Frederick County region wrestlers won five individual state championships at Saturday's Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 2A/1A wrestling tournament at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House. Urbana won the 4A/3A team championship despite not having any individual winners.
For Catoctin High School, sophomore Charlie Perella pinned Adam Martz from Mountain Ridge (Allegany County) for the crown at 132 pounds. Perella countered a Martz takedown attempt early in the third period and was able to secure the fall.
“I had a game plan going out there — I had to move faster than him,” Perella said. “I scored more points when he makes a mistake, so I countered on his mistake [and got the win].”
At 113 pounds, Tim Nordan battled back for a 9-6 decision over Raiheem Knight of Snow Hill (Worcester). The senior gave up five points in the first period on a violent early takedown by Knight, followed by three points from a near-fall. Nordan returned the favor with a reversal and back points in the third frame take the title.
“It was just a dogfight the whole match,” Nordan said. “He was giving me all he got, and I was giving him all I got. He caught me in the first, I caught him in the third. It was a really tough match, and he is a solid competitor.”
The Cougars finished fourth in the team standings with 85 points, and featured two other top-six finishers — Colin Schildt (160 pounds, 2nd) and Garrett Buckley (106, 5th). Coach Ryan Green said that he believes that this showing will help his program take the next step.
“We are passionate at Catoctin about our wrestling, and we are like that in the [practice] room,” Green said. “The boys literally hang themselves dry every day with their work ethics, and that's really what came through with Tim, but also with Charlie.”
Oakdale wrestlers Ryan Simonica (220 pounds) and Anthoney Savage (120) won the first two state titles in program history. The Bears finished fifth in the team standings with 66 points.
Simonica's escape from Ryder Cavey in the third period proved the difference in a 6-5 decision. The victory avenged a region finals loss to Cavey, handing the Century (Carroll) senior his first and only loss of the season.
“It means a lot to the program for the first state championship,” Simonica said. “Words can't even describe it, it's great. I had to go out there and wrestle smart, and wrestle my best.”
Savage also topped a previously unbeaten competitor with a 7-3 decision against Chris Brown of Perryville (Cecil). The junior capped off the post-season trifecta, winning county, region and state titles, and finishing with a 43-2 record.
“That was me last year, I went 39-0 and lost in the finals, it's the worst feeling ever,” said an empathetic Savage. “It feels amazing to go the other way around.”
Josh Loveless also placed fifth at 145 for Oakdale. William Swaney, the Bears coach, knows that this team has come a long way in a short time as a varsity program.
“I'm so happy for both my guys, I'm happy for Anthoney and I'm happy for Ryan,” Swaney said. “Those guys both worked so hard. They put the time in, the extra effort, and it paid off tonight.”
Finally, South Carroll's Steven Schmitz posted a 3-1 decision over Alex Pullen of Wicomico for the 182-pound crown. A third period takedown proved the difference in that bout, capping a perfect 43-0 senior season.
“Staying undefeated throughout your senior year makes you feel like you are trying to protect something,” Schmitz said. “My coach (Bryan Hamper) always told me 'You're not here to protect anything, you're here to win a state title.”
After coming up short in a bid to repeat as state dual meet champion on Feb 9, Urbana wrestling coach Ben Arneson said that he had a bigger goal for his team — to be the first Frederick County School to win a Maryland 4A/3A tournament title.
On Saturday at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House, the Hawks lived up to that billing, compiling 97.5 team points to claim the team title despite not having an individual champion.
“It's a totally different feeling from winning the state duals last year,” Arneson said. “This is awesome. It takes so much heart and pride to make this happen from all the kids. They have to continue to want to battle and all nine guys we had come here did that.”
Urbana had two wrestlers take second in their respective weight classes, Morgan Way at 120 pounds, and Mike Virnelson at 182. Way battled for the full six minutes before succumbing in a 2-1 decision to Marty Margolis of La Plata (Charles County). Virnelson received a technical fall at the hands of Garret Lineberger of Thomas Stone (Charles). Way finished his sophomore season with a 35-5 record, while Virnelson, a senior, closed at 37-10.
