Defending Class 4A-3A state tournament champion Reservoir of Howard County crowned state champion Mark Colabucci (171), state runner-up Josh Hamilton (285) and freshman Mason Kilcarr (103) on the way to retaining its Class 4A-3A East Regional crown, 119.5-to-117 over runner-up Old Mill on Saturday night at Wilde Lake of Howard County.
Colabucci (34-1) won a rematch, 6-0, over Wilde Lake’s Alvin Harris (29-2) of last Saturday’s Howard County final and a clash of senior defending county champs, during which Harris overcame a 5-0 deficit to defeat Colabucci, 7-5.
The loss ended Colabucci’s streak of 75 straight wins that had included his 44-0 mark that capped last year’s 145-pound state title run.
But that lost may have been just what Colabucci needed to regain any lost motivation.
“I think that it was what I needed. I was getting too confident with this whole undefeated streak, and you know I guess that I needed a reality check,” said Colabucci, who nodded at his cheering fans while holding down Harris as time elasped, and then stood and pointed both fingers at them as time ran out.
“I was feeling a great sense of relief, because last week, it seemed like the crowd was behind him. I think that a lot of fans came out to support me because they knew that I lost, and they didn’t want it to happen again,” said Colabucci. “I was definitely keeping a lot more pressure on him this time. He wrestles with bursts of energy that can catch you by surprise. This time, I was ready for it and kept my weight on him the whole time.”
Hamilton rose to 34-0 with his 30th pin of the year when he decked Mount Hebron’s A.J. Wade (35-6), finishing his man in 2 minutes, 50 seconds.
Hamilton’s fall overcame Old Mill’s lead of 117-to-113.5.
“I thought that going in that I had to pin him for us to win, but my coach came up to me and said all that we need is a win and we win, and I said, ‘alright, I’ve got this,'” said Hamilton, who was third at regions last year. “I had pinned him already once, and I knew that I could do it again. So this was the second time.”
Kilcarr waisted no time finishing Anne Arundel County champion Dale Keith (29-8) of South River, going from an ankle pick to a cradle and planting him in just 45 seconds to improve to 28-5.
The effort by Kilcarr was an improvement over his runner-up finish at the previous weekend’s Howard County Tournament. In his semifinal, Kilcarr downed Anne Arundel County runner-up, Connor Morrow, 10-4.
“I shot in and I missed the ankle initially, but after he got around me, I was able to get the head, cradle it up, tighten it up and was able to pin him,” said Kilcarr. “I felt like I was forcing it at first, but I was able to settle back and control it,” said Kilcarr, who won his first high school tournament. “I was like, ‘I needed to pin him because I needed this regional championship,’ and I went out and I got it.”
Colabucci said that he was motivated by Kilcarr’s performance.
“When a freshman stud comes out on top, and you think of myself as a role model for him, you don’t want to let him or the team down,” said Colabucci. “So to see him come out and win, there was a sense of urgency.”
Old Mill led Reservoir, 117-to-109.5, after first-period title-bout falls by senior two-time Class 4A-3A state champion, Ron Vaughters (145) and junior state runner-up teammate Salaman Riddell (140), respectively, in 53 and 70 seconds.
Vaughters pinned all three of his opponents to improve to 25-2, maintaining his quest to add a fourth straight regional crown followed by a shot at his third consecutive state title.
Vaughters missed weight for last weekend’s county tournament, eliminating his opportunity to win that championship for a fourth time. Instead, Vaughters, who was fifth at states at 112 pounds as a freshman, had to watch senior Kevin Pastrana of Annapolis defeat sophomore Sam Ziff of Severna Park, 6-2, for the 145-pound county title.
“Since I didn’t make weight at counties, I felt bad. I wanted to do more for my team. Toward the end of every year we sort of peak. It feels good,” said Vaughters, who is considering the University of Maryland.
“I’m motivated going into the state tournament,” said Vaughters. “We tend to focus on ourselves more at the end of the season, and when we do that, the team goals take care of themselves.”
County champion Riddell (34-1) improved on last year’s regional runner-up finish by decking Chesapeake’s Stephen Spinnenweber (37-3) in a rematch of their county final of a week earlier won by Riddell, 3-2.
