Bowen Willson, Soph., Southern
Willson went 26-10, won the county title and finished fifth at the Class 2A/1A South Region tournament.
"Bowen made big strides this year and put in the work to be a county champion,” coach Jeff Schrumm said. "It was great to see him succeed.”
Isaac Barber, Soph., South River
Barber went 40-3, including county and region titles and a third-place finish at the state tournament.
“Since he has walked in the room last year as a freshman, its like he gets a little better each match he wrestles,” coach John Klessinger said. “He wrestled with a lot of mental toughness this season, consistently beating very good kids in tight matches. His work ethic and drive have been his greatest asset.”
Ryheam Tull, Jr., Old Mill
Tull went 30-10, won the county title, was third in the region and fourth in the state in just his second year wrestling.
“His work ethic and heart is unbelievable,” coach Jim Grim said. “He is like a pit bull. His future is through the roof for next year.”
Paul Truntich, Jr., Archbishop Spalding
Truntich went 37-8, finished second at the MIAA tournament, first in the Maryland Independent Schools state tournament and sixth at National Preps.
“He’s a very tough competitor and doesn’t like to give up a point in practice,” coach Mike Laidley said.
Damion Mansapit, Jr., Old Mill
Mansapit won the county title and was a runner-up at the Northern Classic and Paint Branch tournaments.
“After missing all of last year with an injury, Damion came back with a vengeance,” coach Jim Grim said. “He’s extremely tough both physically and mentally. Next year could be very special year for him.”
Nick Schardt, Jr., Broadneck
Schardt went 30-11, which included a second-place finish in the county tournament, a region championship and a fifth-place finish at the state tournament.
“Nick is always the most competitive guy in the room. It doesn't matter what we are doing he wants to finish first,” coach Reid Bloomfield said. “He has improved each day and we expect big things from him next year.”
Sam Smirnoff, Soph., Archbishop Spalding
Smirnoff finished 26-8, was second at the MIAA tournament, second at the Maryland Independent Schools state tournament and eighth at National Preps.
“Sam started off slow missing the first month due to injury, but finished strong,” coach Mike Laidley said. “He loves the sport and competition.”
Rodney Jones, Jr., North County
This first-year varsity starter captured the county championship at 132 pounds and compiled a 27-11 record for the Knights.
“Rodney is one of the hardest workers in the practice room,” coach Art Saumenig said. “He has grown so much throughout the year. He worked so hard to win his first county championship. I was so proud of him all year.”
Rick Couch, Jr., Archbishop Spalding
Couch went 38-18 and finished third in the MIAA meet and third in the Maryland Independent Schools state tournament.
“He was never out of a match and would always hit a big move to pull out a tough win,” coach Mike Laidley said. “He was fun to watch.”
Calvin Brumfield, Sr., South River
Brumfield went 33-12 this year and finished with more than 120 career wins. He won the Paint Branch Tournament as the No. 7 seed and qualified for the state tournament for the third time in his career.
“When his back is against the wall, he steps up and performs. His best wrestling always came after times of adversity and challenges,” coach John Klessinger said. “He was a three-time state qualifier and capped off his career with a medal at states.”
Kyle Preston, Sr., Northeast
Preston battled back from an injury his junior season and finished on the podium at the state tournament for fifth place. The three-time regional qualifier, Anne Arundel County Champion, and 3A/4A East Region runner-up went undefeated against county opponents and finished his career with 96 wins.
“Kyle's ability to score from his feet and control his opponents from the top side allowed him to secure his 38-9 record his senior season,” coach Chris Dyke said.
Trenton Puccinelli, Jr., South River
Puccinelli went 34-8 and won his first county championship after placing second and third his freshman and sophomore years.
“We gave Trenton nearly every tough kid from every team we wrestled this season. Not once did he question or complain about it,” coach John Klessinger said. “In our tournament alone,in his nine matches, he wrestled seven state-ranked kids. Trenton has a unique style of wrestling that can not be taught. He is comfortable in positions where most other wrestlers are not.”
Ryan Garretson, Sr., Archbishop Spalding
Garretson went 48-7, which included MIAA and Maryland Independent Schools state championships.
“Ryan was one of our more gifted wrestlers,” coach Mike Laidley said. “When he was on his game he was tough to beat.”
Robbie Fleming, Sr., Old Mill
Fleming went 32-5, won his fourth county title and was a runner-up at the region and state tournaments. He finished his high school career 148-24.
Robbie has been a special wrestler here at Old Mill for the last four years,” coach Jim Grim said. “An all time Old Mill great, he is going to be missed. He is a better person than wrestler, and that is saying a lot.”
