3, against Huntingtown’s No.4 Josh Stokes in the finals. Kraisser registered first period falls in his other three matches. The win capped his first undefeated campaign.

“There’s always a little bit of pressure each year,” Kraisser added. “The first year was, hey can you do this? Can you compete with your brothers? The second year, hey, you did it once, you gonna do it again? The third year, you’ve already done this a couple times but you gotta go do it again.

“No matter what, there’s always people counting on you, people betting against you. But you gotta go wrestle for yourself. Sometimes it’ll be tough but no matter what you have to keep your head and just wrestle for yourself. That’s a little something special (first undefeated season), you know it’s always great being able to have a good year. But being undefeated is a good feeling. It shows that when you work hard, put your time and effort in, it’ll pay off. Keep grinding and you’ll get the results you want.

C. Milton Wright crowned their first state champion in nineteen years and did it in style with two wrestlers reaching the top spot.

Since the 4A/3A division started in the upperweights, it was fitting that senior Wyatt Graham (No.1 at 220) was the first of the two to grab gold. The Mustang came up short last year in the 195lb finals to Huntingtown’s Gino Sita.

There would be no heartbreak this year as Graham put No.5 John-Luke Iglesisas (Walt Whitman) on his back shortly into the first period. The Viking fought off his back, but Graham returned him to that position in the second frame. This time there would be no respite, as Graham stuck him 33 seconds into the period.

“My mindset was there is no losing,” Graham continued. “I had to win. There was no other way. I wasn’t trying to go undefeated the whole year. I wasn’t trying to beat the best guy in the private schools. I wanted to be the best at the end of the year. The absolute best.

“It shows how much effort I’ve put into this sport and how much motivation I had from last year. It all has paid off this time. I’m so grateful for it. I couldn’t even sleep for the past three days man, I’ve been staying up, running every situation in my head. I didn’t realize it was going to be this situation that turned out (the pin), but I’m pretty happy with how I did.”

Freshman James Riveira (120) staked claim to his first title with a 6-4 win over No.5 Kemper Stearns (Walter Johnson). Riveira earned the state’s 4A/3A No.1 designation with multiple wins over Bel Air’s two-time state champion Brent Lorin throughout the season.

“I’m going to do it three more times now,” said Riveira. “It’s just showing what is to come. (I felt) a little bit of pressure, but during a wrestling match you’re not really trying to get your thoughts focused on who’s the favorite. Anything can happen, so I just wrestled that match like I wrestle any other match.”

Joining Graham and Riveira on the podium for the Mustangs was heavyweight Sawyer Sturla (No.6). Sturla won his fifth-place bout against No.5 Dylan Budka (Kenwood) in overtime to avenge last week’s regional final loss.

Lorin was pinned by Leonardtown’s No.3 Sean Vosburgh, who won the 106lb state championship last year, in the quarter-finals. Vosburgh suffered an injury in the semis and defaulted into sixth place. Lorin bounced back to place third. His brother, Trevor (No.7), was sixth at 106lbs.

Edgewood’s Daviyon Johnson (No.18 overall) was the UCBAC Conference’s only other placer, landing in the fourth spot at 285.

The metro area’s first state champion came at 285 when No.4 Ka’Ron Lewis (South River) upset No.2 Nick Nordhausen (Mt. Hebron), 3-2. Lewis was a junior-varsity wrestler last year toiling away in the background while his teammate Brendan Woody won the heavyweight title last year.

“It feels good to pick up where Woody left off, he was a state champ last year,” Lewis added. “It’s good to continue what he started at South River. I’m glad, you know, I can’t wait til next year, hopefully I get another state title shot. If not, I’m just thinking about this night tonight. I just stayed composed. I didn’t rush anything. I didn’t try anything risky. I just wrestled smart.”

The Seahawks saw three other wrestlers win awards, No.3 Isaac Barber was third at 113, Trenton Puccinelli (No.2) placed fifth at 145, and No.8 Calvin Brumfield landed in sixth place at 132.

Old Mill’s Robbie Fleming (No.4) came up short in his title bout with Leonardtown’s No.2 John Podsednik, getting blanked 7-0 in the 152lb final. Ryheam Tull placed fourth at 120 for the Patriots.

Broadneck’s two medalists were No.3 Owen Joyce (145) and No.8 Nick Schardt (fifth at 126). Joyce lost his consolation final match to No.8 Ryan Holland (Montgomery Blair), 3-2. In the first round, Joyce defeated Holland, 6-5.

Kyle Preston (Northeast-AA) was the No.7 guy at 138 and outperformed his ranking, finishing fifth with a 3-1 win over No.6 Andrew Thomas (Eleanor Roosevelt).

In addition to Kenwood’s Budka, Franklin’s Elijah Solomon (No.3) also reached the podium for Baltimore County. The junior dropped Stephen Decatur’s No.2 Caleb Bourne with six seconds left in the second period of the 220lb third-place match.

Poly’s No.5 Mervyn Crawford was the lone city wrestler to bring home a medal. Crawford received a forfeit from Northern Calvert’s No.3 Seth Cranford to take fifth at 195.

