2016-17 MARYLAND

Mount St. Joseph ruled the wrestling world for many years, but in the late 2000s things started to turn downward. Harry Barnabae took over the reigns in 2012. At that point in time, the Gaels were no longer in the state rankings. On Saturday at Harford Community College’s APG Federal Credit Union Arena, Barnabae and the Gaels reclaimed their position in the wrestling hierarchy, capturing the state title by 38.5 points, 309.5-271, over McDonogh.

St. Joe came into the Maryland Independent Schools State Tournament as the No. 1 team in the Maryland State Wrestling Association’s latest rankings. They solidified that standing with an impressive performance that saw all 14 of their wrestlers place in the top six, and therefore, qualify for next weekend’s National Prep tournament at Lehigh University.

“For the team to come together as it did this week showed their resolve,” St. Joe coach Harry Barnabae said. “Your greatest challenge is remaining healthy at this point this season. We had several wrestlers come down with illnesses this week, yet they managed to pull it together and wrestle well. The team’s goal was to take all 14 wrestlers to the National Preps. In doing so we were confident that we could capture the State title. It didn’t come easy as the competition this year was very tough in all the weight classes. We cherish this accomplishment and look forward to next week as we compete in the National Prep tournament.”

The Gaels crowned three champions, Connor Strong (113), Shawn Orem (132), and Neil Schuster (152). Strong, a freshman, and Schuster, a senior won their first titles. Orem captured his second title when McDonogh’s Caden Mareno had to default in their finals match with an ankle injury. Orem had beaten Mareno in their previous three meetings.

“It (the second title) feels pretty good,” said Orem. “Nothing else I can say about that. (I) definitely got to give all the credit to Coach Barnabae. Especially when he got here, the team was not very good at all. I don’t think we were ranked in the state. To get us all the way back here definitely proves he’s the best coach in the state. Even before all my matches, coach just came up to me, and told me go out and wrestle, go after people, try to dominate and just wrestle.”

Schuster was also facing a McDonogh opponent, Dominic Solis, for the fourth time this year. He walked away with a 6-2 win.

“I think it’s awesome I was able to put a state championship into the Schuster family name,” Schuster continued. “It’s been 12 years of high school wrestling that we have never had a state champ, so that felt pretty good. Doing it for the team. That was big. We had the momentum rolling. We had a pretty big lead I think going into the finals. So, I just wanted to keep that going. It’s awesome (helping build the program back up). Honestly, it just gives me chills just thinking about it. Coming in, I had guys like Dan Hawkins, Zeke Salvo, to look up to. It’s just awesome that I can kinda call myself one of those guys that my current teammates will look up to.”

Strong represents part of Mt. St. Joe’s promising future. The Gaels have seven freshman or sophomores in their starting lineup. Strong, who missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, edged St. Paul’s Will Guida for the state title, 4-3.

“It’s just awesome to be a part of it (state title winning team),” Strong added. “We’ve worked really hard all year for this, and it means a lot to come out on top at the end. We just worked really hard for this and it feels really good. Knowing I have three more years to be a part of this, and we have a lot more big things that we can do. It was hard to come back from (a shoulder injury), and it means a lot to be able to come back. I got my shoulder fixed. Came back, kinda reinjured it. We just worked through it and it just means a lot to be able to come out in the end and win after all the adversity with my shoulder and stuff like that.”

Finishing as state runner-ups for St. Joe were, Chris Barnabae (106), Justin Henry (170), David Schultz (182), and Austin Stith (195). Taking third was Nathan Porter (126). Chris Roybal (145), Zach Phillips (152), and Keagan Rill (220) were fourth. Matthew Jun (120) placed fifth and Paul Warner (285) was sixth.

Heavyweight PJ Mustipher was McDonogh’s lone champion. Mustipher downed Georgetown Prep’s Thomas Gates, 5-2, to earn his first state championship.

“My mindset was don’t take any opponent lightly,” said Mustipher. “I knew I could be at the top this year. I was so close last year, I just tried to remember that feeling before every match. And last year, you know, just not feeling good about losing the way I lost. I worked so hard this season so I was just prepared. I was thinking, you gotta win it by any means necessary. I took two shots, couldn’t finish either one. But I felt good with those shots so I knew if I had to go into overtime I could probably take him down. It felt good. He shot, I sprawled, you know it just shows the hard work. I scored a lot of points this weekend. I woulda liked to finish those two shots. But I feel I performed great. My conditioning is way better than it was in December so I felt great.”

Falling short in their title quests for the Eagles were, Ray Kable (126), Mareno, Quinn Devaney (145), and Solis.

St. Paul’s duplicated their feat at the MIAA tournament of having the most champions, this time the Crusaders saw five grapplers bring home state titles.

