BCC’s varsity westling team traveled to North Point High School on Saturday to represent the 4A West Region in the Maryland State Duals for the first time in school history. As the #4 seed they went in as underdogs facing the #1 see Springbrook in the semi-finals. The match opened at 170 where Emmanuel Oladapo, while losing, did a great job keeping it close with state-ranked Sahid Antar.
Next up Noah Bowers (182) would lose a by major decision to Anthony Gomez.
At 194 David Folivi was pinned by Isaiah Lindsey.
At 220 Andrew Atienza initiated all the offense but unfortunately had his shots effectively countered by Matt Bauer.
Alhassane Kouyate faced another state-ranked wrestler in Aimrick Nya who took him to his back in the first period.
After the heavyweight match Ike Guttentag was up at 106 against Pierre Jean in the first match of the afternoon featuring two state-ranked wrestlers. Guttentag got in on a leg in the first period to go up 2-0. After conferring with Coach Arnone, Guttentag decided to go neutral in the second period and while making several attempts was unable to score. Down by two in the third period, Jean opted to go on top feeling he could turn Guttentag. Guttentag worked his way to his feet several times and while unable to escape was eventually awarded a stall call as Jean was unable to return him to the mat. The match would end 3-0 for BCC’s first points.
Christian Simpson (113) closed the gap further with a 10-1 major decision over a tough Grayson Wendel.
At 120 Alejandro Cubillan threw a last second headlock to try and keep the momentum going but was unsuccessful and lost to Matt Kilby 8-2.
Aidan Moffitt lost a close one to Chinua Sabater at 126.
Eli Guttentag would face state-ranked Sayfore Sieh at 132 and after giving up a last second takedown would find himself in an overtime. Guttentag kept on the offense and spun behind for the overtime victory.
Drew Guttentag (138) faced Dassaeve Jean, (the older brother of Ike’s opponent) and picked up BCC’s only pin of the evening, sticking Jean with a cradle in the first period.
Fabio Martinez moved up a weight class to 145 in an effort to keep BCC’s chances alive but was foiled by Jean Mehul who won by regular decision.
As is often the case in tournament duals after a team win is secured, Springbrook forfeited the next two matches to Jeo Martinez and Evan Wassmann, saving their wrestlers for the finals.
The final score was BCC 28, Springbrook 31. While a loss is always disappointing, Coaches Nick Arnone, Tyler Tockman, David Akatu, Seth Anderson, Ben Minturn, Uriel Casas and the entire team should be very proud to be the first BCC wrestling team ever to make it to the State Dual Championship. Furthermore, they lost to Springbrook, the eventual state champions. Congratulations to Rob Whittles and his team of very tough fellow Montgomery County Springbrook wrestlers!
While the varsity wrestling team was at the State Duals, the JV squad was competing at the end of season Montgomery County JV Championship, their final event of the season. Congratulations to BCC’s two JV County placers Dan Shapiro (160) and Stefan Mekene (120). Shapiro won his first match with a pin and then won his quarter final match 10-8. After losing in the semi-finals, Shapiro secured another pin in the consolation semi-finals and defeated Saul Meacham of Walter Johnson in the consolation finals to place third. Mekene, BCC’s top placer, won four matches (a pin, two regular decisions and a major decision) to make it the finals. In the finals Mekene lost 6-2 to Steven Wang of Churchill to place 2nd. Also, congratulations to Lance Lorenzo, Ellis Feldman and Ben Williams who each had a win.
The State Duals and JV Championship mark the end of the regular season and the beginning of the individual postseason, starting with the County tournament on Friday, February 15th at Gaithersburg High School.