Vos­burgh’s big de­ci­sion leads to glory

The Washington Post Sunday - - COLLEGE BASKETBALL - BY JOSHUA NEEDELMAN joshua.needelman@wash­post.com

As soon as the whis­tle blew, Leonard­town fresh­man Sean Vos­burgh ran to­ward the as­sis­tant coach he calls his “in­spi­ra­tion” and jumped into his arms.

Bobby Sa­muel has known Vos­burgh since the 106-pounder was 6, and Satur­day in Up­per Marl­boro he sat in the cor­ner of the mat as his pro­tege won a Mary­land 4A/3A state championship at Show Place Arena with a 13-7 vic­tory over Park­dale’s Kidus Ge­bri­or­gis.

“It’s crazy that I had the op­por­tu­nity to do this,” Vos­burgh said, try­ing to catch his breath. “I chose to go to Leonard­town. It was a re­ally good de­ci­sion.”

Vos­burgh said he spurned St. Mary’s Ryken in fa­vor of wrestling for his home­town school, in part be­cause of the op­por­tu­nity to re­con­nect with Sa­muel af­ter they met while Vos­burgh got his start at St. Mary’s Wrestling Club.

Though Vos­burgh wres­tled for dif­fer­ent clubs over the years, the two kept in touch. And on Satur­day they em­braced as Vos­burgh en­acted re­venge for last week’s first-round fall de­feat to Ge­bri­or­gis in the 4A/3A South re­gion fi­nal.

While Vos­burgh cap­tured championship glory for the first time, Arun­del se­nior Nathan Gainey won his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive state crown with a 2-1 vic­tory in the 4A/3A 120-pound fi­nal over Churchill’s Lu­cas Young.

“Com­ing off my first loss [in the state fi­nal two years ago], I knew I wanted to be a two-time state champ,” Gainey said. “That was my whole goal this year . . . . I want to prove I am the best.”

Da­m­as­cus took first place in 4A/3A with 123.5 team points, a fig­ure bol­stered by three state cham­pi­ons. First up was se­nior Scott Oben­dor­fer at 132 pounds.

Shortly af­ter aveng­ing last week’s loss to Walter John­son’s JD Fitz­patrick in the 4A/3A West re­gion fi­nal with a 5-4 win for his sec­ond state ti­tle, Oben­dor­fer grabbed a choco­late milk and watched as his Swarmin’ Hor­nets team­mate Ryan Lawrence dis­man­tled Old Mill’s Chase Pen­nell in the 145-pound fi­nal.

“Yeah, Ry!” he shouted as Lawrence capped off his 21-5 de­mo­li­tion with a take­down and throw to Pen­nell’s back for a five-point move and a tech­ni­cal fall vic­tory.

Paul Purkey rounded out Da­m­as­cus’ dom­i­nant night with a pin of West­min­ster’s Gar­rett Van­der­valk at 182 pounds.

Cen­ten­nial’s Ja­son Kraisser paced back and forth be­fore his 138-pound match, get­ting his mind right be­fore a 4-2 win over Ur­bana’s Lo­gan Ar­ne­son. It marked the 10th state ti­tle for the Kraisser fam­ily, count­ing his fa­ther and broth­ers, and the sopho­more’s sec­ond.

“It’s some­thing my whole fam­ily can share,” Kraisser said through a wide grin. “We all know what it’s like. We’ve all been through the same thing. We’ve all been wrestling at state tour­na­ments, wrestling tough com­peti­tors.”

Hunt­ing­town, which fin­ished third with 93 points, had one sta­tion cham­pion in 195-pounder Gino Sita. He beat C. Mil­ton Wright’s Wy­att Gra­ham, 8-5. South River 285-pounder Bren­dan Woody earned a 2-1 win over Wood­lawn’s Alon Hough.

Oak­land Mills had a pair of wrestlers in the 1A/2A fi­nal — Kyle Farace at 132 pounds and Dai­quan An­der­son at 106 pounds. Though Farace fell, 1-0, to Spar­rows Point’s Max Ham­mond, An­der­son took an 11-6 vic­tory over Smiths­burg’s Shane Hover­male.

Leonard­town took sixth with 77 points, while Glenelg fin­ished seventh with 75 points. Park­dale’s 56 points were good for eighth place. South River (48 points) fin­ished 10th.


Leonard­town fresh­man Sean Vos­burgh, top, beats Park­dale’s Kidus Ge­bri­or­gis to win the 4A/3A ti­tle.

A eu­phoric Dai­quan An­der­son of Oak­land Mills leaps into the arms of his coach af­ter win­ning the 1A/2A championship at 106 pounds.

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