Carroll County also had just one award winner, No.1 Brad Walsh (Westminster). Walsh lost to Podsednik in the semis and came back to place third, beating No.3 Shane Acton (Urbana), 6-4.

Circling back to Howard County, Atholton led all county squads with three placers. No.2 Sean Billups won an overtime battle with No.5 Emmanuel Nchako (Eleanor Roosevelt), 7-5, to take bronze at 170lbs. No.3 Drew Pruett placed fifth at 106 and No.5 David Panda was fourth at 113.

Reservoir’s No.5 Todd Del Tufo finally fulfilled his potential and reached the state podium. The talented senior has been on the cusp of placing the last few years and reached the fifth spot with a 6-4 victory over Dalton Pearl (No.8, Linganore).

Huntingtown and Urbana matched C. Milton Wright with two champions each. No.1 Blake Jury downed No.4 Tyler Cook (North Hagerstown), 10-1, to win the 113lb gold for the Hurricanes. Fellow No.1 Tristen Breen captured the 170lb crown with a major-decision of his own, 11-3, over No.4 Michael Bromley (Linganore).

Winning championships for the Hawks were No.1 Jake Nielson (160) and No.1 Kevin Makosy (195). Nielson won his second consecutive gold by pitching a 5-0 shutout in his bout with No.2 Lance Andriani (Northern Calvert).

Makosy won the rubber match with No.2 Alexander Green (Leonardtown), picking up the second pin of the year over his rival to earn his first state title. Makosy flattened Green in the Mount Mat Madness quarter-finals in December. Green beat Makosy in the third-place match at last year’s state tournament.

Two grapplers who represent Montgomery County climbed to the top of the podium, Northwest’s Yonas Harris (No.2 at 106) and No.4 Jack Connolly (Winston Churchill).

Harris pulled of a mild upset of No.1 Jagger Clapsadle (Stephen Decatur) with a 7-5 overtime victory. Connolly faced Sherwood’s Chris Sanchez (No.1) in the 138lb final. Connolly was 0-2 versus Sanchez this year, but didn’t let that faze him, as he kept the match close and went into overtime where he secured a takedown for the 6-4 win.

No.1 Earl Blake (Linganore) secured his second straight title using a workmanlike performance to walk away with the win, 13-6, over No.2 Jacob Bernstein (Walter Johnson). The smooth ride to victory was a stark contrast to last year’s overtime win over North Hagerstown’s Brian Stuart. In that match, Blake came from behind to force the extension where he surprised Stuart, who he had never beaten, for the win.

Bowie’s Nathaniel White (No.1 at 132) edged North Point’s No.2 Isaiah Edmond, 3-2, for his championship. White was a private school state champion for DeMatha in 2017.

Above: 2018 4A/3A State Champions


Results for all placement matches:

4A/3A – 106

1st Place Match

Yonas Harris (Northwest) 46-1, Sr. over Jagger Clapsadle (Stephen Decatur) 28-5, So. (SV-1 7-5)

3rd Place Match

Dustin Balcita (North Hagerstown) 33-5, Sr. over Nico D`Amico (J. M. Bennett) 28-7, Fr. (MD 12-2)

5th Place Match

Andrew Pruett (Atholton) 34-4, Jr. over Trevor Lorin (Bel Air) 41-4, Fr. (Fall 2:09)


4A/3A – 113

1st Place Match

Blake Jury (Huntingtown) 45-6, So. over Tyler Cook (North Hagerstown) 32-5, So. (MD 10-1)

3rd Place Match

Isaac Barber (South River) 40-3, So. over David Panda (Atholton) 28-7, So. (Dec 5-4)

5th Place Match

Garrett Lee (Leonardtown) 27-7, Jr. over Siavash Sarvestani (Northwest) 43-7, So. (Dec 7-5)


4A/3A – 120

1st Place Match

James Riveira (C. Milton Wright) 44-1, Fr. over Kemper Stearns (Walter Johnson) 36-6, Sr. (Dec 6-4)

3rd Place Match

Brent Lorin (Bel Air) 40-4, Jr. over Ryheam Tull (Old Mill) 31-10, Jr. (Dec 3-0)

5th Place Match

CJ Cramma (Magruder) 37-3, Sr. over Sean Vosburgh (Leonardtown) 26-5, So. (M. For.)


