Several representatives from Prince George's County high schools had a good showing on Saturday at the 15th annual Grapple at the 'Brook wrestling tournament.
Eleanor Roosevelt had the best team score in the 16-team event, finishing 11th with 76 points. Jonathan Jones (160 pounds) claimed an individual championship by pinning Isaiah Baker of Manassas Park in 3 minutes, 20 seconds, while Chase Wokocha secured third place at 195 pounds by winning the consolation bracket. Wokocha pinned Xavier Walker of Chantilly in 3:50 for the victory.
“This wasn't easy, especially for me since this is my first year wrestling,” Wokocha said. “It is really hard and really competitive compared to what I do at practice and stuff, so I'm just glad that I placed at least.”
DuVal featured the best individual performances of the two-day event, as Thierno Diallo and Orabola Adeboyeku earned individual titles in the 126-pound and 285-pound weight classes, respectively. Diallo's performance was the most impressive, capping a perfect 3-0 run through his bracket with a 20-5 technical fall victory over Manassas Park's Zach Trueting in 4:42.
“When the match started, I wanted to go in there and start doing a lot of takedowns to win the match, but then I realized my opponent was not a sloth like I thought he was — he was pretty tricky,” Diallo said. “I had to switch tactics and start working my top game, just get three points, two points, keep turning him until I get the tech fall. That was my game plan after the first thirty seconds.”
Adeboyeku, on the other hand, eked out a hard-fought 2-1 decision over Stephen Reyes of Gwynn Park. Tigers coach Cortez Hayes was impressed with the match from his heavyweight, and with the competition at the tournament.
“Orabola wrestled a very smart match,” Hayes said. “He went in there and he kept pushing the envelope. Going into the second period, Gwynn Park ended up going up by one, but guess what, he kept working for his takedown. If he can keep this mindset, and tighten up his takedowns, he is going to go far this season. I chose this tournament because I know a lot of these kids that place high in this tournament end up placing high in states. I know this will give us a good inkling as to where you are now, and get yourself prepared for later on down the road.”
DuVal finished in 12th place as a team with 72.5 points, while the Yellow Jackets amassed 31 total points (16th place).
Reservoir (Howard County) took team title honors with 205 points. Montgomery County representatives Northwest (196 points) and host Springbrook (145) finished second and third, respectively, while Fallston (Hereford, 142) and Manassas Park (140.5) round out the top 5.
1. Reservoir (205)
2. Northwest (196)
3. Springbrook (145)
4. Fallston (142)
5. Manassas Park (140.5)
6. Poolesville (136.5)
7. Sherwood (119)
8. Chantilly (107.5)
9. Howard (104.5)
10. Walt Whitman (95)
11. Eleanor Roosevelt (76)
12. Duval (72.5)
13. Clarksburg (50)
14. Long Reach (47)
15. Gaithersburg (40)
16. Gwynn Park (31)
Championship Round Bouts
106: Que Tran (SPR) f. Dell Ngonga (NW), 5:22
113: Troy Kilcarr (RES) dec. Nick Davis (NW), 8-6 (OT)
120: Gilbert Rodriguez (MP) d. Joe Medicus (FAL), 7-0
126: Thierno Diallo (DUV) t.f. Zach Trueting (MP), 20-5
132: Mason Kilcarr (RES) d. Chris Minor (SHE), 8-4
138: Will Korzeniewski (POL) d. Tommy Beard, 7-2
145: Walter Carlson (CHA) d Cody Dorsey (POL), 13-6
152: C.J. Austin (FAL) f. Jeff Moreno (NW), 0:39
160: Jonathon Jones (ER) f. Isaiah Baker (MP), 3:20
170: Wes Beattie (RES) t.f. Che Cabellero (POL), 17-1
182: Byron Johnson (NW) d. Tyler Magatha (POL), 9-6
195: Ridge Myers (FAL) f. Michael Sullivan (RES), 3:20
220: Luis Beteta (NW) d. John Holland (SPR), 10-3
285: Orabola Adeboyeku (DUV) d. Stephen Reyes (GWP), 2-1
Most Outstanding Wrestler
Gilbert Rodriguez (MP)