For a third straight year and fifth time in 10 appearances, the John Carroll Patriots took home the top spot Saturday at the 14th annual C. Milton Wright Iron Horse Duals. The tourney was contested one day after schools were closed Friday because of inclement weather.
The Patriots rolled through their pool with four wins before knocking off Huntingtown, 37-27, in the tournament final. The Patriots other wins were over Hereford, 57-12; Bel Air, 53-12; Liberty, 71-5; and River Hill, 45-18.
The Patriots were led by a group of undefeated wrestlers, who each went unbeaten in four or five bouts.
Leading the way were Andy Reininger, who beat Bel Air's Cyler Crawford, 8-5, at 220 pounds, and Austin Ross, who beat two kids ranked ahead of him, Bel Air's John Cross, 7-4, and Hereford's Dylan Gray by fall in 5:50.
John Carroll's other champions were Zach Dwyer, 126; CJ Skokowski, 113; Steven Jernigan, 138; Chris Almony, 170; and Hunter Ritter, 195.
Bobcats went 3-2
Bel Air went 3-2 and finished in fourth place. The Bobcats beat Liberty, 67-7, and 20th-ranked Hereford, 37-27. The Bobcats also beat CMW, 52-18. The Bel Air losses came against John Carroll, 53-12, and sixth-ranked Georgetown Prep, 41-27.
David Reagan went 5-0 at 113 to lead the Bobcats, while John Cross, 152, and Grant Fleming, 170, each were 4-1. Gavin Rupprecht, 120; Kenny Scoggens, 138; Brady Stafford, 126; Cameron Watts, 145; Cyler Crawford, 220; and Dakota Crawford, 275, were all 3-2.
Tech goes 2-3
Harford Tech went 2-3 at the CMW duals, beating Western Tech, 46-27, and Liberty, 46-24. The Cobras losses came against North Carroll, 37-26; Huntingtown, 66-15; and Georgetown Prep, 60-10.
Tech's top wrestlers were Brendan Hayes at 120 and Andrey Kalwa at 132. Both wrestlers were 4-1.
Host CMW didn't fare as well, going 0-4. The Mustangs lost to River Hill 63-9; Liberty, 37-31; Hereford, 52-24; and Bel Air, 52-18. The Mustangs had a potential win cut short when a match with Western Tech did not happen; Tech left before the event was over.
Doug Thier was CMW's top wrestler, going 4-0 at 182.
Bill Lehto, a part of CMW wrestling for many years, was honored at this year's event. "We honored him with a plaque before the final round of the tournament for his dedication to CMW wrestling," Mustangs head coach Michael Zacharda said.
Lehto started the tournament before both Mark Schoen (current tournament director) and Zacharda were involved with CMW wrestling. This was the first year Lehto did not participate in organizing the tournament.
Hawks at Loch Raven
North Harford competed at the Loch Raven Duals on Satuday, completing five matches to finish 3-2. The losses came against Franklin, 51-29, and Boys' Latin, 49-24. The Hawks beat Pikesville, 33-27; Manchester Valley, 43-42 on tiebreaker criteria (most first points scored); and Loch Raven, 54-24.
Individually, the Hawks crowned three champs: Austin Mitchell at 120; Steven Raynor at 182; and Justin Reinecke at 285.
Will Sadowski, 126; Trevor Smith, 138; Greg Fiackos, 160; and Angelo Koulatsos, 170, each placed second.
Bobcats easy winners
In a rare Monday tri-meet, host Bel Air rolled over North Harford, 64-6, and Perryville, 66-10.
David Reagan, Cyler Crawford and Dakota Crawford led the Bobcats with two pins each. Tyler Ham, Ryan Beveridge, Cameron Watts, John Cross, Pablo Chavarria and Nick Kutz were also double winners.
Austin Mitchell and Trevor Smith were North Harford's double winners.