Scorpions capture three titles, Woodlawn is second with two champs, Boys’ Latin and Overlea tie for third
by Bill Loverocket
There was no team race drama on Saturday evening at the 34th Annual SnOverlea Invitational at Overlea High School. Oakland Mills had the team championship locked up before the final round and padded that lead, running away from the competition by 83 points, 234.5 to Woodlawn’s 151.5.
“We’ve been moving into phase three of our season,” Oakland Mills coach Brad Howell said. “And this was the big first challenge in that phase. We knew this would be a good test for us. We wanted to see where our performance was. And I thought our guys were accelerating at the right time. (We’re) healthy, I think they’re excited.
“I know we got to get a little better and that’s what we’re focused on right now is trying to get a little more gritty, a little more fire in our belly. And getting more competitive coming up on the counties, regions, and states.”
The strong performance saw six Scorpions reach the finals, and three complete the voyage to the top of the podium. Claiming gold were No. 7 Alex Tamai (106), Jalen Cornelius (145), and Steven Harrell (160, No. 19 at 170). It was Tamai’s and Cornelius’ second straight year standing atop the SnOverlea competition.
Harrell’s showing was the most impressive of the three as his adversary was No. 11 Jarius Cannon (Overlea), who is a former 2A/1A state placer. Cannon had the script playing out as written, almost putting Harrell away in the early going of the second period.
The Falcon was holding a 7-3 lead when the tide changed, and Harrell went to work, fist picking up a takedown to pull within two, 7-5, then letting Cannon up and executing another takedown to cut the lead to one, 8-7.
At this Point, the Scorpion went for the kill and moved to a front headlock position and used a chin-whip like move to plant Cannon on his back and secure the fall at the 3:43 mark of the second period. The stunning development led to Harrell being named Outstanding Upperweight.
“I just went in there trying to do my game,” said Harrell. “He was a tough wrestler. He got me down a couple times. I just kept pushing and pushing until I got the ‘W.’ After he got me on my back, I just kept trying to go through my doubles. I just kept trying to hit my shots. I feel like I deserve this (outstanding wrestler award). I feel like I worked hard to get here. I’m ready for states.”
Howell heaped more praise on Harrell.
“Steven’s been working hard in the off season. He’s been training hard. I think the first half of that match he was wrestling Cannon’s game. And we’ve been talking about that. He’s fallen into other people’s game for a little bit and tries to beat them at their game. Cannon’s a good wrestler and you can’t beat a kid that good wrestling what they do best. When Steven decided to start wrestling his style things started turning for him. He realizes that. He recognized that after the match. So, I feel real good about where his mind set is.”
Tamai made quick work of Carver’s Brandon Woodward with a 56 second pin. Cornelius tried to best Tamai but took 59 seconds to deck Poly’s Sean Banks.
“I was real happy with Alex Tamai at 106,” Howell added. “He just stayed in his game. (It was) a real dominant performance all the way through the six pounders. I thought Jalen Cornelius capping off his second Overlea title, looked pretty dominant on the mat and I was real happy with his wrestling.”
Not able to win their finals bouts, Mason Cowell (113), Isaiah Williams (138), and Michael Claxton (152), brought silver medals home. Bronze medalists for Oakland Mills were Abduralluq Hassan (126) and Miles Crook (220). At 285, Payton Howell was fifth.
Woodlawn’s runner-up finish was propelled by two champs, Ky-El Ali (113) and No. 9 Justin Briscoe (195). Briscoe got by No. 19 Alfred Murdock (Western Tech), 8-4. Ali used two pins to reach the finals where he picked up a 6-3 decision against Oakland Mills’ Cowell. For his efforts, Ali was awarded the Outstanding Lightweight award.
“It feels great,” Ali exclaimed. “I had to get what I could get and take what I could take. I felt very good about the win. I felt like I did good, but I coulda did way better, there’s still a lot to improve on.”
Getting bronze hung from their neck for the Warriors were Kareem Galloway (106), Malaki Foreman (120), and Tyrone McCue (182). Jaylen Smith was fifth at 132 and Trevon Johnson placed sixth at 170.
Overlea was one-for-two in the finals. Before Cannon’s heartbreaking match, No. 15 Jerome Vonziah captured the 132lb championship, his second consecutive crown, with a 7-5 win over Fallston’s Logan Mullaney.
“I won the tournament and it’s my senior year,” said Vonziah. I” really wanted it. I really grinded for it. I practiced hard. (I) overcame adversity. I thought I could have done way better. I have to control my stamina. But this was my last chance and I won it again.”
Fallston did get one champ in Cameron Pires at 152 with a 13-4 major-decision of Claxton (Oakland Mills).
Lansdowne posted multiple champs with Jacob Lipscomb claiming the 126lb bout by pinning Junore Battle (Digital Harbor) in the third period, 5:02. No. 18 Kyree Briscoe used a fall of his own, 2:26, to end Western Tech’s Peter Jauquet’s day on a sour note.
The 170lb final featured lots of fireworks with both guys showing off their athletic prowess at various times. No. 14 Zavion Woodard (New Town) and No. 16 Taemar Rollins (Carver) clashed, with Woodard proving the rankings true, posting an 11-6 victory.