The Hawks also placed four other wrestlers in the top six, including: Nick Keller (285, 4th), Nick Frank (138, 5th) Tyler Makosy (113, 5th) and Jake Makosy (106, 6th).
Other notable finishers in the 4A/3A bracket were Linganore's Luke Britton and Tusacrora's Billy Mills, who finished fourth and fifth at 170 pounds.
4A/3A MPSSAA State Finals
at Cole Field House
106: Mikey Macklin (Damascus) d. Jeff Hayden (Mount Hebron), 5-4
113: Brant Leadbeter (Northern-Calvert) d. Anthony Genco (Hereford), 5-4
120: Marty Margolis (LaPlata) d. Morgan Way (Urbana), 2-1
126: Thierno Diallo (DuVal) d. Tanner Saluter (Thomas Stone), 7-1
132: Cameron Harrell (Broadneck) fall Mason Kilcarr (Reservoir), 0:54
138: Charlie Banaszak (Bethesda-Chevy Chase) d. Austin Kraisser (Centennial), 7-5
145: Larry Cannon (Chopticon) d. Ben Swanson (C. Milton Wright), 6-1
152: Sam Ziff (Severna Park) d. Joe Kendrick (Mt. Hebron), 7-2
160: Eric Hoffman (Northern-Calvert) d. Anthony Cable (LaPlata), 1-0
170: William Holder-Moore (Bel Air) d. Akintola Morakinyo (Wilde Lake), 7-5
182: Garret Lineberger (Thomas Stone) t.f. Mike Virnelson (Urbana), 16-0
195: Cory Daniel (River Hill) d. Ralph Bernardo (Thomas S. Wootton), 3-1 SV
220: Luis Beteta (Northwest) d. Logan Kirby (River Hill), 2-1
285: Matt Green (Perry Hall) fall Dalonte Holland (Huntingtown), 3:49
4A/3A Top 10 Team Scores:
1. Urbana, 97.50
2. River Hill, 89
3. Northern, 76
4. LaPlata, 54.50
Thomas Stone, 54.50
6. Thomas S. Wootton, 54
7. Mount Hebron, 51
10. Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 47
2A/1A MPSSAA State Finals
at Cole Field House
106: Nick Miller (Williamsport) fall Jake Rendelman (Owings Mill), 1:46
113: Tim Nordan (Catoctin) d. Naiheem Knight (Snow Hill), 9-6
120: Anthoney Savage (Oakdale) d. Chris Brown (Perryville), 7-3
126: Jaiveion Turner (Cambridge) d. Zach Smith (Kent Island), 3-2 UTB
132: Charles Perella (Catoctin) fall Adam Martz (Mountain Ridge), 4:19
138: Trayvon Wright (Pikesville) d. Matt Capobianco (Middletown), 6-5 3OT
145: Wes Cook (Winters Mill) d. Demetrius Johnson (Owings Mill), 3-1
152: Cody Sharkey (Winters Mill) m.d. Sam Willingham (South Carroll), 15-3
160: Anthony Cimorosi (Rising Sun) d. Collin Schildt (Catoctin), 8-6
170: Chase Cullison (Winters Mill) fall Eddie Merrill (North Carroll), 4:29
182: Steven Schmitz (South Carroll) d. Alex Pullen (Wicomico), 3-1
195: Matt Olauson (Queen Anne's) d. Ridge Myers (Fallston), 8-3
220: Ryan Simonica (Oakdale) d. Ryder Cavey (Century), 6-5
285: Sean Twigg (Glenelg) d. Jake Utz (Winters Mill), 1-0
2A/1A Top 10 Team Scores:
1. Winters Mill, 121
2. Owings Mill, 87.50
3. Glenelg, 87
4. Catoctin, 85
5. Oakdale, 66
6. Oakland Mills, 62
7. South Carroll, 59
8. Kent Island, 50
9. Snow Hill, 45
10. Manchester Valley, 43.50