South Carroll brought eight wrestlers to the MPSSAA 2A/1A state wrestling tournament at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, and saw all eight walk out with awards. The strong showing vaulted the Cavaliers to their fourth consecutive state title.

“This one was extremely rewarding,” South Carroll coach Bryan Hamper said. “Bringing the eight guys, and all eight of them placing, six in the finals, three champs. It really was a team effort. The guys battled from the first whistle to the last. They had a chip on their shoulder from last weekend. We didn’t wrestle really well at the regional tournament, so they were excited to have another opportunity to come out and compete against teams like Middletown, and they stepped up.

“You look at the seniors that are graduating out of our program, Joey Thomas, Jamar Williams, we may never have another kid like those two, and we had two of them at the same time. Both of them capping out with three straight state championships. It was extremely rewarding watching them achieve their goals. I felt like as a team we wrestled extremely well. I knew to beat a team like Middletown we were gonna have to be near prefect. The first day, we went seven of eight in the semis, putting six into the finals that’s really making a statement.”

Thomas (126), last winter’s Varsity Sports Network Lightweight Wrestler of the Year, and Williams (170) both earned their third championships. Thomas, who defeated Owings Mills’ Tyson McDuffy, 10-4, for his title will be wrestling at the University of Pittsburgh next year. He has been on all four state title teams, finishing third as a freshman. In addition to the three state titles, Thomas also set the MPSSAA record for most career wins with 195.

“It feels great,” Thomas added. “But I think pulling off the wins record was an even better accomplishment. This year, by far, I enjoyed the most. I had fun the most. I’ve been here before. I’ve wrestled tougher people out of the state. (I just wanted to) score points, then I knew I’ll win the match. I feel really great being on the team for four years, helping the team out. I really enjoy the team a lot. Working hard a lot, pushing our teammates, and we got the job done all four years.”

Williams joined the Cavaliers’ squad for his sophomore season. His 8-4 win over Perryville’s defending state champion Eugene Zacerous made him three-for-three on title attempts.

“I feel really good ending my season with the state title, on to the next chapter trying to figure out where I want to go next year,” said Williams. “I knew he was going to be a really tough opponent, he’s stronger than me. I’m like 57 and a lot of the guys are 70 something, and I knew he was going to be stronger then me and be more powerful. I needed to stay low and attack. Use my offense that my coaches showed me all year. I think I did pretty well, I went out and attacked and attacked.”

Sophomore Travis Crawford, who was second in the private school state tournament for McDonogh last year, exacted revenge on Northern Garrett’s Steven Yutzy, picking up a 6-5 win. Yutzy defeated Crawford, 7-4, in last week’s regional final.

“It feels amazing,” Crawford continued. “Probably the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life. For all these people watching me win and stick it out in a close match to take the championship. I beat some great kids along the way. I knew I had to wrestle tough. He was going to come in with confidence knowing he beat me already and bumping over me in the rankings. I just came after him with everything I had. I watched video of him, and my match with him. I knew what I had to counter, and knew what I had to do to get the championship.”

Falling short in their title quests for South Carroll were, Dakota Bowers (113), Tyler Harbison (138) and Jake Mackenzie (152). Jagger Clapsadle (106) was fifth and Cam Werner (132) placed sixth.

Four other wrestlers from Carroll County brought home hardware. Century had two grapplers reach the podium, Cody Davis (160, 3rd) and Jack Akers (220, 2nd). Liberty’s Evan Bliden (160) was fourth and Winters Mill’s Hunter Lowe (182) was fifth.

Frederick County’s Middletown was second on the strength of three champions, Danny Bertoni (138), Adam Bain (152), and Sean Mullican (285). Mullican repeated as a champion, and Bertoni joined the exclusive club of four-time state champions.

“I feel really confident in myself and just confident in my teammates for making me better and my coaches that are in the room,” Bertoni added. “It wouldn’t have happened without them, especially my Dad, too, who is going all around the place getting me practices in the off season and getting me ready for big tournaments so I’m just beyond thankful right now. It feels really good (to be a four-time champion). It took a lot of weight off my shoulders, the match, I had a lot of pressure, I’ll be honest, I just tried to channel it all out and just secure the victory. I was thinking that I just want to go out and do what I’ve been doing and every other match I’ve been in, I’ve been in bigger situations, national finals, so I just tried to look towards that, and my mind set towards that to help me calm down in the match and before the match.”

