Six Crusaders win titles, Stephen Decatur finishes second, Poolesville is third


by Billy Loverocket

The weather forecast wreaked havoc on the wrestling schedule throughout Maryland this weekend. Some tournaments went to one day and others were postponed altogether. Magruder High School’s Mad Mats tourney, however, went off without a hitch. The organizers moved the semifinals to Friday night to shorten Saturday’s schedule.

St. Paul’s brought their powerful squad down to Montgomery County to face teams outside of their normal schedule. Their first visit to Mad Mats went to script with the Crusaders winning the tournament by 78.5 points despite missing a few of their “stars.”

St. Paul’s six titlists paced the field. Earning gold were Nasir Wilkinson (106), Will Guida (113), Imran Heard (138), Max Hammond (145), Dylan Blau (160), and Jack Parr (195).

Guida, who is the state’s top-ranked 106lber, wrestled up a weight at 113lbs and downed Poolesville’s Alex Carbonell (No. 7), 12-0, in the finals.

Everett McDuffie (152) was second for the Crusaders. Dominic Piazza (170) and Gene Qoudala (120) placed third. Qoudala, a freshman who is ranked No. 18, defeated No.10 Kemper Stearns in his third-place bout.

Logan King (132) and Logan Johnson (285) landed in fifth place to round out St. Paul’s award winners.

Stephen Decatur amassed 217.5 points to finish second, crowning one champion, Caleb Bourne (220), amongst their nine place winners.

Shamir Barnes was second at 106lbs for the Seahawks. Jagger Clapsadle (113), Cade Solito (126), Jeremy Danner (132), David Braciszewski (145), and Justin Manganiello (195) earned bronze. Jhymir Blake (138) and Lukas Layton (182) ended the night in the six slot.

Poolesville was third, just 9.5 points behind Stephen Decatur. The Falcons were only able to secure one title from their four finalists. Kieran Barney won the 182lb bracket. Carbonell, Colin Savage (138), and Dillon Trent (195) settled for silver. In the semifinals, Carbonell edged Clapsadle (No. 8), 7-6.

Xavier Kresslein was third at 160lbs, Ray Kinzie was fourth at 152. Ryan Johnson (106) and Sam Hull (145) were fifth for Poolesville.

Landon’s four champions was second to St. Paul’s. At 120lbs, No. 7 Axel Giron came out ahead of No. 8 CJ Cramma (Magruder) in his championship match. Larry Lopez (126) secured his second straight title after winning the Ray Oliver tournament last weekend. No. 5 Brendon Gallagher blanked No. 14 McDuffie, 13-0, to win his crown. Jelani Machen brought home the 170lb gold.

Good Counsel’s Matthew “Cord” Richardson pinned Landon’s Patrick Kielb in the 132lb title bout. Virginia’s West Potomac had a champ at heavyweight, John Holzworth.