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Kyle Snyder takes his second straight title

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Ohio State’s Kyle Snyder made it look easy, but it wasn’t.

The Buckeyes junior overcame a rib injury to win his final three of five matches as well as vanquish an opponent who had 38 pounds on him en route to earning his second straight NCAA title at 285 pounds on Sunday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, where the Good Counsel graduate’s crowning achievement was a 6-3 decision over Wisconsin’s Connor Medberry.

A reigning World Champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist from Woodbine, Snyder improved his record on the year to 17-0 and his collegiate winning streak to 33-0 and led his Buckeyes to a runner-up finish to Penn State, winner of its second straight crown and sixth in the past seven years under coach Cael Sanderson.

“It was a lot of fun. I love competing in that environment on the big stage in front of huge crowds. I receive tons of support from Ohio State and Buckeye Nation,” said Snyder, 21, who reached the finals on a pair of technical falls, a decision and a major decision.

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Stefanelli to replace Milloy as Good Counsel football coach

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Good Counsel has found a replacement for head coach Bob Milloy who stepped down last month after half a century coaching Maryland high school football.

The Olney private school has promoted Andy Stefanelli, a 1983 Good Counsel graduate who has served as the Falcons’ freshman head coach and recruiting coordinator for the past eight seasons.

During his tenure at Good Counsel, Stefanelli has compiled a 71-2 record.

“I am thrilled and honored to be named the head football coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, my alma mater,” said Stefanelli. “I hope to carry on the rich tradition that has been established by Coach Milloy.”

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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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Good Counsel’s Thomas wins National Preps, Daniel places second, Krause third

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Good Counsel’s Bailey Thomas required a pair of reversals, the second for an 8-6 overtime victory in his 152-pound title bout with Mason Reiniche of Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in the February 24-25 National Preps Tournament at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Thomas trailed, 6-4, when his initial maneuver tied the bout with one second left in regulation, and the senior executed a similar move in the third and final overtime period to secure the win.

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Bob Milloy - Good Counsel’s “Archbishop” retires from coaching

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Bob MilloyBob Milloy. COURTESY PHOTO Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy has announced his retirement after nearly half a century coaching high school football in Montgomery County.

Milloy, who spent 47 years coaching Maryland high school football, compiled 405 wins during his tenure.

“I’m 73 years old,” said Milloy. “I just really felt like it was time. I felt like it was the right time. It’s a young man’s game. I enjoyed it and loved every minute of it.”

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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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Good Counsel girls fall to McNamara in regular season finale

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OLNEY – Senior Night was supposed to be a celebratory evening for the Good Counsel girls varsity basketball team.

The Falcons hoped to honor their six seniors and close out the regular season on a high note by grabbing a win Friday night at the Kane Center.

The Mustangs of Bishop McNamara, however, had other plans.

The squad from Forestville built on an early lead and finished strong, defeating Good Counsel 64-55.

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Magruder's Cramma beats Poolesville's Truppo, AJ Tao wins sibling coaching war

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From the week ending February 4, 2017: a 7-3 victory by junior C. J. Cramma (120) over senior Brian Truppo keyed last week’s 39-29 victory by Magruder over Poolesville, giving Colonels’ coach A.J. Tao his first dual meet win against older brother and Falcons’ coach Tim Tao.

The win marked the first time in eight total dual-meet matchups that A.J.’s squad has beaten one guided by Tim, whose Falcons won, 36-35, last year on a pin in the final bout.

But it was the Colonels who had the pinning power this year, receiving falls from Fasineh Turay (152), Johnathan Taylor (182), Sabio Amah (195), Daniel Black (220) and Alex Sagheer (285), as well as decisions from Colton Houldworth (113) and Jamar Williams (145).

“It was a great win that gives us momentum heading into the postseason,” said A.J. Tao. “It was also a great win for C.J. beating Truppo, giving him more confidence heading into the stretch run.”

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