Seven Montgomery County private school wrestlers reached the finals of the Maryland Independent State Wrestling Tournament on Sunday evening at McDonogh School in Owings Mills and three won championships.
Georgetown Prep freshman Eric Hong (120 pounds), Our Lady of Good Counsel sophomore Kevin Budock (132) and Georgetown Prep senior Michael Sprague (138) each won titles in their respective weight classes Sunday, while four other county wrestlers earned runnerup honors. McDonogh narrowly won the team title with 239.5 points, followed by Good Counsel with 237.
Hong won his first two matches by pins, then defeated St. Paul’s sophomore Ryan Friedman, 1-0, before pinning St. Mary’s Ryken junior Steven Simpson in the second period of their title match.
Budock won his first match by forfeit, his second via pin and then edged Tyshaun Williams, 3-1, in the semifinals before posting a 3-1 decision victory over St. Paul’s senior Jack Mutchnick in the finals.
Prep’s Sprague won his first four matches in four different ways before beating Spalding’s Matt Pente, 8-0. Ironically, Sprague’s closest match was in the opener, when he won by a 4-0 decision. He then won his next match by pin, the third by technical fall and his semifinal round by an injury forfeit.
Good Counsel wrestlers also had a quartet of runner-up finishes. The Falcons’ Adam Whitesell (113), Bailey Thomas (126), Nick Miller (182) and Kevin Snyder (195) all reached their respective weight class finals. Whitesell lost a 7-3 decision in the final, while Thomas suffered a 5-3 setback.
Good Counsel sophomore Garrett Neff (152) won his first three matches before losing to Loyola’s Walter Johnson in the semifinals and Landon junior Jarett Witzal (160) won his first two matches by pins before being pinned by eventual champion Logan Breitenbach (Spalding) in the semifinals.
The Sherwood girls’ and Montgomery Blair boys’ swim teams continued their dominance of the Class 4A/3A North Region since Montgomery County joined the state competition two winters ago with their third consecutive region titles Monday.
Despite losing the majority of its scoring from last year, Sherwood followed up last week’s Montgomery County Division II title by winning 373-349 over Blair, which finished second. James H. Blake (250.5), Col. Zadok Magruder (210) and North Point (184) finished third through fifth.
The Blazer boys, who were a preseason favorite to take the state title, recovered from a winless dual-meet season to win Monday’s region championship. They finished with a 385-263 advantage over Huntingtown. Sherwood (260), Springbrook (225) and North Point (22) rounded out the top five.
The state competition, which only allows two entries per team per event, feeds into Blair’s strengths. The Blazers have some of the fastest swimmers in the state but don’t boast the same depth as many of their Montgomery County rivals. Blair won eight of 11 races Monday, including all three relays, which are worth double the points. Brian Tsa won both his individual events, the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, setting a meet record in the latter (4 minbutes, 39.46 seconds). Michael Thomas (100-yard butterfly, 53.56) and Ethan Amitay (100-yard breaststroke, 1:00.82) also broke individual meet records. The three then teamed with Kaden Sukachevin to win the 200 freestyle relay in meet record fashion (1:30.87).
Sherwood’s girls, led by double winner Morgan Hill (50- and 100-yard freestyle) won six events, including the opening 200-yard medley relay and the meet-finale 400 freestyle relay. Hill set a new meet mark in the 50-yard freestyle (24.17). Blair freshman Madison Waechter certain announced her arrival on the state scene with wins in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle and led off the Blazers’ winning 200-yard freestyle relay.