By Lem Satterfield
Quince Orchard High School senior Carlos Guerrero (113) went 10-0 at the Westminster High Duals tournament on Dec. 27-28, representing his season debut after returning from an injury.
“This was Carlos’ first action of the year after being cleared on concussion protocol,” said Cougars’ Head Coach Rob Wolf.
Senior Jose Echeona (132), a county runner-up, third at regions and fourth in states, nailed down eight first period pins against two losses, among his falls in his win over North County’s Rodney Jones. However, Echeona lost a close bout to state runner-up Jalen Jones of Dunbar.
Junior Marquez Cooper (195) went 8-2, his lone setbacks coming against Linganore’s state runner-up Mike Bromley and fourth-place regional finisher Noah Wienclawski of Liberty by scores of 1-0 and 8-6 respectively. Cooper wrestled Wienclawski at 195 pounds.
Cooper is less than a month removed from rushing for 243 yards on 39 carries and three touchdowns on Nov. 30 to lead the Cougars (13-1) football team to its third state championship, 40-33, over Class 4A rival North Point of Charles County. As the starting running back, Cooper rushed for 2,021 yards and 38 touchdowns on this season.
“Marquez Cooper was named to the Maryland All-State Football Team…” Wolf said, trumping his team’s success. “In his first wrestling matches ever, senior Rashaud ‘Boogie’ Thomas went an impressive 7-3 (as well).”
Teammate junior Rico Cornejo (126) wrestled well and finished at 9-1. Senior Jay Bollinger (182) went 6-1, losing 6-4 to third place regional finisher Jordan Davis of Hammond. Sophomore Dante Thompson (285) finished with 5-2.
Meanwhile, at the Mount Mat Madness Invitational at Baltimore’s Mount St Joseph High School on Dec. 24, Harvard University-bound senior Jelani Machen (182) of Landon finished runner-up and senior teammate Axel Giron (126) ended third.