Riddell lost his lone match of the year against Archbishop Spalding’s private schools state champion, Will Switzer in triple overtime.
A year ago, Riddell allowed his aggression to get the best of him in two of his biggest matches, respectively, in losses to South River’s Curtis Taylor and Tuscarora’s Tanner Wrublik in the regional and state finals.
Riddell led Taylor, 7-2, and appeared to be in complete control in the final 30 seconds from the top referee’s position before allowing Taylor to get to his feet, maneuver into a pinning combination, and force Riddell to his back for the fall as time elapsed.
At states, after eliminating the returning champion, Peter Tatanish of Urbana by decision, Riddell, yet again, failed to take advantage.
This time, Wrublik, who was vanquished by Tatanish in their Class 4A-3A North Region title bout, stuck Riddell off a counter with two seconds left in the first period to become his program’s first-ever state champion.
The Patriots’ Sahad Yazdanyar (160) fell short in his title match, however, losing, 4-3, to South River’s Patrick Owens on a takedown with five seconds left.
Centennial junior Nathan Kraisser (125) rose to 37-0 with his 58th consecutive win and his 112th career victory with a 16-0 technical fall over Seth Goggins (38-3) of Stephen Decatur. A three-time Howard County titlist, Kraisser is after his third straight regional and Class 4A-3A state titles.
Kraisser (112-3 career) is looking to join Aberdeen of Harford County’s Matt Slutzky, Owings Mills of Baltimore County’s Steve Kessler, Hereford of Baltimore County’s Josh Asper and Southern of Garrett County’s Bubba Scheffel as Maryland’s only four-time state titlists.
“I try to stay focused on wrestling my best every match and not take anybody lightly,” said Kraisser, who scored 10 nearfall points against Goggin. “I just try to stay up every single match.”
At 112, Aberdeen senior Shayduan Velez (36-1) emerged victorious, this, after decking South River sophomore, Austin Alley (31-7) in just 1:23. Alley was coming off of an overtime, 6-4 victory that dethroned Wilde Lake junior Alex Polonsky and relegated the defending state champion to the consolation rounds.
“I knew that I had to go out there and wrestle harder than everybody else. I took him down, he reversed me, and was riding me. But he got high,” said Velez.
“I knew that I had to grab his head and turn, and I was able to get the half off of what I think was a sit out,” said Velez. “I knew that I had to keep him there. I didnt’ expect to pin him, but I was able to put him away.”
Among the previous losses for Polonsky was one by 9-8 to Arundel’s Anne Arundel County champion Logan Reese, who defeated Alley a week earlier, but who lost, 5-3, in the semifinals to Velez as Velez improved his series lead against Reece to 2-1.
Reece edged Polonsky for third place.
The 119-pound final featured Mount Hebron’s Howard County runner-up, Alex Stewart (33-7) avenging an earlier loss by scoring an overtime takedown for a 5-3 upset over Broadneck’s Anne Arundel County titlist Colin Harrell (33-6), who was regional runner-up for the second straight year.
“He actually shot in
on me, but I was able to lock around his stomach and hook my legs and move forward to his head. He kind of rolled me over sideways so I flipped him over,” said Stewart.
“He had a single, so I kept on going, and he threw his arm up. When he did that, I was able shoot back the other way,” said Stewart. “After being second last week, of course you want to win. I wrestled him earlier and he beat me, so I knew that it was a tough match. This is huge. I’m just going to try to build off of this and keep going.”
At 130 pounds, junior state runner-up Tyler Goodwin rose to 35-0, with 23 pins after scoring his 10th technical fall of the year, 16-0, over Howard County champ, Seth Rowell (30-6).
After having been a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Tournament champion as a Mount St. Joseph freshman, Goodwin won his second straight Arundel County title last weekend, and will continue his quest for a second straight state title next weekend.
Rowell was coming off of a semifinal win over River Hill’s two-time state runner-up, Cameron Kirby, against whom Rowell has a 2-1 series lead.
North County’s county champion Cordell Blair (152) ran his record to 33-1 with a major decision and a decision, respectively, over River Hill’s Jack Noonan and Glen Burnie’s Kyle Howard, before scoring a fall with one second remaining in the second period of his championship bout with Stephen Decatur’s Johnny Soghomonian (36-5).