Dulaney’s Nick Schiefelbein (No. 13) edged Milford Mill’s Angel Figuerora, 2-1, for the 285lb wall chart. Joseph Turner (Aberdeen) picked up a surprisingly easy 16-4 major-decision in his encounter with Perry Hall’s Damen Tiller at 120. Tiller was a county and region champ for Owings Mills last year at 106.
Patuxent’s Chase James was impressive in the 138lb final, finishing off Oakland Mills’ Williams in the second period, 3:44. At 220, Glenelg Country School’s Jylah Bah received a forfeit from Boys’ Latin’s Mason Isaac (No. 13 at 195).
Howell was proud of his Scorpions’ efforts over both days of the tournament.
“The whole team really pulled together, everybody’s gelling. We had a couple guys that didn’t even place here but were like 12 seeds and coming right in and almost knocking off big seeds or knocking off big seeds. So, I was pretty happy with where we’re coming from.”
***All rankings referenced are by BillyB’s Wrestling World
1-Oakland Mills 234.5
3t-Boys’ latin 136
5-Perry Hall 126
8-Digital Harbor 108
12-Milford Mill 89
15-Western Tech 65
16-New Town 48
17-Glenelg Country School 42
23-Coppin Academy 0
The 34th Annual SnOverlea Invitational
January 24-25, 2020
106 Alex Tamai, Oakland Mills Fall Brandon Woodward, Carver, 0:56
113 Ky-El Ali, Woodlawn Dec Mason Cowell, Oakland Mills, 6-3
120 Joseph Turner, Aberdeen M-Dec Damen Tiller, Perry Hall, 16-4
126 Jacob Lipscomb, Lansdowne Fall Junore Battle, Digital Harbor, 5:02
132 Jerome Vonziah, Overlea Dec Logan Mullaney, Fallston, 7-5
138 Chase James, Patuxent Fall Isaiah Williams, Oakland Mills, 3:44
145 Jalen Cornelius, Oakland Mills Fall Sean Banks, Poly, 0:59
152 Cameron Pires, Fallston M-Dec Micheal Claxton, Oakland Mills, 13-4
160 Steven Harrell, Oakland Mills Fall Jairus Cannon, Overlea, 3:43
170 Zavion Woodard, New Town Dec Taemar Rollins, Carver, 11-6
182 Kyree Briscoe, Lansdowne Fall Peter Jauquet, Western Tech, 2:26
195 Justin Briscoe, Woodlawn Dec Alfred Murdock, Western Tech, 8-4
220 Jylah Bah, Glenelg Country School Dflt Mason Isaac, Boys’ Latin
285 Nick Schiefelbein, Dulaney Dec Angel Figueroa, Milford Mill, 2-1
106 Kareem Galloway, Woodlawn Fall Robert Morris, Digital Harbor, 1:38
113 Teddy Davies, Boys’ Latin Dec Eb Eisler, Poly, 2-1
120 Malaki Foreman, Woodlawn Fall Jacob Young, Lansdowne, 0:51
126 Abduralluql Hassan, Oakland Mills Dec Connor Meadows, Perry Hall, 8-5
132 Devontae Rich, Digital Harbor Dec Anthony Garcia, Patapsco, 4-3
138 Idriss Zoutina, Lansdowne Dec Tyrone Johnson, Carver, 2-1
145 Justin Jackson, Carver Fall Logan Desell, Fallston, 0:26
152 Caleb Sistrunk, Perry Hall Fall Brandon Ako, Milford Mill, 2:00
160 Joe Young, Perry Hall M-Dec James Fizsimmons, Dulaney, 13-4
170 Noah Dow, Dulaney M-Dec Ramero Jackson, Chesapeake, 11-3
182 Tyrone McCue, Woodlawn Fall Jaden McCormick, Overlea, 4:43
195 John Byers, Aberdeen Fall Ronald Wingate, Poly, 4:05
220 Miles Crook, Oakland Mills Fall Rodney Thomas, Aberdeen, 4:39
285 Wes Clash, Digital Harbor Fall Nnamdi Anyakwo, Overlea, 0:38
106 Vincent Onorato, Fallston Fall Lucas Kirby, Lansdowne, 1:50
113 Ryan Furl, Patuxent Fall Malik Tyson, Overlea, 1:25
120 Evan Cantemiry, Dulaney Dec Darrin Brown, Western Tech, 3-1 UT
126 Jonathan Turner, Aberdeen Fall Ben Ziervogel, Fallston, 2:45
132 Jaylen Smith, Woodlawn Dec Jaizik Sanabria, Patuxent, 3-1
138 Justin Kagen, Boys’ Latin Dec Myrddin Bramucci, Dulaney, 3-2
145 Nathan Crouse, Boys’ Latin Dec Alex Utzsneider, City, 10-4
152 Gabe Dawkins, Digital Harbor Dec Boubacar Sall, Poly, 6-2
160 Makir Compton, Towson Fall Gavin Proutt, Boys’ Latin, 3:00
170 Riley McClure, Boys’ Latin M-Dec Trevon Jefferson, Woodlawn, 9-1
182 Jayden Braxton, Aberdeen Dflt Dexter Yammie, Carver
195 Jason Baughman, Milford Mill Fall Max Ross, Carver, 2:33
220 Trent Wilson, New Town Fall Jeremy Kreiger, Perry Hall, 1:35
285 Payton Howell, Oakland Mills Dflt Xander O’Malley, Boys’ Latin