Pikesville, Perry Hall wrestlers capture state titles

An exhausted Travon Wright jumped into the arms of Pikesville High assistant coach Bryan Weisbrot.

Wright, a Pikesville senior, celebrated winning the Class 2A/1A state championship at 138 pounds, beating Middletown's Matt Capobianco, 6-5, in triple overtime in the Maryland State Wrestling Tournament in College Park Saturday night.

Wright prevailed on an escape when Capobianco let him up with the intent of taking him down.

The Panther trailed 5-2 after the first period, but tied it in the second on a take down and escape.

Wright also won county and region titles this season and finished his career with a 110-7 record, including going 42-1 this winter.

"In my 14 years of wrestling, I have never been so proud of myself," said Wright, who placed second in the state last year.  "I was tired, but I really dug deep."

Perry Hall senior Matt Green won his second straight Class 4A/3A state championship, pinning Huntingtown's Dalonte Holland (36-7) in 3:49 at heavyweight.

This title meant more to Green, who transferred to Perry Hall after his sophomore year at St. Paul's, this season because his father Tom witnessed it.

"My dad was here and he didn't get to come here last year," said Green, who hugged his father soon after the match was competed. "He works at a cater. I wanted this for him more than me." 

Green went a perfect 41-0 this season.

"I had a lot of pressure on me to take this," Green said. "I was the returning state champ. And I had the motivation to win it. It was my last tournament in high school." 

Owings Mills senior Demetrius Johnson failed in his bid to capture a second Class 2A/1A state title, losing to two-time champ Wes Cook of Winters Mill, 3-2.

Cook scored on a take down with six seconds remaining.

Johnson cut the lead to 3-2 on an escape with three seconds left and went for a takedown and the win as he spun around to face Cook, but didn't get it.

Johnson had beaten Cook during his sophomore season to win the state title.

Johnson, who placed fifth last year, finished his four-year career 150-17.

Owings Mills sophomore Jake Rendelman (106, 37-2) also lost in the final, getting pinned in 1:46 by Williamsport's Nick Miller (37-1), ranked as the top wrestlers in the state by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

"He (Rendelman) was overmatched," said Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker, whose team placed second with 87.5 points behind Winters Mill (121). "That guy was like a man. He was older, bigger and stronger."

Antwan Reddick (3rd, 152) and Komil Juraev (3rd, 182) also placed for Owings Mills.

Northern senior Brant Leadbeter edged Hereford junior Anthony Genco, 5-4, at 113 to win his second straight Class 4A/3A final championship.

The match was tied at 2 entering the final period. Leadbeter, ranked first in the state, scored on an escape when Genco let him up with the intent on taking him down in the opening seconds of the third period.


Then, Leadbeter (133-8 career record) went ahead 5-2 on a take down about 30 seconds later.


Genco (36-3) trimmed the lead to 5-4 in the final 30 seconds on a stalling call and escape.


"He (Leadbeter) could have been beaten," Hereford coach Ron Causey said. "We made a couple of mistakes and we don't a couple of mistakes and we win by one."


Franklin's Ben Montanye (5th, 120), Towson's Liam St. John (6th, 138), Dulaney's Dylan Ruiz (4th, 120) and Hereford's Mike Swiger (6th, 220) placed in the 4A/3A bracket while Western Tech's Payton Beachum (4th, 195) and Anthony Tejun (4th, 132) shined in the 2A/1A division.


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