At 106lbs, Kurt McHenry defeated St. Joe’s Barnabae for the third time this season, 14-5. Imran Heard (138) beat Landon’s Brendon Gallagher, 5-3, for his first state title. Also winning their first state titles were, Jack Parr (182) and Noah Kalishman (195). Parr downed his MIAA rival, St. Joe’s Schultz, for the third straight time. Schultz won their first meeting in the opening dual meet of the season.

Kalishman, a senior, won his title, 7-0, over St. Joe’s Stith. It was his third win over Stith this year.

“It felt good to get another win,” Kalishman said. “I didn’t wrestle my best match and there is always plenty of room for improvement. I’m looking forward to next weekend and competing at Preps, and finishing the season strong. Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way. It felt amazing holding him down in those final seconds knowing I had the win.”

At 170lbs, Dale Tiongson captured his second consecutive state title with a 19-8 victory over St. Joe’s Henry.

“I felt good about my performance throughout (the tournament),” Tiongson said. “I did exactly what I wanted to, and that’s to wrestle hard and enjoy the competition. It was a good last states and I’m feeling confident heading into National Preps next week.”

Good Counsel’s Bailey Thomas (152) was named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler and also received the award for most career state tournament points. Thomas dominated Loyola’s Dominick Reyes, controlling all facets of the match, en route to a 10-0 shutout.

“I don’t really have much to say,” Bailey added. “I just went out and wrestled. It’s the best that I could hope for. Mostly through the entire tournament I was just thinking I gotta score points, I gotta get on my offense, and let things take care of themselves. Last match, I wanted to score eight points, and then I just went out and all I thought about was I’m scoring points. I’m scoring those eight points. It’s definitely sweet being senior year, having a state championship, but they’re (the two state titles) about the same. It feels good.”

Brady Daniel (220) won his third straight state crown, his second for Good Counsel. The first championship came as a sophomore for River Hill. The senior went into overtime to win this title as St. Paul’s John Urban came to battle. Daniel earned a takedown in the first overtime period to claim the victory, 7-5.

Winning his third state championship was St. Mary’s-Ryken’s King Sandoval (120). In the finals, Sandoval, downed Archbishop Spalding’s PJ Truntich, 6-2.

Georgetown Prep’s Ethan Krause (145) won his second state title over McDonogh’s Devaney, 5-2. Krause also defeated Devaney in last year’s state finals.

At 126lbs, DeMatha’s Nathanil White, who recently dropped down from 132, brought home his first state crown with a hard fought 5-3 win over McDonogh’s Kable.

Barnabae farther reflected on this weekend’s action.

“I’m really proud of our seniors finishing with state titles, Neil Schuster and Shawn Orem.  Shawn captured his second straight title. Neil has been focused all year on winning this tournament after finishing second last year. I know this means a lot to him. Freshman, Connor Strong also was very impressive, pinning his first three opponents before his decision over Guida in the finals at 113.

“You have to feel for Ryan Leventhal (120), and Caden Mareno from McDonogh. Both went down with ankle injuries during the matches with our wrestlers. They are tough competitors and we wish them a quick recovery.”

Team Scores


1. Mount Saint Joseph 309.5

2. McDonogh School 271.0

3. Saint Paul`s 259.5

4. Archbishop Spalding 167.5

5. Good Counsel 160.5

6. Georgetown Prep 124.0

7. Loyola Blakefield 120.0

8. Bullis School 98.5

9. Saint Mary`s Ryken 77.5

10. Gilman School 76.0

11. John Carroll 75.0

12. Landon 74.0

13. DeMatha Catholic 73.5

14. Archbishop Curley 72.0

15. Boys’ Latin 42.0

16. Severn School 32.0

17. Calvert Hall 24.0



1. St James School 39.0

2. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel 32.0

2. Saint Vincent Pallotti 32.0

4. Bishop McNamara 22.0

5. Friends of Baltimore 20.0

6. Glenelg Country School 17.0

7. The Heights School 15.0

8. Saint Andrew`s Episcopal School 13.0

9. Gerstell Academy 11.0

9. Saint Mary`s 11.0

11. Sandy Spring Friends School 5.0

12. Covenant Life School 4.0

12. Maryland School for the Deaf 4.0

12. McLean School 4.0

15. Silver Oak Academy 0.0


McHenry106 Results
1st Place Match
Kurt McHenry (Saint Paul`s) 55-0, So. over Chris Barnabae (Mount Saint Joseph) 41-8, Fr. (MD 14-5).
3rd Place Match
Deshawn Strand (Loyola Blakefield) 23-9, So. over Mitch Garretson (Archbishop Spalding) 22-18, Fr. (Dec 11-7).
5th Place Match
Conor Lozupone (Good Counsel) 23-15, Fr. over Patrick Kielb (Landon) 29-11, Fr. (Inj. 0:00).
7th Place Match
Andy Weinstein (Gilman School) 23-19, Fr. over Bazin Sineshaw (Bullis School) 23-22, . (Fall 3:00).


