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Wrestling: Carroll County's state tournament qualifiers for 2019

Wrestling: Carroll County's state tournament qualifiers for 2019
Manchester Valley wrestlers celebrate after teammate Nate Renfro defeats Tuscarora's Matt Hopkins in the 220 weight class during the semifinals of the Class 4A-3A West regional duals wrestling tournament at Linganore High School Feb. 6, 2019. (Brian Krista / Carroll County Times)
Francis Scott Key

Wyatte Johns, junior

Weight: 220 pounds

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Record: 30-4

First match: Lackey’s Brandon Reahm (32-12)

Outlook: Johns makes his state tourney debut, and a win in his opener should create a showdown with Western Tech’s Ike Laku (31-1) — ranked first in 2A-1A in his weight class by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. Johns posted three pins at the 2A-1A West tournament en route to a third-place finish.

Liberty

McClain Butler, junior

Weight: 170 pounds

Record: 39-6

First match: Edmondson-Westside’s Demonte Wright (20-3)

Outlook: Butler fell short in the county and regional tournament finals, by a combined three points. Glenelg’s Drew Sotka (36-6), ranked third in 2A-1A by the MSWA, could be a quarterfinal matchup if Butler gets past Wright. One win joins Butler with teammate Noah Wienclawski as Liberty’s 40-win wrestlers this season.

Jacob Gaskin, senior

Weight: 132 pounds

Record: 35-10

First match: Owings Mills’ Dre’yon Eure (31-8)

Outlook: Gaskin fell to Middletown’s Jason Gugliemini 2-1 in the 2A-1A West semifinals, then wrestled back to finish third and earn a better seed for states. River Hill’s William Henrickson (41-0), ranked first in 2A-1A by the MSWA, could be waiting for Gaskin in the semifinals.

Ryan Ohler, freshman

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Weight: 113 pounds

Record: 39-7

First match: River Hill’s Eric Robinson (36-9)

Outlook: The Lions’ rookie battled back at the 2A-1A West tournament for a third-place finish, but he’s got Owings Mills’ Alex DuFour (37-4) on his bottom side of the state bracket. DuFour is ranked first at 113 by the MSWA. Ohler won a county championship two weekends ago.

Noah Wienclawski, senior

Weight: 182 pounds

Record: 42-3

First match: La Plata’s Jakob Szalapski (16-10)

Outlook: He’s a two-time county champ, and improved on last year’s regional tournament performance with a third-place finish. Wienclawski’s bracket is chock full of studs, from Damascus’ Timothy Furgeson (41-0) to Kent Island’s Joey Bunce (39-5) to Owings Mills’ Diondre Space (37-4). Wienclawski has the most wins in the weight class.

Manchester Valley

Thomas Chenoweth, junior

Weight: 152 pounds

Record: 37-11

First match: Oxon Hill’s Kimon O’Sullivan (27-7)

Outlook: Chenoweth wound up on the tough side of this bracket, with MSWA’s top-ranked wrestler at 152 in Centennial’s Jason Kraisser (36-0), a three-time state champion, at the bottom. Also looming is Wootton’s Joel Turner-Rodgers (34-1), ranked third in the weight class heading into states.

Heathe Hernandez, sophomore

Weight: 120 pounds

Record: 32-13

First match: Leonardtown’s Sean Vosburgh (39-3)

Outlook: Hernandez wrestled back for fourth at the 4A-3A West tourney, so his quest for a state crown will be a bit more challenging. Vosburgh is ranked second among 4A-3A wrestlers in this weight, while Magruder’s Wafeeq Iqbal (36-1) sits atop the bracket. Hernandez survived a battle with Winters Mill’s Logan Konold to win his first county championship this year.

Connor Livingston, junior

Weight: 195 pounds

Record: 31-17

First match: Broadneck’s Vinny Facciponti (26-2)

Outlook: Livingston had to get past Westminster’s Jack Conrad in the blood rounds at the 4A-3A West tourney to qualify for states, and the Mavericks’ heavyweight makes his state debut by facing the MSWA’s seventh-ranked wrestler at 195 in his opener. Urbana’s Kevin Makosy (31-1) is also on the bottom of the bracket, and he’s ranked first.

