North­ern hosts its 26th an­nual Pa­triot Clas­sic

For­mer Hur­ri­cane Jury helps St. Mary’s Ryken take Pa­triot Clas­sic

The Calvert Recorder - - Front Page - By ANDY STATES as­[email protected]­

Blake Jury loves to wres­tle. So when the St. Mary’s Ryken ju­nior saw that he’d be re­ceiv­ing a first-round bye at the Pa­triot Clas­sic tour­na­ment at North­ern High School this past Fri­day and Satur­day, it didn’t ex­actly make him happy.

Walk­ing straight from his quar­ter­fi­nal match to the fi­nals af­ter his semi­fi­nal op­po­nent did noth­ing to sat­isfy, ei­ther. But Jury’s first-pe­riod pin in the 126-pound fi­nal did, as did the Knights’ over­all show­ing as the team boasted four in­di­vid­ual cham­pi­ons for the tour­na­ment.

“I was a lit­tle up­set I had a first-round bye. I love matches, any type of wrestling I can get,” said Jury, who trans­ferred to St. Mary’s Ryken this year af­ter win­ning the Class 4A3A 113-pound cham­pion as a sopho­more wrestling for

Hunt­ing­town last win­ter. “Then I wres­tled a match and then the sec­ond match a kid missed weight so I got an­other for­feit com­ing in. But we wres­tled pretty solid and the weights be­fore and af­ter me are wrestling solid. We just showed up to get some mat time wrestling.”

With four cham­pi­ons and an­other two reach­ing the fi­nals, the Knights were able to claim the tour­na­ment’s team championship, ac­cu­mu­lat­ing 229 points to nip run­ner-up Sher­wood of Mont­gomery County which had 222.5. Broad­neck of Anne Arun­del County came in third with 214, while the host Pa­tri­ots fin­ished fourth in the first tour­na­ment in their new gym­na­sium with 143. Lackey rounded out the top five at 137.5.

St. Mary’s Ryken won three straight cham­pi­onships from 120 pounds to 132, with Evan Eldridge (120) and Alex Figueiras (132) sand­wich­ing Jury’s tri­umph at 126. All three came by fall — 10 of the 14 championship matches ended with pins — with Jury’s tak­ing just 20 sec­onds. Trent Greer de­liv­ered the team’s fourth ti­tle, win­ning the 170-pound crown with a 2-1 de­ci­sion against Cameron Stu­art of Lackey. Chris Albo (106) and Gun­nar Brod­fueh- rer (160) were run­ners-up in their re­spec­tive classes for the Knights.

Trans­fer­ring to a pri­vate school for this year, Jury has had the op­por­tu­nity to wres­tle a wider as­sort­ment of matches against dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tion.

“It’s go­ing well,” he said. “It’s def­i­nitely a lit­tle bit of a dif­fer­ent level of com­pe­ti­tion. I’m ex­cited to see that. I want all the tough matches I can get. The team is nice, new coach­ing staff is good. I can’t com­plain.”

The fi­nals opened with Broad­neck’s Will Don­a­hoe win­ning by fall late in the sec­ond pe­riod of the 106-pound bout. Don­a­hoe’s championship was the first of three claimed by the Bru­ins, with Kyle Keller (152) and Vinny Vac­ciponti (195) also reach­ing the top of the podium.

Sher­wood boasted a pair of cham­pi­ons, with Chris Sanchez (145) and Adam Pfeif­fer (182) each win­ning by first-pe­riod fall in their re­spec­tive championship matches.

Wil­fred Ver­gara of Great Mills claimed the ti­tle at 113 with a 4-2 de­ci­sion against Sher­wood’s Bran­don Holda. Calvert’s Matt Davis pinned Broad­neck’s Michael Gar­ling­ton for the 138-pound championship, while Chop­ti­con’s Greg Grif­fith pinned Brod­fuehrer in the late stages of the sec­ond pe­riod to take the top spot in the 160-pound bracket.

“It was a great match,” Davis said of his en­counter with Gar­ling­ton for the 138-pound crown. “I just trust my train­ing, work hard ev­ery day. Go out there ready to wres­tle, and I feel like I did that pretty well. ... It’s been a great sea­son, def­i­nitely. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to the post­sea­son. I’m just try­ing to get to the top of the podium this year. That’s the goal.”

Round­ing out the tour­na­ment’s cham­pi­ons, Sur­rattsville’s Thomas Hedgepath won a 3-2 de­ci­sion over Du­Val’s Walis El­sayed in the fi­nal at 220, while Eleanor Roo­sevelt’s Chris­tian Bryant closed out the tour­na­ment with a 3-1 de­ci­sion against Du­Val’s Elijah Fon­tem in the heavy­weight championship match.


St. Mary’s Ryken’s Blake Jury works to se­cure his first-pe­riod pin in the 126-pound championship match at the Pa­triot Clas­sic tour­na­ment at North­ern on Satur­day night.

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