Gaels win their fourth straight conference championship

by Billy Loverocket

The Mount St. Joseph wrestling team had an easy time locking up their fourth consecutive MIAA A Conference Dual Meet Championship on Saturday morning at St. Joe. The Gaels (No. 1 in the latest Maryland State rankings) tallied a 61-11 victory over No. 4 Spalding and blanked Calvert Hall 84-0 in the regular season finale.

“Today was Senior recognition day so it seemed appropriate that the wrestlers that have been the catalyst of the program’s success finished with another MIAA dual meet title,” St. Joe coach Harry Barnabae said. “I believe this shows the consistency of our program. Every year we strive to improve, and the team seems to get better. The key now is not to become complacent and peak for the MIAA, MIS (Maryland Independent Schools) States and National Prep tournament.”

Highlights for St. Joe included two grapplers reaching career milestones. At 120, No. 1 Chris Barnabae, a junior who is ranked No. 13 in the nation by FloWrestling, added pins 100 and 101 to his resume (1:44 over No. 17 Drew Baulblitz (Spalding) and 27 seconds over Calvert Hall’s Zach O’Brocki).

No. 8 Jonathan Short (170) picked up his 100th win. In upset news, at 152, No. 10 Chris Roybal caught No. 2 Garrett Fisk with his head too close to his knee and threw him to his back with a cradle, picking up the fall at the 4:14 mark of the third period.

Reinforcing recent upset wins were No. 1 Nathan Porter (126) and No. 7 Ethan Stern (195). Both competitors beat their Spalding rivals for the second time in eight days (both matchups occurred last weekend in the Ocean Lakes Invitational finals). Porter edged No. 2 PJ Truntich 2-1, after tallying a 7-2 victory last week. Stern got by No.8 Dustin Radford on an injury default. At Ocean Lakes, Stern beat Radford 3-2.

No. 1 Connor Strong (145) made his return to the mat after suffering a knee sprain at the Beast of the East (where he took 8th). Strong pitched an 8-0 shutout versus No. 7 Nick Paolucci (Spalding) and flattened Calvert Hall’s Liam Kammar in the first period, 1:01.

Despite the lopsided loss, Spalding had a few things go their way in the St. Joe match. No. 6 Joe Fisk beat No. 7 Clement Woods, 11-4. Fisk won the Ocean Lakes Invitational last weekend, while Woods failed to place. No. 3 Rick Couch put a major-decision on the board at 138 over Brandon Stalnaker (a highly decorated junior leaguer who is filling a back-up role this year), 9-1. No. 3 Brady Pruett took on another Gael back-up at 106, Frankie Antonelli (a state placer last year as a freshman) and cruised to an easy 17-2 technical-fall.

Next up for these squads is the MIAA Tournament at Gilman on Friday and Saturday. Seeds for the tournament will be released on Tuesday evening. VSN will be publishing the seeds, so check back in Tuesday night.

Pictured above: Mount St. Joseph’s top-ranked 120-pounder Chris Barnabae picked up two falls in Saturday’s tri-meet sweep of Spalding and Calvert Hall and now has 101 pins in his career.

Mount St. Joseph 61, Archbishop Spalding 11
(match started at 120)
120-Chris Barnabae (MSJ) pinned Drew Baublitz, 1:44
126-Nathan Porter (MSJ) dec PJ Truntich, 2-1
132-Joe Fisk (Sp) dec Clement Woods, 11-4
138-Rick Couch (Sp) maj-dec Brandon Stalnaker, 9-1
145-Connor Strong (MSJ) maj-dec Nick Paolucci, 8-0
152-Chris Roybal (MSJ) pinned Garrett Fisk, 4:14
160-Zach Phillips (MSJ) pinned Dylan Lewis, 1:51
170-Jonathan Short (MSJ) pinned Matthew Parker, 1:53
182-Justin Henry (MSJ) won by forfeit
195-Ethan Stern (MSJ) won by default against Dustin Radford
220-Parker Warner (MSJ) won by forfeit
285-Isaac Righter (MSJ) pinned Brandon Avila, :21
106-Brady Pruett (Sp) tech-fall Frankie Antonelli, 17-2
113-Jacob Wright (MSJ) pinned Christian Rodriguez, 1:26

Mount St. Joseph 84, Calvert Hall 0
(match started at 113)
113-Jacob Wright (MSJ) won by forfeit
120-Chris Barnabae (MSJ) pinned Zach O’Brocki, :27
126-Nathan Porter (MSJ) won by forfeit
132-Clement Woods (MSJ) pinned John Portillo, :44
138-Matthew Jun (MSJ) pinned Jake Bauer, :53
145-Connor Strong (MSJ) pinned Liam Kammar, 1:01
152-Chris Roybal (MSJ) pinned Jimmy Portillo, :49
160-Zach Phillips (MSJ) won by forfeit
170-Jonathan Short (MSJ) won by forfeit
182-Justin Henry (MSJ) pinned Matthew Stroh, :09
195-Ethan Stern (MSJ) won by forfeit
220-Parker Warner (MSJ) won by forfeit
285-Isaac Righter (MSJ) won by forfeit
106-Frankie Antonelli (MSJ) pinned Matt Lounge, :43

Archbishop Spalding 70, Calvert Hall 0
106-Brady Pruett (Sp) pinned Matt Logue, :38
113-Christian Rodriguez (Sp) won by forfeit
120-Drew Baublitz (Sp) pinned Zach O’Brocki, 3:56
126-PJ Truntich (Sp) won by forfeit
132-Dean Laumann (Sp) pinned John Portillo, 1:07
138-Mitch Garretson (Sp) pinned Jake Bauer, 2:42
145-Cory Butts (Sp) pinned Liam Kammar, 12-2
152-Dylan Lewis (Sp) pinned Jimmy Portillo, 2:50
160-Garrett Fisk (Sp) won by forfeit
170-Double forfeit
182-Matthew Parker (Sp) pinned Matthew Stroh, :53
195-Dustin Radford (Sp) won by forfeit
220-Double forfeit
285-Brandon Avila (Sp) won by forfeit