Local wrestlers compete at National Prep Tournament

Staff Report

Five county wrestlers competed at the 82nd annual National Prep Tournament at Lehigh University recently. Over 100 teams from around the country were represented in the nation's most prestigious prep school tournament.

Two-time state champion Shawn Orem, a senior at Mount St. Joseph, placed fourth at 132 pounds. On the year, the Pasadena resident posted a 53-7 record with 32 falls. Adding to his state title was his second MIAA championship and first place at War on the Shore.

Orem finished his high school career with a 157-40 record. He's a four-time state placer and two-time National Prep All American.

Glen Burnie resident Chris Barnabae, a freshman at Mount Saint Joseph, finished second at the National Preps at 106 pounds. Barnabae's 45-9 record included 33 by falls. He finished second in the Maryland States, MIAAs and Mount and Mat Madness Tournaments. He was the War on the Shore champion, and placed eighth at the Beast of the East Tournament.

Pasadena resident Nick Goray, a senior at Archbishop Spalding, finished seventh at the National Preps at 145 pounds. Goray was 47-11 this season, placing third at the Maryland State tournament, Ray Oliver Invitational, and MIAAs. He was the champion at the Ocean Lakes Invitational and Battle of Manassas.

Ricky Couch, also of Pasadena and a sophomore at Spalding, finished seventh at the National Preps at 126 pounds. Couch had a career-best 44- 14 record this season. He finished second at the Ray Oliver, Battle of Manassas, and Ocean Lakes Tournaments. Couch also placed third at the MIAAs and finished fourth at the Maryland State Tournament.

PJ Truntich, of Annapolis, a sophomore at Spalding, finished fourth at the National Preps at 120 pounds. Truntich, a two-time Maryland State finalist, was 41-7 this season. He won the Ray Oliver, Battle of Manassas, and MIAAs Tournaments. He placed third at the Ocean Lake Invitational.

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