Strong113 Results
1st Place Match
Connor Strong (Mount Saint Joseph) 14-1, Fr. over Will Guida (Saint Paul`s) 28-7, Fr. (Dec 4-3).
3rd Place Match
Sean M. Scott (McDonogh School) 25-13, So. over Dean Laumann (Archbishop Spalding) 24-12, Fr. (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
Nick Kobrick (Archbishop Curley) 17-13, Fr. over Isaac Ruderman (Bullis School) 33-24, . (Inj. 0:00).
7th Place Match
John Bakey (The Heights School) 19-11, Fr. over Raj Malviya (Glenelg Country School) 32-15, Sr. (Fall 4:41).



Sandoval120 Results
1st Place Match
King Sandoval (Saint Mary`s Ryken) 59-6, Jr. over Paul Truntich (Archbishop Spalding) 42-5, So. (Fall 4:00).
3rd Place Match
Cord Richardson (Good Counsel) 32-16, Jr. over Sam Kalishman (Saint Paul`s) 12-8, Fr. (Fall 2:35).
5th Place Match
Mathew Jun (Mount Saint Joseph) 19-14, Fr. over Matt Mitrega (John Carroll) 33-14, Fr. (Dec 9-7).
7th Place Match
Joe Keane (Georgetown Prep) 23-17, . over Ryan Thomas (Loyola Blakefield) 26-12, Jr. (Dec 4-2).


White126 Results
Nathanil White (DeMatha Catholic) 51-1, Jr. over Ray Kable (McDonogh School) 26-12, So. (Dec 5-3).
3rd Place Match
Nathan Porter (Mount Saint Joseph) 31-11, Fr. over Rick Couch (Archbishop Spalding) 38-14, So. (Dec 2-0).
5th Place Match
Kobe Borda (Georgetown Prep) 24-8, . over Jared Butler (Saint Vincent Pallotti) 41-9, . (Dec 3-2).
7th Place Match
Billy Trout (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel) 39-5, Jr. over Drew Franklin (Gilman School) 26-20, Sr. (Fall 1:39).


Orem132 Results
Shawn Orem (Mount Saint Joseph) 49-5, Sr. over Caden Mareno (McDonogh School) 33-9, Jr. (Inj. 2:52).
3rd Place Match
Ryan Garrettson (Archbishop Spalding) 40-13, Jr. over Nick Dintino (Saint Paul`s) 19-9, Jr. (Dec 5-1).
5th Place Match
Christopher Sanchez (DeMatha Catholic) 12-2, So. over Marcelo Motta (Bullis School) 46-10, . (For.).
7th Place Match
Grady Hotz (Saint Mary`s Ryken) 41-11, Jr. over Josh Aybar (Loyola Blakefield) 25-16, Fr. (UTB 4-3).


Heard138 Results
1st Place Match
Imran Heard (Saint Paul`s) 34-8, Jr. over Brendon Gallagher (Landon) 40-7, Jr. (Dec 5-3).
3rd Place Match
Seth Fillers (Mount Saint Joseph) 36-11, So. over Garrett Fisk (Archbishop Spalding) 34-16, So. (SV-1 3-1).
5th Place Match
Grant Gorvett (McDonogh School) 19-7, Jr. over Braeden Alevizatos (Gilman School) 37-10, Sr. (For.).
7th Place Match
CJ Polosesovsky (John Carroll) 27-14, Fr. over Cole Robilotto (Good Counsel) 29-20, So. (Dec 7-2).






Krause145 Results
1st Place Match
Ethan Krause (Georgetown Prep) 49-2, . over Quinn Devaney (McDonogh School) 31-7, Sr. (Dec 5-2).
3rd Place Match
Nick Goray (Archbishop Spalding) 46-11, Sr. over Christopher Roybal (Mount Saint Joseph) 23-9, Fr. (Dec 3-0).
5th Place Match
Dylan Blau (Saint Paul`s) 33-17, So. over Eric Ashton (John Carroll) 35-18, Sr. (Dec 8-2).
7th Place Match
Jamie Rice (Boys` Latin) 24-10, Jr. over Avery Miller (Good Counsel) 18-15, So. (SV-1 9-7).


Thomas152 Results
1st Place Match
Bailey Thomas (Good Counsel) 46-8, Sr. over Dominick Reyes (Loyola Blakefield) 30-4, Sr. (MD 10-0).
3rd Place Match
Joshua Laubach (Archbishop Curley) 38-6, Jr. over Zach Phillips (Mount Saint Joseph) 22-10, So. (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
Tyler Savage (Archbishop Spalding) 33-16, So. over Alex LaVeck (McDonogh School) 32-12, So. (Dec 7-4).
7th Place Match
Everette McDuffie (Saint Paul`s) 26-16, So. over Evan Gaines (Boys` Latin) 18-13, Sr. (Dec 5-1).


Schuster160 Results
1st Place Match
Cornelius Schuster (Mount Saint Joseph) 44-6, Sr. over Dominic Solis (McDonogh School) 34-9, Fr. (Dec 6-2).
3rd Place Match
Aryemis Brown (Bullis School) 57-2, . over Jacob Jarosz (Severn School) 31-10, Jr. (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
TJ Quelet (St James School) 50-11, So. over Jelani Machen (Landon) 27-10, So. (Fall 4:29).
7th Place Match
Luke Vaughters (Saint Mary`s) 19-7, Sr. over Taylor Randolph (Loyola Blakefield) 17-9, Jr. (Dec 9-4).


Tiongson170 Results
1st Place Match
Dale Tiongson (Saint Paul`s) 43-4, Sr. over Justin Henry (Mount Saint Joseph) 39-6, So. (MD 19-8).
3rd Place Match
Garrett Kappes (McDonogh School) 35-10, Fr. over Caleb Wilson (Georgetown Prep) 24-9, . (Dec 2-1).
5th Place Match
Jason Litvak (Loyola Blakefield) 24-12, . over Dustin Radford (Archbishop Spalding) 29-19, Fr. (Fall 3:00).
7th Place Match
Tucker Almany (St James School) 45-10, Sr. over Jeremy Cranston (Gilman School) 35-10, Jr. (Dec 4-3).



Parr182 Results
1st Place Match
Jack Parr (Saint Paul`s) 30-7, So. over David Schultz (Mount Saint Joseph) 36-9, Jr. (Dec 4-2).
3rd Place Match
Jack Wimmer (McDonogh School) 29-9, Fr. over Riley Stewart (Georgetown Prep) 30-6, . (Dec 5-2).
5th Place Match
Ernie Sigmon (Saint Mary`s Ryken) 49-7, Jr. over Drew Brenowitz (Good Counsel) 28-19, So. (Dec 10-4).
7th Place Match
Jerry Rosser (John Carroll) 22-22, . over Ian Takas (Loyola Blakefield) 16-17, So. (Dec 10-3).






Kalishman195 Results
1st Place Match
Noah M Kalishman (Saint Paul`s) 40-6, Sr. over Austin Stithe (Mount Saint Joseph) 37-9, Jr. (Dec 7-0).
3rd Place Match
Cody Williams (McDonogh School) 17-4, Fr. over Tyrone Roper (Archbishop Curley) 10-4, Sr. (Fall 1:59).
5th Place Match
Jake Brummett (Gilman School) 28-12, Sr. over Carter Johnson (Landon) 25-8, Jr. (TF-1.5 1:49 (16-0)).
7th Place Match
Mac Alban (Boys` Latin) 27-7, Jr. over Will Maigetter (Loyola Blakefield) 13-16, Jr. (Fall 2:18).


Daniel220 Results
1st Place Match
Brady Daniel (Good Counsel) 46-5, Sr. over John Urban (Saint Paul`s) 35-8, Jr. (SV-1 7-5).
3rd Place Match
Parker Robinson (McDonogh School) 29-10, Jr. over Keegan Rill (Mount Saint Joseph) 39-11, Jr. (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
Ethan Sypes (Bullis School) 45-14, . over Jack Schreck (Friends of Baltimore) 30-15, Sr. (Fall 2:01).
7th Place Match
Vinny Tomarchio (Glenelg Country School) 29-14, Jr. over Mike Vargas (Archbishop Curley) 8-24, So. (Dec 3-2).


Mustipher285 Results
1st Place Match
PJ Mustipher (McDonogh School) 29-4, Jr. over Thomas Gates (Georgetown Prep) 28-7, . (Dec 5-2).
3rd Place Match
Jalen Lea (Good Counsel) 39-9, Sr. over Adam Berg (John Carroll) 26-3, . (Dec 3-2).
5th Place Match
Vincent Shaffer (Archbishop Curley) 25-6, Sr. over Paul Warner (Mount Saint Joseph) 19-7, Jr. (Fall 0:52).
7th Place Match
Jerold Gaither (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel) 36-5, Jr. over Terrance Bridgers (Landon) 18-15, So. (Dec 5-1).