SMR wrestling takes third at WCACs

Knights pick up pro­gram-best fin­ish at tour­ney

Maryland Independent - - Taking The Cup - By TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @tam­lyn­nusa

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

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.

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