Jack Clark, a nationally ranked wrestler at 145 pounds, picked up one of five individual titles for No. 1 McDonogh when he recorded a technical fall, 22-7, over Archbishop Spalding’s Cole Graves as the Eagles won their sixth Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association team championship Saturday at Mount St. Joseph.
It was McDonogh’s fifth team title since 2006. The Eagles (248.5 points) finished ahead of No. 3 John Carroll (216), No. 6 Archbishop Spalding (191), Loyola (146.5) and Mount St. Joseph (132).
John Carroll held a nine-point lead over McDonogh heading into the second day of the tournament, but the Eagles quickly blew past the Patriots after sending seven guys into the finals.
“I knew it would be a struggle for us to hang with them,” John Carroll coach Keith Watson said about the tournament’s second day. “They have a lot of horsepower. They are like the Mid-Atlantic All-Stars. Look at all the driver’s licenses of the kids on the team.”
McDonogh attracts wrestlers from out of state, some of whom stay in dorms on the school’s campus in Owings Mills.
Clark, a junior, was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler after winning his third straight MIAA title. He recorded three pins before the final to improve to 35-4 and 128-15 in his career.
“It’s always been my goal to win four MIAA titles,” Clark said. “It really does motivate me to keep going to be one of the few four-time champs.”
TK Megonigal (106 pounds), Xavi Ramos (138), Myles Martin (160) and Tyler Patrick (182) also won individual titles for McDonogh.
Both Martin and Megonigal, a freshman, recorded first-period pins in the championship bout.
“I think he is right there with me,” Clark said of Megonigal. “He could be one of the four-timers.”
Clark wasn’t the only wrestler to win his third MIAA title at the event.
John Carroll senior Scott Strappelli (132) captured his third straight crown after scoring an 8-5 decision over McDonogh senior Logan Meister.
Strappelli moved his career record to 180-20.
“It’s rare to be a three-time champion and not wrestle year-round,” Watson said. “He does other things. He plays soccer, is a straight-A student and disc jockeys.”
St. Paul’s junior Jack Mutchnik (126) also won his third straight MIAA championship. He beat Mount St. Joseph’s Zeke Salvo, 10-2, in the final.
But arguably the most impressive performance of the day came from Gilman senior Shane Cockerille, who dominated St. Vincent Pallotti’s Yami Cristobal at 220 pounds, 12-2, for his second MIAA title.
Cockerville, the quarterback on the Greyhounds’ MIAA A Conference football championship team, missed six weeks of wrestling because of mononucleosis.
He practiced only one day before the MIAA tournament and spent three days at St. Joseph Medical Center in late December because of the illness.
“I think it speaks to the type of athlete he is to win after practicing only one day,” Gilman coach Bryn Holmes said. “I don’t think many guys can do that.”
- McDonogh 248.5
- John Carroll 216
- Spalding 191
- Loyola 146.5
- Mount St. Joe 132
- Curley 120
- St. Paul’s 112
- Gilman 92
- Pallotti 89
- St. Mary’s 68
- Boys’ Latin 58
- Calvert Hall 40.5
- Severn 27
- Mt. Carmel 21.5
- Friends 4
- Annapolis Area Christian 3
106: Megonigal (MCD) maj. Skokowski (JC), 12-3
113: Friedman (STP) maj. Chenault (PAL), 9-1
120: Bradley (AS) dec. Gilmer (AC), 5-0
126: Mutchnik (STP) maj. Salvo (MSJ), 10-2
132: Strappelli (JC) dec. Meister (MCD), 8-5
138: Ramos (MCD) dec. Mohler (LOY), 4-1
145: Clark (MCD) tech fall Graves (AS), 22-7
152: Breitenbach (AS) dec. Hague, 1-0
160: Martin (MCD) fall Johnson (AC), 2:10
170: Ritter (JC) maj. Schuster (LOY), 8-0
182: Patrick (MCD) fall Nordhausen (LOY), 1:07
195: Abey (AS) dec. Hawkins (MSJ), 8-7
220: Cockerille (GIL) maj. Cristobal (PAL), 12-2
285: Santoro (PAL) dec. Lowman (MSJ), 3-2, 3OT