John Carroll's Scott Strappelli wrapped up an outstanding high school wrestling career by helping Maryland's Private School All-Stars beat the 1A-2A and 3A-4A All-Stars.
The event, in its 28th year, pits the top senior wrestlers from both public school divisions against one another and their private school counterparts, in a tri-meet hosted by McDaniel College.
The 1A-2A squad featured 10 Maryland State Champions; the 3A-4A had eight champs and the private schools had four. In the end, the 3A-4A beat 1A-2A, 38-19; but fell short versus Private School All Stars 31-23. The Privates beat 1A-2A, 45-12.
Other local wrestlers who were invited to participate were Patterson Mill's Jason Noss, who beat High Point's Andrew Loher, 5-1, but lost to Archbishop Spalding's Cole Graves by fall at 4:55. Bel Air's state champion William Holder-Moore was unable to compete because of an injury.
Bel Air head coach Craig Reddish was chosen to coach the 3A-4A team, while John Carroll's Keith Watson coached the private school squad.
Patriots are 6th
John Carroll's wrestling team finished another dominant season recently with a stellar performance at the National Preps wrestling tournament featuring the best private school wrestling teams in the country. The Patriots finished sixth out of 121 teams at the 2013 National Preps tournament.
Four patriots claimed All-American status including freshman Austin Smith (eighth at 113 pounds), sophomore Hunter Ritter (third at 170), who is now a two-time All-American), senior Scott Strappelli (fourth at 132), a three-time All-American, and senior George Weber, who became John Carroll's first four-time All-American by placing fourth at 145.
In addition to the All-Americans, four other wrestlers on this year's Patriots squad made it to the coveted round of 12; CJ Skokowski (106); Zach Dwyer (120); Chris Almony (152) and Christian Scott (160). Perhaps most exciting for the team and its fans is, out of the eight placers, just two are seniors and the rest are either freshmen or sophomores. So, while Strappelli and Weber will be tough to replace, the future looks very bright for the young but talent-laden Patriot team.
In addition to the impressive sixth place finish at National Preps, the Patriots finished this year with the best dual meet season in school history (32-1) in the ultra competitive MIAA A division. The team also placed second at the MIAA tournament and third at the Independent State Tournament. Watson has built the young Patriot squad into one of the strongest in the state, finishing ranked second in dual meets for the season by the MSWA.
The future looks very bright for the Patriot grapplers, Watson said.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun