Coleman Nogle wins lone championship for the Gaels

by Billy Loverocket

On Saturday, the Mount St. Joe wrestling team ventured south to Richmond, Va. for the East Coast Catholic Classic hosted by St. Benedictine. Delbarton, NJ, who is ranked 11th in the nation by WIN Magazine, stole the show, piling up 311 points, winning 11 of the 14 weight classes. The other champs came from the two Maryland schools in attendance.

The Gaels held a slim lead in the battle for second, going into the championship finals, but watched it wither away to an eventual tie, then a two-point deficit, finishing third with 215 points to St. Mary’s-Ryken’s 217. In fact, it came down to the final bout, which the Knights’ Terrance McCauley (285, No. 1 in MD in the latest rankings by the Maryland State Wrestling Association) won by fall to push his squad ahead.

No. 1 Coleman Nogle pinned all three of his foes to capture the 120lb crown in grand style. Joining Nogle in the finals, but not able to replicate his trip to the top of the podium were his brother Carter (113, No. 1), No. 7 Nicolas Barnabae (152), No. 16 Jesse Rappazzo (170), No. 1 Bryce Phillips (182), and Spencer Toth (220). Barnabae authored an upset of No. 4 Mason Buckler (St. Mary’s-Ryken) in the semis, 9-5.

Placing third for the Gaels were William Hudson (No. 5 at 106), No. 2 Jacob Wright (132), Colin Krause (145), and No.16 Austin Lewis who banked a 3-1 upset of Ryken’s Will Buckler in the 160lb third-place bout.

Gabe Rupp was fourth at 126, Chris Clayton took fifth at 126, with Luca Brown (138) and Caden Knight (160) landing in the sixth spot. Teams were able to enter multiple wrestlers in a weight class.

St. Mary’s Ryken’s other champ was No. 3 Kaylan Perez (220). Placing second for the Knights were No. 13 Austin Wood (106), No. 2 Mekhi Neal (145), and No. 6 Ezekiel Gayle (195). Taking third were No. 3 Evan Boblitz (113), No. 5 Tyler Wood (120), No. 24 Koen Bowling (126), No. 2 Clayton Gabrielson (138), and Mason Buckler. Tyler Wood and Gabrielson transferred to Ryken from McDonogh prior to this season.

Will Buckler and Anthony Oguendo were fourth for the Knights. Michael Colianni was fifth at 113 and Gabe Moltymyr was sixth at 170.

Bishop McNamara joined the Maryland crew as well placing one grappler into the finals, Chris Forbes (285) who had to settle for second. Placing fourth were Rhonin Sweson (120), Ethan Vaughan (132) and Sirr Bannister (138, No. 6 at 145). Joseph Lagman was fifth at 145 and Mileon Merritt was sixth at 220.