Eagles place fourth in team standings; top Mount St. Joe by 11 points
by Billy Loverocket
From the time I watched Cooper Flynn’s semifinal win over Blair Academy’s Ryan Miller at the Ironman, it was obvious he was a different wrestler this year. Gone was the hesitant wrestler that would at times, let others dictate the pace. In its place was a confident, more powerful competitor that pushed the action.
As freshmen, Flynn and Miller were 1-1. Last season, Miller won both their encounters. This year though, Flynn (No. 5 in FloWrestling’s Rankings) has turned the tables, adding a second victory over Miller (No. 6 by Flo) to his junior season’s story, this one, 3-2, for the 120lb National Prep Championship. Flynn was second as a freshman and third a year ago.
Flynn’s showing helped power his Eagles to a fourth-place finish at the prestigious event held over the weekend at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania. Both Harrison Trahan (160, No. 1 in MD by BillyB’s Wrestling World) and No .2 Garrett Kappes (285, No. 18 by Flo nationally) reached the finals but couldn’t fulfill their title hopes.
Trahan, a two-time prep placer, fell to Wyoming Seminary’s Gabe Arnold (No. 9 by Flo), 3-1, in the finals. To reach that bout, he showed last week’s state final win over No. 2 Connor Strong (Mt. St. Joe) was no fluke, downing his rival 8-5 in the semis.
Kappes’ third trip to the prep podium was also marred by a 3-1 loss to a Wyoming Seminary grappler ranked ninth in the country, Cole Deery. No. 1 Dominic Solis (No. 18 in Flo’s ratings) improved on last year’s fifth place showing, landing in the third spot by pinning Malvern Prep’s Andrew Connolly, 1:40.
No. 1 Jack Wimmer (195) missed the tournament last year but returned this year and the senior stepped on the prep podium for the third time placing fourth at this year’s edition. No. 1 Clayton Gabrielson bounced back from his disappointing loss to St. Joe’s Nathan Porter (No. 2) in the state finals to end his freshman run on a high note placing seventh at 132.
John Carroll’s Julianne Moccia made history last weekend at the Maryland Independent Schools State Tournament by becoming the first female from Maryland to qualify for the National Preps. The 2020 tournament featured a girl’s division for the first time, so Moccia decided to test her skills with her peers.
The Patriot stormed through the bracket with none of her foes able to survive longer than 36 seconds. In the finals, Moccia decked Virginia Ford (Wyoming Seminary) in 19 seconds. Her semifinal bout with Kate Biakowski (Sidwell Friends) resulted in a 36-second pin, and her opening victim, Makayla Carrafiello (Landmark School), went down in 26 seconds. Teammate CJ Polesovsky (No. 8) placed eight at 170lbs in the men’s bracket.
Mount St. Joseph, which is tied with McDonogh for the state’s top spot, was hoping the momentum from the state tournament title would carry over to outpace the Eagles once more. Despite their seven place-winners to McDonogh’s six, the Gaels were fifth with 147 points, 11 behind the Eagle’s 158.
Leading the charge were third place finishers No. 2 Chris Barnabae (126), No. 2 Connor Strong (160), and No. 3 Parker Warner (195). Barnabae concludes his stellar career as a four-time National Prep All-American, the only Maryland wrestler to accomplish the feat this year. Strong improved on a sixth place showing as a sophomore and fifth last year.
Improvement was Warner’s mission this season, and he took that directive down to his last match. The senior, who was eighth here last year, was 0-3 versus McDonogh’s Wimmer this year. The first two were 5-2 and 6-1 wins, but in the state finals, Warner took Wimmer into overtime before falling, 3-1. The prep consolation final would be where Warner’s perseverance paid off, as he finally beat his rival, 6-1.
Making their second trips to awards stand were sophomore No. 3 Joe Couch (8th at 113) and No. 1 Clement Woods (4th at 138). First time All-Americans for the Gaels were No. 3 Coleman Nogle (4th at 106) and No. 1 Chris Roybal (7th at 152).
Archbishop Spalding was eighth with 79 points and four All-Americans. No. 2 Joe Fisk ruined Woods’ quest to end the year as Maryland’s top ranked 138lber. The two split matches ahead of the state tournament where Woods relegated Fisk to another runner-up finish.
Woods planted Fisk in the first period of Friday night’s quarterfinals in 57 seconds. The sophomore shook off those last two results to claim the bronze with a 6-3 victory. The Cavalier won both of their meetings last year.
Joining Fisk as two-time prep placers were, No. 1 Brady Pruett (6th at 113) and No. 4 Dustin Radford (5th at 195). Pruett has two more years ahead, while it’s the end of the line for Radford. Also taking his final bow was No. 2 Nick Paolucci who finally broke through and brought some hardware home with a seventh place posting.