Baltimore County had a stellar showing crowning three champions, two from Sparrows Point. Grabbing titles for the Point, whose third place showing was their highest ever at the state tournament, were Max Hammond (132) and Ethan Smith (182). Hammond, a sophomore, won his first title with a 1-0 decision over Oakland Mill’s Kyle Farace. Hammond beat Farace, 4-0, at the state dual meet tournament.

“It feels great,” Hammond said. “It’s been my goal since I first started wrestling, it’s always been a dream of mine. I worked so hard, now my dreams are coming true. (I) can’t thank anybody but my coaches for pushing me and showing me what I need to do. I was relaxed but nervous, I was nervous, I just knew I had to stay on my moves and keep working at what I know how to do, and I would come out on top if I did that, and just do what I had to do.”

Smith won his second title, the first with Aberdeen last year. The senior committed to Iowa State earlier this season, but with the news that head coach Kevin Jackson was retiring, Smith decided to go another route and committed to Ohio State on Thursday. He pinned Dunbar’s Dwayne Johnson in the first period, 1:47.

“State title is so exciting,” said Smith. “It’s not the top of my list, I just want to go to Flo (Flo Nationals), get the belt there and just keep my eyes on what I’m going to do at Ohio State. (Being on a competitive team) made it a little better as far as the atmosphere in the room, having people trying to do something as a team, practice was harder, everybody coming there ready to scrap. I’m super excited about (committing to Ohio State), just can’t wait to get out there.”

Sparrows Point had three other grapplers reach the podium, the Fouts brothers, Matthew (106) was sixth and Mike (120) was fifth, Skyler Minutelli (126) landed in the sixth position.

Owings Mills’ David Hollingsworth captured his second consecutive title with an impressive, 11-4, decision of Jordan Day (Northern Garrett).

“It feels great, ya know, glad I worked hard, it paid off,” Hollingsworth added. “I just go out there and try to dominate and pick the pace up, keep the pace going, try to get him tired. I felt a little slow, I didn’t wrestle my best, I didn’t feel that I wrestled my best, I could have done better. He’s really good too, he kept the pace up with me and I actually got tired. I could have done better, I could have shot more, picked up the pace, stayed on his head.”

The Eagles saw two more of their wrestlers place, McDuffy and Roell Ngounou (152, 5th).

Western Tech pushed four guys to the podium, Ike (170, 4th) and Chukwudi (285, 3rd) Kalu, Noah Johnson (195, 4th), and Edmond Harrison (220, 6th).

Jimmy Cavin (120) was third for Hereford, defeating defending state champion Chris Spano (Marriotts Ridge) in the consolation finals. Teammate Troy Gladney (220) placed fourth.

Jerry Vo (Chesapeake), a recent transfer from New Jersey, was third at 113. Pikesville’s Rasim Aliyev (160), a second-year wrestler, ended his season as a state runner-up. Jamaal Abdullah-Aleem (Randallstown) was fifth. New Town’s Gerard Nutter finished third at 220lbs.

Dunbar represented Baltimore City proudly, bringing home one state championship and two other placewinners. Jorden Pryor (220) won his first title over Century’s Akers. Pryor was holding the lead in the match when Akers suffered an injury and defaulted. Dwayne Johnson was second for the Poets and Avery Thurman (152) was fourth. Edmondson-Westside’s Keon Hunter (285) placed sixth.

Oakland Mills’ Daiquan Anderson (106) made it to the top of the podium one year after finishing as a runner-up. He downed Smithsburg’s Shane Hovermale, 11-4.

“It feels excellent,” Anderson remarked. “I’m loving it. I felt like I performed well. I did what I had to do to win. I wanted to stay focused on the prize, work my game, and stay low.”

The Scopions had three additional placers in Farace, Ben Goldfein (138, 2nd), and John Rynn (145, 5th).

Will Vaxmonsky (113, 4th), Spano (120, 4th), and Justin Hooper (152, 6th) brought awards home for Marriotts Ridge.

