McDonogh captures MIS title once again

Not only did Boys' Latin 171-pound wrestler Grady Gamble sport his old Golden Ring junior league uniform, but in winning last night's Maryland Independent Schools title, 7-3, over St. James' Jimmy Sutch, he performed many of the moves he learned from his then-coach Tom DiCarlo, who died Feb. 10.

"Much of what I did, he taught me," said Gamble, who improved his record to 32-2. "He's the best coach I've ever had."


Host McDonogh (266 points) won its second straight title by crowning Nick Schenk (103), Josh Fitch (125), Curtis Holmes (140) and Shane Milam (145), with Schenk (37-0) downing Mount St. Joseph's Frank Goodwin for the third time this season, 6-0.

A runner-up last year, Milam scored his second win of the season over DeMatha's former state champ, Steve Sargent, 8-4. Fitch earned his third straight crown, 10-2, over Annapolis Area Christian School's Adam Palumbo, and Holmes earned a 3-1 decision over Boys' Latin's Tyricuz Ishway.


Runner-up Archbishop Curley (231.5) had champs in Tyler Scarinzi (119), Mitch Fenton (130), Mike Kulik (160) and Josh Boler (215). In succession, Scarinzi pinned all five of his opponents; Fenton won, 3-1, over McDonogh's Ben Levin; Kulik avenged an earlier loss, 3-1, in overtime against McDonogh's Alex Pagnotta; and Boler edged Georgetown Prep's Chance Gaffney, 9-4.

Mount St. Joseph's lone champ was Jake Bohn (189), who pinned Curley's Sam Burdych for his third straight title. John Carroll's John Von Paris (285) rose to 42-0 with a 1-0 victory over Curley's Tony Powell.

St. Mary's Fred Green (39-3) won the most difficult weight class, surprising DeMatha's Matt Dugan, 8-4, in the 135-pound semifinal and Progressive Christian's Josh Bressler, 4-3, in the final.

Progressive Christian senior Mike Bressler (152) rose to 245-32 with his 215th career pin, over Mount St. Joseph's Chris King, making Bressler 45-5 for the year and giving him his second straight title.

Bishop McNamara's Andrew Bannister (112) was a repeat champ, rising to 56-3 on the year and 109-10 for his career after blanking Mount St. Joseph's Austin Clouse, 6-0.