Coach Of The Year: John Furgeson, Damascus
Wrestler Of The Year: Bailey Thomas, Good Counsel
106- Yonas Harris, Jr., Northwest
113- C.J. Cramma, Jr., Magruder
120- Johnny McLaughlin, So., Damascus
120- Lucas Young, Jr., Churchill
126- Jack Connolly, Jr., Churchill
132- Scott Obendorfer, Sr., Damascus
132- J.D. FitzPatrick, Sr., Walter Johnson
138- Brendon Gallagher, Jr., Landon,
138- Nick Gonzalez, Jr., Clarksburg
145- Ryan Lawrence, Jr., Damascus
145- Ethan Krause, Sr., Georgetown Prep
152- Bailey Thomas, Sr., Good Counsel
160- Aryemis Brown, Sr., Bullis
170- Andrew Welch, Jr., Churchill
182- Paul Purkey, Jr., Damascus
195- Gabe McAndrew, Jr., B-CC
220- Brady Daniel, Sr., Good Counsel
285- Thomas Gates, Sr., Georgetown Prep
106- Alex Carbonell, So., Poolesville
106- Patrick Kielb, Fr., Landon
113- Kemper Stearns, Jr., Walter Johnson
120- Lorenzo Lopez, Fr., Landon
120- Cord Richardson, Jr., Good Counsel
126- Colin Savage, Fr., Poolesville
132- Alejandro Lopez, Jr., Quince Orchard
138- Ryan Holland, Jr., Blair
145- Nolan Smith, Sr., Paint Branch
152- John Allan Furgeson, Jr., Damascus
152- Seamus Selmi, So., Bethesda-Chevy Chase
160- Timothy Furgeson, Fr., Damascus
160- Jelani Machen, Jr., Landon
170- Khalil Owens, Sr., Northwestern
170- Caleb Wilson, Sr., Georgetown Prep
182- Riley Stewart, Sr., Georgetown Prep
195- Elijah Baiden, So., Damascus
220- John Luke Iglesias, Jr., Whitman
285- Jalen Lea, Sr., Good Counsel
Coach Of The Year: John Furgeson, Damascus: Furgeson guided a program whose lineup never included more than four seniors and as few as two to its unprecedented fifth straight Class 4A-3A state dual meet crown as well as its third straight and sixth overall state tournament championship.
The Swarmin’ Hornets ran their dual meet winning streak to 127 consecutive matches while going 25-0 on the year, also earning their 15th county tournament crown under Furgeson, 45, who is 286-107-3 in 21 seasons and whose assistants are Ed Obendorfer, Troy Lawrence, Clark Baisden, Ed Irons and Mac Raum.
State champions were Penn State-bound senior Scottie Obendorfer (132), who earned his second title in three seasons, as well as juniors Ryan Lawrence (145) and Paul Purkey (182). Placing third were sophomore Johnny McLaughlin (120) and junior John Allan Furgeson (152), with junior Josh Creegan (138) finishing sixth.
At counties, Obendorfer earned his school-record fourth straight title, Lawrence earned his second, and Purkey, John Allan and freshman Timothy Furgeson (160), their first as McLaughlin placed second after being first as a freshman.
McLaughlin and Lawrence were repeat Class 4A-3A West Region champions, Purkey won his first, and Obendorfer, sophomore Elijah Baisden (195), senior Michael Bradsshaw (220) and the Furgeson siblings were runners-up.
The Swarmin’ Hornets swapped Creegan with junior Colin Gallagher until deciding on Creegan, who finished third and fourth at each of the county and regional tournaments before avenging an earlier loss to Quince Orchard’s Alec Falconer on the way to placing at states.
Wrestler Of The Year, Bailey Thomas, Good Counsel: Thomas required a pair of reversals, the second for an 8-6 overtime victory over Mason Reiniche of Baylor School in Chattanooga to win the National Preps and improve on the previous year’s fifth place finish.
A four-time private schools state finalist, Thomas reached the championship match on a pair of pins and two each in decisions, with one of his triumphs being a 9-2 quarterfinal rout of state runner-up Dominick Reyes of Loyola of Baltimore.
Thomas was the lone Maryland champion in a tournament that included Baltimore area-powers such as private schools state champion Mount St. Joseph, McDonogh and St. Paul’s. Thomas’ performance improved on last year’s fifth-place finish at National Preps and came a week after winning his second straight state title, 10-0, over Reyes.
Thomas also won the Melee On The Metro and WCAC titles, pinning all three opponents in the latter and being named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler, finished sixth at PowAde and seventh in each of the Walsh Jesuit Iron Man and Beast Of The East events.
