By Lem Satterfield @satterfield_lem
DERWOOD — Bullis assistant coach Chris Brown had a message on Saturday for the wrestling community following the Bulldogs’ runner-up finish to Conestoga of Pennsylvania at Magruder’s 20-team Mad Mats Tournament, an effort that came a week after the Bulldogs were “five points away from winning the Admiral
Holloway tournament” at Saint James High in Hagerstown.
“I think we’ve sent a message,” said Brown, an assistant to Ali Elias. “Suffice it to say the dogs are barking.”
The Bulldogs crowned freshman Tallion Elliott (106) and junior Liam Handel (145), with runners-up in juniors Isaac Ruderman (152), Austin Brown (182) and senior Aidan Mckew (170), as well as fourth-place finishes from senior Bazin Sineshaw (132) and junior Caleb Tomlin (220).
Good Counsel was third behind titles from junior Conor Lozupone (113), senior Drew Brenowitz (195) and junior Brandon Roberts (285), and defending Interstate Athletic Conference champion, Landon, fourth, with titles from seniors Axel Giron (126) and Jelani Machen (182) and junior Lorenzo Lopez (132).
A four-time Maryland State Wrestling Association junior league champion, Elliot improved to 6-0 by pinning two opponents and blanking Richard Montgomery senior Laura Chang, 4-0, in their title bout.
Handel improved on his runner-up finish at the Admiral Holloway Tournament, following a first-round technical fall victory with three decisions, capped by his 11-6 victory over Einstein’s senior fourth-place county finisher Geremy Lopez.
Giron pinned twice before breaking a 2-2 tie for a 6-3 title bout victory over Wheaton junior Yoseph Yilma, a vastly-improved returning fourth-place finisher at counties.
Lopez won his title bout 8-2 over Morgan Loftland of Conestoga, and Machen, 5-2, against Brown, who had pinned all of his previous seven opponents in the first period without a loss.
Lozupone was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler after pinning all three of his opponents, including Kennedy freshman Griffin Gonzalez at 2:41 of their title bout, and Roberts decked all four of his rivals, including a 72-second fall against senior Jaden Odom of Laurel for the crown.
Brenowitz used a technical fall, a pin and a 5-2 decision over Conestoga’s Matt Hamilton, having transferred from Clarksburg, where he was second at counties and regions and third in the Class 4A-3A state tournament.
Gaithersburg crowned sophomore Dylan McClintock (138) and junior Jaedyn Harris (170).
McClintock won his quarterfinal bout 6-3 over Richard Montgomery’s Justin Steele before pinning his semifinal rival with a lateral drop in 19 seconds, and Conestoga’s Freddie Mucklow with a spladle in 18 seconds.
Harris pinned three opponents to reach the finals, where his forfeit victory improved his record to 4-0 with three pins after going 28-2 as a sophomore
A returning third-place county and regional finisher, Magruder junior Wafeeq Iqbal (120) reached the finals on a technical fall and a pair of first-period pins before edging Peter Walls of James River, 4-2, for the crown.
Walter Johnson senior Kenneth Kang (160) used a pair of pins, a 4-3 semifinal victory over Canaan Tomlin of Bullis, and a 14-7 champion win over Conestoga’s Liam Matson to improve to 4-0.
Also winning a title was Howard High junior Shayan Kassiri (152), a Howard County runner-up who improved to 5-0 with two pins and a technical fall.