This season, the boys fell in the first round, 49-43.
Three Laurel wrestlers reach state tournament
Laurel junior Derrick Moody (132 pounds), sophomore Christophe Arevalo (145) and senior Jaden Odom (195) all made the Class 4A-3A state wrestling tournament.
Moody (25-6) pinned South Dorchester’s Kyle Elliot in the second period (2:40) before being bounced to the consolation bracket after getting pinned in the second period by Bethesda Chevy-Chase’s Eli Guttentag in 3:33.
He forfeited to Bowie’s John Paja in the consolation round when he failed to make weight.
Moody, who didn’t wrestle last year because of a knee injury, did win a Class 4A-3A South Region championship, when he defeated Paja in the finals, 3-2.
Odom, who went 3-2 and finished third at regionals and he was second at the county championships and qualified for the state championship meet for the second straight year.
Coach Devon Daniel praised all three state qualifiers.
“I think it’s just an overall drive and them working hard. They come to the room and we definitely have the no-nonsense mentality,” said Daniel, who completed his seventh season as head coach. “We tell them right away, you’ve got to bridge the gap to get to where everyone else is, so you don’t have a choice but to work hard. It’s the only way to succeed in this sport.”
The only other grappler to make some postseason noise was Marquise Gillis (170), who didn’t place in the county tournament, but qualified for the regional tournament, but he didn’t wrestle as an alternate.
Laurel ends track season
The Laurel boys ended the indoor track season by placing seventh at the Class 4A East Region meet with 29 points and they produced one athlete who scored at the state meet.
The only Spartan to score at the Class 4A state championship meet was senior Zachary Opo,n who scored all 7.5 points for the Spartans, who finished 24th.
Opon was fifth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.03) and he tied for fifth in the high jump (5-feet, 10 inches).
At the regional meet, Opon won high jump (6-0) and was third in the 55 hurdles (7.98).
Opon also joined sophomore Michael Bethune, junior Markus Smith and freshman Marcus Jones on the fifth-place 800 relay squad (1:34.46) and Bethune, Jones and junior Toyeeb Kazzim on the fifth-place 1,600-meter relay team (3:40.46).
The 3,200 relay team of senior Roland Agyemang, freshman Chief Bentil, junior Joe Nwadiaro and Kassim was sixth at regionals (8:46.77).
Nwadiaro was seventh in the individual 800 at the regional meet.