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Landon’s Gallagher dominates Melee on Metro, gears up for private school states

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Wrestling clip artLandon’s Brendon Gallagher (145) won all five bouts, including a 16-0 technical fall in his semifinal and a pin for his title, to earn Outstanding Wrestler honors at the Melee On The Metro Tournament at Wilson High in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.

Gallagher decked Grady Hotz of St. Mary’s Ryken in 2:34 of his championship bout, being among the Bears’ (163 points) seven place-winners toward finishing third in the 20-team field behind champion St. Christopher’s of Virginia (326.5) and Germantown Academy of Pennsylvania (197).

Taking second was Lorenzo Lopez (126), with Axel Giron (120) being third, Luc Schermer (132), Matt Amitay (138) and Jonny Gherman (152) all fifth, and Terrance Bridgers (285), sixth.

“Getting OW was great, especially knowing how many good wrestlers were at the tournament,” said Gallagher, a senior returning private schools state runner-up and two-time Interstate Athletic Conference champion. “I wrestled well this weekend. I just wanted to try to score in every position and get to my offense. It was only my second time at 145, and I felt great.”

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Landon wins IACs, Damascus eyes another state duals crown

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Wrestling clip artLandon crowned Axel Giron (120), Lorenzo Lopez (126), Patrick Kielb (132), Jonny Gherman (152), Brendon Gallagher (160), Jelani Machen (170) and Carter Johnson (182), with Luc Schermer (138) and Terrance Bridgers (285) finishing second as the Bears won their first Interstate Athletic Conference tournament crown in the 23-year coaching history of Andy Katz.

Finishing third were Patrick Townsend (113) and Joel Desroches (220), and Nick Haller (195), fourth as the Bears placed 12 of 13 wrestlers within the top four of their weight classes for the program’s first outright title since 1994, adding the tournament to their regular-season dual meet championship earned with a school-record mark of 16-5 overall and 6-0 in the IAC.

The Bears (195.5 points) overcame runner-up St. Albans (127) to dethrone third place 13-time IAC champion Georgetown Prep (122), their dual meet victory total being the highest since the 15-win season of 2005 to 2006, the last time the Bears won a piece of the crown.

“For the first time this season, we were able to present our strongest line-up,” said Katz. “Everyone made weight and our injured wrestlers were cleared to go for the championship. It was an amazing day. This was a team effort across the board.”

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Bullis boys score key upset win over IAC hoops rival Episcopal

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20180119 Bullis Episcopal 13Bullis Bulldogs' Vado Morse gets an easy layup in the first half in Bullis' win over the highly-ranked Episcopal Maroon.  PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  POTOMAC — After losing two straight games to open Interstate Athletic Conference play, questions circled the 2017-18 Bullis Bulldogs varsity boys basketball team. Were they really the IAC contenders they were thought to be? Despite the adversity that faced the Bulldogs, no anxiety hit the Bullis locker room.

“We picked up practice. After two losses, we knew we needed to get it together,” Bullis guard Vado Morse said.

On Friday night, Bullis faced the visiting Episcopal Maroon. This was a game that Bullis had to have, and no one knew that better than Bulldogs senior guard Vado Morse. With his team in need of a win, Morse stepped up, and put on a show in front of a loud home crowd. With 30 points from Morse, Bullis rebounded from its slow start, and leave with a convincing 75-67 victory.

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Georgetown Prep stays ahead in showdown with Bullis, winning 63-53

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CUT: Georgetown Prep’s Milton Bynum (#3) takes the ball up court as a Bullis’ Kolin Lewis (#13) gives chase in Thursday night’s game. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHGeorgetown Prep’s Milton Bynum (#3) takes the ball up court as Bullis’ Kolin Lewis (#13) gives chase in Thursday night’s game.   PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — In the first battle of the year of the top two teams in the Interstate Athletic Conference, it was the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity boys basketball team who emerged victorious over the Bullis Bulldogs with a 63-53 victory that was won largely on the backs of Georgetown Prep’s big three – Jared Bynum, Ike Nweke and Mezie Offurum – whose combined efforts kept the Hoyas from ever trailing.

“I think it was a sloppy game on both sides,” Georgetown Prep head coach Randy Eskow said. “We need to come out, and we need to be able to win sloppy games. I thought we won a sloppy game tonight, and at the end of the day, that’s what we needed to do.”

