Spalding's Lynch, John Carroll's Miller win national wrestling titles

February 27, 2011|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

Archbishop Spalding's Charlie Lynch and John Carroll's Mathew Miller both won their first National Prep Championships on Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa.

For Lynch — who won the title for the 145-pound weight class and helped the Cavaliers to a third-place finish in the overall team standings — it meant a major improvement from his fifth-place finish of a year ago. It also kept his individual record perfect, as he concludes the season at 62-0. He ran off five wins over the past two days, winning with a pin in 1:18, a 16-0 technical fall, a 10-3 decision, a 4-0 decision, and a 17-1 technical fall in the final. Lynch's closest match, the 4-0 decision, came in the semifinal against Mount St. Joseph's Brady Massaro.

Miller, who came into the Nationals having pinned every wrestler he had seen in the 171-pound class in Maryland this year, continued that trend into the semifinals. He pinned his first three opponents in 1:37, 0:59 and 2:48, before winning the semifinals, 6-2, and the final 5-3. Miller was the runner-up at last year's event.

Lynch also received the Gerald Leeman Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament award.

The area also had three second-place finishers — McDonogh freshman Jack Clark (130), St. Paul's Peter Galli (140) and Archbishop Spalding's Kvaunte Smith (189) — and three third-place finishers — St. Paul's Eric Friedman (119) and Mount St. Joseph's Massaro (145) and Tyler Rill (160).

St. Paul's Jack Mutchnik (103) finished fourth; Spalding's Michael Still (103) fifth; Spalding's'Cole Gallagher (112) fifth; Archbishop Curley's Vince Scarinzi (112) seventh; John Carroll's Scott Strappelli (119) fifth; John Carroll's George Weber (130) fifth; Mount St. Joseph's Kevin Johnson (130) sixth; McDonogh's Toby Hague (140) seventh; Archbishop Spalding's Will Switzer (140) fourth, McDonogh's Kevin Marvel (189) fourth; Mount St. Joseph's Tyler Tippett (215) sixth; and McDonogh's Roman Braglio (289) sixth.

Still had six pins in 11:59 and earned the Bob Dalling Most Falls award.

In the team scoring, Blair Academy (N.J.) finished first with 300 points, followed by Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) with 194, and Archbishop Spalding with 129.5. McDonogh was eighth with 96, St. Paul's 10th with 84, John Carroll 15th with 60 and Mount St. Joseph 16th with 59 points.

Archbishop Curley finished 25th, St. Mary's finished 57th, Calvert Hall finished 65th, Gilman finished 87th, Annapolis Area Christian School finished 97th, and Loyola finished 110th. There were 121 teams at the event.

An earlier version of this article misspelled Mathew Miller's first name. The Sun regrets the error.

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