Wrestling preview: Wrestlers to watch

December 03, 2009|By Sandra McKee | sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

Pat Downey
North County, junior

He won Baltimore County, regional and state titles at 160 pounds last season while competing at Loch Raven. Downey has strong takedown moves and throws. He finished with a 35-0 record last season.

Eric Friedman
St. Paul's, sophomore

He was very accomplished by the end of last season, winning the 103-pound MIAA and Maryland Independent School titles. Friedman went to the junior nationals and earned All-America status with a fifth-place freestyle finish.

Frankie Goodwin
Arundel, senior

He won MIAA and MIS state titles at 119 last season while wrestling for Mount St. Joseph, finishing 39-6. Goodwin has transferred to Arundel, where he starts the season ranked No. 5 nationally overall and No. 4 among seniors by InterMat.com in the 130-pound weight class.

Tyler Goodwin
Arundel, sophomore

He wrestled for Mount St. Joseph last season. Goodwin is a scrappy competitor looking to make a major impact. He won the MIAA 112-pound title and placed second at junior nationals in the Greco-Roman style.

Mason Goretsas
North Carroll, senior

He captured two Class 4A-3A regional titles, a county championship and a state title at 125 pounds last season. Experience and strong moves helped him compile a 36-2 record.

Karl Green
Mount St. Joseph, senior

He is ranked No. 4 in the country at 285 pounds by InterMat.com, is a two-time MIAA and MIS state champ and an All-American in both freestyle and Greco-Roman styles. Green has perfected the foot sweep to bring matches to sudden conclusions.

Nathan Kraisser
Centennial, sophomore

He pinned 24 opponents while building a 37-1 record. Kraisser ended the season ranked eighth nationally at 103 pounds, and begins this season ranked No. 3 nationally among sophomores and No. 12 overall by InterMat.

Brett Przywara
Archbishop Curley, junior

He won the MIS title as a freshman and finished third last season while competing in the same class as Frankie Goodwin. He is a hard worker who anchors the Friars and is pointing toward a second state crown this season.

Ron Vaughters
Old Mill, junior

He won the 4A-3A state title at 135 pounds to finish with a 42-3 record. This season, Vaughters will move up to 145, where his tough, head-banging, heavy-hitting style will serve him well.

Mwanza Walamulumba
Meade, senior

Walamulumba, 39-1 last season, earned Anne Arundel, regional and state titles at 215 pounds. His body is chiseled, and he uses his strength to earn quick victories.

Other notables:

Stephen Allen, Woodlawn

Chris Antrobus, Century

Kevin Beck, Atholton

Mitch Bode, McDonogh

Bob Bowman, Mount St. Joseph

Charles Boyd, I.B.E. (Walbrook)

Pat Carey, North County

Brendan Conway, Glenelg

Shaun Crites, Northeast

Jake DiMattia, C.M. Wright

Tommy Faust, Gilman

Brandon Gain, Harford Tech

John Garcia, Parkville

Darius Gregory, Milford Mill

Dru Keyser, Boys' Latin

Cameron Kirby, River Hill

Tom Kuegler, Bel Air

Jamie LeRoy, Centennial

Patrick Mahoney, Old Mill

Ryan McTeer, Dulaney

Kyle Mellinger, AACS

Matt Miller, John Carroll

Gus Mohlhenrich, Winters Mill

Gus Moreno, Loyola

Shaun Murphy, Perry Hall

Kevin Naughton, Arundel

Sam Nuss, Hammond

Alex Rice, Chesapeake-AA

Brian Richardson, Owings Mills

Vince Scarinzi, Archbishop Curley

Kvaunte Smith, Archbishop Spalding

Chris Urps, Chesapeake-AA

Shayduan Velez, Aberdeen

Drew Vickers, Mount Hebron

John Volz, Hereford

Chris Wampler, South Carroll

Tyler Weedon, Catonsville

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