As the game tipped off, it was senior Ike Nweke – the Hoyas’ center and a Columbia commit – who was unstoppable, as he led his team on both ends of the floor by amassing four points and four rebounds within the first four minutes of the game, allowing Georgetown Prep to quickly garner a 9-2 lead. Although Bullis made a small run in the middle of the first quarter, Georgetown Prep’s Dejean Desire got hot and pushed the Hoyas back out to a seven-point lead which they held at the end of the first quarter for a score of 18-11.

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Georgetown Prep tramples St. Albans 41-0 on homecoming

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G. Prep vs. St. Albans FB 11 4 17Georgetown Prep's Justin Clark (32) falls into the end zone, scoring one of many touchdowns against St. Albans during the Little Hoyas' homecoming game. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA — Georgetown Prep backup quarterback Peter Davin, filling in for injured starter John Ridgway, led the Little Hoyas to a dominant 41-0 victory on Saturday over the St. Albans Bulldogs in his first career start.

“It was scary at first,” Davin said of getting his first start. “I had butterflies in my stomach at first. But then, you just take the first snap and you become really comfortable. Everything you practiced comes easily…Everything just started clicking, we started hitting passes, started hitting the holes, and everything just worked out.”

Early on in the game, Georgetown Prep leaned on the run, like they also do with star running back Jalen Hampton, but they did not hide their backup quarterback. Davin was given many chances to throw the ball, and it was on his arm that Georgetown Prep scored its first points.

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Late touchdown pushes Landon past G. Prep and back into IAC race

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Landon vs. G. Prep FB 10 21 17 Thomas BaldwinThomas Baldwin (6) scores a touchdown in the final seconds, winning the game for the Landon Bears over the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  BETHESDA — In a crucial matchup between Interstate Athletic Conference football teams, the Landon Bears topped the visiting Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas at home on Saturday afternoon 10-3.

Landon had just suffered a loss to Bullis in which the Bears did not score an offensive touchdown. For Landon to stay in the race for IAC title contention, the game against the Little Hoyas was a must-win.

However, the first break of the game went in favor of Georgetown Prep, as Landon would fumble early in its opening drive.

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Bullis football team overwhelms Landon, remains undefeated

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Bullis vs. Landon FB 10 14 17Bullis linebacker Jordan Ligon (6) tackles Landon Bears' Bryce Baylor (21).                    PHOTO BY MARK POETKER BETHESDA — In a battle between two undefeated teams atop the Interstate Athletic Conference, the visiting Bullis Bulldogs kept their perfect season alive as they beat the home team Landon Bears, 21-6.

Both teams leaned heavily on the run throughout this game, leading to a very quick first quarter. Bullis was the more productive team in the early going, while Landon struggled to move the ball. Bullis worked hard to put the ball in the hands of multiple rushers, especially do-it-all safety/wide receiver Bryson Shaw.

In the final minutes of the first quarter and into the early parts of the second, Bullis drove down the field, and finished off in the end zone as power back Eric McKan pounded it in from the two-yard line. The score gave Bullis a 7-0 lead.

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Baylor leads Falcons over Landon

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TAKOMA PARK – Last Thursday in a first round matchup, Good Counsel junior forward Tyler Baylor scored 22 points to lead the Falcons to a 69-63 victory over Landon in the Maryland Private School Tournament at Takoma Academy.

The game marked a meeting between Washington Catholic Athletic Conference member Good Counsel and Landon from the Interstate Athletic Conference.

“The words of one IAC coach is they are by far the most improved team in the IAC and they made a run in their tournament,” said Good Counsel head coach G.J. Kissal, “so they were playing really well so we feel good about the win.”

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Bullis Wins IAC Tournament

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Bullis IAC ChampsMembers of the Bullis high school boys basketball team hoist the IAC trophy after defeating Georgetown Prep. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

POTOMAC – Bullis captured the Interstate Athletic Conference tournament championship Saturday night with a thrilling 62-60 victory over Georgetown Prep before a sold-out crowd.

The contest marked the third meeting between the IAC rivals with both teams each having won a game in the season series.

Bullis junior guard Vado Morse sank a pair of foul shots with 1.8 seconds left to give the boys basketball program its first IAC tournament championship in three years.

“Vado, he’s come a long way,” said Bullis senior Chyree Walker. “From when I first arrived at Bullis, his game has always shown that he can be a good player and over the years he’s been working and it really showed tonight.”

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Prep’s Krause, Good Counsel’s Thomas, Daniel repeat state title wins

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Georgetown Prep’s Ethan Krause traveled a similar path and achieved the same result as he did a year ago, winning his second straight crown and pacing the Little Hoyas to a sixth place finish at last weekend’s private schools state tournament at Harford County Community College.

