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By Lem Satterfield @lemslatest
Churchill senior Carlos Villamar pinned seven of eight opponents, with a forfeit being the other victory on the way to earning the 138-pound title at the Jan. 11-12 Hammond Duals Tournament.
Villamar pinned Blair freshman Hyun Kim in the title bout, improving his record for the year at 26-3 and pacing the Bulldogs infourth place in the 12-team affair.
“This is a real accomplishment, because I’ve taken good care of my body, worked hard in practice and I’m really feeling proud of my progression,” said Villamar, winner of the Rockville Duals tournament after placing fifth at an earlier one.
“Last year, I couldn’t compete at counties because [of an injury,] but I had enough points to qualify for regions and place fourth. After that, I was at states, which was awesome. I didn’t win any matches there, but the experience was great. Now I’m ready for the rest of the season and counties, regions and states.”
Finishing second were the Bulldogs’ Anthony Slaughter (113), Parker DeSalvio (152) and Djamil Saar (182). Slaughter was 7-1 with five pins; DeSalvio, 7-1, with three falls; and Saar, 6-2, with six pins.
Ryan Kaplow (220) finished third for the Bulldogs, going 7-1 with four pins, and Vincent Barnaba (170) and Joe Raab (195) were fourth.
Sixth-place Blair crowned Brandon Ntankeu (182) at Hammond, where the senior pinned four of eight opponents without a loss. Blazer’s sophomore Brian McCaw (106) went 7-1 with six pins, finishing as a runner-up after splitting 5-4 decisions with Severn’s Ryan Money.
Kim finished at 7-1 with five pins, and third-place Mervin Mancia (285) was 6-2 with three falls. Placing fourth for the Blazers were Muhammad Baig (113), Biruk Tona (132) and Shalom Ayivi (160).
At the Jan. 11-12 Poolesville tournament, the host Falcons’ Xavier Kresslein (160) went 10-0, and teammates Alex Carbonell (126), Kevin Fultz (132), Sam Hull (138) and Colin Savage (152) were 9-1. Among Carbonell’s victories was one over state runner-up Shane Hovermale of Smithsburg as the Falcons finished third.
Bullis also participated at the Poolesville tournament, where Tallion Elliott (106) and Austin Brown (182) each went 8-0. Issac Ruderman (138) and Caleb Tomlin (220) were 7-1, and Bazin Sineshaw (126), Liam Handel (145) and Caanan Tomlin (152) were all 6-2.
Brown was voted Outstanding Upperweight Wrestler. Elliott has an overall record of 33-4 and Brown is 33-6.
In a Jan. 11 quad meet, Landon swept rivals Good Counsel (33-36), Georgetown Prep (54-27) and Woodberry Forest (48-30).
Axel Giron (126) and Patrick Kielb (145) pinned all three of his opponents; Jelani Machen (182) had two pins and a decision; and Lorenzo Lopez (132), two falls and a forfeit.
Patrick Townsend (120), Jonny Gherman (160) and Miles Tonkel (220) pinned their Good Counsel opponents, and there were falls from Tonkel and Matt Amitay (138) against Georgetown Prep. Zac Osmond (106) won a pivotal match, 14-10, against Good Counsel.
In B-CC’s 52-21 dual-meet victory over Clarksburg on Jan. 11, freshman, sophomore and senior Guttentag siblings Isaac (106), Eli (132) and Drew (145) all pinned their opponents.
Also pinning for the Barons were Christian Simpson (113), Fabio Martinez (138) and Evan Wasserman (160), with a major decision from Jeovannie Martinez (152), and decisions by Noah Bowers (170) and Emmanuel Oladapo (182).
Pinning for Clarksburg were Alex Gonzalez (120), Santiago Burke-Carreno (195) and Austin Smith (285), with a decision from Acebes Joseph (220).