Baltimore-area teams coming on strong at National Prep Wrestling Tournament

Spalding leads way in fourth place heading into semis; McDonogh, St. Paul's also in top 10

February 25, 2011|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

When McDonogh coach Pete Welch heard one of Saturday's 145-pound semifinals at the National Prep Wrestling Tournament in Bethlehem, Pa., would be contested between Archbishop Spalding's Charlie Lynch and Mount St. Joseph's Brady Massaro, he couldn't help himself.

"Wow!" Welch said. "That should be a great match. It will be the fourth time they've met in the last four weeks."

Lynch has won all three meetings, but two of those victories have been by a single point.

Lynch and Massaro are two of 10 area wrestlers who have made it to the semifinals. Joining them are St. Paul's Jack Mutchnik (103) and Eric Friedman (119); John Carroll's Scott Strappelli (119), George Webber (130) and Mathew Miller (171); Massaro's teammate Tyler Rill (160); Lynch's teammate Kvaunte Smith (189); and McDonogh's Jack Clark (130). Clark and Mutchnik are freshmen.

The individual performances have propelled the area teams up the scoring charts, as well. Spalding leads the way and sits in fourth place behind Blair Academy (173), Wyoming Seminary (123.5) and Germantown (85). Spalding has 83 points and is followed by St. Benedicts Prep (72.5).

McDonogh (66) is ninth, and St. Paul's (60) in 10th. Also in the top 20 of the 121 teams are John Carroll (41) in 15th and Mount St. Joseph (39) in 16th. Archbishop Curley is 23rd, St. Mary's 57th, Calvert Hall 64th, Annapolis Area Christian School 97th and Loyola 110th.

"The Maryland kids are wrestling well," Welch said. "We're seeing a number of repeat matches from our state tournament. For us, Mitch Bode beat [Brett] Przywara in the wrestle-back here and that was a big match for us. We're thrilled to have five kids still wrestling — Jack in the semifinals and Xavi Ramos, Toby Hague, Kevin Marvel and Roman Braglio in the wrestle-back bracket. They'll all place in the top eight and could be as high as third. I knew all 10 of the kids we brought here had the potential to wrestle well, and all of them had moments of it."

Wrestling begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with the finals scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

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