Adam Mattson, junior

Weight: 160 pounds

Record: 38-7

First match: North Point’s DeVon Muhammad (34-7)

Outlook: Mattson cruised into the 4A-3A West final before running into Linganore’s Dalton Pearl, who won 11-0 in the title bout. To regroup and make a run, Mattson needs to beat Muhammad and likely face a top seed in the next round in Springbrook’s Sahid Antar (36-2).

Chad Schaffer, junior

Weight: 138 pounds

Record: 40-6

First match: Broadneck’s Michael Garlington (31-6)

Outlook: The county champion stumbled a bit at regionals to take fourth, but Schaffer’s 40 wins are second most in his state bracket. His first match should be close — Garlington is ranked fourth in 4A-3A by the MSWA, while Schaffer is sixth. Schaffer shocked many at the county tourney by beating SC’s Cam Werner in OT for the 138 crown.

Grant Warner, sophomore

Weight: 182 pounds

Record: 37-11

First match: Huntingtown’s Dakota Cram (42-5)

Outlook: Cram is second in 4A-3A for 182 by the MSWA, so Warner’s opener poses a tough task for starters. Linganore senior Michael Bromley (41-2) is at the top of the bracket, and he’s coming off a regional title. Warner faced his Lancers foe in the semifinals and got pinned in the first period, but wrestled back for fourth.

South Carroll

Ryan Athey, freshman

Weight: 106 pounds

Record: 39-1

First match: Hereford’s Noah Traband (30-12)

Outlook: All signs point to another showdown between Athey and Mountain Ridge junior Jesse Fresh (30-4) in the state final. Fresh handed Athey his only loss of the year, and the rookie avenged the defeat to win the 2A-1A West title (5-3 in OT). Southern Garrett’s Aiden Schwab (40-5) should be a formidable foe.

Antonio Bradford, sophomore

Weight: 160 pounds

Record: 29-7

First match: Harford Tech’s Jonathan Fletcher (27-11)

Outlook: Bradford finds himself at the top of the bracket, as one of four regional champs. He knocked off Northern Garrett’s Hunter Wilhelm 3-1 in the 2A-1A West final to earn the region’s No. 1 seed, but lurking on his side of the draw is Havre de Grace’s Michael Sweigart (34-3).

Steven Dahl, senior

Weight: 152 pounds

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Record: 37-3

First match: Oakland Mills’ Dylan Watt (33-4)

Outlook: Dahl should be in the mix for a deep state tourney run, but 152 is led by Southern Garrett’s Jake Sweitzer (41-2) and Overlea’s Jarius Cannon (25-2). Cannon is ranked first in 2A-1A by the MSWA, and Swietzer is second — Sweitzer clipped Dahl 2-0 in the 2A-1A West final.

Pat Quinn, senior

Weight: 285 pounds

Record: 36-5

First match: Hereford’s Josh Goodwin (31-8)

Outlook: Reigning state champ Jorden Pryor of Dunbar (31-0) is on the top side of Quinn’s bracket, as well as Williamsport’s Tayquon Johnson (37-0). If Quinn survives the bottom half, it’s a good bet he’ll have to meet up with either of those two stalwarts. Quinn took third at the 2A-1A West tourney after winning a county title.

Cam Werner, senior

Weight: 138 pounds

Record: 32-6

First match: Fairmont Heights’ Jaron Fernandors (36-1)

Outlook: After missing out on the state tournament a year ago, this year’s county and regional runner-up is back for one more shot at a title. He’ll likely have to get past Owings Mills’ Phil Smith (33-0), ranked first overall at 138 by the MSWA. Werner heads into the state tourney with 146 career wins.

Winters Mill

Zach Kirby, sophomore

Weight: 126 pounds

Record: 34-4

First match: Southern-AA’s Tylor Sumpter (14-20)

Outlook: Kirby exacted revenge on Damascus’ Michael Emerick, who beat him at the 2A-1A West region duals, by pinning Emerick (38-7) in the first period to win the region crown. A third showdown could happen if they both make it to the state final. Kirby has impressed in the postseason, with a major decision to win his first county championship before regionals.

Colby Unkart, junior

Weight: 132 pounds

Record: 33-4

First match: Frederick Douglass-Baltimore’s Dawon Felton (27-3)

Outlook: Unkart is a county and regional tourney runner-up, and he might have a tough road to the semifinals with River Hill’s William Henrickson (41-0) at the bottom of the bracket. Liberty’s Jacob Gaskin, who beat Unkart in the county final, is also on the junior’s side.

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