Marriotts Ridge wrestling brings home Falcon Invitational crown

Two individual titlists pace Mustangs to victory in Carroll County; Severna Park’s Kohler wins 152-pound final in upset

Published on: January 23, 2023 1:46 PM EST

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Unranked Marriotts Ridge has a few quality dual meet wins under their belts, including one over Boonsboro, ranked No. 19 in the Maryland State Wrestling Association Rankings, at the Best of the Nest Duals last weekend. The Mustangs added one more highlight to their season, winning the Falcon Invitational at Winters Mill over the weekend.

Marriotts Ridge bested runner-up Montgomery Blair (29th in MSWA ranking), 352-3456, with Boonsboro (326.5) placing third. The Mustangs held the lead for most of the tournament, but Blair from Montgomery County, nipped on their heels Saturday.

“We were watching that scoreboard for that last round non-stop,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Jason Conley. “It was so close. We thought we were going to close it out with (Tyler) Bury, then Bury kinda put himself in a bad position and got caught. We were expecting Bury to not only win the final, we were expecting a pin. If he pinned it was over. I had us possibly winning by two if we were lucky. And then my heavyweight (Skye Song) stuck his kid for third/fourth, and it was over. We knew we won then.”

“It really didn’t surprise me,” Conley added. “We went into this thinking we were going to win the tournament. We have a pretty good tournament team. A little bit better than a regular dual meet team. We have about six kids who can really rack up some points for us, and I think they did a pretty good job of that.”

The Mustangs placed three wrestlers in the finals, and two of them walked off the mat as champions.

Marriotts Ridge claimed its first gold out of the gate with Boden Pistorio taking the 106-pound bracket, taking down Winters Mill’s Willis Kiler at 2 minutes, 52 seconds into the second period.

“I was thinking this is any other match,” said Pistorio. “I just go out with that mentality of I should fight for my team. A start strong mentality. I didn’t want to have my mind in the wrong state. I tried leaving my mind blank, sort of, and I mainly just tried filtering all the sound out, and just focusing on the moment.”

“I feel Like I did pretty well. There’s a couple of kids that were pretty challenging. I feel like I was pretty good in neutral this weekend. I came into the tournament knowing that I wanted to work on some moves on the bottom too. Because in past weekends, I’ve failed to get off bottom. I feel like I worked to improve.”

Atley Turner, 10th in the MSWA 132-pound rankings, faced an out of state foe in Caden Rankin from Littlestown, Pa. The returning state placer edged Rankin, 4-3.

“I saw from his earlier matches that he was pretty dang tall,” Turner offered. “So, I was going to wrestle him more to the edge of the mat, just in case he got in to a scoring position, I could bounce out real quick. It was a tight match. He got three points from an armbar. I pinned my way all the way up to the finals. (It was) pretty easy competition. The only hard part was the finals. It was pretty fun.”

Bury was the runner-up at 152. Placing third were Rocky Alabadi (120), Jonah Obitz (170), and Skye Song (285). Jamie Kraft was fourth at 126. Brady Eldridge landed in sixth at 113. Alex Gladstone was seventh at 138 and Cory Globerman, eighth at 145.

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“Every single kid did a fantastic job,” Conley remarked. “We pumped in a little guy (Eldridge). A little 113 pound freshman. He saw a little varsity action last week (at the Best of the Nest Duals), and actually won a match against Boonsboro.

He stepped in there. He didn’t get any wins until we needed it at the very end. He won a match to get in for fifth/sixth. He got us a couple points that helped us squeak ahead of Montgomery Blair.”

The highlight of the final round involved two top 10 grapplers at 126 with defending Class 3A/4A state champion and No. 3 Alex Bellarin from Laurel facing No. 6 Tanner Halling (Boonsboro), who was a third-place finisher at the 1A/2A state meet.

Halling ruined Bellarin’s evening with an 8-5 upset win Halling was joined in the winners circle by teammate, Nate Elliot. Elliot (No. 18 in MSWA) won the 220 match with a second period pin of Curley’s Brandon Lewis at the 3:10 mark.

Francis Scott Key was fifth with two champions. No. 18 Bodey Griffin used a pin, 27 seconds into the third, to down Meade’s Devin Brown at 160.

At 195, Gabe Bell also used a third period fall against Archbishop Curley’s Kahil Regan.

“I thought it was a good tournament with good competition,” Griffin said. “I was happy with how I did going 9-0. But I have found a few things I need to work on, but overall, I thought it was a good tournament for me.”

Eighth-place Severna Park also posted two title winners. Highly regarded freshman Michael Queen (22nd in MSWA rankings) defeated Montgomery Blair’s Jaden Chung at 120.

