Chopticon High School of St. Mary's County, which battled Southern of Anne Arundel County to the last match, came away with a 140-131.5 victory in last night's Class 1A-2A Region III wrestling tournament at Glenelg High School.
The Braves, who held a 6.5-point lead over Southern going into the finals, beat Southern in two crucial final matches.
In the 103-pound final, Phillip Gainey decisioned Sherrard Neal, 3-1. Then, after Southern had pulled within 4.5 points on Chris Boston's 11-2 decision over Chopticon's Deric Holbrook in the 160-pound class, Braves heavyweight John Scheer sealed the victory with a 2-0 decision over Southern's Robert Burley.
Chopticon led the tournament with three champions. Jeff Daigle (112) won the team's third title by pinning Wilde Lake's Antoine Harris.