Curley's Boettcher doubles his pleasure


Going into double overtime in the 152-pound private schools' state finals, Archbishop Curley's Tom Boettcher was not just looking for his own redemption, but for his team's.

Boettcher had twice lost to his final opponent, Jerome Featherstone (Boys' Latin), during the regular season, and his team had lost to McDonogh only one week ago. But the senior captured the individual title and, with that, Curley owned the team championship.

"There was a lot of pressure on me," said Boettcher. "I tried to do it for myself first, the team second." The win gave Curley a 246.5-to-243.0 margin of victory over DeMatha of Prince George's county.

A state championship had eluded Boettcher in two previous attempts -- against Bullis' Matt Palmer and DeMatha's Kevin Gabrielson.

"There were times this year when I was like, 'It's my senior year; it's supposed to be easy.' I had to suck it up. It brought my heart out. I just wouldn't have felt right if I didn't win this."

Boettcher was joined in victory by teammate Mark Frey, who won his second state title with a controlling performance against Boys' Latin senior Henry Blue, 10-1.

Placing for Curley were Ben Sills (103, third), Jim Barbour (125, third), Mike Wood (130, second), Steve Miller (135, fifth), Paul Adams (140, second), Rob Miller (160, second), Tim Curran (171, fourth), Eric Oppel (189, second) and Tom Green (275, sixth).

Host McDonogh, which finished third with 219 points, took home four individual titles.

Chet Naylor, who was named Outstanding Wrestler, shut out defending National Prep champion Rudy Rueda (DeMatha, 125), 7-0, scoring with a turk, a single-leg and an armbar.

Geoff Miller became a two-time state champion, defeating Curley's Eric Oppel for the third time this season, 5-2.

Zak Johns, who went unscored upon and won an award for the senior with the most points throughout his career, made short work of Curley's Paul Adams, capturing his second state title in 1:22.

Travis Holmes defeated DeMatha's John Cheek, 3-2, with a second-period headlock.

"My freshman year, I didn't place and, last year, I took fourth," said Holmes, a junior, "It feels good to be in the spotlight occasionally and, thanks to Zak, I've been getting some great drilling in all year."

Mount St. Joseph got titles from Aaron Herwig (130), who scored two takedowns in a 4-3 win over Curley's Wood, and Sam Lewnes (160), who won his second title, 3-2 over Rob Miller.

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