As a junior, Thomas won his state title, 7-3, over the previous year’s fifth place finisher Neil Shuster of Mount St. Joseph to lead the Falcons to their second team title in three seasons. Thomas also won last year’s War On The Shore title, 8-0, over Gino Sita of Huntingtown, winner of this year’s Class 4A-3A state title at 195 pounds.
Yonas Harris, Jr., Northwest, 106: Coming off a sophomore season during which he won 19 matches, Harris earned county and regional titles with consecutive overtime victories against Alex Carbonell of Poolesville to avenge an earlier 6-4 loss.
Harris went 41-6 on the year, ending with losses to the first- and third-place finishers at Class 4A-3A states.
C.J. Cramma, Jr., Magruder, 113: Cramma was first at counties and regions and third at states, which were all improvements on the previous year’s placements of second, third and fourth at each.
Cramma dominated counties with two pins, a technical fall and a 13-4 title bout win over Springbrook’s state runner-up Christian Balmoris.
At regions, he registered a pin, a technical fall and an 18-6 decision, and went 4-1 at states with two pins, a technical fall and a 9-5 decision. Cramma’s year-ending record was 41-6.
Johnny McLaughlin, So., Damascus, 120: McLaughlin won the region title and placed third at states both for the second straight year, and was a county runner-up after winning that crown as a freshman.
McLaughlin won his regional title bout, 8-2, over Churchill’s Lucas Young to avenge a 4-3 loss from a week earlier in the county finals.
McLaughlin lost his state semifinal, 5-3, to repeat champion Nathan Gainey of Arundel and ended the season with a record of 46-4.
Lucas Young, Jr., Churchill, 120: A third-year wrestler, Young defeated county champion and third place state finishers, Eli Guttentag of Bethesda-Chevy Case, 4-2, and Johnny McLaughlin of Damacus, 4-3, to win the county title after having gone a combined 3-6 in his previous two county tournaments and one regional appearance.
Young avenged an earlier 8-2 loss to McLaughlin, who defeated him by the same score in the regional finals. Young reached the state finals on three straight 2-0 decisions before falling, 2-1, to repeat champion Nathan Gainey of Arundel High.
Young ended the year with a record of 41-6, mastering the art of leg-riding, a skill requiring balance and confidence while often exposing one’s back to the mat while working for the fall. Young was 41-6 on the year.
Jack Connolly, Jr., Churchill, 126: Connolly won his first county title, finished third at regions and was sixth at states in the same division where he was second, second and fourth at the same tournaments a year earlier.
Connolly went 44-5 on the season, losing his Class 4A-3A state semifinal, 4-3, to North Hagerstown’s Brian Stuart, a three-time state finalist who has won a pair of state titles.
Scott Obendorfer, Sr., Damascus, 132: Obendorfer won his second state title in three seasons, being a runner-up as a junior and ranking as the Swarmin’ Hornets’ lone four-time county champion as well as a two-time regional title winner.
Obendorfer won three of four bouts with Walter Johnson’s J.D. FitzPatrick, sandwiching victories in the county and state finals around a loss in their regional title bout.
Bound for NCAA power Penn State University, Obendorfer went 47-1 with 22 pins and eight technical falls, and has a career mark of 170-10.
J.D. FitzPatrick, Sr., Walter Johnson, 132-138: FitzPatrick was victorious in one of four bouts with Damascus’ Scott Obendorfer, finishing second at counties and states but winning their regional finals battle, 6-1.
FitzPatrick wrestled at 132 pounds for the first time in three years, having dropped from 138, where he placed third at counties after being second as a sophomore, second at regions after being third a year earlier, and third at states after having finished sixth.
FitzPatrick had developed a penchant for third-period surges, overcoming a 7-1 deficit to defeat Churchill’s Jack Connolly, 12-10, in a dual meet. FitzPatrick went 40-4 on the year.
Brendon Gallagher, Jr., Landon, 138: Dropping from 145 to 138 was a key for Gallagher, who was a private schools state runner-up after a 5-3 loss to Imran Heard of St. Paul’s.
Gallagher won an IAC title after being runner-up as a sophomore, and also split bouts with Gonzaga’s Nathan Thacker, falling, 6-4, in the finals of the Melee On The Metro.
The Bears’ star also owns a pin over Walter Johnson’s J.D. FitzPatrick from a year ago and finished this season with a mark of 46-11 after placing eighth at National Preps.
Nick Gonzalez, Jr., Clarksburg, 138: Gonzalez: Gonzalez dominated on the way to earning county and regional titles and placing third at states, where he lost his semifinal by fall to repeat champion Jason Kraisser of Centennial.
Gonzalez used two each in pins and major decisions to win counties, where he placed fifth the two previous seasons, and had a 42-second fall and a pair of major decisions at regions. His year-ending record was 42-4.
