SMWC 1995/96 Season News Flashes
Covering Events During the Folkstyle Season
Fall practice started September 12th. Averaged about 25-30 members of all age groups and sizes at practice.
First tournament of season September 24th at William Penn HS in Delaware. Six members entered but only Jason Gabrielson and Rudy Reuda placed 1st.
First major tournament of the season was held at Lower Dauphin HS near Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, October 14. Classes in the Senior HS age group were good size. Four SMWC members attended with the following results. In the JrHS age group, Ryan Herwig, at 85 lbs, placed 1st in a class of 14. Kevin Gabrielson, at 90 lbs, took first in a class of 15 entries. In the Sr HS events, Bryan Long, at 110 lbs, finished 4th in a class of 17 entries. Jason Gabrielson, wrestling at 115 lbs, captured 1st in a class of 25 entries, plus took home the most falls in least time award for the tournament.
October 21th, Bryan Long won at Easton and Rudy Reuda won at Millersville. On October 22, Jason Gabrielson and Ryan Forman won at Millersville.
October 29 was a bad day at Glasgow, Ryn Forman and Mark Cranston won. Little Rudy had a seizure and went to the hospital. About 10 minutes after Rudy left. Mike Pecha broke his sholder.
Matt Pecha broke his ankle October 31, though luck for the Pecha's and for their HS team.
Olympian (and SMWC member) Buddy Lee put on a super folkstyle clinic at the SMWC practice November 2nd. About 40 members who attended saw Buddy go through many moves both on the mat and takedowns, then were treated to a jump rope demonstration. Buddy mentioned that he liked the environment of the small club atmosphere to give him the chance for close contact with wrestlers of all ages.
On November 4th, many junior members went to Boiling Springs. Winners were Kevin Gabrielson, Rudy Reuda, Aaron and Ryan Herwig, and Mark Cranston. High school wrestlers went to Joppatown with Jason Gabrielson and Scott Munsey winning their weight classes.
The Bishop MacNamara tournament in Forestville drew a good size entry on November 11th. Most wrestlers had at least 5 matches or more. Winning SMWC wrestlers included Eli Black (65), Nick Alley (90), Marchelo Nucci (95), Scott Bond (110), Jason Gabrielson (115). SMWC won the club award with 46 points, well ahead of Wheaton. DeMatha HS won the school award with 23 points.
The first major pre-season junior league tournament was held at Chesapeake HS in near Severna Park Nov 19th. Winning SMWC wrestlers were Rudy Rueda, Ryan Herwig, Nick Alley Kevin Gabrielson, and Joey Sargent.
Since SMWC practices are not held during the winner, no results will be mentioned herein until we get close to state championships. However, we will list member state rankings when they come out.
SMWC's #1 Pre-Season MSWA Ranked HS Wrestlers
112 -- Jason Gabrielson
119 -- Mike Toro
123 -- Todd Beckerman
130 -- Boomer Black
135 -- Tyrone Neal
140 -- Tommy Kiler
158 -- Robert Alexander
SMWC Hall-of-Fame member Kahlil Malik is having a great season at the University of North Carolina. Good luck Kalil.
Congratulations to long time SMWC member Todd Beckerman for breaking the national high school record for most consecutive victories and tournament victories. Todd started out as a little kid with us and has really gone a long ways into our sport. He has signed a national letter of intent to Nebraska next year. We're all proud of you Todd, even our little members.
Congratulations to SMWC's Brent Jones for winning Outstanding Wrestler and 1st in 95 lb midgets at Tulsa Nationals.
The entire membership and coaching staff wishes to express its condolences to the Schultz family.
SMWC members pounded everyone at Williamsport Feb. 4th. Every SMWC member who entered captured first place. SMWC winners were: Lucas, Eli, and Garrett Black, Rudy Rueda, Matt and Brent Jones, Ryan Forman, Nick Alley, and Kevin Gabrielson.
Congratulations are in order to SMWC's Bryan Long, Matt Gallagher, and Derik Sola. Derik is currently ranked 2nd in Pennsylvania's AA District 3 high school rankings. Bryan has a #2 ranking and Matt has a #1 ranking in the Virginia HS rankings. When you add in SMWC ranked Maryland lightweights, it's no wonder we call the corner where our light weights work out at practice "The Pit".
SMWC's tournament team got hit with some serious snow on February 20th. Only four of eleven made it to Mifflinberg, PA. Rudy Rueda took first plus went home with the OW trophy (a large one). Joey Sargent also won. Kevin wrestled up a weight in two classes. He ended up having to wrestler two finals back to back, one against a PA Mason Dixon member. He did well but ran out of gas his second match.
Note: SMWC members should remember to put SMWC on all tournament entries now as the junior league seasons are ending. We don't need to loose a team tournament because a member put their school or winter league team on the entry. Also, all hs wrestlers can not put their school down as Maryland has some strange rules about school matches.
Congratulations to SMWC's Jason Gabrielson, Todd Beckerman and Tyrone Neal for finishing their regular HS seasons undefeated.
Congratulations to SMWC's 1996 HS State Champions
Congratulations to SMWC's Todd Beckerman for winning his 4th National Prep Title
Spring practice started March 7th. About 35-40 members, mostly HS and open age groups present. Practice was held at SMWC's new site, Bishop Macnamara HS. We sill have the gym plus 3 mats available, plus a 4th mat will stay in the wrestling room. SMWC's yellow mat is one of the gym mats. Highlights from the first practice was Jason Gabrielson winning the lightweight challenge ( a group which included Bryan Long of VA, Warren Thompson, Joe Hinshaw, Eric Miller, and Mike Torro among others), Chris Lefebvre winning the mid-weight challenge (a group which included Mike Pecha) , EJ Sauls winning the larger-weight challenge (a group which included Gerald Thomas), and Matt Pecha winning the heavier weight challenge.
Congratulations to Derik Sola, SMWC's first member to make it to the finals at the AA Pennsylvania HS State Chs. Only finished 2nd, but a great effort for a freshman.
Congratulations to the following SMWC members who were selected as All-Metro by the Washington Post
Congratulations to Nick Alley and Ryan Herwig, SMWC's 1996 Beltway State Champions
First freestyle tournament was an AAU event March 17 at Newark HS, Delaware. Seven members attended with Jason Gabrielson winning Elite 123 and Ryan Forman winning Schoolboy 85. Highlight of the event was Jason's defeat of Tommy Free by a score of 7-2.
Congratulations to Jeremy Walker for winning golds in both freestyle and GR at the Armed Forces Championships. Jeremy now qualifies for the final Olympic Trials.
Congratulations to SMWC's Robert Alexander, Warren Thompson, and Tyrone Neal for winning matches at the WPIAL vs Maryland Challenge held during the Dapper Dan Classic
Jim Howard put on a great throwing clinic March 21st at the SMWC practice.
Tremendous tournament at Columbia. We captured 17 1st places from bantams through masters. Sunday was a tough day with many members ending up in consolations. Three members came through in high school events, Jason Gabrielson captured the 117 lb class, Eric Miller captured the 125 lb class, and Tyrone Neal captured the 154 lb class.
This is our last entry for the season in this section. The next updates will be included in the Capital Area Wrestling News for March.