Krause won his 145-pound title bout, 5-2, over McDonogh’s Quinn Devaney, a Maryland University-bound senior who was runner-up for the third straight year. Krause defeated Devaney 3-2 in last year’s 138-pound final after missing the private schools tournament as a sophomore due to a concussion.

“This means a lot to me being a multiple-time state champ in that it solidifies me as one of the better wrestlers in Maryland. It’s something I can look back upon when I'm older,” said Krause, whose record is 49-2. “I feel like I wrestled well in my finals match. I wanted it to be more convincing than my previous meetings with him. For that to happen I needed multiple takedowns.”

Last year’s win over Devaney followed Krause’s 87-second pin of Archbishop Spalding’s Nick Goray, whom Krause handled 11-5 in last weekend’s semifinal. Krause had also blanked Goray 5-0 for the crown in last season’s Mount Mat Madness Invitational, which the Duke University-bound senior won yet again earlier in this year.

“Krause has a workmanlike approach to competition. He doesn't leave position,” said Adam DeCosmo, an Archbishop Spalding assistant who was twice a Class 4A-3A state champ at Old Mill in Anne Arundel County before graduating in 2001.

“That makes shutting down the offense of guys like Devaney and Goray look easy. It is quite clear this comes from discipline in the practice room and year-round wrestling. He uses left leg attacks when he does attack and most wrestlers are righties, so they are not used to defending that side of a leg attack.”

Also wrestling well for the Little Hoyas was senior Thomas Gates (285), who was a runner-up to McDonogh junior P.J. Mustipher following a 5-2 loss.

Caleb Wilson (170) and Riley Stewart (182) finished fourth, and Kobe Borda (126, fifth), Joe Keane (120, seventh) and Cole Robilotto (138, eighth) all finished within the top eight for the Little Hoyas two weeks after winning their 13th straight Interstate Athletic Conference title and seven days prior to next weekend’s National Preps Tournament in Lehigh, Pennsylvania.

“This makes all the hard work worth it,” said Krause, who looks to improve on fifth-place finish at last year’s National Preps as well as a seventh-place finish at the National High School Coaches’ Association tournament in April.

“It reminds me that I need to work hard to accomplish my goals. This is a great lead up to National Preps, and it’s giving me the confidence I need to win a national title. That’s been on my mind since I was a freshman.”

Seniors Bailey Thomas (152) and Brady Daniel (220) won individual titles, and junior Cord Richardson (120) and senior Jalen Lea (285) finished third for fifth place Good Counsel, whose other place winners were freshman Conor Lozupone (106, fifth), Drew Brenowitz (182, sixth) and Avery Miller (145, eighth).

A year ago, Thomas and Daniel were among the Falcons’ six individual champions who guided their program to their second private schools states title. Daniel ended the year by placing a team-high third at the National Preps.

Dethroned as perennial Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament champions by Saint John’s, which last month ended their conference dual meet winning streak at 55 matches, the Falcons got Thomas’ 10-0 title bout shutout of Loyola’s Dominick Reyes in the championship match.

Daniel required overtime for a 7-5 victory over John Urban of third-place St. Paul’s as he added his second private schools crown to the Class 4A-3A state title he won as a 182-pound sophomore at River Hill of Howard County.

Daniel has chance to surpass the achievements of his older brother Cory, a former two-time state champion who went undefeated over his final two seasons at River Hill.

Senior Aryemis Brown (160) finished third for the second straight year among five place winners for eighth-place Bullis, followed by Ethan Sypes (220, fifth), sixth-place Isaac Ruderman (113) and Marcelo Motta (132) and eighth-place Bazin Sineshaw (106).

Junior Brendon Gallagher (138) was a runner-up for 12th place Landon, falling 5-3 to Imran Heard of St. Paul’s in the finals. Patrick Kielb (106), Jelani Machen (160) and Carter Johnson (195) placed sixth, and Terrance Bridgers (285), eighth for the Bears.

“Brendon Gallagher sits at 112 career victories, and the highest career mark in Landon wrestling history is 117. We had two freshmen break the season-high wins mark at 29 victories,” said Bears’ coach Andy Katz.

“Patrick has 31 victories and Lorenzo Lopez has 41…Patrick, Jelani, Carter and Brendon earned spots at National Preps next weekend. Hopefully, we can bring home some hardware and continue setting the bar high for our program.”

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