All-city/county Wrestling

March 10, 2004|By Lem Satterfield

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR

Mack Lewnes

Mount St. Joseph, sophomore

In being honored as the Baltimore County and Baltimore City area's best wrestler, the 152-pounder follows in the footsteps of his older brother, Sam. A year ago, Sam earned All-City/County and All-Metro Wrestler of The Year honors before heading off to defending NCAA champion Oklahoma State. Mack Lewnes is a returning All-City/County and All-Metro pick.

He earned first-, second- and third-place finishes in invitational tournaments rated in the top four nationally. The nation's No. 1-ranked sophomore at 152 pounds, Mack split bouts with two other nationally ranked wrestlers, going 51-2 with 38 pins (90-9 career) en route to winning his second straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and private schools crowns as well as his first National Preps title after losing in overtime last year.

One of his best victories was a come-from-behind decision over four-time National Preps champ Rudy Rueda of DeMatha for the private schools crown.

CO-COACH OF THE YEAR

Jay Braunstein

Mount St. Joseph

Braunstein took the Gaels to an even higher level as they won their second straight MIAA and private schools crowns to go along with a second-place finish at the National Preps. The private schools crown was an unprecedented fourth for the Gaels, who set records for total points in the MIAA and private schools tournaments.

Braunstein, whose lead assistant is Dan Youngblood, gained improvement from every wrestler. He advanced all 14 wrestlers into the MIAA semifinals, had 11 finalists - both school records - and crowned six champs. The Gaels performed similarly a week later at the private schools championships, with a record 12 wrestlers in the semifinals and five champions.

The Gaels also hosted and won the Mount Mat Madness tournament, considered the state's No. 1 invitational.

CO-COACH OF THE YEAR

Guy Pritzker

Owings Mills

The 22nd-year coach is now tied with Old Mill with nine total state titles, having won his unprecedented third state 2A-1A dual meet crown to go with his second straight tournament title and sixth overall.

Pritzker's Eagles went 18-0 and won their 47th straight dual meet in defeating Walkersville for the title. He now has led 20 individuals to the state championship podium, the most recent being Sasha Binder and Rob Cooper, the latter of whom is a repeat titlist. His 20 champions are a state high among active coaches.

The Eagles' point totals (133.5) at the state tournament rate as a school record. The Eagles also put seven wrestlers into the state semifinals and four into the finals -- both school records.

THE FIRST TEAM

DeShawn Barrett

Patterson, junior

The No. 2-ranked 215-pounder had 24 of his 28 pins in the first period en route to winning the Baltimore City crown, finishing second in the regions and third in the state tournament. Barrett went 31-2, with his two losses being decisions to state champ Tyler Moyer of Broadneck and state runner-up Bummi Omatode of Paint Branch.

Sasha Binder

Owings Mills, senior

Binder rolled through the season to finish 37-0, earning titles in the Baltimore County, 2A-1A North and state tournaments. Binder won the difficult Mount Mat Madness event, one of three times he defeated two-time state runner-up Brad Dreyer of Harford Tech in classic battles.

Rob Cooper

Owings Mills, senior

Cooper repeated as county, region and state champion, also taking a title in the Parkville tournament before finishing second at Mount Mat Madness and Arundel. The 119-pounder ended his season with a 38-2 record, his two losses against state champ Corey Bowers of Chesapeake-Anne Arundel.

Bruce Dulski

Mount St. Joseph, senior

The 119-pounder became the Gaels' first four-time MIAA champion and also won his second private schools title - the latter with his second 1-0 win of the year over former state champ Bryan Sanders of DeMatha. Dulski won 41 of 53 bouts, including two wins over fourth-place state finisher Ben Hammett of Chopticon.

Eric Fishel

Owings Mills, senior

A team leader, Fishel improved on last year's third-place finish at states by finishing as runner-up. He also won his second straight Baltimore County and third straight regional crowns. Fishel went 39-1 with 22 pins and five technical falls. The 171-pounder had a victory over Delaware state runner-up Andrew Jordan of St. Mark's and a pin over Harford County champ Eric Lindblad. A 3.4 student in all advanced placement courses, Fishel is headed for Johns Hopkins and will wrestle there.

Andrew Gold

Mount St. Joseph, senior

The 112-pounder won his second straight private schools crown and was runner-up at MIAAs after being first last year. Gold won the Mount Mat Madness tournament over 2A-1A runner-up Mike Long of Harford Tech, and avenged a loss of a year earlier by winning the PowerAde Tournament. Gold was 37-5 this year (133-21 career). An A student who ranks No. 2 in his class, Gold is headed for the University of Pennsylvania.

Greg Gold

Mount St. Joseph, sophomore

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