Eagles’ Cooper Flyn places second

by Billy Loverocket

McDonogh’s Cooper Flyn came into the Ironman Tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio on Friday knowing he would likely see his nemesis, Blair Academy’s Ryan Miller, in Saturday morning’s semifinals should he get there.

That unfolded as planned and Cooper, who is No. 10 in the nation by FloWrestling, tasted victory over No. 9 Miller for the first time since their initial high school meeting as freshmen at the Beast of the East. The Eagle won that matchup 6-4, but saw Miller take their next three meetings, including the last year’s at National Preps and at last year’s Ironman.

In Saturday’s semifinal, overtime again greeted the juniors and Flyn came out ahead, 3-1, with a takedown in the first overtime frame. Flyn’s magic ran out in the finals against No. 7 Jordan Titus (Center Moriches, NY) where he fell 5-2 in the tie-breaker portion of overtime. The match appeared to end at the final buzzer of regulation as Titus was awarded a takedown with two seconds left. The officials talked it over and chose to wave the takedown off, forcing overtime. Flyn was seventh here last year.

No. 20 Jack Wimmer (195) finished eighth for the third time in his career. Being a three-time Ironman placer is a major accomplishment. Dominic Solis (182, 4th) and No. 10 Garrett Kappes (285, 6th) reached the awards stand for the first time.

Mount St. Joseph’s placers were also first-time awardees at the Ironman, No.14 Chris Barnabae was sixth at 126 and Connor Strong placed seventh at 160. Strong came in unseeded and busted his way through the bracket.

Georgetown Prep’s No. 8 Kyonte Hamilton was the only other grappler from Maryland to bring home hardware with a third place showing at 220lbs.