Wrestling: First team

March 24, 2010

Pat Carey
North County, senior, 189 pounds

•Started wrestling as freshman and saw work rewarded this season with 39-0 record and first state championship

•Three-time state championship finalist and holds North County career records for takedowns, 191; single-season and career pins, 35 and 80, respectively; and single-season and career wins, 39 and 123, respectively

•Has good, short offense; will take advantage of opponents' mistakes

•Being recruited by Division I schools for wrestling and football

Mark Colabucci
Reservoir, junior, 145 pounds

•Found perfection this season, going 44-0, and is 104-16 in career

•Won his first state Class 4A-3A championship

•Is detail-oriented, working "to be better than his opponent in every position, every second of the match," said his coach, Ryan Kanaskie

•Concentration on that goal elevated his performance

Patrick Downey
North County, junior, 171 pounds

•Back-to-back 35-0 and 34-0 seasons for two-time All-American, two-time state champ (2A-1A) and two-time All-Metro selection

•Wrestling at his third school in three years has only increased his determination

•Ranked as high as fourth nationally by USA Wrestling Magazine

•Is technically sound, aggressive and explosive; holds school record for fastest pin, eight seconds

Eric Friedman
St. Paul's, sophomore, 119 pounds

•Two time MIAA and MIS champion with career record of 95-12; was 46-6 this season

•Finished fourth at 2010 National Preps tournament

•Headmaster's List, which requires grade-point average above 3.5; Friedman's is 4.2

•"Has work ethic of a college student and he's only 16," said his coach, Jay Braunstein

Cole Gallagher
Archbishop Spalding, junior, 103 pounds

•Confidence skyrocketed after he earned All-America status at national championships in 2009

•Earned MIAA and MIS titles

•Has stepped up his work ethic to achieve 42-5 record

•A coach's dream to develop

Tony Gardner
Calvert Hall, senior, 189 pounds

•Determination is strong suit; goes into backyard daily to flip tire and beat it with hammer to get stronger

•Will spend 1 1/2 hours perfecting single move and never stops wrestling in match

•After 12 years, payoff came this season with 55-6 record and MIAA and MIS championships

•Plans to take 121-46 career record to Division I school and wrestle

Karl Green
Mount St. Joseph, senior, 285 pounds

•Three-time MIAA and MIS state champion and two-time All-American in freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling

•Went 41-6 this season and 153-41 for career

•While genuine, affable and likable, he's anything but that on mat, where he knocked opponents off their feet and recorded 26 pins this season

•Hopes to attend Naval Academy Prep School in fall

Nathan Kraisser
Centennial, sophomore, 112 pounds

•Moved up one weight class and won second 4A-3A state championship

•Compiled 38-2 record

•Two-time All-Metro choice has 75-3 overall record

•Wrestles to finish; had 22 pins and four technical falls among 38 wins this season

Charlie Lynch
Archbishop Spalding, junior, 135 pounds

•MIS champ with a 46-2 record

•His two losses were each by one point

•"Pound-for-pound, the toughest wrestler I've ever coached," Spalding coach Mike Laidley said

•Believes he can beat anyone

Myzar Mendoza
Winters Mill, senior, 125 pounds

•31-4; won first 2A-1A state title

•Funky, unorthodox style made him difficult to beat

•Exceptional on feet and at takedowns

•Led Carroll County in technical falls with 15

Mathew Miller
John Carroll, junior, 152 pounds

•Two-time All-American; undefeated in Maryland for two years

•MIAA and MIS champion with 47-2 record, including school-record 42 pins among his wins

•Strong hands, flexibility and mat awareness are biggest assets

•Always looking for next challenge; finished fourth at National Preps

Gus Moreno
Loyola, senior, 160 pounds

•MIAA and MIS champion; 44-9 this season

•Two-time team captain; great leader with career 117-54 record, including 26 pins, 80 takedowns, both third all time at Loyola

•Has swivel hips, enabling Houdini-like escapes

•Has been accepted to Coast Guard Academy but is still trying for Naval Academy

Ron Vaughters
Old Mill, junior, 140 pounds

•Emotional, physical winner

•Two-time state champion with 86 wins in past two seasons

•Has 121 career wins as junior in public school program, a rare achievement

•Went 44-2 this year and is two-time All-Metro first-team selection

Mwanza Wamulumba
Meade, senior, 215 pounds

•The two-time Anne Arundel County and regional champion missed winning a second state title in double overtime when one aggressive move went against him

•Is 51-3 over past two years, 17-1 this season and 103-26 for career

•Gifted athlete with balance, agility and chiseled form, but never weightlifted

•Imposes will, style on opponents; will attend Miami (Ohio) to play football next season

Pat Carey
Mark Colabucci
Patrick Downey
Eric Friedman
Cole Gallagher
Tony Gardner
Karl Green
Nathan Kraisser
Charlie Lynch
Myzar Mendoza
Mathew Miller
Gus Moreno
Ron Vaughters
Mwanza Wamulumba

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