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Marriotts Ridge wrestling edges Boys' Latin on tiebreaker for Raiders Duals title

By Tom Worgo, tworgo@tribune.com

10:44 PM EST, January 4, 2014

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Marriotts Ridge won the Raider Duals wrestling tournament over Boys' Latin on a tiebreaker at Loch Raven High Saturday.

Both teams went 4-1 in the eight-team tournament shortened by inclement weather to one day and five matches per team, but the Mustangs prevailed because they won 44 individual matches compared to the Lakers' 40.

Marriotts Ridge crowned three individual champions: Thomas Olson (138 pounds), Ben Switlick (170) and Chris Park (195).

The Mustangs' Mike Bernal (160), Chad Fields (182), Scott Desautelle (220) and Alex Zabaldo (285) each placed second while Chris Spano (106) took third.

"You would have liked to wrestle Boys' Latin and say 'We beat them fair and square,'" said Marriotts Ridge coach Jason Conley, whose team was missing three starters due to injury. "But we will take it. They had their criteria and the criteria worked out best for us."

Kahlan Lee-Lermer (106) and Nick Malinowski (113) captured championships for Boys' Latin.

Nate Malinowski (138), Rocco Bruno (160) and Evan Dohler (170) finished third for the Lakers.

Boys' Latin beat Franklin, Pikesville, North Harford and Dulaney while losing to Manchester Valley by two points.

"It would have been nice to have a head-to-head with Marriotts Ridge because we match up pretty good with them,"  Boys' Latin coach Drew Haugh said. "And we should have beaten (defending champion) Manchester Valley. We had a fluke injury in the middle of the match and had to injury default. It was a nine-point swing."

Dulaney senior Dylan Ruiz (126) had a memorable tournament.

He was named Outstanding Wrestler, won all five of his matches, including his 100th career bout.

"I think that's impressive for Dylan because he never wrestled before high school," Dulaney coach Desi McNelis said. "We have two other kids (Jacob Asher, Sean Hoffman) who should hit 100 this year." 

Hoffman (160) was the other Lion to place first by winning four matches.

Malik Kassim (113), Fabrizio Scotto (120), Jesse Beall (132), Asher (152) and Elmer Smith (285) placed third for Dulaney.

The return of head coach Anthony Menegatti to the sidelines was the big news for Loch Raven. He had been out since Nov. 27 with a torn Achillies tendon in his right foot he suffered demonstrating a wresting drill.

Menegatti saw Jamaal Bryant (145) grab first and Bobby Lease (182) take third.

Nick Montanye (1st, 132) won a crown for Franklin and his brother Ben (2nd, 126), Tristan Armstrong (3rd, 195), Ian Barbus (3rd, 220) and Austin Mowery (2nd, 145) also posted top finishes.

Ravil Aliyev won the lone Pikesville title and teammates Nolan Johnson (132) and Jabari McLain (152) both were second.