“I was looking for the tilt, and that’s what the pin came out of. I’ve been working for this for three years, and I wanted to go out big,” said Blair, who was penalized a point for doing a back hand-spring in celebration. “I just sunk my hips down and laid there. I was surprised that I was able to pin him.”
The 189-pound bout was yet another rematch from last weekend’s Howard County final, when Wilde Lake’s Zathy Ndiang, a returning third place finisher, ground out a 10-4 decision over Mount Hebron’s Jon Iwaskiw for his second consecutive title.
On Saturday, Ndiang nailed down his 15th and 16th pins in 33, and, 55 seconds, and then improved to 26-3 on the year by handling Iwaskiw, 7-3.
Chesapeake’s county champ Alex Rice ran his record to 35-2, easily routing Reservoir’s James Mullens (27-5) by 15-0. Mullens (27-4) had edged county runner-up Steve Kidwell by the score of 5-4.
The 215-pound final featured Anne Arundel County champ, Pat Hyde (33-3) of North County earning a 2-1, overtime victory over Howard County runner-up Jacob Benedict (34-8) of River Hill.
(Marty Fowler contributed to this article.)
Class 4A-3A East Region semifinal results
Team Scores: 1. Reservoir 119.5, 2. Old Mill 117, 3. South River 110, 4. Chesapeake 93.5, 5. North County and Wilde Lake 78, 7. River Hill 72, 8. Stephen Decatur 66.5, 9. Aberdeen 66, 10. Mount Hebron 61.5, 11. Arundel 53, 12. Broadneck 45, 13. Centennial 33.5 14. Meade 33, 15. Severna Park 24, 16. Glen Burnie 20, 17. Annapolis 16, 18. North Harford 11, 19. Howard 8, 20. James M. Bennett 7, 21. C. Milton Wright 0.
103- Mason Kilcarr (RS) p. Dale Keith (SR), 0:45
112- Shayuan Velez (AB) p. Austin Alley (SR), 1:23
119- Alex Stewart (MH) d. Colin Harrell (BN), 5-3, OT
125- Nathan Kraisser (CTN) tf. Seth Goggin (STD), 16-0
130- Tyler Goodwin (AR) tf. Seth Rowell (RS), 16-0
135- Alex Rice (CH) tf. James Mullens (RS), 15-0
140- Salaman Riddell (OM) p. Stephen Spinnenweber (CH), 1:10
145- Ron Vaughters (OM) p. Sam Ziff (SVP), 0:53
152- Cordell Blair (NC) p. Johnny Soghommonia (STD), 3:59
160- Patrick Owens (SR) d. Sahand Yazdanyar (OM), 4-3
171- Mark Colabucci (RS) d. Alvin Harris (WL), 6-0
189- Zathy Ndiang (WL) d. Jon Iwaskiw (MH), 7-3.
215- Pat Hyde (NC) d. Jacob Benedict (RV), 2-1, OT
285- Josh Hamilton (RS) p. AJ Wade (MH), 2:50
103- Connor Morrow (CH) d. Taariq Muhammad (RH), 4-2.
112- Logan Reece (AR) d. Alex Polonsky (WL), 6-4
119- Cody Morrow (CH) d. Josh Perren (SR), 1-0
125- Larry Brent (NC) vs. Collin Alley (SR).
130- Cameron Kirby (RH) d. Damien Sheldon (OM), 7-0
135- Marcus Coffield (WL) d. Steve Kidwell (AR), 3-2
140- Collin Alexander (NC) d. Tommy Carman (NH), 8-1
145- Kevin Pastrana (ANN) d. Cory Daniel (RH), 9-3
152- Caleb Marshall (OM) p. Jasaan Beck (AB), 2:07
160- Tom Reid (CH) by forfeit [Brady Ruppert (BDN)]
171- Mike Meekins (STD) d. James Prescott (GB), 9-4
189- Seth Holbrook (OM) d. Travis Clow (SR), 8-2
215- Anthony Rossi (SR) by forfeit [Tae Foughty (MD)]
285- Marcus Webster (AB) p. Lorenzo Maddox (NC), 4:50