Loyola’s No. 7 James Conway continued his late season surge. Following his third-place display at the MIAA tournament, the junior rallied to capture the 170lb state crown. The Don walked onto the prep mats as the tenth seed, he concluded the action sitting in the No. 4 spot. Conway got his party started with a round of 16 upset of seventh seeded Mark Schadt (Avon Old Farms). The No. 4 seed, Benedictine’s Ryan Tremain, fell to his hand 7-0 in the consolation semifinals.
Conway’s fighting spirit rubbed off on his unseeded colleague, Jeremiah Aybar (No. 12 in MD). The sophomore dropped his first match and had to make the long journey through the consolation bracket. Aybar did that and found himself facing the ninth seed, Poly Prep’s Josh Khoshayev, in the blood-round. The Don used a fall to advance where he dropped to the eighth spot at 182. Khoshayev beat Bullis’ Austin Brown (No. 3 in MD), 9-2, in the round of 16.
Gilman’s No. 2 Mattheus Carroll followed his state runner-up performance by placing seventh here at 220lbs to round out the metro area teams.
Two grapplers who plied their trade at St. Paul’s the last two-seasons, No. 3 NaSir Wilkinson (120) and No. 1 Gene Quodala (145), were amongst Bullis’ five All-Americans. Wilkinson was seventh this year and fourth last year. For Quodala, who was fourth, this was his first time earning a prep award.
Also making their maiden voyage to the prep podium for the Bulldogs were No. 1 Meyer Shapiro (126, 2nd), No. 3 Damon McGee (5th at 138), and No. 11 Isaac Ruderman (152, 8th). Shapiro, who pinned St. Joe’s Barnabae in the state finals, reached the finals, but his freshman campaign ended on a down note as the nation’s top rated 126lber, Wyoming Seminary’s Nic Bouzakis, posted a 10-5 win.
Georgetown Prep’s Kyonte Hamilton (No. 3 in the nation by Flo) won his first prep title with a 13-6 decision of Wyoming Seminary’s Kolby Franklin (No. 10 in Flo’s rankings). The junior was fourth here last year after not placing as a freshman.
St. Mary’s-Ryken’s Mason Buckler (No. 9 in MD) was eight at 106 and Good Counsel’s heavyweight No.9 Brandon Roberts finished sixth.
Luke Kowalski from St. John’s in Washington D.C. joined the four-time placer club after landing in the fifth spot at 113. Freshman Brady Colbert was fifth at 182 for St. John’s.
Blair Academy and Wyoming Seminary typically have quite the battle for team supremacy at this event, but this year’s race was dampened by the loss of numerous top guns from Blair’s lineup. Seminary walked away with the crown by 81 points (349.5-268.5) and with it, the No. 1 designation in the nation.
Pictured above: McDonogh’s Cooper Flynn enjoys his moment at the top of the podium as a national prep champion.
Team Scores (Top 12)
1-Wyoming Seminary (PA) 349.5
2-Blair Academy (NJ) 268.5
3-Malvern Prep (PA) 225
5-Mount St. Joe 147
6-Germantown Academy (PA) 111
8-Archbishop Spalding 79
9-Benedictine Prep (VA) 73.5
10-St. Christopher’s (VA) 73
11-St. Benedict’s (NJ) 70
106 Marc-anthony Mcgowan (Blair Academy) MD Daniel Sheen (Wyoming Seminary), 10-2
113 Brennen Cernus (Wyoming Seminary) F Erik Roggie (St. Christopher’s), 0:53
120 Cooper Flynn (McDonogh School) DEC Ryan Miller (Blair Academy), 3-2
126 Nic Bouzakis (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Meyer Shapiro (Bullis School), 10-5
132 Shayne Van ness Branchburg, NJ (Blair Academy) TF Drew Munch (Wyoming Seminary), 21-6 5:57
138 Beau Bartlett (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Lucas Chittum (Blair Academy), 11-4
145 Lachlan Mcneil (Wyoming Seminary) F Manzona Bryant iv (Western Reserve Academy), 3:48
152 Dalton Harkins (Malvern Prep) DEC Connor Kievman (Wyoming Seminary), 5-0
160 Gabe Arnold (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Harrison Trahan (McDonogh School), 3-1 SV
