Vosburgh’s big decision leads to glory
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.