No. 18 Nathan Kohler pulled off the biggest upset of the final round when he put No. 9 Bury down in the opening round of the 152 final.

Meade enjoyed a Top 10 finish (9th) on the back of two champs. At 138, Cavell Morris received a forfeit as his proposed opponent, Winters Mill’s Damien Claypool, was unable to compete. No. 25 Obina Onyeson clamped down his crown at 182 with a pin in the final sequence with Matthew Pawley from Winters Mill.

Second-place Montgomery Blair saw one of their ranks reach the top of the podium as No. 5 Nelson Manzoeto got by Littlestown’s Tanner Rock, 8-3. Montgomery County claimed two more titles with Wheaton’s Eric Ton pinning Blair’s Asher Anantham at 2:41 in the 113 final. Poolesville’s Sam Stempler (No. 8 at 152) pocketed the 145 title with a 14-5 major decision of No. 19 Trevor Bowers (Boonsboro).

Laurel’s Kade Boone (17th) pulled off a mild upset of No. 15 Sean Cornell in the heavyweight bout.


at Winters MIll

Top 10 teams

1 - Marriotts Ridge, 352

2 - Montgomery Blair, 346

3 - Boonsboro, 326.5

4 - Winters Mill, 313

5 - Francis Scott Key, 299.5

6 - Wheaton, 254

7 - Littlestown (PA), 224.5

8 - Severna Park, 221.5

9 - Meade, 220

10 - Poolesville, 214


1st Place - Boden Pistorio (Marriotts Ridge, Fr.) over Willis Kiler (Winters Mill, Fr.), Fall 2:52

3rd Place - Racer Anderson (Poolesville, So.) over Jaxson Orsin (Montgomery Blair, Fr.), Fall 1:28

5th Place - Peyton Mathers (Littlestown, Pa., Fr.) over Ridwan Ismudjatmiko (Wheaton, Jr.), Fall 3:42

7th Place - Hamza Jivan (Boonsboro, Jr.) over Amir Bakari (Frederick, Fr.), Forfeit


1st Place - Eric Ton (Wheaton, Jr.) over Asher Anantham (Montgomery Blair, So.), Fall 2:41

3rd Place - Colton Wasmer (Winters Mill, Fr.) over Tim Stevens (Archbishop Curley, Sr.), Fall 1:48

5th Place - Jordan Jackson (Frederick, So.) over Brady Eldridge (Marriotts Ridge, Fr.), Dec 7-6

7th Place - Andrew Bonk (Severna Park, Fr.) over Jeremy Troccola (Boonsboro, Fr.), Fall 2:21


1st Place - Michael Queen (Severna Park, Fr.) over Jaden Cheung (Montgomery Blair, So.), Dec 10-3

3rd Place - Rocky Alabadi (Marriotts Ridge, Jr.) over Patrick Mattingly (Francis Scott Key, So.), Dec 7-5

5th Place - Chanasein Abdur-Rasheed (Laurel, Fr.) over Anton Zaprianov (Wheaton, Fr.), Fall 3:44

7th Place - Sean Martucci (Boonsboro, Sr. ) over Phillip Tolliver (Patterson Mill, So.), Fall 2:03


1st Place -Tanner Halling (Boonsboro, So.) over Alex Bellarin (Laurel, Sr.), Dec 8-5

3rd Place - Jeff Gessner (Patterson Mill, Jr.) over Jamie Kraft (Marriotts Ridge, So.), Dec 10-5

5th Place - Justin Seebach (Frederick, Jr.) over Daniel Wu (Montgomery Blair, So.), Dec 7-5

7th Place - Robert Kolbe (Wheaton, Jr.) over Owen Barry (Meade, Fr.), Fall 1:47


1st Place - Atley Turner (Marriotts Ridge, Sr.) over Caden Rankin (Littlestown, Pa.; Jr.), Dec 4-3

3rd Place - Luke Ruel (Southern, Jr.) over Jacob Klingler (Montgomery Blair, Jr.), Maj. Dec. 13-1

5th Place - Vinnie Volpe (Poolesville, So.) over Landon Buchman (Winters Mill, Fr.), Maj. Dec. 10-2

7th Place - Christian Joglar (Patterson Mill, So.) over Nicolas McDonough (Wheaton, Jr.), Dec 7-1


1st Place - Cavell Morris (Meade, Jr.) over Damian Claypool (Winters Mill, Sr.), Forfeit

3rd Place - Cameron Mingee (Littlestown, Pa.; Jr.) over Gregory Vasquez (Wheaton, Jr.) Dec 7-0

5th Place - Weston Paschane (Montgomery Blair, So.) over Nathanael Tao (Poolesville. Jr.), Maj. Dec. 11-1

