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By Lem Satterfield @satterfield_lem
Bullis junior Austin Brown (182) pinned all four opponents in a combined one minute, 59 seconds for his crown, being joined as champion by fellow Bulldogs, which included freshman Tallion Elliot (106), senior Isaac Ruderman (145) and junior Caleb Tomlin (220) for runner-up Bullis at last weekend’s Admiral Holloway Tournament at Saint James High in Hagerstown.
Liam Handel (145) was a runner-up for the Bulldogs, who are coached by Ali Elias and assistant Chris Brown.
“We were five points away from winning the Holloway tournament, and we should have won it. We’re a young team, so we’re looking forward to a successful season,” said Brown, Austin’s father.
“We return four IAC champions among eight starters and we have four wrestlers looking to break 100 career wins this season.”
Brown, Handel, Ruderman and Tomlin are past IAC champions. Ruderman and senior Bazin Sineshaw (126) finished sixth and eighth at last year’s private schools state tournament for the Bulldogs, who were 2-2 in the league, 6-9 overall and fourth in the IAC tournament.
Four Bulldogs’ grapplers are within striking distance of 100 career victories with Ruderman at 84, Brown with 82, Sineshaw at 72 and Liam, 69.
Landon dethroned Georgetown Prep a year ago.
“We have a solid group,” said Brown. “We’re looking to contend in the Interstate Athletic Conference championships and send a few wrestlers to National Preps.”