McDonogh heavyweight Roman Braglio, front, control's Gilman's Brian Gaia in the MIAA tournament at Mount St. Joe Saturday on his way to a first-period pin.
McDonogh heavyweight Roman Braglio, front, control's Gilman's Brian Gaia in the MIAA tournament at Mount St. Joe Saturday on his way to a first-period pin. (staff photo, Jen Rynda)

McDonogh senior Roman Braglio pinned his way to the heavyweight championship in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association wrestling tournament Saturday at Mount St. Joseph, leading the Eagles to their fifth team title since 2002.

Of the 14 weight classes, McDonogh had wrestlers in eight of the finals. Along with Braglio, junior Xavi Ramos (132 pounds) and sophomores Jack Clark (145) and Toby Hague (160) won titles for the No. 1 Eagles.


That allowed McDonogh (228.5 points) dethrone defending champion Archbishop Spalding (192.5) in the two-day tournament.

"I don't think I have ever seen a deeper, tougher MIAA tournament," Eagles coach Pete Welch said. "It seemed like every weight was stacked and had three or four really good kids battling. I think its says a lot about our kids, since we are still a relatively young group."


St. Paul's (186.5) finished third and tied McDonogh with four individual champions — sophomore Jack Mutchnik (120), senior Pete Galli (152) and brothers Ryan Friedman (106), a freshmen, and Eric Friedman (126), a senior.

Eric Friedman (42-6) was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler after scoring a 13-2 decision over Annapolis Area Christian School's Mathew Linehan in the final. The University of Pennsylvania recruit became only the fifth wrestler to capture four MIAA championships over a career since 1994.

With a career record of 173-22, he will be gunning for his fourth straight Independent Schools State Tournament title Saturday at McDonogh.

St. Paul's coach Jay Braunstein said Friedman hasn't missed a match this season despite a partially torn medial collaterial ligament in his knee.

"His sturdiness really impresses me," Braunstein said. "He has wrestled in two of these championships hurt. He is that strong. At the beginning of the year, he blew out his knee."

Braglio, who will attend Maryland on a football scholarship, recorded three pins to capture his second straight MIAA title.

He finished Gilman's Brian Gaia, who has signed to play football at Penn State, in 1 minute, 38 seconds in the final.

"Roman was giving up some size, and he just went after him," Welch said. "He just has been a rock for us for four years and really matured into a wrestler."

Clark (39-5) won his second straight MIAA title with a 22-7 decision over Connor Wagh of St. Paul's.

Other individual area champions included Mount St. Joseph senior Tyler Rill (170) and Gilman junior Shane Cockerille (195).

MIAA tournament

Final team scores

1. McDonogh (228.5)

2. Arcbishop Spalding (192.5)

3. St. Paul's (186.5)

4. Archbishop Curley (158)

5. John Carroll (148.5)

6. Loyola Blakefield (145)

7. Mount St. Joseph (127)

8. Gilman (114)

9. St. Vincent Pallotti (94)

10. Annapolis Area Christian (41)

Individual Place Winners

Weight: 106

1st: Ryan Freidman. St. Paul's

2nd: Justin Chenault, Pallotti

3rd: Zach Dwyer, John Carroll

4th: Joey Eberhard, Spalding

5th: Matthew Callahan, Loyola

6th: Kyron Snowden, Severn

Weight: 113

1st: Corey Huntley, Curley

2nd: Corey Halkos, Pallotti

3rd: Mike Still, Spalding

4th: Griffin Welsh, St. Paul's

5th: Malik Woody, Mount St. Joseph

6th: Jack King, Gilman

Weight: 120

1st: Jack Mutchnik, St. Paul's

2nd: David Mohler, Loyola

3rd: Wolfie Bradley, Spalding

4th: Frankie Johnson, Boys' Latin

5th: Artie Milner, John Carroll

6th: Griffin McWilliams, Pallotti

Weight: 126

1st: Eric Friedman, St. Paul's

2nd: Mathew Linehan, Annapolis Area Christian

3rd: Matt Pente, Spalding

4th: Logan Meister, McDonogh

5th: Steven Jernigan, John Carroll

6th: Ben Smist, Loyola

Weight: 132

1st: Xavi Ramos, McDonogh

2nd: Seth Rowell, Mount St. Joseph

3rd: Nick Finnblade, Pallotti

4th: Travis Chidebe, Spalding

5th: Nick Finnblade, Pallotti

6th: Walter Johnson, Loyola

Weight: 138

1st: Scott Strappelli, John Carroll

2nd: Cole Graves, Spalding

3rd: Bobby Twigg, McDonogh

4th: Fred Johnson, Curley

5th: Jimmy Close, Mount St. Joseph

6th: Ellis Kent, Loyola

Weight: 145

1st: Jack Clark, McDonogh

2nd: Connor Wagh, St. Paul's

3rd: Erik Meyer, Curley

4th: Chris Almony, John Carroll

5th: Jake Nordhausen, Loyola

6th: Matt Guercio, Spalding

Weight: 152

1st: Pete Galli, St. Paul's

2nd: Myles Martin, McDonogh

3rd: George Weber, John Carroll

4th: Logan Breitenbach, Spalding

5th: Joe Moreno, Loyola

6th: Jordan Brigman, Curley

Weight: 160

1st: Toby Hague, McDonogh

2nd: Brett Brigman, Curley

3rd: Conan Schuster, Loyola

4th: Bryce Pappas, St. Mary's

5th: Stephen Bachmann, Baltimore Lutheran

6th: Brad Mutchnik, St. Paul's

Weight: 170

1st: Tyler Rill, Mount St. Joseph

2nd: Tyler Patrick McDonogh

3rd: Hunter Ritter, John Carroll

4th: Brandon Smith, Gilman

5th: Coleman Delude, Severn

6th: Drew Stone, St. Mary's

Weight: 182

1st: Purnell Summers, Curley

2nd: Devaunje Smith, Spalding

3rd: Dan Hawkins, Mount St, Joseph

4th: Alpha Jalloh, Annapolis Area Christian

5th: Garrett Peifer, Gilman

6th: Mike Green, St. Paul's

Weight: 195

1st: Shane Cockerille, Gilman

2nd: Kevin Marvel, McDonogh

3rd: Zach Abey, Spalding

4th: Chuckie Blankenship, Curley

5th: Dan Kelble, John Carroll

6th: Roger Boyce, St. Paul's

Weight: 220

1st: Avery Williams, Curley

2nd: Wyatt Cook, McDonogh

3rd: Connor Webb, Gilman

4th: Jordan Jenkins, Loyola

5th: Rapheal Oduok, John Carroll

6th: Dave Gurski, Mount St. Joseph

Weight: 285

1st: Roman Braglio, McDonogh

2nd: Brian Gaia, Gilman

3rd: Jordan Horne, Loyola

4th: Antonio Santoro, Pallotti

5th: Shane Lowman, Mount St, Joseph

6th: Eric Simmons, Boys' Latin