Bullis senior Aryemis Brown pinned six opponents in a combined four minutes and 23 seconds and scored a 16-0 technical fall in another of his nine victories without a loss to earn Outstanding Upper Weight Wrestler honors in the Jan. 13-14 Dorsey Duals at Poolesville High.
A returning IAC champion who placed third at last year’s private schools state tournament, Brown earned OW for the fourth time this season out of the six events he’s competed in while splitting time at 160- and 170-pounds.
“I saw that most pins was one of the awards, so I committed to a personal goal of trying to pin each one of my opponents,” said Brown, a senior who earned pins in 11-, 17-, 23-, 47-, 80- and 101-seconds. “I don’t go into each of the tournaments thinking that I’m going to try to get OW.”
Brown has also earned OW for pinning four of six opponents to win the Battlin’ Barons Duals at Bethesda-Chevy Chase, as well as similar honors following each of the Turner Ashby High in Bridgewater, Virginia, and Admiral Holloway at St. James in Hagerstown tournaments.
“I think what helps me to receive OW is the comments I receive after my matches talking about my sportsmanship. On and off the mat, it’s the dignity and respect that I show opponents that help me to win the award,” said Brown.
“It comes from the little things like shaking hands and going to the coaches’ side of the corner, and when they give you a compliment, you thank them. After one of my matches this tournament, the coach and his son came over and asked me how I got my cradle so tight. I had a chance to talk to him after the match and got to know them.”
Brown improved to 35-0, having also won events at Magruder and Damascus, the latter, in overtime after trailing by four points with 21 seconds left in regulation against Glenelg’s Max Sotka, a Howard County runner-up who placed third at regionals last season.
Bulldogs’ senior IAC champion teammate Marcelo Motta (132) went 9-0 with three pins, one of which was in nine seconds, and junior Ethan Sypes (220) was 8-0 with four pins.
Also wrestling well was Isaac Ruderman (113) at 7-2 with three pins, and Joey Zimmermn (120), winning five of eight matches, pinning three times for the Bulldogs.
Senior Brian Truppo (120) earned Outstanding Lower Weight Wrestler for the host Falcons, going a team-high 9-0 to pace his squad to a runner-up finish behind Cosby High of Virginia.
Among Truppo’s teammates, Colin Savage (126) was 8-0, Alex Carbonell (106), Chris Danna (113) and Xavier Kresslein (138) were 8-1, and JAMES Wiggins (152) and Dillon Trent (195) were 6-2.
For Carroll County power South Carroll, a two-time defending Class 2A-1A, repeat state champions Joey Thomas (126) and Jamar Williams (170) improved to 31-0 on the year, while Good Counsel transfer Tyler Harbison (145) is 28-3.
Thomas improved his public school career record mark to 177-4, and Williams, to 119-3.
Thomas eclipsed the public school mark with career win No. 176 when he pinned Bullis’ Liam Handel, surpassing the 175 career victories by LaPlata’s three-time state champion Marty Margolis that was established in 2015.
“It was the last match of the night,” said Poolesville coach Tim Tao. “It was a pretty special moment.”