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.”


Thomas, Daniel, Lea push Good Counsel to crown at Melee on Metro

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Seniors Bailey Thomas (152), Brady Daniel (220) and Jalen Lea (285) won individual titles as Good Counsel won the team championship in last weekend’s 18-team Melee on The Metro at Gonzaga High in Washington.

Conor Lozupone (106) and Drew Brenowitz (182) were second, with Cord Richardson (120), Cole Robilotto (138) and Avery Miller (145) third, and Ryan Briggs (170) fourth as the Falcons (210 points) rebounded a week after being 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.

Daniel pinned Michael Okaro of runner-up St. Benedict’s of New Jersey, and Lea did the same to Phillip Firehock of Gonzaga, with Thomas earning a technical fall over Joey Dunn of Sidwell Friends. The trio added their crowns to last week’s individual WCAC titles, with Thomas earning Outstanding Wrestler honors last week.

“As a team, we had to regroup, so it was great to have a good, hard week of practice, get some guys to where they should be, come back and get that win,” said Daniel, who, like Thomas, will attempt to defend his private schools state title at McDonogh of Baltimore next weekend.

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