All-baltimore City/county Wrestling

March 13, 2002

WRESTKER OF THE YEAR

Sam Lewnes

Mount St. Joseph, junior

Lewnes (160 pounds) won his second MIAA and private schools titles, making the finals for the third straight year in each of those tournaments. Lewnes was the only Baltimore-area wrestler to win a National Preps title, pinning Blair Academy's Matt Veres for the crown after being fifth and third during his two previous seasons.

In compiling a 43-3 record, Lewnes did not lose to a wrestler in Maryland for the first time in his three high school seasons. He also yielded just five nearfall points in the 46 bouts. Lewnes won tournaments at Hammond and Curley, was runner-up at Colonial Forge to Blair Academy's Matt Palmer, and lost twice to a two-time fourth-place finisher in Pennsylvania - by 5-2 and in overtime - en route to placing fourth at the PowerAde tournament.

Among Lewnes' wins were decisions over two nationally ranked wrestlers, including one three-time New England champ. Lewnes also had three victories over Curley's Rob Miller. With another year to go, Lewnes ranks among the Gaels' winningest wrestlers with a 126-19 career record.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Guy Pritzker

Owings Mills

Pritzker's coaching routine includes replacing boot-camp- like training regimens with games of dodgeball and standup comedy. And the strategy worked, yet again, for the 20th-year coach who ranks as the public schools' winningest since 1988.

His Eagles this year earned their first Class 2A-1A state dual- meet title, dethroning Kent County with a 36-25 victory highlighted by Mike Kessler's 125-pound upset of state champ Brian Fox. The Eagles ended the year with a 23-1 dual-meet record and No. 5 ranking in the area, this after earning Pritzker's sixth Baltimore County tournament crown. Pritzker's efforts were rewarded at the 2A-1A state tournament, where his Eagles finished third, Clayton Arnold became his 16th individual champ - the most among active coaches - and Pritzker, 47, was named to the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Pritzker's Eagles won his 10th dual- meet regional title and his 11th regional tournament crown. Although Pritzker's Eagles didn't win the 2A-1A state tournament, his four tournament titles are the most among active coaches.

FIRST TEAM

Clayton Arnold

Owings Mills, senior

The 135-pound senior had a stellar year in winning his first county, region and state titles, along with the senior all-star classic at River Hill. Arnold finished the season with a 42-0 record, and his 147 career victories - against only 10 career losses - rank No. 2 behind unbeaten, four-time state champ Steve Kessler (148-0) on the Eagles' all-time victories list. Arnold had 20 pins and defeated Wilde Lake's former state champ, Matt Ennis, at the senior all-star classic.

Tom Boettcher

Archbishop Curley, senior

In four classic battles with Boys' Latin's Jerome Featherstone, Boettcher won the last two in overtime and, with them, his first MIAA and private schools state titles. Boettcher missed the National Preps tournament with a broken hand that later was operated on. Boettcher, a senior, finished the year with a 35-5 record, and his 156-28 record and 91 pins are No. 1 in Curley history. Boettcher won the Arundel tournament, which he won for the fourth time. His brothers, Paul and Mike, rank Nos. 2 and 3 on the school's career wins list.

Trent Dixon

Eastern Tech, senior

Dixon (112) won his second county title and became Eastern Tech's first two-time state champion, regaining the crown that he earned as a 103-pounder during his sophomore season. Among Dixon's big wins were decisions of private schools state champ Cam Watkins (DeMatha) and 2A-1A runner-up Shawn Sims (Lansdowne), and two decisions over 4A-3A state runner-up Jim Van Daniker (Perry Hall). Dixon also defeated third-place state finisher Dave Jacovsky (Owings Mills). The Franklin & Marshall-bound wrestler was 35-2 this year, 97-8 for his career and allowed only five takedowns the entire season.

Bruce Dulski

Mount St. Joseph, sophomore

The 103-pound sophomore finished 36-6 and already has a 68-15 career record. Dulski won his second straight MIAA title and was runner-up at the private school states after being first last season. Although Dulski finished only fourth at the National Preps tournament, he had earlier defeated National Preps champ Mike Rowe (DeMatha) to win the Hammond tournament. Dulski also was third at the Curley tournament and owns three wins over former private schools runner-up Ben Sills of Curley.

Jerome Featherstone

Boys' Latin, junior

Featherstone endured the death of his grandmother and overcame a strength-sapping disease in finishing second at each of the MIAA, private school and National Preps tournaments. The takedown technician went 2-2 against Curley's Tom Boettcher, and won tournaments at Boys' Latin and Dundalk, defeating Baltimore County champ Richard Wemple in the latter. Featherstone (35-5) also was runner-up at the Hammond tournament, losing a decision to four-time Delaware champ Andrew Donofrio.

Mark Frey

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