The Glenelg wrestling team had the best showing of any Maryland public school in the Mount Mat Madness Invitational at CCBC-Catonsville last weekend.
The No. 3 Gladiators finished eighth out of the 29 teams in the tournament, which featured some of the top wrestlers from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Virginia.
Senior Tim Chase, the fifth seed in the 152-pound class, won the championship and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler. Chase defeated Mike Brant of Westmont-Hilltop (Pa.), 10-4, after also knocking off top seed Shane Milam of tournament champion and top-ranked McDonogh in the semifinals.
"I just tried to wrestle my match every time," Chase said. "I was a little nervous going into the first match because this is Mount Mat Madness. Once I got through the first match, I knew I had to keep it going. In the semis, it was a real tough match against Milam. ... We are trying to get Glenelg's name out there."
Senior Brian Marcoux, seeded sixth in the 125-pound class, also reached the finals before falling to Codey Combs from Delaware's Sussex Central. Fellow seniors Danny Bichner (135) and Chris Stinnett (140) also placed third in the tournament for the Gladiators.
Reservoir volleyball -- Junior setter Tiffany Jacobson was named to prepvolleyball.com's Top 50 players for the class of 2009. Jacobson, a 6-foot-4 transfer from Chapelgate Christian Academy, helped lead the No. 1 Gators to their first Class 3A state championship. Prepvolleyball.com received 230 nominations and narrowed the list to 50 players in the junior class based on who had the greatest potential to make an impact at the college level. Jacobson, who plays club volleyball for the Maryland Juniors, and St. Paul's junior hitter Bailey Webster were the only two Maryland players to make the list.
Basketball -- After a one-week break for exams, the county basketball slate resumes today with a number of key boys games in a tight race for first place. With the help of Howard's one-point overtime win over previously undefeated Long Reach on Jan. 11, a four-way tie for first place emerged with the Lions, Lightning, Atholton and Marriotts Ridge all 8-1 in county play. Today, Atholton travels to Long Reach; Marriotts Ridge visits Glenelg, which has won five of its past six games; and Howard is on the road against Centennial.