As many BCC athletes start to think about spring sports, a small cadre of BCC wrestlers are in the midst of a their grueling march toward state glory. The first hurdle was the Montgomery County Championship where BCC qualified nine wrestlers for the Regional Championship. Unfortunately two of these wrestlers, Ike Guttentag (106) and Fabio Martinez (138), both legitimate state contenders, had to drop out after sustaining season ending injuries, leaving seven to compete at Regions.
The Regional Championship was held this past weekend at Clarksburg High School. David Folivi (195) drew a tough preliminary round opponent and was eliminated after losing in that round. Emmanuel Oladapo made it to the first round of the consolations where he was also eliminated. Aiden Moffitt would win a match, but would ultimately have to forfeit the rest of his matches because of an injury, placing 6th. The four remaining wrestlers were successful in punching their tickets to the States.
Christian Simpson (113) won his opening match and then faced state ranked Jason Liau in the semi-finals. Simpson dominated on his feet leading for the first half of the match but couldn’t hang on to his lead. However, he came back to win his blood round match in the consolation semifinals and would end with a 3rd place finish.
Eli Guttentag, Drew Guttentag and Jeo Martinez all made it the championship round. At 132 Eli Guttentag placed 2nd, losing 7-10 in the finals to top ranked Earl Blake from Linganore. Next up for BCC was Drew Guttentag (145) who made quick work of South Hagerstown’s Reese Jenkins with a first period cradle to a pin, becoming BCC’s sole Regional Champion. At 152 Jeo Martinez faced Richard Montgomery’s Nicholas McCarthy where he wrestled a close match but was unable to secure a critical take down in the third period losing 2-3 and placing 2nd.
Best of luck to the Eli Guttentag, Drew Guttentag, Jeo Martinez and Christian Simpson next week at the State Championship on Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd at The Show Place Arena.