170 Andrew Donahue (Wyoming Seminary) F Aiden Hanning (Northfield Mt. Hermon), 0:44
182 Rylan Rogers (Blair Academy) MD Cole Rees (Wyoming Seminary), 10-1
195 Nicholas Feldman (Malvern Prep) DEC Peyton Craft (Blair Academy), 5-1
220 Kyonte Hamilton (Georgetown Prep) DEC Kolby Franklin (Wyoming Seminary), 13-6
285 Colton Deery (Malvern Prep) DEC Garrett p. Kappes (McDonogh School), 3-1
106 Tommy Link (Malvern Prep) DEC Coleman Nogle (Mount Saint Joseph), 3-0
113 Keveyon Roller (Lakeway Christian Academy) DEC Sam Cartella (Western Reserve Academy), 6-4
120 Dayton Delviscio (Malvern Prep) DEC Brayden Ivy (Lakeway Christian Academy), 5-1
126 Chris Barnabae (Mount Saint Joseph) MD Daniel Wask (Blair Academy), 13-4
132 Christian Colman (Germantown Academy) DEC Tyler Morris (Phillips Exeter Academy), 3-1 SV
138 Joe Fisk (Archbishop Spalding) DEC Clement Woods (Mount Saint Joseph), 6-3
145 Dominic Rossetti (Loomis Chaffee) DEC Gene Quodala (Bullis School), 8-4
152 Kevin Schork (St. Christopher’s) FOR Zane Cox (Benedictine Prep), 0-0
160 Connor Strong (Mount Saint Joseph) DEC Aurelius Dunbar (Mercersburg Academy), 2-1
170 Caden Rogers (Malvern Prep) F James Conway (Loyola-Blakefield), 2:01
182 Dominic Solis (McDonogh School) F Andrew Connolly (Malvern Prep), 1:40
195 Parker Warner (Mount Saint Joseph) DEC Jack Wimmer (McDonogh School), 6-1
220 Noah Pettigrew (Blair Academy) DEC Harrison Levans (Germantown Academy), 5-0
285 Eijah Anthony (Blair Academy) DEC Liam Dietrich (Trinity Pawling), 2-1
106 Kade Davidheiser (The Hill School) DEC Caleb Seyfried (Green Farms Academy), 7-2
113 Luke Kowalski (St. John’s College) FOR Brady Pruett (Archbishop Spalding), 0-0
120 Nico Provo (Green Farms Academy) FOR Gregor Mcneil (Wyoming Seminary), 0-0
126 Jimmy Harrington (Belmont Hill) DEC Kelvin Griffin (The Hill School), 2-1
132 Thomas Fierro (St. Benedict’s Prep) DEC Skylar Smith (Liberty Christian School-tx), 8-5
138 Damon Mcgee (Bullis School) DEC Luca Errico (Brunswick), 8-3
145 Chris Perry (Brunswick) DEC Sam Beckett (The Hill School), 3-0
152 Braeden Baller (All Saints Episcopal) DEC Damon Wright (St. Benedict’s Prep), 8-4
160 Ibraheim Mendheim (St. Benedict’s Prep) DEC Jack Wehmeyer (Malvern Prep), 10-6
170 Sean Kilrain (Blair Academy) DEC Ryan Tremain (Benedictine Prep), 5-3
182 Brady Colbert (St. John’s College) MD Harrison Shapiro (Belmont Hill), 15-4
195 Dustin Radford (Archbishop Spalding) DEC Wyatt Hare (Germantown Academy), 1-0
220 Bill Brosko (The Haverford School) FOR William Thayer (St. Paul`s School), 0-0
285 Nate Miller (Wyoming Seminary) DEC Brandon Roberts (Good Counsel), 4-3
106 Freddie Pimental (Belmont Hill) FOR Mason Buckler (St. Mary’s Ryken), 0-0
113 Tyler Knox (Northfield Mt. Hermon) FOR Joe Couch (Mount Saint Joseph), 0-0
120 Nasir Wilkinson (Bullis School) DEC Chris Kim (Germantown Academy), 2-1
126 Jake Keeling (St. Christopher’s) DEC Alan Fandrich (Trinity Christian Academy), 6-4 SV
132 Clayton Gabrielson (McDonogh School) F Jt Chance (Western Reserve Academy), 3:57
138 Matthew Ryan (St. Benedict’s Prep) MD Trevor Nugent (Governor’s Academy), 12-0
145 Nick Paolucci (Archbishop Spalding) FOR Tyler Miller (St. Thomas More), 0-0
152 Chris Roybal (Mount Saint Joseph) DEC Isaac Ruderman (Bullis School), 7-2
160 Pearson Hill (Hopkins) DEC Thomas Stewart (Blair Academy), 6-1
170 Quillen Martin (Rabun Gap – Nacoochee School) FOR Cj Polesovsky (John Carroll), 0-0
182 Luke Duthie (Germantown Academy) F Jeremiah Aybar (Loyola-Blakefield), 4:53
195 Clayton Ostrover (Brunswick) FOR Gabe Slate (Benedictine Prep), 0-0
220 Mattheus Carroll (Gilman) F Owen Vietmeier (Malvern Prep), 2:10
285 Gabe Moore (Liberty Christian School-tx) F Hudson Jones (Charlotte Christian School), 2:51