Capital Area Wrestling News - July 95


July 1995

PV AAU Championships

Saturday, June 3, the Potomac Valley AAU held their association championships and Grand National Qualifier at Bishop MacNamara High School. The tournament drew wrestlers primarily from the Southern Maryland, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia regions, with a scattering of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware wrestlers thrown in to keep things interesting. Winning Maryland wrestlers included Ryan Forman, Kevin Gabrielson, Jason Gabrielson, Bill Matthews, Sean Stone, and Jorge Mena. Interestingly, two weight classes were won by D.C. wrestlers. The wrestlers represented a new club that has recently been formed at St Johns HS.

AAU Grand National Trip

Both Southern Maryland Wrestling Club and Bulldog Wrestling Club have scheduled multi-passenger vans and are planning group trips to the AAU Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma the third week of July. Contact these clubs if you want to attend. However, wrestlers are reminded that they must have qualified at one of the AAU association championships, or have formally petitioned through their association representative before they can attend. The tournament regularly draws close to 2500 entries, and features Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and Sombo styles.

SMWC Officials Clinic

Despite some confusion on dates, SMWC held a successful officials clinic the week of May 16th to help prepare new Freestyle officials for mat assignments. Eight new officials attended the first session and five the second session. Comparisons between Freestyle and Folkstyle, and details related to mat protocol were covered.

End of Season Schedule

With many members on travel to USAW Cadet Nationals, AAU Grand Nationals, and USAW Junior Nationals, SMWC will continue to run informal practices until Thursday, July 13th. Formal organized practices ended Tuesday, June 13th. SMWC has chartered a bus for AAU Grand Nationals, and will meet up with those returning from Cadet Nationals in Tulsa. See the coach to reserve a spot. Unless a team of at least 6 is formed for the AAU Junior Olympics in Iowa, practices will start up again the second week of September. All dues paying members will be notified of the start date.

Summer JUDO and SOMBO

Southern Maryland area wrestlers interested in summer JUDO and SOMBO workouts contact Bruce Gabrielson for details concerning schedule and locations. Bruce practices at Mt Hope in Calvert County.

1995 Potomac Valley All-Star Challenge Cup

The 11th annual Potomac Valley All-Star Challenge Cup was held June 10th at Bishop MacNamara High School in Forestville, Maryland. As usual, the 1995 Cup proved once again to be this regions premier all-star freestyle event. A total of 14 High School State Champions, seven Cadet All-Americans, five Junior All-Americans, and six junior age Eastern National Champions, plus several other NE regional winners and other top contenders met head-to-head. Suffering from beach week and other contending events which drew away some of its team, Maryland still managed to defeat a very tough Delaware team before loosing to Team New Jersey by a close 15-18 decision.

Some major matches for Maryland's juniors included little 55 lb Cameron Watkins' defeat of NJ State Champ Nick Bridge 12-6, Rudy Reuda's tech fall of NJ State Champ Chris Grusemeyer at 60 lbs, Nick Alley's 9-6 decision over 6 time NJ State Champ and FS Grand National Champ Ryan Wolverton at 80 lbs, young 12 year old Kevin Gabrielson's close 10-8 decision over NJ Cadet Champ and State Champ Greg Austin, and JJ Holmes' 11-5 victory over Grand National and State Champion Joey Galante.

In the high school weights, virtually every match was a great one. For Maryland, both Tommy Kiler and Tyran Dungee had a great tournament. Kiler's biggest win was a fall against Delaware State Champ Joe Bond. In another great match, unsung Billy Phillips, Maryland's own giant killer, defeated by a score of 10- 7, Delaware's 2 time state champ and NE Regional Cadet Champ Jesse Savage. Probably the most surprising and exciting match featured Maryland's Aaron Chandler, a sophomore wrestler from Bowie in his first year of freestyle. He forced New Jersey's Cadet All-American heavyweight Lou Howell into a 1-1 overtime match which ended finally in a 4-1 victory for Howell.

Challenge Cup Pool Winners

55-60 Rudy Rueda, MD--- 65-70 Bobby Ray Stinson, NJ--- 75-80 Nick Alley, MD--- 85-95 Kevin Gabrielson, MD--- 106 Jason Gabrielson, MD--- 115 Todd Mergenthaler, DE--- 123 Pat McGrath, NJ--- 132 Tommy Kiler, MD--- 143 John Forster, NJ--- 154 Tyran Dungee, MD--- 165-178 Deon jenkins, DE--- 192 Damien Craighton, DE--- Hwt Lou Howell, NJ---

Season's End Events

Riverdale's 3rd annual end of season torurnament on Saturday, June 24 features a small but very strong draw of wrestling talent. Freestyle drew three or more in each pool, with some wrestlers getting as many as seven matches for the day. Nick Alley, Kevin Gabrielson, Jason Gabrielson, Billy Phillips, Todd Beckerman, Jorge Mena, and Maryland's emerging heavyweight contender Aaron Chandler of Bowie led SMWC to the team title. Team Foxcatcher and American Sombo super star Paul Collier, at 150 lbs, was tremendous. On Sunday, the Capital Games at Catholic University drew a small but lively group. Brent Jones, Larry King, Marc Jurek, and Jason Gabrielson were local winners.

SMWC to Send Four to Cadet Nationals & Two to Junior Nationals

Five SMWC members are among the Maryland contingent heading to Lincoln, Nebraska the second week of July for USAW's Cadet Nationals. Members included William McKinney, Jason Gabrielson, Billy Phillips, and Aaron Sergeant. Robert Alexander and Todd Beckerman will head to Fargo, SD, the end of July for the USAW Junior Nationals.