4A/3A – 126

1st Place Match

Earl Blake (Linganore) 41-1, Jr. over Jacob Bernstein (Walter Johnson) 36-8, Jr. (Dec 13-6)

3rd Place Match

Eli Guttentag (Bethesda-CC) 36-9, Jr. over Jose Echeona (Quince Orchard) 35-9, Jr. (Dec 6-2)

5th Place Match

Nick Schardt (Broadneck) 30-11, Jr. over Billy Madden (Springbrook) 34-14, Sr. (TB-1 7-6)


4A/3A – 132

1st Place Match

Nathaniel White (Bowie) 42-0, Sr. over Isaiah Edmond (North Point) 32-1, Sr. (Dec 3-2)

3rd Place Match

Cody Swigart (Urbana) 33-7, Sr. over Gavin Stoddard (Huntingtown) 31-10, Sr. (Fall 2:37)

5th Place Match

Bryan Huynh (Montgomery Blair) 38-12, Sr. over Calvin Brumfield (South River) 33-12, Sr. (Fall 5:25)


4A/3A – 138

1st Place Match

Jack Connolly (Churchill) 42-6, Sr. over Chris Sanchez (Sherwood) 24-1, Jr. (SV-1 6-4)

3rd Place Match

Alejandro Lopez (Quince Orchard) 41-4, Sr. over Nick Gonzalez (Clarksburg) 35-7, Sr. (MD 15-5)

5th Place Match

Kyle Preston (Northeast-AA) 38-9, Sr. over Andrew Thomas (Eleanor Roosevelt) 34-7, Sr. (Dec 3-1)

4A/3A – 145

1st Place Match

Jason Kraisser (Centennial) 39-0, Jr. over Josh Stokes (Huntingtown) 27-4, So. (MD 16-3)

3rd Place Match

Ryan Holland (Montgomery Blair) 41-8, Sr. over Owen Joyce (Broadneck) 35-5, Sr. (Dec 3-2)

5th Place Match

Trenton Puccinelli (South River) 34-8, Jr. over Timothy Molock Jr. (St. Charles) 32-12, Sr. (Dec 7-3)


4A/3A – 152

1st Place Match

John Podsednik (Leonardtown) 29-2, Jr. over Robbie Fleming (Old Mill) 32-5, Sr. (Dec 7-0)

3rd Place Match

Brad Walsh (Westminster) 50-1, Sr. over Shane Acton (Urbana) 32-10, Sr. (Dec 6-4)

5th Place Match

Todd Del Tufo (Reservoir) 41-7, Sr. over Dalton Pearl (Linganore) 32-7, Jr. (Dec 6-4)


4A/3A – 160

1st Place Match

Jake Nielson (Urbana) 41-1, Sr. over Lance Andriani (Northern-C) 37-3, Sr. (Dec 5-0)

3rd Place Match

Joey Bromley (Linganore) 44-2, Jr. over Trevor Crowley (Leonardtown) 25-7, Jr. (Dec 4-2)

5th Place Match

Alex Westbrook (Tuscarora) 30-9, Jr. over Sahid Antar (Springbrook) 37-11, Jr. (Fall 4:32)


4A/3A – 170

1st Place Match

Tristin Breen (Huntingtown) 49-2, Sr. over Michael Bromley (Linganore) 43-4, Jr. (MD 11-3)

3rd Place Match

Sean Billups (Atholton) 36-1, Jr. over Emmanuel Nchako (Eleanor Roosevelt) 36-5, Sr. (SV-1 7-5)

5th Place Match

Luke Patterson (Northwest) 35-4, Sr. over Drew Fleming (Northern-C) 27-9, Sr. (Dec 6-0)


4A/3A – 182

1st Place Match

Aaron Brooks (North Hagerstown) 28-0, Sr. over Gabe McAndrew (Bethesda-CC) 42-6, Sr. (Fall 0:45)

3rd Place Match

Drew Brenowitz (Clarksburg) 29-9, Jr. over Ryan Jones (Quince Orchard) 28-18, So. (Dec 6-5)

5th Place Match

Jaden Mack (North Point) 33-9, Sr. over Dakota Cram (Huntingtown) 41-9, Jr. (Dec 11-5)


4A/3A – 195

1st Place Match

Kevin Makosy (Urbana) 38-2, Jr. over Alexander Green (Leonardtown) 27-3, Sr. (Fall 4:28)

3rd Place Match

Andrew Welch (Churchill) 44-4, Sr. over Austin Smith (Paint Branch) 39-6, Jr. (Fall 4:39)

5th Place Match

Mervyn Crawford (Baltimore Polytechnic) 35-5, Jr. over Seth Cranford (Northern-C) 33-6, Sr. (Inj. 0:00)

4A/3A – 220

1st Place Match

Wyatt Graham (C. Milton Wright) 44-0, Sr. over John-Luke Iglesias (Walt Whitman) 33-1, Sr. (Fall 2:33)

3rd Place Match

Elijah Solomon (Franklin) 45-2, Jr. over Caleb Bourne (Stephen Decatur) 32-2, Sr. (Fall 3:54)

5th Place Match

Rudy Ngougni (Montgomery Blair) 38-6, Sr. over Shawn King-Pombo (South Hagerstown) 42-5, Sr. (Fall 2:43)


4A/3A – 285

1st Place Match

Ka`Ron Lewis (South River) 37-6, Jr. over Nick Nordhausen (Mt. Hebron) 42-2, Sr. (Dec 3-2)

3rd Place Match

Christian Bryant (Eleanor Roosevelt) 32-1, Jr. over Daviyon Johnson (Edgewood) 34-6, Jr. (Dec 5-3)

5th Place Match

Sawyer Sturla (C. Milton Wright) 37-7, Jr. over Dylan Budka (Kenwood) 45-4, Sr. (UTB 2-2)