Oakland Mills fell short in an attempt to win its fourth conecutive Snowverlea Invitational tournament at Overlea High School on Jan. 28, placing fourth with 136 points behind Boys Latin (137), Fallston (185) and team-champion Perry Hall (186.5).
Three-time state champion Tony Farace (120) attended the tournament in street clothes, rooting on his teammates matside after injuring his shoulder during a loss to fellow three-time state champ Nathan Kraisser of Centennial on Jan. 24.
Farace said that the injury was a slight tear, but he should be back on the mat for a dual meet with Atholton on Jan. 31.
Oakland Mills senior heavyweight Roy Kadge brought home the Scorpions' only championship, defeating Fallston's Jesse Harmon, 2-1, in the finals.
In the most anticipated match-up of the tournament finals, Oakland Mills junior Zach Hensley met Perry Hall sophomore Zeke Salvo in a showdown between the top two 106-pounders in the state as ranked by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. Hensley, a county champion and third-place state finisher last year, strick first with a takedown, but Salvo tied the match before the end of the first period with a reversal. Neither wrestler scored in the second, but Salvo, who also placed third in the state last year, won the match in the third period with a reversal and two nearfall points.
David Ulysse (152) placed third for the Scorpions, with his only loss coming in overtime in the semfinals to the eventual champion, Boys Latin's Rocco Bruno. Michael Moore (138) and Jaron Smith (145) each won four matches to take fifth place.
Atholton also represented Howard County in the tournament, placing 11th out of 23 teams with 87 points. The Raiders had a pair of third place finishers in Pat Mullens (145) and Matt Fields (182). Mullens' only loss was a 7-6 decision in the semifinals. Emilio Altamirano (160) placed fourth for the Raiders.
Battle at the Base
Marriotts Ridge finished third at the Battle at the Base tournament at Fort Meade with 374 points, but host Meade High School ran away with the title, placing seven wrestlers in the finals, claiming five titles and scoring 540.5 points.
Ryan Austin (285) was Marriotts Ridge's only finalist, losing to Meade's Stephen Lloyd in the finals.
Mt. Hebron also took part in the tournament, finishing sixth with 326 points. The Vikings were led by freshman Jeff Hayden (106), who finished second to Pallotti's Justin Chenault.
Both Hayden and Austin were pinned in the first period.
Mt. Hebron's Connor Strunk (126) and Joe Kendrick (145), and Marriotts Ridge's Nick Spano (113) and Lyle Fugate (170) each won their consolation finals bout to take third place, with Strunk scoring a pin in the finals.
Finishing fourth were Marriotts Ridge's Jeff Barbera (106) and Codi Parton (138), and Mt. Hebron's Nawwal Ibad (152).
New Town Duals
Hammond won the New Town Duals in Baltimore County on Friday and Saturday, finishing 8-0 to improve its overall record to 13-13 on the season.
In limited action on Thursday, River Hill (10-0) topped Wilde Lake (6-4), 45-25, and Glenelg (9-1) defeated Centennial (2-8), 58-11, to hold onto the top two spots in the county standings. The Hawks can now clinch the county dual meet title with a win over winless Long Reach on Tuesday.
River Hill's Lee Carter (120), Centennial's Hutson Baumann (132) and Wilde Lake's Ryan Drazenovic (152) all pulled off upsets over higher ranked wrestlers in the matches.
River Hill 45, Wilde Lake 25
106: Michael Beck (RH) pin Romar DelaCruz (WL), 1:46.
113: Alex Polonsky (WL) dec. Taariq Mohammed (RH), 7-1.
120: Lee Carter (RH) dec. Jordan Trinh (WL), 5-4.
126: Daniel Andrews (WL) pin Patrick Linden (RH), 2:49.
132: Malik Jackson (WL) pin Christian Lee (RH), 2:58.
138: Adam Glass (WL) dec. Rommel Marcelino (RH), 8-2.
145: Brian Kirby (RH) pin Kashawn Montgomery (WL), 1:38.
152: Ryan Drazenovic (WL) dec. Donovan Delore (RH), 15-13.
160: Akintola Marakinyo (WL) maj. Jack Noonan (RH), 15-5.
170: Cory Daniel (RH) pin Kris Hines (WL), 1:16.
182: Omar Messallam (RH) pin Nathanael Haase (WL), 2:39.
195: Logan Kirby (RH) pin Jon Perlman (WL), :59.
220: Jacob Benedict (RH) pin Daniel Johnson (WL), :29.
285: Jason Johnson (RH) pin Nicco Jones (WL), :39.
Glenelg 58, Centennial 11
160: Anthony Pagnotta (G) maj. Joey Wysocki (C), 8-0.
170: Tyler Asher (G) pin Vince Rider (C), 1:03.
182: Curran Robertson (G) pin Frederik Agvald (C), 3:41.
195: Glenn Lucas (G) wbf.
220: Justin Jung (G) wbf.
285: Sean Twigg (G) wbf.
106: Tim Null (G) wbf.
113: Austin Miller (G) wbf.
120: Ricky Gezelle (G) wbf.
126: Nathan Kraisser (C) tech. Michael Budock (G), 0:00/17-1.
132: Hutson Baumann (C) dec. Austin Pagnotta (G), 4-1.
138: Ryan Carter (G) dec. Sameh Boulos (C), 6-1.
145: Joseph Zoller (G) dec. Ian Harrison (C), 4-0.
152: Nick Shearin (C) dec. Troy Walter (G), 7-5.