Seventh-ranked River Hill captured the team title at the Franklin Invitational with 220.5 points, edging second-place Owings Mills. Junior Michael Beck (106 pounds), senior Lee Carter (132), sophomore Brian Kirby (170), junior Cory Daniel (195) and junior Logan Kirby (220) all won their weight classes for the Hawks.
Lake Braddock’s Renzi still winning
Bruins senior Rory Renzi — a three-time state placer — moved up in weight class and earned an impressive win this weekend at the USMC Ultimate Challenge at Colonial Forge.
Renzi had struggled to make weight at 152, but has found a fit at 160, where he defeated Robinson senior Zak DePasquale in a 9-4 decision in the championship match.
Lake Braddock Coach Scott Matheny said Renzi will remain at 160 for the remainder of the season, and Renzi will be among the favorites in the Virginia AAA Northern Region along with DePasquale and Westfield senior Stephen Aiello in what now may be the region’s toughest weight class.
“He wrestled half the year at 152 but he didn’t want to cut weight so we talked and he went up,” Matheny said. “He’s wrestling a lot more comfortable at 160, and he has a great shot at winning in the region and at the state level.”
Robinson had four individual champions at the USMC event, as Austin Riggs (126), Dallas Smith (138), Jack Bass (152) and Cole DePasquale (170) won titles.
Colonial Forge won the team title, while Robinson placed third and Lake Braddock finished seventh at the 15-team event.
Elsewhere, Forest Park’s three state title contenders had another impressive weekend at the Escape the Rock event in Pennsylvania.
Tommy Aloi (106), Dennis Gustafson (132) and Brett Stein (170) all won championships, leading the Bruins to a fourth-place finish in the 32-team event with several of the top programs in Pennsylvania.
Rankings: Individual, team