Both the South River and Arundel wrestling teams produced strong performances at the county wrestling championships at Meade High School on February 21 and 22, with the Seahawks finishing second to Old Mill and the Wildcats taking fifth in the 12-team field. County championships in individual weight classes came home to both schools, and wrestlers from both programs qualified for the regional championships held February 28 and March 1 at Northeast High School as well as the state championships held at Cole Field House at the University of Maryland on March 7 and 8.
South River’s weekend at the county championships was highlighted by the title-winning performance of John Owens. Wrestling in the 120-lbs weight class, Owens steadily wore down North County’s Zach Allewalt to take a 16-3 decision and the county title.
Ryan Castro made it to the final of the 106-lbs weight class, falling to Chesapeake’s Nick Vila but nonetheless qualifying for regionals. Tre Puccinelli also made the final in the 145-lbs weight class, falling to Arundel’s Tyler Rendina. Alex Mueller made it to the final at 220, dropping a 5-4 decision to Arundel’s Isaiah Olugbemi to finish as county runner-up. Josh Peters defeated Old Mill’s Alex Agostinelli to take third place at 138 and qualify for regionals, and Chase Rudisil took third by beating Annapolis’ John Connors at 182. Patrick Russo scored a 5-1 decision over Southern’s Daniel Intile to take third in the 285-lbs weight class. Chase Lunsford took fourth in the 132-lbs class to qualify for regionals.
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The Arundel wrestling team also had a strong weekend, highlighted by the championship-winning performances of Rendina and Olugbemi. Rendina avenged an in-season loss to Puccinelli by notching two takedowns of his South River opponent and wrestling to a 6-1 decision to win the county title at 145 lbs. Olugbemi was trailing for much of his match with Mueller before getting late points to take a 5-4 win and the county crown at 220.
Several other Arundel wrestlers also had solid performances to advance to regionals. Nathan Labille made it all the way to the 113-lbs final before falling in a close match to Broadneck’s Josh Lynch, 11-8. Tanner Williams was runner-up in the 160-lbs weight class, falling to Meade’s Travis Chidebe, who went on to finish the season 38-0 and win the state championship at the University of Maryland. Nathan Gainey qualified for the regional championships with a third-place finish at 106, defeating Southern’s Ben Carrier. Jack Owen grinded out a 5-4 decision over Annapolis’ Brandon Mackel to finish third at 126 and qualify for regionals.
Rendina, Williams and Olugbemi all qualified for the state championship meet with their performances at the region finals.