Ryan Lawrence, Jr., Damascus, 145: Lawrence won his second straight county and regional titles and won states after being third a year before. Lawrence went 48-1 with 24 pins and five technical falls, including one by the score of 21-5 in his state championship victory over Chase Pennell of Old Mill.
As a sophomore, Lawrence led, 3-2, before being pinned in the final seconds by two-time state champion, Jason Kraisser, of Centennial, and also lost, 7-6, to repeat state champ Devan Hamrick of Southern-Garrett County after having blown a lead.
Ethan Krause, Sr., Georgetown Prep, 145: Krause went 54-3 and won the private schools states and finished third at National Preps both for the second straight season, amassing a pair of pins, a major decision and two decisions at Preps.
Krause’s third place bout a Preps was a rematch of his past two state title matches as he improved his series record to 3-0 against University of Maryland-bout Quinn Devaney of McDonogh.
The Duke-bound grappler also won another IAC crown, leading the Little Hoyas to their 13th straight conference title as a team, as well at his second straight Mount Mat Madness title.
Aryemis Brown, Sr., Bullis, 160: The second of three boys who make up a family wrestling tradition, Brown’s father, Chris, 59, is an assistant to Bullis’ Ali Elias, his younger brother, Austin, a 145-pound freshman, and older sibling, Alexander, a freshman at Air Force, Chris Brown’s alma mater.
Brown won his third straight IAC title, finished third at private school states for the second straight year and was seventh at National Preps during a season when he also earned an overtime victory against Glenelg of Howard County’s Class 4A-3A state runner-up Max Sotka.
The Air Force-bound wrestler went 62-4, has a school-record mark of 189-25 and was named Outstanding Wrestler four times in as many different tournaments this year, winning the Melee On The Metro as well. Aryemis had 48 pins this season.
Andrew Welch, Jr., Churchill, 170: The 6-foot-3 wrestler won county and regional titles, defeating state runner-up Khalil Owens of Northwest on each occasion to avenge an earlier loss.
Welch had another marquee moment winning 3-1 in overtime for the title in the Joe Verciglio Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Chantilly High in Chantilly, Virginia, in January.
Welch finished the year by placing fifth at states to finish the year with a record of 43-5, representing a vast improvement after having placed only fifth at regions as a sophomore.
Paul Purkey, Jr., Damascus, 182: The Swarmin’ Hornets’ grappler won county, region and state titles, finishing with a record of 47-1 and a team high 37 pins.
Purkey transferred from Good Counsel, where he his private schools state title run earned Outstanding Wrestler honors. At counties, Purkey decked all three opponents in a combined 2:20.
During regionals, Purkey also pinned all three rivals, topped by a 91-second fall against runner-up Abu Abdillah of Paint Branch in a rematch of their 57-second county title match.
At states, Purkey pinned his first couple of opponents in 55- and 63-seconds before winning his semifinal, 10-5, and decking Westminster’s Garrett Vandervalk in 3:22 of their title bout.
Gabe McAndrew, Jr., Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 195: McAndrew went 41-7, earning county and regional titles and finishing fourth at states, where he lost to the third and fourth place finishers.
At counties, McAndrew used a pin and a 6-3 decision to reach his semifinal bout, where his 11-6 victory overcame Rockville senior Cameron Hoppman.
A year earlier, Hoppman had finished third at counties and second at regions in the 195-pound class in which McAndrew was third at regions.
Brady Daniel, Sr., Good Counsel, 220: Daniel won his second straight crowns in the War On The Shore, Hub Cup, WCAC, Melee On The Metro and private schools state tournaments before placing second at National Preps to improve on his team-high third place effort of a year earlier.
Daniel was also third at each of the PowerAde and Beast Of The East Tournaments as well as eighth at the Walsh Jesuit Iron Man event.
As a 182-pound sophomore at River Hill, Daniel beat four seniors on the way to winning the Class 4A-3A state title. Each of last year’s five private school place winners behind Daniel were seniors.
Thomas Gates, Sr., Georgetown Prep, 285: Gates won his second straight IAC crown, finished second at private schools states after being third as a junior, and placed at National Preps.
Gates had perhaps his crowning achievement during December’s Mount Mat Madness Invitational at Mount St. Joseph of Baltimore, where the 213-pounder pinned two opponents who weighed close to the 285-pound limit.
Gates won his MMM semifinal, 3-2, against Vinnie Shaffer of Baltimore’s Archbishop Curley, and his title bout, 4-3, over Sean Mullican of Frederick County’s Middletown High. A West Virginia-bound senior, Mullican was a Class 2A-1A state champion this year after being a runner-up as a junior.