SMR wrestling takes third at WCACs
Knights pick up program-best finish at tourney
St. Mary’s Ryken’s wrestling team added to its stellar winter campaign with a program-best thirdplace finish at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament on Feb. 4 at Good Counsel in Olney.
The Knights finished with 134 points, with St. John’s of Washington, D.C. capturing the team title with 202.5 and the hosts from Good Counsel in second at 175.5.
SMR head coach Vince Whittles said he was extremely proud of his team and is even more excited for next year because the majority of his team will be returning. The team was 30-15 overall, 5-3 in WCAC action during the dual meet season.
“It’s the most points we’ve scored at a tour- nament,” Whittles said. “Putting six boys in the finals is the best we’ve had. We went up there with 10 kids. We gave up four weight classes off the bat, so to finish third was good. We’re real proud of them all. Our goal is to win these tournaments. We’ve had a lot to prove this year with a really young team but we have everyone coming back next year and we’re excited about the future of the program.”
Alex Figueiras, King Sandoval and Ernie Sig- mon picked up WCAC titles in their respective weight classes.
Figuerias, a sophomore, defeated DeMatha’s Rodney Jefferson by fall to win at 113 pounds. Sandoval, a junior, defeated junior Matthew Richardson of Good Counsel by fall to win the title at 120.
Sigmon, who has battled back from a clavicle injury and wrestled for the first time in three weeks, picked up a 16-9 decision over Drew Brenowitz of Good Counsel to take the 182 crown.
“I pinned my way through the tournament,” Figueiras said. “I had a first-period pin in my first match, a second-period pin in my second match and second-period pin in the finals match.”
Figuerias said all of the hard work is paying off for him this year and his goal is to make it to national preps for the first time.
“I go to practice, go home and eat dinner and then back to the gym,” he said. “I’ve had to over- come not making weight a few times and I wrestle one of the top kids in the state at practice, King Sandoval. I’m looking forward to this weekend. We have Melee on the Metro and the following week is the state tournament. If I place top six there, I’ll go on to national preps and that’s the goal.”
Grady Hotz (132), Gunnar Brodfuehrer (138) and Trent Greer (152) finished second. Dominic Whittles (145) and Kyle Winegardner (160) took home fourth-place finishes.
The WCDC Invitational Melee on the Metro 2 took place Saturday at Woodrow Wilson at Washington, D.C. SMR placed seventh over- all with 141 points with Good Counsel winning with 210.
Figueiras won the 113 title in a 4-2 win over Trey Ashby of St. Christopher’s (Va.). Sandoval finished first at 120 after a 5-0 win over Lorenzo Lopez of Montgomery County’s Landon.
Hotz (132) and Levi Gar- ren (195) placed third, while Brodfuehrer (138) and Winegardner (160) each finished fourth and Christian Alianti (106) was fifth.
The Knights are next scheduled to take part in the Maryland Independent Schools state tourna- ment on Feb. 17 and 18 at Harford Community Col- lege in Bel Air.
Tabbs, Brown net 1,000 points
Two St. Mary’s Ryken basketball players passed the 1,000-point career marks recently.
Junior Wynston Tabbs scored his 1,000th point during a 79-34 win over Good Counsel on Jan. 31, becoming the sixth player in SMR boys basketball history to achieve the mark.
The Knights (15-11, 8-8 WCAC) played O’Connell (Va.) on Tuesday and are scheduled to close out the regular season versus DeMatha at 3 p.m. Satur- day at St. Mary’s College of Mar yland.
On Feb. 7, in a 46-34 win over Archbishop Carroll (D.C.), junior JaKayla Brown became the third SMR girls basketball play- er to reach the 1,000-point plateau.
The Knights (5-17, 2-14) played O’Connell (Va.) on Tuesday and are scheduled to close out the regular season Elizabeth Seton of Prince George’s County in a 7 p.m. home contest Friday.
Swim teams shine
SMR, headed by Michael Speer, swam last weekend in the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swimming and Diving League championships at Fairland Aquatic Center in Laurel.
The girls team was 18th overall with six points. Holton-Arms of Montgomery County was the winner with 321.
The Knights qualified the 200-yard medley relay team of Amy Gateau, Jenna Owens, Marion D’Aurora and Payton Parris for the final, finishing 16th overall in 2 minutes 8.30 seconds. D’Aurora also qualified for the final round of the 200 individual medley and finished 13th overall (2:19.34).
On the boys’ side, the Knights placed 20th with two points. Gonzaga was the winner with 430.
SMR’s 200 freestyle relay team of Ian Aldridge, John Callaghan, Gabe Wilkins and Luke Sohl qualified for finals with a 16th-place finish in 1:48.91.
The Knights boys finished the WMPSSDL regular season at 3-5 overall, while the girls were 3-6.
St. Mary’s Ryken wrestlers King Sandoval, left, Ernie Sigmon and Alex Figueiras, won first-place medals at the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament on Feb. 4. The Knights placed a program-best third as a team.