Boys Varsity Wrestling · Boys Varsity Wrestling finishes 10th place at Maryland State 3A/4A Wrestling Tournament

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Quince Orchard High School 10th 50

Three Cougar wrestlers qualified for the 2018 4A/3A Maryland State Wrestling Tournament and all three were top four placers.
126 pound junior co-captain Jose Echeona won his first two matches including a fall over the East Region runner-up from North Point and a major decision over #1 seed and South Region champion from Huntingtown. In his championship semi-final match, Jose lost a close and hard fought match, 8-6, to Walter Johnson’s wrestler who finished in 2nd place. He rebounded nicely in his next match against Springbrook’s 138 pounder with a win by fall in the 3rd period to earn a spot in the consolation final match to wrestle for 3rd place. B-CC’s wrestler, a 2016 state finalist, who Jose had beaten twice already this year, brought his A game this time and outscored Jose, 6-2, to take 3rd place. Jose’s 4th place finish is a big improvement over his 0-2 result in last season’s state tournament. Jose finished the season with a 35-9 record and now has 99 wins wearing the Quince Orchard singlet. We are looking forward to see him on top of the medal stand in his senior year.
138 pound senior co-captain Alejandro Lopez earned a trip to the championship semi-final for the second season in a row with a first period fall of his North Point opponent followed by an 11-1 major decision route over Arundel’s wrestler. His semi-final match against Sherwood’s undefeated North Region champ Chris Sanchez was a thriller but in the end a heartbreaking 1-0 loss for Alejandro. He showed the heart of a true champion as he came back to finish off his Eleanor Roosevelt opponent with a first period fall to move him on to the 3rd/4th place consolation final match. His opponent, Nick Gonzalez of Clarksburg, was a familiar one who Alejandro had beaten by one point both in their dual season match-up as well as in the West Region final. This time Alejandro showed his dominance by moving out to a 15-1 lead and held on to earn a major decision by a 15-5 margin and the 3rd place spot on the medal stand for the 2nd season in a row. He finished his season with a record of 41-4 and 107 career wins as a Cougar.
Sophomore 182 pounder Ryan Jones came into this tournament with a 25-16 record and may have been overlooked as a contender. What was not considered by the casual observer was who those 16 losses were against. Ryan was consistently pitted against some of the toughest public and private school wrestlers in the state in not only the 182 pound weight class but often against a 195 or 220 pounder as well. In his first match against Old Mill’s #1 seeded East Region champion who entered the tournament with a 30-2 record, Ryan dominated with a 10-1 major decision. He then took down the North Region 3rd place finisher from Blair by an 11-5 margin. The third of QO’s three qualifiers to reach the semi-final match, Ryan’s next opponent was soon to be four-time Maryland state champion and World Cadet Freestyle champion Aaron Brooks from North Hagerstown (#1 ranked 182 pound wrestler in the US). This was Ryan’s 3rd opportunity to wrestle Brooks and was the only one of Brook’s four opponents to last past one minute before being pinned at the 1:15 mark. That moved Ryan along to the consolation semi-final match where he would face the South Region champion from Huntingtown who was sporting a 39-7 record. Ryan scored two points in the 2nd overtime tiebreaker period for a 4-2 win and a trip to the consolation final match for 3rd/4th place. In this match, he faced a familiar foe, Drew Brenowitz from Clarksburg, who had given Ryan four of his previous losses. Ryan was a different and improved wrestler in this match and battled through a back and forth match until the end when he lost a point with seconds remaining on a controversial stalling call to give Brenowitz a narrow 6-5 victory. Ryan completed his second full season as a wrestler (and first at QO) with a very respectable 28-18 record to go along to his 4th place spot on the state tournament medal stand.