Harford wrestlers had busy weekend on the mats

Several wrestling teams were in action over the weekend, including four who participated in the lone action in Harford County.

Edgewood was host to its annual Edgewood Invitational Tournament, which also had teams from Harford Tech, Havre de Grace and Joppatowne competing.

Old Mill easily won the team title, amassing 274.50 points and placing a wrestler fourth or better in all 14 weight classes.

Tech was runner-up with 180 points and Elkton third with 121. Rounding out the field, Joppatowne and North East tied for fourth with 107 each; Edgewood fifth with 77.5; Loch Raven sixth with 62.50; and Havre de Grace seventh with 61.50.

In leading the Harford contingent, Tech placed 11 wrestlers, including three champions.

Zach Granese captured Tech's first title at 106 pounds, knocking off top seed Ray Duenas of Old Mill by pin in the finals, Granese, who also won by pin in the semifinals, stopped Duenas in 4:35.

Andy Schwarz gave Tech its second title at 113. Schwarz also pinned in the final, stopping Elkton's Kristian Wardlaw in 3:43. Schwarz' first two wins were by tech fall and pin.

Tech's third title was won by Andrey Kalwa at 138. Kalwa locked up with Old Mill's Alex Agustenellie in the final that needed overtime, before Kalwa earned a 5-3 decision. Kalwa, the top seed, also won a 10-4 decision in the semis.

Two other Cobras appeared in the finals, but both suffered losses to finish second. At 195, Eric Cornelius pinned his way into the finals, but once there, Cornelius was pinned by Old Mill's Nate Hammond in 1:29.

At 220, Emmanuel Daramola suffered the same fate, though not by pin. Daramola reached the final by winning a match by default and another by forfeit. In the title bout, Daramola dropped a 5-3 decision to Old Mill's John Briscoe.

Tech's other place-winners were Brenden Hayes, third at 120; Johnathan Lechert, third at 126; Tyler Butler, third at 145; Andrew Butler, fourth at 152; Ryan Smetana, fourth at 170; and Caleb Warner, third at 285.

The only other champion from Harford was Edgewood's Shawn Kluchinsky, who won the 160 title. Kluchinsky pinned Corrie Adams of Joppatowne in 1:55 and was named Outstanding Upper Weight of the tourney.

Edgewood had two other place finishers and both were in title matches. Ariq Nixon reached the 126 final, but was pinned in 1:42 by Old Mill's Tanner Chaplain. David Coates was also in the 182 final, where he was also pinned by Old Mill's Bryce Terrell.

In addition to Adams, Joppatowne had seven other place finishers. They were Terrance Smith, fourth at 126; Ryan Brown, third at 132; Axel Nieves, fourth at 138; Ryan Beeghley, fourth at 145; Keddrick Johnson, third at 152; Coty Pichoki, fourth at 195; and Sean Johnson, third at 220.

Havre de Grace had three wrestlers place and all were third. They were Jacob Nuce at 138; Dywane Dixon at 182; and Patrick Brinsfield at 195.

Elkton's Tim Taylor (120 champion) was named Outstanding Lower Weight and Old Mill's Blyton Faust posted the event's fastest pin in just :14 at 152 pounds.

Cougars get two champions

Fallston traveled into Montgomery County to compete in the Grapple at the Brook, hosted by Springbrook High School.

The Cougars boasted two champions in the upper weights as Austin Rutkowski and Alex Helm both won titles.

Rutkowski earned his title at 182, but needed a tough three-overtime win to do so. Rutkowski edged Max Anderson, of Gaithersburg, 2-1.

Helm also won by decision, blanking Cameron McAffee, of Woodbridge, Va., 3-0., in the 285 bout.

Other Cougars to place were Eric Baranoski, fourth at 120; Logan Ziervogal, sixth at 126; Zach Ziervogal, sixth at 132; and Gordie Reilly, fourth at 170.

The Cougars totaled 111 points for a seventh place finish among 14 teams. Northwest won with 226, beating Whitman's 214.50.

Patriots in another tough event

John Carroll ventured back into Pennsylvania to Council Rock South High School in Council Rock.

John Carroll took nine of its first string wrestlers and two back ups, who were filling in for two who were ill.

In the team battle, the Patriots placed 14th out of 32. They did place ahead of a number of traditionally powerful teams, such as Caesar Rodney from Dover, Del., and Virginia's Colonial Forge.

"The event was as tough as any, featuring the best wrestlers in PA, VA, DE and NJ," Patriots coach Keith Watson said.

Maryland state champion Hunter Ritter was the Patriots best finisher, taking second at 195 after losing in the ride out in the Ultimate Tiebreaker.

Other Patriots to place were Chris Almony, fifth at 160; Chris Scott, sixth at 182; and CJ Skokowski, eighth at 113.

Bobcats are second

Bel Air wrestled to a second place team finish at the Battle by the Bay Tournament hosted by St. Michael's High School.

The Bobcats, anchored by two champions, placed all 14 wrestlers eighth or better in the 16-team event.

Capturing titles were David Reagan at 106 and John Cross at 152. Cross was named Outstanding Wrestler in Upper Weights.

The Bobcats also had four runner-up finishes from Gavin Rupprecht, 113; Grant Fleming, 170; Cyler Crawford, 220; and Dakota Crawford, 285.

Picking up third place were Cameron Watts, 145; Jack Jenkens, 182; and Nick Kutz, 195. Brady Stafford took fourth at 126, while Ryan Beveridge, 132, and Sam Guo, 138, both placed fifth.

Kenny Scoggins rounded out the Bobcats efforts with a seventh place finish at 120.

Thier, Dorsey lead CMW

Doug Thier and Alan Dorsey each wrestled to runner-up finishes at Meade's Battle at the Base Tournament.

Thier wrestled at 182, falling in the finals, 6-4. During the tourney, though, Thier did collect his 100th career victory.

Dorsey, at 285, lost by pin in his title match.

Ed Tomaskovic took third at 106 for the Mustangs, while Nick DiMattia, 126, and Mike Zito, 138, were each fourth.

Jade Racioppi, 120, and Mike Ritz, 132, both injury defaulted to eighth place finishes.

In the team standings, CMW posted 322 points, placing 10th among 16 teams. Kent Island won with 542 points, edging Dematha's 539.

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