7th Place - Alex Gladstone (Marriotts Ridge, So.) over Gabe Ramirez (Francis Scott Key, So.) Maj. Dec. 10-2


1st Place - Sam Stempler (Poolesville, Sr.) over Trevor Sowers (Boonsboro, So.), Maj. Dec. 14-5

3rd Place - Charles Jackson (Meade, Jr.) over Caleb Crouch (Winters Mill, Jr.), Forfeit

5th Place - Asher Castro (Wheaton, Sr.) over Zach Alkhatib (Patterson Mill, Sr.), Fall 1:59

7th Place - Chris Thomas (Francis Scott Key, Jr.) over Cory Globerman (Marriotts Ridge, Sr.), Fall 1:26


1st Place - Nathan Kohler (Severna Park, Jr.) over Tyler Bury (Marriotts Ridge, Sr.), Fall 1:45

3rd Place - Shimma Wexler (Poolesville, So.) over Tanner Yingling (Littlestown, Pa.; Jr., Dec 8-7

5th Place - Payton Weaver (Francis Scott Key, Sr.) 14-12, Sr. over Darren List (Archbishop Curley, Jr.), Fall 2:55

7th Place - Bradley Morales (Meade, So.) over Ryan Butts (Patterson Mill, Sr.), Dec 11-4


1st Place - Bodey Griffin (Francis Scott Key, Sr.) over Devin Brown (Meade, Jr.), Fall 4:27

3rd Place - Bobby Howe (Severna Park, Sr.) over Mark Matysek (Patterson Mill), Injury

5th Place - Jackson Richmond (Winters Mill, Sr.) over Michael Finch (Laurel, Jr.), Fall 2:01

7th Place - Russell Colliere (Boonsboro, So.) over Jacob Jenkins (Poolesville, Sr.), Forfeit


1st Place - Nelson Manzoeto (Montgomery Blair, Sr.) over Tanner Rock (Littlestown, Pa.; So.), Dec 8-3

3rd Place - Jonah Obitz (Marriotts Ridge, So.) over Kasim Bahar (Randallstown, Sr.), Dec 9-3

5th Place - Danny Wyvill (Southern, Sr.) over Manny Sampson (Boonsboro, Jr.), Dec. 8-2

7th Place - Jake Fritz (Severna Park, Sr.) over Kamron Hampton (Archbishop Curley, Sr.), Fall 1:32


1st Place - Obina Onyeson (Meade, Jr.) over Matthew Pawley (Winters Mill, Jr.), Fall 4:32

3rd Place - Ryan Clarke (Frederick, So.) over Adam Knox (Francis Scott Key, So.), Fall 1:21

5th Place - Ebuka Chukwurah (Montgomery Blair, Sr.) over Michael Cornell (Boonsboro, Sr.), Dec 8-2

7th Place - Evan Lyttle (Patterson Mill, Sr.) over Jordan Powell (Randallstown, Jr.), Forfeit


1st Place - Gabe Dell (Francis Scott Key, Sr.) over Kahlil Regan (Archbishop Curley, So.), Fall 4:50

3rd Place - Andrew Fraser (Poolesville, Jr.) over Onosetale Okojie (Winters Mill, Sr.), Fall 1:47

5th Place - Leonel Kanwa (Montgomery Blair, Jr.) over Jeffrey Prawdzik (Littlestown, Pa.; Jr.), Dec 6-4

7th Place - Graham McLean (Boonsboro, So.) over Nathaniel Friedel (Patterson Mill, Sr.), Fall 1:44


1st Place - Nate Elliott (Boonsboro, Jr.) over Brandon Lewis (Archbishop Curley, Jr.), Fall 3:10

3rd Place - Jacob Dell (Francis Scott Key, Jr.) over Nolan Buhler (Severna Park, So.), Fall 4:33

5th Place - Jack Hardwick (Montgomery Blair, Sr.) over Leo Flores (Southern, Jr.), Fall 1:54

7th Place - Danny Francis (Wheaton, Sr.) over Edward Mattern (Frederick, So.), Fall 4:04


1st Place - Kaden Boone (Laurel, Sr.) over Sean Cornell (Boonsboro, Sr.), (Fall 2:41)

3rd Place - Skye Song (Marriotts Ridge, Sr.) over Craig Hardsock (Francis Scott Key, So.), Fall 0:33

5th Place - Diego Payne (Wheaton, Jr.) over Gianni Serafin (Winters Mill, Sr.), Major Forfeit

7th Place - Quinn Tyldesley (Montgomery Blair, Jr.) over Robert Smith (Southern, So.), Fall 3:26