The UCBAC Conference didn’t crown any champions, but still had a solid showing placing six wrestlers. Rising Sun led the pack with three wrestlers picking up awards, Matt Childs (4th at 106), Jon Price (6th at 113), and Silas Filliaux (132, 5th).

Perryville had two wrestlers bring home hardware, Zacerous and heavyweight Teryl Cain (5th). Patterson Mills’ Jordon Myers was sixth at 145 and Hunter Crowley was third at 182lbs.

Southern of Anne Arundel County’s Alex Rounceville (132) was third and Josh Merkle (160) was sixth.

The Eastern Shore’s North Caroline crowned two champions, Tyler Bauer (160) and Alex Eaton (195). Eaton, who was a runner-up at 182lbs last year, bounced back from a second-place finish in last week’s regionals to claim his first title.

Catoctin’s Zach Bryant was the 113lb champion.

Team Scores (Top 15):

1. South Carroll


2. Middletown


3. Sparrows Point


4. Oakland Mills


5. Dunbar


6. North Caroline


7. Catoctin


8. Western STES


9. Northern-G


10. Marriotts Ridge


10. Owings Mills


12. Century


12. Hereford


14. La Plata


15. Easton


15. Patterson Mill



1062A/1A – 106 Results
1st Place Match
Daiquan Anderson (Oakland Mills) 36-3, Sr. over Shane Hovermale (Smithsburg) 38-2, So. (Dec 11-6).
3rd Place Match
Maximus Bentley (Easton) 44-3, Fr. over Matt Childs (Rising Sun) 30-6, Sr. (Dec 1-0).
5th Place Match
Jagger Clapsadle (South Carroll) 45-5, Fr. over Matt Fouts (Sparrows Point) 39-14, Fr. (Dec 5-2).



2A/1A – 113 Results
6th Place – Jon Price of Rising Sun
1st Place Match
Zach Bryant (Catoctin) 37-2, Jr. over Dakota Bowers (South Carroll) 43-5, Fr. (Dec 6-3).
3rd Place Match
Jerry Vo (Chesapeake (BC)) 18-3, Sr. over Will Vaxmonsky (Marriotts Ridge) 44-5, Fr. (For.).
5th Place Match
Ryan Bauer (North Caroline) 25-5, So. over Jon Price (Rising Sun) 29-12, Jr. (Dec 13-8).




1202A/1A – 120 Results
1st Place Match
Travis Crawford (South Carroll) 47-1, So. over Steven Yutzy (Northern-G) 40-3, Sr. (Dec 6-5).
3rd Place Match
Jimmy Cavin (Hereford) 38-3, Sr. over Chris Spano (Marriotts Ridge) 41-4, Sr. (SV-1 8-6).
5th Place Match
Mike Fouts (Sparrows Point) 40-12, So. over Nasir Tucker (Mardela) 41-3, Sr. (Inj. 0:00).




1262A/1A – 126 Results

1st Place Match
Joey Thomas (South Carroll) 47-1, Sr. over Tyson McDuffy (Owings Mills) 44-3, Jr. (Dec 10-4).
3rd Place Match
Decklan Fischer (Snow Hill) 45-3, Jr. over Devin Wilhelm (Northern-G) 38-8, Sr. (MD 10-1).
5th Place Match
Marco Frederico (La Plata) 39-14, Jr. over Skyler Minutelli (Sparrows Point) 43-11, Jr. (Fall 1:21).




1322A/1A – 132 Results
1st Place Match
Max Hammond (Sparrows Point) 45-5, So. over Kyle Farace (Oakland Mills) 40-3, Jr. (Dec 1-0).
3rd Place Match
Alex Rounceville (Southern-AA) 40-5, Sr. over Mike Bellerose (La Plata) 40-14, Jr. (Dec 1-0).
5th Place Match
Silas Filliaux (Rising Sun) 35-6, So. over Cam Werner (South Carroll) 35-11, So. (Dec 13-10).




1382A/1A – 138 Results
1st Place Match
Danny Bertoni (Middletown) 43-1, Sr. over Tyler Harbison (South Carroll) 39-7, So. (Dec 2-0).
3rd Place Match
Julius Snead (Parkside) 42-6, Sr. over Ben Goldfein (Oakland Mills) 31-17, Jr. (Fall 3:25).
5th Place Match
Jace Guy (Southern-G) 40-12, So. over Jack Chipps (La Plata) 38-11, Jr. (Inj. 0:00).




1452A/1A – 145 Results
1st Place Match
David Hollingsworth (Owings Mills) 47-0, Sr. over Jordan Day (Northern-G) 40-6, Jr. (Dec 11-4).
3rd Place Match
Josh Paige (Middletown) 43-3, Jr. over Camren Ritchey (Mountain Ridge) 32-6, Jr. (Dec 5-3).
5th Place Match
John Rynn (Oakland Mills) 32-3, Sr. over Jordon Myers (Patterson Mill) 35-10, Jr. (MD 11-2).




2A/1A – 152 Results
1st Place Match
Adam Bain (Middletown) 32-6, Sr. over Jake MacKenzie (South Carroll) 42-5, Sr. (Dec 5-2).
3rd Place Match
Josh Small (Catoctin) 33-13, Jr. over Avery Thurman (Dunbar) 33-9, Sr. (Dec 6-4).
5th Place Match
Roell Ngounou (Owings Mills) 26-9, So. over Justin Hooper (Marriotts Ridge) 38-12, Jr. (Dec 13-7).




2A/1A – 160 Results
1st Place Match
Tyler Bauer (North Caroline) 47-0, Jr. over Rasim Aliyev (Pikesville) 40-3, Jr. (Dec 7-5).
3rd Place Match
Cody Davis (Century) 37-3, Sr. over Evan Bliden (Liberty) 27-6, Jr. (Dec 5-4).
5th Place Match
Joe Embleton (Southern-G) 41-7, Jr. over Josh Merkle (Southern-AA) 31-5, Jr. (Dec 9-3).




1702A/1A – 170 Results
1st Place Match
Jamar Williams (South Carroll) 48-0, Sr. over Eugene Zacerous (Perryville) 40-2, Sr. (Dec 8-4).
3rd Place Match
Brady Loveless (Kent Island) 38-2, Sr. over Ike Kalu (Western STES) 35-3, So. (SV-1 3-1).
5th Place Match
Jamaal Abdullah-Aleem (Randallstown) 31-9, Sr. over Marcus Folk (Mountain Ridge) 35-7, Jr. (Dec 3-2).




1822A/1A – 182 Results
1st Place Match
Ethan Smith (Sparrows Point) 41-0, Sr. over Dwayne Johnson (Dunbar) 33-6, Jr. (Fall 1:47).
3rd Place Match
Hunter Crowley (Patterson Mill) 39-3, Jr. over Tristen Cook (Boonsboro) 40-7, So. (Dec 9-5).
5th Place Match
Hunter Lowe (Winters Mill) 40-9, Jr. over Mert Gulen (Middletown) 29-11, Sr. (Dec 6-0).




2A/1A – 195 Results
1st Place Match
Alex Eaton (North Caroline) 43-4, Sr. over Tyler Clemmer (Middletown) 39-6, Sr. (MD 13-4).
3rd Place Match
Zach Strand (Easton) 39-4, Sr. over Noah Johnson (Western STES) 37-5, Sr. (UTB 3-2).
5th Place Match
Karson Robinette (Allegany) 43-4, Jr. over Joe Goline (Walkersville) 37-9, Jr. (MD 15-7).




2202A/1A – 220 Results
1st Place Match
Jorden Pryor (Dunbar) 41-1, So. over Jack Akers (Century) 34-1, Sr. (Inj. 3:30).
3rd Place Match
Gerard Nutter (New Town) 28-4, Sr. over Troy Gladney (Hereford) 34-10, Sr. (SV-1 4-2).
5th Place Match
Sean Herrmann (Middletown) 35-10, Jr. over Edmond Harrison (Western STES) 27-15, Jr. (Fall 4:07).



2A/1A – 285 Results
1st Place Match
Sean Mullican (Middletown) 42-2, Sr. over Jose Vazquez (Parkside) 39-3, Jr. (Dec 2-0).
3rd Place Match
Chukwudi Kalu (Western STES) 37-1, Sr. over Joseph Monroe (Largo) 42-5, Sr. (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
Teryl Cain (Perryville) 37-8, Sr. over Keon Hunter (Edmondson/Westside) 32-6, Jr. (Dec 5-2).


State Champs