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No. 2 Mount Saint Joseph wrestling rolls to wins over No. 6 Calvert Hall and No. 7 Spalding

When Mount Saint Joseph junior wrestler Coleman Nogle looks at his teammates, he sees a group that hasn’t hit its peak yet.

If the Gaels haven’t reached their top form, their future opponents are in serious trouble.

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In a double dual meet, the second-ranked Gaels (10-1) defeated No. 6 Calvert Hall (11-2), 66-18, early Wednesday night, then bested seventh-ranked Archbishop Spalding (10-2), 41-28 in the nightcap.

“We have so much potential as a team,” said Nogle, whose brother Carter also wrestles on the team. “We’ll finally have everybody back next week from injuries, so I’m excited about what that’s going to look like.”

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Mount Saint Joseph started the night in impressive fashion, winning 11 matches by pin to defeat Calvert Hall.

The host Gaels used first-period pins by Nicolas Barnabae at 152 pounds, Bryce Phillips at 182, Ashton Knight at 195, Spencer Toth at 220, Gavin Bage at 285, William Hudson at 106, Carter Nogle at 113, Coleman Nogle at 120 and Jacob Wright at 132 to set the tone.

Though not as dominant in the second match, the Gaels took care of business for a win over Spalding.

The best match of the night, though, went in favor of the Cavaliers. At 152 pounds, Spalding senior Joe Fisk and Gaels freshman Barnabae entered the third period tied at 5. After Barnabae, the son of Gaels coach Harry Barnabae, took the lead, 6-5, on an escape, Fisk, a first-team All-Metro pick in 2020, came to life and recorded a takedown to win the match, 7-6.

The Gaels find themselves in an unfamiliar position this year — looking up at another team, Loyola Blakefield, in the tough Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference. The Gaels wrestled the Dons at the Bauerlein Duals at North Carroll earlier in the season and came up one point short, 37-36. Coleman Nogle says getting another crack at Loyola is one of the things that drives him and his teammates.

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“With the history our team has, we have expectations for ourselves, and we expect to win,” said Nogle, who wrestles at 120 pounds. “I know what we are capable of, and I know that winning states for us is doable. We just need to go out and do it.”

Gaels assistant coach Matt Hicks says Nogle’s leadership is a major factor in how well Mount Saint Joseph is doing this year.

“He’s always looking to improve,” Hicks said. “He’s always looking for the number one spot. He finished fourth at the National Preps as a freshman, but he pushes himself to get better every day.”

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As for personal goals, Nogle will look to win his second straight state title this year. He won the championship in 2020 at 106 pounds as a freshman before the coronavirus pandemic ended his season before it even started last year.

“The goal is always to have your hand raised on the mat. That never changes,” Nogle said. “I know I just need to keep working to meet all the challenges that are in my way. I want to win the states, and then the National Preps. I need to keep working to get better.”

Mount Saint Joseph 66, Calvert Hall 18

106: Hudson (MSJ) p. Keough, :42; 113: Ca. Nogle (MSJ) p. Stewart, 1:40; 120: Co. Nogle (MSJ) p. Kammar, 1:32; 126: Logue (CH) d Rupp, 3:39; 132: Wright (MSJ) p. Shaneybrook, :20; 138: Cannaday (MSJ) p. Lombardo, 3:35; 145: Anderson (CH) p Procopio, 4:48; 152: Barnabae (MSJ) p. Jackson, 1:39; 160: Lewis (MSJ) p. Baldwin, 2:22; 170: Kammer (CH) won by forfeit; 182: Phillips (MSJ) p. Cozzens, 1:07; 195: Knight (MSJ) p. Conroy, 1:29; 220: Toth (MSJ) p. Otto, 1:35; 285: Bage (MSJ) p. Ohamuo, :48.

Mount St Joseph 41, Spalding 28

106: Hudson (MSJ) d. Garretson, 19-6; 113: Ca. Nogle (MSJ) won by forfeit; 120: Co. Nogle (MSJ) won by forfeit; 126: Pruett (SPD) p. Clayton, 1:25; 132: Wright (MSJ) p. Griffith, :47; 138: Cannaday (MSJ) d. Gessford, 7-3; 145: Allen (SPD) p. Procopio, 2:27; 152: Fisk (SPD) d. Barnabae, 7-6; 160: Salazar (SPD) d. Lewis, 7-2; 170: Baublitz (SPD) p. McWhite, :55; 182: Phillips (MSJ) won by forfeit; 195: Knight (MSJ) won by forfeit; 220: Toth (MSJ) won by forfeit; 285: Bage (MSJ) d. Avila, 1-0.


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