Georgetown Prep senior Ethan Krause claimed an 8-3 title-bout victory over Chase Archangelo of Delaware’s Smyrna High to win the 145-pound class of last weekend’s McDonogh’s Ray Oliver Invitational tournament at McDonogh High in Owings Mills.
The Duke University commit was joined on the victory podium by junior teammate Thomas Whittier (113 pounds), whose 8-3 championship triumph over Smyrna’s Gavin Sembly represented his third decision in as many bouts at McDonogh.
Six of their teammates also placed in the top six, including Riley Stewart (182 pounds, third place), Thomas Gates (220, fourth) and Caleb Wilson (170, sixth), pacing the Little Hoyas to fifth overall (105.5 points) among 20 teams in an event won by the host Eagles (243 points).
“We got some great competition and ended up doing well,” said Krause, who placed fifth at last year’s National Preps. “Some of the guys won where we needed to win, and the margin of separation between us and some of the teams there was close. It was a total team effort.”
An anticipated return bout did not occur between Krause and Maryland-bound Quinn Devaney of McDonogh, who is was out with an injury. Krause won last year’s private schools tournament, 3-2, over Devaney, who was runner-up at states for the second consecutive season.
“I was expecting Quinn to be in my weight class,” said Krause, the state’s No. 1-ranked wrestler at 138 pounds last season. “Either way, I know I’ll have multiple opportunities to wrestle him this year, so I’m just looking forward to a great match.”
An IAC runner-up to Krause last season, Gallagher lost his semifinal at McDonogh, 15-5, to Krause and finished fifth in the event. Gallagher’s teammates, Lorenzo Lopez (120) and Terrance Bridgers (285) each placed third at McDonogh.
“The match was close in the first period, but I tired out. I got in on some deep shots early on but didn’t finish,” said Gallagher, a junior. “I feel that once I practice defending his front headlock it will be a much closer match. It’s tough at the early tournaments because I don’t wrestle year round.”
Gallagher will compete at this weekend’s Magruder Tournament, which he won last year. One of Gallagher’s three pins at Magruder last season came against Walter Johnson’s J.D. FitzPatrick, who finished third at the Class 4A-3A state tournament a year ago.
In the Admiral Holloway Tournament at Saint James High in Hagerstown, Aryemis Brown (160) of Bullis pinned all four of his opponents to win the overall crown, and was joined on the victory podium by teammate Marcelo Motta (138).
A third-place state finisher, Brown led his squad to an overall fourth place finish in the 13-team field behind champion Paul VI. Other wrestlers placing for the Bulldogs included Ethan Sypes (220, third) and fourth-place finishers Bazin Sineshaw (113), Isaac Ruderman (126) and Douglas Hayes (182).