Lost in the shadows of the county wrestling tournament Saturday were third-place finishes by Bowling Brook Prep's senior duo of Mike Price and Corry Bowe in the Maryland Independent Schools Wrestling Tournament, also on Saturday.
Bowe, who began wrestling at 189 pounds only this season, rebounded from a 5-3 loss to Loyola senior Rob Collins in the quarterfinals to decision DeMatha's Matt Bovich, 9-7, in the consolation finals.
After losing, 7-6, to McDonogh junior Kellen Williams in the quarterfinals, Price, an All-County pick last season, placed third in the heavyweight division courtesy of a first-period pin against B. Ogunwole of Georgetown Prep in the consolation finals.
Price's pin helped the Thoroughbreds win their fourth B Division championship in six years -- a run that was in serious jeopardy after Friday's rounds, said coach Jim Tavenner.
"I thought we were done," he said, noting that Annapolis Area Christian School and St. Vincent Pallotti were far ahead of Bowling Brook. "We lost a couple of key matches, and Pallotti and Annapolis Area Christian were doing really well. We just decided to relax and have fun the next day."
Tavenner said the team's spirits rose after efforts by senior 145-pounder Saleem Queen, who was one match away from placing in the top six, and senior 160-pounder Hector Morales, who was two matches away.
After Price's victory, Annapolis Area Christian needed just one win to take the crown, and junior 119-pounder Luke Palumbo was wrestling in the championship finals.
But Archbishop Curley senior Darian Kess defeated Palumbo, 11-3, sealing the title for Bowling Brook, which edged Annapolis Area Christian, 54-50.
"We kind of hung on longer than anybody else," Tavenner said. "We kept scrapping and scrapping."
Tavenner said Bowe, Price, Queen, and senior 140-pounder John Hernandez would represent the Thoroughbreds in the National Preps Wrestling Tournament on Friday in Lehigh, Pa.
Costly Westminster loss
Despite earning the top seed in the Class 4A East Region on Sunday, the Westminster boys basketball team dropped out of the Maryland high school basketball poll, which was compiled by the Associated Press earlier this month.
Ranked 13th overall in last month's poll, the Owls' tumble from the rankings can only be linked to a 77-54 setback against Thomas Johnson on Feb. 1 -- Westminster's only loss since Dec. 14.
The 19-2 Owls, who on Saturday clinched their first Central Maryland Conference championship since 1991, also dropped three spots to No. 8 among Class 4A schools.
Catching up to winner
An apology is due Owls junior Adam Tenney, whose championship-winning performance in the county wrestling tournament was notably absent in an article in Sunday's edition of The Sun.
Tenney raised his record to 22-7 by defeating North Carroll junior Ross Bell, 6-0, in the final of their 119-pound bout.
Tenney joined senior 145-pounder Kevin Henry and junior 152-pounder Jon Burger as Westminster titlists.
Two Class 3A West Region basketball doubleheaders tip off Friday.
The South Carroll girls team will play host to Kennedy of Montgomery County at 6 p.m., and the boys squad will play Einstein, also of Montgomery County, at 8 p.m.
The Liberty girls team welcomes Thomas Johnson at 6 p.m., while the boys squad will take on North Carroll at 8 p.m.
In Class 4A, the Westminster girls will play host to Old Mill at 7 p.m. on Friday.
In Class 2A West, the Francis Scott Key girls will travel to Walkersville for a 7 p.m. showdown Friday, and the boys squad will visit Blake of Montgomery County at 7 p.m. on Saturday.