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Three local wrestlers win titles at National Prep wrestling championships

Several local wrestlers and teams did well this weekend at the National Prep Wrestling Championships held at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania.

The tournament features wrestlers from private schools in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions of the United States.

Top-ranked McDonogh led all local schools with a third place finish. The Eagles finished with 148 ½ points, trailing only first-place Wyoming Seminary of Pennsylvania (299 ½) and Blair Academy of New Jersey (256 ½).

Second-ranked Mount Saint Joseph finished fifth with 86 points, followed by third ranked John Carroll (72), which finished eighth and St. Paul’s (67 ½) which finished ninth.

McDonogh’s Myles Martin won the 170 championship, defeating Josh Llopez of St. Mary’s Ryken in the final. Martin defeated Llopez in the Maryland Independent Schools Championship last week.

Jack Mutchnik of St. Paul’s won the 132 pound title, defeating Kevin Budock of Good Counsel. Mutchnik lost to Budock in the MIS Championship last week. At 195 pounds, MIS Champion Dan Hawkins defeated L. J. Barlow of the Haverford School in Pennsylvania to win the crown.

Two local wrestlers finished second in their weighs. McDonogh’s Cameron Harrell droped an 8-5 decision to Bishop McNamara’s Alfred Bannister. Harrell also lost to Bannister at the MIS tournament last week. John Carroll’s Hunter Ritter had to bow out of his final after sustaining an injury in the semifinals.

Other local wrestlers who finished in the top five were Quinn Devaney (fourth at 126 pounds), Toby Hague (fourth at 152 pounds), Mike Smith (third at 220 pounds), and Wyatt Cook (third at 285 pounds), all of McDonogh.

Archbishop Spalding saw Matt Pente (third at 138) and Logan Breitenbach (third at 160 pounds) place in the top five.

Daniel Planta of St. Paul’s (third at 103 pounds), Zeke Salvo (third at 126 pounds) of Mount St. Joseph, Chris Almony of John Carroll (fifth at 160 pounds), Bryce Papas of St. Mary’s (third at 182) and Garrett Pfeifer of Gilman (fourth at 195) also placed in the top five.

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