Frederick Douglass Youth Open
Upper Marlboro, MD
December 20, 1997
The big local teams were all there: Olney, Calvert, Arden Attackers, Northern, and of course the SMWC All-Stars, the Capital Area Wrestling League's defending 1997 champions. PG County's first local youth event of the season drew about 200 wrestlers. Youth wrestling is growing throughout Maryland, with some of the best around from the southern part of the state.
This tournament was a first year event for Douglass, but based on the upsurge of new young wrestlers in the area won't be the last. While most of the areas top wrestlers were entered, some of the county's large beginner level clubs like Bowie and Upper Marlboro, which practices at Douglass, weren't able to generate much support for the event. Likely these organizations will also develop talented youth wrestlers in the future, which could lead to an even stronger local presence next season.
Proving once again that you can't beat them in their own backyard, the Gwynn Park HS based SMWC All-Stars finished with five individual champions and 29 team points, enough for first place honors. Runner-up Calvert, with a surprisingly strong showing, finished with 27 points, Arden Attackers finished in third with 21 points, and always tough Olney finished in fourth with 16 points. Outstanding championship performances for SMWC came from Steve Sargent, younger brother of DeMatha wrestler Joey Sargent, Mike Rowe, Dirk Hurrin, Ryan Forman, and Ryan Lowder.
Another interesting tournament note. The tournament used Madison pairing to eliminate the need for wrestlers to cut weight. Although there were around 200 entries, all wrestlers had full brackets, there were no pairing complaints, seeding was used, and the tournament ended about 2:30 pm.
Team Scoring (Top 5 places)
SMWC All-Stars 29 Calvert 27 Arden Attackers 21 Olney Mat Club 16 Northern Youth 12
Individual Results (Madison Weight Classes)
B 42 1. Cottin Moomau Unatttached 2. Quinten Leadbetter Northern 3. Hunter Rowe Northern 4. Wes Jones SMWC B 50 1. Michael Maciaha Attackers 2. Kevin Bohlman Attackers 3. Zeke Saukel Northern 4. C.J. Ganley Calvert B-M 56 1. Steve Sargent SMWC 2. Ryan Buff Calvert 3. Collin Leadbeter Northern 4. Greg Saumenig Attackers M-J 66 1. Michael Rowe SMWC 2. Joe Smith Olney 3. Ben Ganley Calvert 4. Mathew Eckert Attackers M-J 72 1. Jeff Frazier Calvert 2. Brandon Waters Attackers 3. Chris Vocker Attackers 4. Mike Vocker Attackers M 79 1. Dirk Hurrin SMWC 2. Matt Jones SMWC 3. Stas Nogay Olney 4. Ben Anderson Northern J-I 79 1. Tim Bohlman Attackers 2. Lee Trohanis SMWC 3. Joshua Baynham Attackers 4. James Woodland Attackers J 89 1. Ryan Scherer Olney 2. Billy Smith Olney 3. Stephen Jollis Olney 4. Randy Oates Northern M-J 103 1. Matt Bancroft Calvert 2. Phil Riley Calvert 3. Kyle Richards Olney 4. Mark Degarmo Olney I 103 1. Max Buff Calvert 2. Ganett Rolen Olney 3. Matt Bancroft Calvert 4. Chris Booker Olney J-I 118 1. Ryan Lowder SMWC 2. Jason Kiessling SMWC 3. Michael Vachon SMWC 4. Walt Hoffman SMWC J-I130 1. Ryan Forman SMWC 2. SanVictorino Attackers 3. Brent Jones SMWC 4. Adam Butler Olney I 150 1. Benjamin Cefaratti Attackers 2. Chris Laurence Olney 3. Jesse Keyes SMWC 4. Joshua Tiralla CalvertReturn to SMWC All-Stars Home Page