Coach of the Year
Pedro Barbosa Hammond
Only 25 and in his first year, Barbosa is the youngest to bechosen All-Metro Coach of the Year. The 1994 Hammond graduate, a formerheavyweight county champ, was often as emotionally involved in matches as hiswrestlers. After an early upset loss to Mount Hebron, and when his Bears wereonly 10th out of 13 teams at the Hammond tournament, Maryland's toughest andmost respected invitational, Barbosa felt the pressure of running a programwhose healthy tradition he helped build. Barbosa internalized the blame aswhispers circulated about Hammond's demise.
"He was hard on himself, searching for what was wrong with his kids," saidformer Hammond coach Bill Smith, who acts as Barbosa's mentor. "He knew he hadto assert himself as a leader, get the kids focused on him."
Barbosa's will became that of his team, which won the 2A-1A South Regiondual meet and tournament crowns, missed winning the Howard County crown by 4.5points to River Hill, and fell short in the state tourney by .5 to KentCounty. The Bears had two two individual state champs, a single-season schoolrecord, in Ryan Mackin and Jimmy Davis. While competing with a broken hand,Davis dethroned a champ to avenge an earlier loss. Russell Tebeleff,first-year starter Marshall Porter and Scott Wallace, who rebounded from aknee injury, all were third at states, where Hammond placed seven of eightqualifiers. Tebeleff three times avenged an early-season loss.
Wrestler of the Year
Ryan Davis McDonogh, 135 pounds, sophomore
Teammates nicknamed him "Pigpen" for his cluttered locker. Others callDavis "The Truth." He is the first sophomore to be named All-Metro Wrestler ofthe Year, and the fourth underclassman. Davis (42-3, 21 pins this season, 81-7career) wrestled with a poise beyond his years, highlighted by his 3-1National Prep title win over two-time New Jersey state champ Zak Stevens.Davis won his second MIAA and private schools state titles, his first NationalPreps crown, and tournaments at Hammond, McDonogh, St. Benedict (N.J.) andVirginia (Capitol Challenge). He was fifth at the Beast of The Easttournament, the nation's No. 1 invitational, after losing decisions by acombined 14-6.
Davis twice defeated state champ Ryan Herwig of Mount St. Joseph. He alsobeat two-time state champ Bryan Hamper (South Carroll), Tennessee champ WhittCasey and Virginia state runner-up Ben Guerrina. Davis beat state runner-upDanny Natterman (Loyola), MIAA champ Brian Kirhagis (Curley), and Pennsylvaniasection champs Brandon Ganoe and Mark Israel. Only twice in high school hasDavis, 15, allowed near-fall points by an opponent. What the muscular Davislacked in physical maturity against older wrestlers while going at 135 and140, he made up for by initiating combat in bouts. "The best thing about himis his game face and intensity," said his coach, Pete Welch. "He wins matchesmentally."
Steven Conrad North Harford, 103 pounds, sophomore
Conrad (34-2, 17 pins this season, 41-2 career) missed most of last seasonwith an elbow injury but won Harford County's title. The sophomore was secondat regions and earned his school's first state title since Glen Allen in 1983.At states, Conrad routed Kent's region champ Artie Kaehler (third states) andAtholton's region champ, Doug Ramsey (fourth states), each of whom were onceMaryland's No. 1-rated 103 pounders. Among other notables, Conrad three timesdefeated Harford Tech's Brad Dreyer and twice beat Fallston's county runner-upChris Baum and Bel Air's Ryan Stephenson. Conrad had one win each over countychamp Sam Schreck (North Carroll) and state runner-up Jeff Plasse (OaklandMills).
Mark Frey Archbishop Curley, 112 pounds, sophomore
The sophomore (32-4, 17 pins) had two victories over National Preps champRudy Ruda (DeMatha), one over West Virginia's fourth-place state finisher, anda major decision over North Carroll regional runner-up Pat Maloff. Freycaptured his first MIAA and private schools state titles, won tournaments atJefferson (W.Va.) and Arundel, and was runner-up at the Curley tournament toDelaware state runner-up Bobby Shaw. Frey was 2-1 against Mount St. JosephMIAA runner-up Tim Bohlman, and also defeated Calvert Hall's Andrew Schlaffer,who was third at states. He was Curley's only individual state champion as theFriars won their second team crown.
Matt Ennis Wilde Lake, 119 pounds, junior
The junior's penchant for comeback pins led him to county, region and statetitles, as well as crowns at Parkside and South River. Ennis (33-1, 26 pins)was second at Overlea, losing, 5-4, to Deloane Catholic's John Hefner Jr.Ennis pinned three of four opponents at states, including Meade's county andregion champ, Matt Harvey, in 1:13 of their title bout. Ennis twice pinnedHammond region champ Russell Tebeleff (third states), pinned Chopticon regionchamp Eli Black (third states), Churchill county runner-up Brendan Shapiro andKent's Pat Redman. He earned decisions over Calvert's Clint Parker,Westminster county champ Adam Tenney), county runner-up Ross Bell (NorthCarroll) and county champ Mario Bracamontes (Blair).
