All-Baltimore City/County

Wrestling

High School

March 12, 2003

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Sam Lewnes

Mount St. Joseph, senior

Top-ranked at 160 pounds, Lewnes finished the season with a 40-4 record (166-23 career), making him the area's most consistently successful performer on the mats this winter and over the past four. Lewnes, who repeats as Baltimore City/County Wrestler of the Year, won this season's Catholic Invitational and Hammond Tournament -- the state's toughest invitational -- for the second straight year, as well as the PowerAde Invitational in Pennsylvania -- the nation's fourth-ranked invitational -- for the first time. He won his third straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association crown in his fourth title-bout appearance in that event. He also made the private-schools finals for the fourth straight year, but this time he finished second, in overtime, to Jerome Featherstone of Boys' Latin, a wrestler that Lewnes had beaten twice. Lewnes was runner-up this year at the National Preps tournament after losing to the nation's No. 1 recruit, Mark Perry of Blair Academy (N.J.). The Oklahoma State-bound Lewnes was one of just two wrestlers to go the distance with Perry.

CO-COACHES OF THE YEAR

Guy Pritzker

Owings Mills

Pritzker and assistant coaches Justin Ott and Steve Jacovsky had little idea coming in to this season that the Eagles could achieve so much. But the Eagles were perfect, winning every event they entered as well as the seventh Baltimore County title and the fifth Class 2A-1A state tournament crown of Pritzker's 21-year tenure with Owings Mills. Pritzker, who is two dual-meet victories from reaching 300 for his career, also led the Eagles to their second straight 2A-1A state dual-meet title, making the program the first to do so. With two more individual state champions, Pritzker raised the total he has coached to 18 -- a record among active Maryland coaches. He will return 10 starters next season.

Jay Braunstein

Mount St. Joseph

A former assistant at Old Mill, where he helped coach Mike Hampe win a record six 4A-3A public school tournament titles, Braunstein restored a winning tradition at his alma mater. The top-ranked Gaels, whose lineup included just four seniors, began the season by knocking off defending 4A-3A state champion Chesapeake of Anne Arundel in a dual meet. That momentum only built with wins at the Catholic, Hammond, MIAA and private-schools state tournaments. "He re-instituted some of the principles that made our teams successful in the past," said athletic director Paul Triplett, a former St. Joe wrestler and wrestling coach. "The hard work, intensity and camaraderie -- he brought all of that back."

FIRST TEAM

Tim Bohlman

Mount St. Joseph, senior

Bohlman (125) won his first MIAA crown after finishing in the top four in previous seasons, and dethroned DeMatha's Cam Watkins for his first private-schools state crown after twice placing fourth in that tournament. Bohlman, who finished top-ranked in the area for his weight class, was fourth at the Hammond Tournament, splitting victories with 4A-3A state runner-up Doug West of Old Mill. Bohlman was fourth at the prestigious PowerAde Invitational, third at the National Preps event, and ended his season at 39-7 (145-48 career).

Ryan Brown

Lansdowne, senior

Ranked fourth at 125 pounds, Brown finished the season with a 37-2 record while navigating the state's toughest weight class. He went 1-1 against Howard County champion Dominic Ventura and scored victories over Harford County champion Ben Sills of Harford Tech, regional champ Matt Kahl of Perry Hall, regional runner-up Corey Lawson of Woodlawn and two-time state place-winner Jeff Plasse of Oakland Mills. Brown won Baltimore County and 2A-1A North regional crowns and was third at states for the second straight year.

Rob Cooper

Owings Mills, junior

Ranked second at 119 pounds, Cooper completed a 38-1 season with victories at the Baltimore County, 2A-1A North regional and state tournaments after being a reserve last season to a senior who finished third at states. Among Cooper's wins this year were decisions over Oakland Mills' Anthonio Josiah and Harford Tech's Mike Taylor -- champions in Howard and Harford counties, respectively. An overtime victory over Kenwood's state runner-up, Kyle Krumholtz, broke a winless streak against him that dated back to their junior-league days. Cooper was first in the Parkville Tournament and a runner-up at the Arundel Tournament.

Jerome Featherstone

Boys' Latin, senior

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