The John Carroll wrestling team continued to flex its muscle on the competition over the weekend, winning seven straight dual matches en route to the title of the 12-team C. Milton Wright "Iron Horse" Duals.
The event also featured five other Harford County teams and six from outside the county. In addition to host CMW, Harford's Bel Air, Harford Tech, Patterson Mill and North Harford were joined by La Plata, North Carroll, Towson, Bowie, Parkville and Liberty.
The Patriots had a fairly easy time in their six pool matches.
John Carroll beat Liberty, 51-15, in a match that coach Keith Watson noted as closer per bout than the final score indicates, then notched back-to-back wins over county foes, Tech, 46-26, and Patterson Mill, 54-18. John Carroll closed out its wins with three lopsided wins; 58-15 over North Carroll, 63-12 over Towson; and 61-15 over Bowie.
In the finals, John Carroll edged defending Class 3A-4A state champion La Plata, 33-31. The key match was at 170, where John Carroll freshman Hunter Ritter met Josh Llopez, a defending 152-pound state champion who is also ranked nationally by USA Wrestling.
Ritter didn't pull off the upset of the year, but by losing a 13-4 major decision, kept the Patriots in the win column.
Ritter, who competed at 160 and 170, finished the tourney 5-1.
Devin Davis, 113, was 6-0; while Chris Almony, 145/152, Scott Strappelli, 138, and George Weber, 145/152, were each 5-0. Strappelli's wins were all by fall. Steven Jernigan was also 6-0 at 126.
Bobcats go 5-2
Bel Air had a decent tourney, going 5-2, to get to 14-6 on the season. The wins came over CMW, 63-9; Harford Tech, 42-24; and North Harford, 42-33. The Bobcats also posted wins over Bowie and Parkville, but scores were not available.
The losses were to Liberty, 35-27, and La Plata, 43-22.
Ryan Beveridge, 126, Jeff Taylor, 132, John Cross, 152, William Holder-Moore, 170, and Tylor Touhy, 285, each posted 6-1 records in the tournament. Brady Stafford, was 5-2 at 120 and Noah Winter was 3-1 at 138/145.
Huskies 5-2, too
Patterson Mill also had a solid showing, going 5-2. The Huskies wins came over Parkville, 70-6, Towson, 60-16, Bowie, 56-12, Harford Tech, 45-24, and North Harford, 50-30. The Huskies losses were to North Carroll, 57-18, and John Carroll, 54-18.
Jason Noss led the Huskies with a 7-0 mark at 132, including six wins by pin. Tyler Mackenchnie was also unbeaten at 182, finishing 5-0.
Corey Myers, 195, Eric Eckstein, 220, and Connor McCloud, 285, each had 6-1 records.
Cobras go 3-4
Harford Tech picked up three wins, but also suffered four losses. The Tech wins came over Towson, 42-39, CMW, 44-28, and Bowie, 42-33. The losses were to John Carroll, 52-24, Patterson Mill, 45-24, North Carroll, 49-28, and Bel Air, 42-24.
Dillon Brush led the Cobras throughout the event at 182, going 7-0; his bouts were highlighted by an overtime decision over Bel Air's William Holder-Moore. Cobras heavyweight Will Hughes was also unbeaten at 285 at 7-0.
Tech's other top performers were Bret Blevins, 126, and Tyler Butler, 138; both finished with 6-1 records.
Hawks win once
North Harford picked up one win against six losses, beating Parkville 54-30 for the lone win. The losses were to Bel Air, 42-33, CMW, 45-21, Towson, 51-28, Patterson Mill, 50-30, La Plata, 60-6, and Liberty, 60-18.
Trevor Smith and Logan Smith led the Hawks with 6-1 records at 106 ad 138, respectively. At 113, Jordan Avig went 5-2, while Mike Teller, 170, and Dustin Beall, 220, were both 4-3.