Fifth-ranked McDonogh advanced nine wrestlers into today's semifinals of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament, followed by No. 1 Mount St. Joseph (eight) and third-ranked defending champion Archbishop Curley (seven).
But in team points, Mount St. Joseph was first with 68, followed by McDonogh (63) and Curley (55.5).
Advancing for McDonogh were defending champ Steve Chester (130 pounds), Chet Naylor (103), Gabe Sataloff (112), Zak Johns (119), Ryan Davis (125), Geoff Miller (152), Mike Hollman (160), Chris Zuk (171) and Kellen Williams (heavyweight).
These St. Joe wrestlers advanced: defending champ Jake Keyes (171), top-ranked Ryan Herwig (140), Joey Sargent (160) and Sam Lewnes (145), No. 3 Steve Lanciotti (13), and Devon Nash (112), Joe Selba (152) and 189-pounder Jesse Keyes.
Curley's defending champ, Darian Kess (119) raised his two-year career takedown total to 359. Defending champ Brian Kirhagis (125) and runners-up Tom Boettcher (152) and P. J. Kirhagis also advanced for Curley, along with Mark Frey (103), Jim Barbour (112) and Antwuan Lide.
Fifth-ranked Naylor, No. 1-ranked Frey and Gilman's No. 2 Clayton Bentz were seeded 1-2-3, respectively. But most view Bentz as the best, despite a 5-3 loss to Frey, 1-5 lifetime against him.
Neither Bentz nor Frey faced Naylor, who dropped from 112 during the regular season. Bentz will meet Frey in today's semifinal. "I like it the way they have me third, because that only means I get to beat Mark, and then Naylor," said Bentz, who is 18-5.