McDonogh, area wrestlers a force at Ray Oliver Tournament

Delaware's Sussex Central dominates 37th annual event

December 13, 2009|By Todd Karpovich | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Even though Sussex Central of Delaware was the dominant team Saturday in the 37th annual Ray Oliver Tournament, host McDonogh and several wrestlers from the metro area showed they could be a force this season.

Sussex Central, ranked third in the Division I wrestling poll by The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., finished first among the 19 teams, with 256.5 points, ahead of the No. 3 Eagles (159), Riverbend of Fredericksburg, Va. (158), No. 6 Winters Mill (141) and Georgetown Prep (125).

Vince Scarinzi of Archbishop Curley, Tyler Goodwin of Arundel, Scott Patrick of McDonogh, Justin Kozera of Winters Mill and Calvert Hall's Tony Gardner each took home individual titles.

Among the 14 weight classes, 11 local wrestlers advanced to the finals.

"When we can host events like this and our kids don't have to go out of state because teams come to us, I think it helps everyone in the area," McDonogh coach Pete Welch said. "We have some awesome kids on our team that are working hard. They're going to grow a lot during the season."

At 103 pounds, Scarinzi made quick work of R.J. Metz of Riverbend with a pin in 18 seconds. Scarinzi pinned all four of his opponents and is one of five returning state place winners for the Friars, who finished ninth with 99 points.

"Most of my pins were from a move me and my brother have been doing over the years we call the 'Scarinzi Stack,' " Scarinzi said. "As soon as I took him down he had his head bent over, and I just pinned him."

At 125, Goodwin outlasted Brandon Shultie of Sussex Central, 6-5, in a hard-fought match after wrestling at 112 last season. His brother and teammate Frankie Goodwin fell short in his bid to win at 130 after Gary Woods of Riverbend was injured by what the referee determined was an illegal maneuver and won by disqualification. Frankie Goodwin is ranked fifth nationally at 130 after moving up from 119 last season.

Both Tyler and Frankie Goodwin transferred from Mount St. Joseph and have high expectations at their new school.

"This year, we're looking really good. We have a bunch of solid wrestlers," Frankie Goodwin said. "This is a good tournament with good competition. This gets us ready for the year."

At 171, Patrick needed an extra period to topple Chris Urps of Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, 3-1. Gardner dominated Ryan Shafer of Sussex Central at 189, winning 5-1.

Kozera put away Joey Spicer of Sussex Central, 3-0, at 215.

Tom Kizer of Hermitage (Richmond, Va.) beat McDonogh's Mitch Bode, 11-5, at 140. Ron Vaughters, last season's Class 4A-3A state champion at 135 for Old Mill, moved up to 145 but lost, 11-4, to Codey Combs of Sussex Central in the final.

Centennial's Nathan Kraisser, a No. 1 seed in the tournament and a state champion at 103 last season, advanced to the final at 119 before losing, 5-4, to Shane Arechiga of Good Counsel.

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