Garrett Fisk, Jr., Archbishop Spalding
Fisk went 46-9, won an MIAA title, was third at the MIS tournament at fourth at National Preps. “The hardest working kid in our room. He worked hard during the offseason and was very focused,” coach Mike Laidley said. “He beat all of the top kids in the state at his weight.”
Josh Merkle, Sr., Southern
Merkle went 32-7 and won his second county title. He ended the season as the No. 7 ranked 160-pound wrestler in Class 2A/1A.
“Josh is an animal on the mat,” coach Jeff Schrumm said. “He goes and gets it done and had one heck of a career at Southern High School.”
Zach Doyle, Sr., Broadneck
Doyle went 32-8, won a county title and finished in second at the region tournament.
“Zach is a talented athlete who was always exciting to watch,” coach Reid Bloomfield said. “He had the ability to finish the match from any position.”
Dustin Radford, Soph., Archbishop Spalding
Radford went 24-8 and finished third at the MIAA tournament and fifth at the Maryland Independent Schools state tournament. He is the top-ranked wrestler from the county at 170. “He’s a very tough underclassman,” coach Mike Laidley said. “As he grows into his weight class, he will be hard to beat.”
Jason Smith, Sr., Old Mill
Smith won county and region titles and finished 30-4, which included winning the Northern Classic championship.
“Jason is a well rounded wrestler,” coach Jim Grim said. “He was one of the most dominating wrestlers in our county and region this year.”
Vinny Facciponti, Jr, Broadneck
Facciponti went 32-8, won a county title and finished second in the region. He is the top ranked wrestler in the county at 195.
“Vinny is a matchup nightmare for most opponents,” coach Reid Bloomfield said. “He has deceptive speed and strength and a motor that does not stop. He improved more in one year than a lot of athletes do in four. We are excited to have him back next year.”
Noah Genovese, Sr., Broadneck
Genovese won the county title, was second in the region and ended his season 24-8.
“Noah is the kid every coach wants on their team. He’s hard-working, dedicated, and flat out strong,” coach Reid Bloomfield said. “He battled through several injuries and had a fantastic end to a great career.”
Ka’Ron Lewis, Jr. South River
Lewis watched as Brendan Woody won a state title for South River last year, then did the same this year to cap a 37-6 season that also included a county title. “We knew Ka'Ron would be successful this season. We didn't expect him to follow in Woody's foot steps so quickly,” coach John Klessinger said. “He improved a lot in this season alone. He began to score more on his feet, and by the end of the season could get out on bottom against anyone and began to score more points from the top position. He's a very good athlete, hard working, and coachable; all important parts of him winning the state championship this season.”
Coach of the Year: Jim Grim, Old Mill
Old Mill finished the season with a 19-2 record and won the Anne Arundel County championship for the third time in five years, earning Grim Coach of the Year honors. The Patriots also won the Class 4A East Region dual-meet title and advanced to the state semifinals.
Individually, Old Mill boasted four county champions: Ryheam Tull (120), Damion Mansapit (126), Robbie Fleming (152) and Jason Smith (182).
The Patriots advanced eight wrestlers to the 4A/3A state tournament, most in the county, including Fleming, who finished second in the state after advancing to the championship round.
“We graduated a decent amount from last year,” Grim said. “I knew we were going to be pretty solid. We had three or four kids coming back that were going to be really, really tough. But we had a lot of young guys step up this year, guys who were first year in the lineup. They really did a nice job.”
Grim also credited the work of his assistant, Dave Kim, for their success this season.
“We’ve been together a long time and he doesn’t get the accolades he deserves,” Grim said. “Everything we do and all the success Old Mill has ever had is a direct reflection on him as well. As happy and proud and grateful as I am to be selected coach of the year, none of this would be possible without him.”
106: James Hull, Fr., St. Mary’s
106: Mason Smith, Jr., South River
113: Mitch Garretson, Soph., Archbishop Spalding
113: Devin Ball, Jr., Southern
120: Sam Bruce, Soph., Severn
120: Seth Davis, Jr., North County
132: Caron Tull, Fr., Old Mill
138: Brad LaBella, Soph., Severn
138: Nick Paolucci, Soph., Archbishop Spalding
145: Owen Joyce, Sr., Broadneck
152: Presley Miller, Sr., Annapolis
160: Boris Beltran, Sr., Old Mill
170: Averum White, Jr., Southern
182: Kyle Leming, Soph., Annapolis
195: DeShawn Maddison, Jr., North County
220: Alex Peterson, Jr., South River
285: Nasir Bakare, Sr., Old Mill