Matt Eveleth Chesapeake-AA, 125 pounds, junior
The junior three-time state finalist used his college-oriented style tobreeze to his third straight county and region titles. He pinned all fouropponents en route to his second straight state title after being runner-up asa freshman. A repeat All-Metro pick, Eveleth (32-0, 25 pins this season; 97-3,74 pins career) pinned two-time state runner-up Jake DeMatt (North East),state runner-up Jake Dove (Broadneck), South Carroll county and region champKellen Weber (third states), Calvert's Kyle Parker and Eastern Tech's BrandonLeyhe. He also beat state champ Mike Weber (Sparrows Point). Eveleth won histhird straight Chopticon tournament, and his second at Aberdeen and Dundalk.He has won 66 straight matches and is one victory shy of the school careerrecord.
Ryan Green River Hill, 130 pounds, junior
The junior (34-3, 96-16 career) won his third county crown and secondregional crown. He was also runner-up at states after being fourth lastseason. The mat technician split wins with Atholton state champ Bryan Radik.He pinned region runner-up Steve Schall (Broadneck) and beat state champ MattSchuster (Franklin), state champ Jimmy Davis (Hammond), Chesapeake-AA countychamp Chris Grove, Northwest region runner-up Pouria Sadat, county champ BuddyOlson (South Carroll) and North Carroll's Kyle Smith. Down 3-1 with 12 secondsleft in his title bout with Westlake's Jon Peters, Green's near-takedown wasruled out of bounds, negating the potential for overtime.
Bryan Radik Atholton, 130 pounds, senior
The senior won his second regional crown and was state champ. Radik went32-3, raising his career victory total to 121, against the state's mostdifficult schedule for 130-pounders. Radik defeated state champ Zak Johns(McDonogh), state champ Matt Schuster (Franklin) state runner-up Steve Stone(Williamsport) and two-time state runner-up Jake DeMatt (North East). He splitvictories with state runner-up Ryan Green (River Hill) and had major decisionsover region runner-up Jason Gladhill (Walkersville) and Montgomery Countychamp Caleb Seufert (Northwest). The flexible Radik's only other loss was 4-3to South Carroll's 135-pound Dan Patterson.
Adam DeCosmo Old Mill, 135 pounds, senior
The repeat All-Metro earned Anne Arundel County Wrestler of the Yearhonors, with a single-season school record mark of 38-0 and a school careerrecord of 136-14. Only the fourth Old Mill wrestler to go unbeaten, DeCosmobeat state champs Jon Peters (Westlake), Ryan Mackin (Hammond) and Matt Horton(Paul VI, Va.). The senior won the NOVA, Lackey and Francis Scott Keytournaments, beat state runner-up Camilo Rincon (Blair), South Carroll's DanPatterson (third states), Annapolis' Bill Vollono (fourth states) and countychamp Rob Sullivan (Eastern Tech). DeCosmo was runner-up at states as asophomore and went 35-2 last year, losing only to Mackin and two-timeAll-Metro Wrestler of the Year Brandon Lauer of River Hill.
Ryan Mackin Hammond, 135 pounds, senior
Mackin had single-season school records for wins (42-2) and takedowns (196)and finished with 124 career wins. The senior won his second straight HowardCounty and regional crowns and his first state title. He also earnedOutstanding Wrestler at counties and Outstanding Upper Weight at the SeniorAll-Star Classic. Mackin was 2-1 against state champ Adam DeCosmo (Old Mill).He beat Calvert Hall two-time state runner-up Kevin King (third at NationalPreps), state runners-up Brian Owens (Harford Tech) and Jeremiah Guard(Northern-Garrett), South Carroll's Dan Patterson (third states) and countyand region runner-up Nick Liston (Old Mill). He earned a technical fall overNorth Harford's Chad Roland (third states) and pinned Owings Mills' Neil Saval(fourth states), McDonough's Nathan Myers (fifth states) and county champ DrewOutten (Franklin).
Ryan Herwig Mount St. Joseph, 140 pounds, senior
The slick-wrestling senior and repeat All-Metro selection went 44-4,winning MIAA and private schools state titles and finishing fifth at theNational Preps tournament. The three-time private schools state finalist andtwo-time MIAA champ also won the Colonial Forge (Va.) tournament, was secondat Hammond's tournament and fourth at the PowerAde (Pa.) tournament. Along theway, Herwig whipped two-time state champ Mikey Blake (Kent County), pinnedCalvert Hall two-time state runner-up Kevin King (third at National Preps) andregional champ Cade McCarthy (Watkins Mill). He also won by a technical fallover state runner-up Jeremiah Guard (Northern-Garrett). He twice was staterunner-up to National Preps champs.
