Standing in the Johns Hopkins Athletic Center gymnasium, St. Mary's wrestler Mac MacWilliams shared his mixed feelings after the fifth annual Senior All-Star Wrestling Classic Tuesday.
As a gold medal-winning member of the champion Maryland Scholastic Association and Independent Schools squad, the 130-pounder was happy his team won seven gold medals and defeated both the 4A/3A and 2A/1A squads for the firsttime in the history of the event.
As a countian, however, MacWilliams was shocked at how rudely themeet had ended the high school careers of several fellow countians who wrestled for the opposing teams.
"There were some really great matches between some of the top wrestlers in the state out here," said MacWilliams (36-6-2), who was third in the MSA tournament and fifthin the National Preps. "The MSA team had nothing to lose. We had never won this. But I was surprised at some of the guys who lost from the county."
The MSA/Independents defeated the 4A/3A, 28-23, and the2A/1A, 34-24. With a 35-19 loss to the 2A/1A squad, the 4A/3A squad finished 0-2 for the first time in the history of the event.
Of the eight county wrestlers who participated in the meet, only two came away with gold medals. The county's wrestlers had a combined 5-7-3 record.
Old Mill's 135-pound state champion Brent Layman (37-1-1) was the county's other gold medalist.
Layman battled to an 8-8 tie with Mount St. Joseph's Khris Reina, a Pasadena resident, and earned the gold because he defeated Northern Garrett County's Tim Thomas, 11-3. Reina scored one fewer point than Layman, winning, 10-3, against Thomas and earning the silver medal.
"On takedowns, I could only attack his left side because of (an injury) to my right knee," said Layman, who had defeated Reina, 13-7, earlier in the year. "But I made do until he got the takedown in the last 17 seconds. It was a good, tough match."
MacWilliams defeated South Hagerstown's top-ranked Class 2A/1A state tournament runner-up Doug Stottlemeyer, 8-5, and tied Queen Anne's Brian Mackey, who was third in the state tournament. MacWilliams had lost to Mackey earlier in the season.
"I thought my first match against Stottlemeyer went really well," said MacWilliams. "Against Mackey I was flat on my feet, but I felt good to come away with a tie and get the gold."
State champions Pat Flynn (145 pounds) of Annapolis and Brian Eveleth (125) of Chesapeake each lost for the first time. Flynn and South River's state runner-up Brian Hunt (152) finished with 1-1 records and Eveleth -- who forfeited his match tohis Class 2A/1A opponent because he wasn't feeling well -- finished 0-1.
Losing both matches were Southern wrestlers Jason Braithwait (152), a state champion, and Chris Boston (160), a county and regional champion as well as a state runner-up.