Tom Boettcher Archbishop Curley, 145 pounds, junior
The junior won his second MIAA title, finished second at private schoolstates for the second straight year, and was third at the National Prepstournament. Boettcher was a team-high 42-5 and led Curley with 26 pins. He wasfirst at the Curley tournament and won his third straight Arundel tournament,was runner-up at the Jefferson (W.Va.) Invitational and fifth at Beast of theEast. He scored major decisions over two-time state champ Fran Jackson (NorthCarroll), state champ Bryan Hamper (South Carroll), state champ Sam Lewnes(Mount St. Joseph) and four-time state champ Reed Carpenter, Virginia'sall-time winningest wrestler. He is the youngest and perhaps most talented ofCurley's three-sibling legacy, with past All-Metros Paul and Mike Boettcher.
Mike Mengel Mount Hebron, 152 pounds, junior
The junior won his first county and region crowns and was second at statesfor the second straight year, finishing 33-2. Mengel, a muscular leg wrestler,won tournaments at Springbrook, Arundel and Dundalk. Along the way, he twicepinned Oakland Mills region runner-up Brian McInvale, pinned and earned atechnical fall over Hammond's Marshall Porter (fourth states), and also pinnedOverlea county and region champ Chaudhry Afzal (third states) and county andregion runner-up Randy Roberts (Eastern Tech). He also blanked Rising Sunregion runner-up Travis Price, 6-0. Mengel's only other loss was in overtimeto 171-pound state runner-up Mark Carbone of Atholton. His performance couldsignal a turnaround for a traditional conference doormat.
Luke Mays Franklin, 160 pounds, senior
The senior won his third county and regional crowns and was first at statesafter finishing second and third his two previous seasons. Mays was 37-1 thisyear with 26 pins, winning his final 31 bouts and winning tournaments atHammond and Franklin. His lone loss, a runner-up finish at Damascus, was toDelaware's state runner-up. Mays (130-12 career) defeated region champ andstate runner-up Chris Miller (Paint Branch), Einstein's Matt Butler (fourthstates), Towson's Andy Posil (fourth states) and Kenwood's Tim Williams (fifthstates). He also pinned state runner-up Mike Reider (Hereford) and HarfordCounty runner-up Rick Howley (Fallston) and earned a technical fall overThomas Stone's Jason Fish (third states).
Mark Carbone Atholton, 171 pounds, senior
The senior won his second regional crown and won his first county titleafter being runner-up as a junior. He also was runner-up at states and at theHammond and Northern-Garrett tournaments, and was first at the Del MarvaClassic at Wicomico. Carbone's big wins were over state champ Nate Crosby(DeMatha), Hammond's Scott Wallace (third states), state runner-up Mike Mengel(Mount Hebron), Paint Branch county and region champ Ken O'Sullivan, Mardelaregion champ Dave Cook, region runner-up Kevin Garmzaban (Owings Mills) andcounty runner-up Nick Burger (Westminster). Carbone lost decisions by three orfewer points to state champs Mark Wolf (Northern-Garrett), Sam Mays (Franklin)and Nick Carrington (McDonogh).
Adam Dayton Old Mill, 189 pounds, senior
The senior went 36-1 and had a single-season record for pins with 24. Hewas the only wrestler to defeat last year's state champ, Melvin Guthrie ofChesapeake-AA, but failed to qualify for states. This year, after winningcounty and region crowns, Dayton became his school's state-leading 27th statechamp. He pinned all four opponents en route to the title, among them countyand region champ Brendan McCarron (Gaithersburg) in the finals. He also deckedPaint Branch's Matt Stewart (third states), regional champ Jesse Fawcett(River Hill) and county champ Ryan Dell (North Carroll) and defeated RisingSun's Ryan Gwaltney (fourth states). He had a streak of 10 straight pins andwon tournaments at Lackey and Francis Scott Key.
Robert Scott Oakland Mills, Heavyweight, senior
The 225-pound repeat state champ went 34-0 (63-1 in two years). The seniorwon his third straight county and region crowns, earned Howard County'sWrestler of the Year and was named Outstanding Upper Weight at the SeniorAll-Star Classic. Scott's state semifinal 8-2 win over Kent's unbeaten WillieLeonard (third states) was a rematch of last year's final, and his 13-8 statetitle win avenged last year's loss to Ryan McDonald (Williamsport). TheChopticon, Damascus and Arundel tourney champ pinned state champs Colin Doyle(Loyola) and B.J. Hicks (Delaware's Caesar Rodney), River Hill's Scott Cannon(third states), Quince Orchard's Dan Sirotkin and county and region champ RobMitas (Arundel). He earned major decisions over state champ Akil Patterson(Frederick), region runner-up Trey Brenneman (Northern-Garrett) and Urbana'sPat Harper (third region).Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun