Wrestling: Good Counsel is No. 1 after a 17-0 showing in dual meets


Good Counsel’s Kyle Snyder, right, was one of four Falcons to win MIS state titles. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)
March 6, 2013

The Good Counsel wrestling team entered this season with lofty expectations and a chance to be good, and finished as the consensus best team in its state.

The Falcons finished a perfect 17-0 in dual meets, placed the highest among local teams in every tournament they entered, and won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and the Maryland Independent Schools state championship over traditionally dominant programs.

After starting the season No. 1 in The Post’s Top 10, unmatched Good Counsel finished in the top spot as well.

“It’s the best team finish we ever had,” Falcons Coach Skylar Saar said after Good Counsel placed third at the National Preps tournament last month. “It’s kind of crazy the season has come to an end. It’s been a lot of fun to coach these kids.”

Four Falcons — 120-pound freshman Kevin Budock, 195-pound senior Spencer Neff, 220-pound junior Kyle Snyder and heavyweight junior Jemal Averette — won MIS state titles to help the Falcons shock favored McDonogh last month, and two weeks earlier seven Falcons won WCAC titles to give the team its second team title in three years in an event long dominated by rival DeMatha.

Snyder also won his third straight National Preps championship, while Neff and Budock were runners up there.

Five of the Falcons’ seven WCAC champs will return next year, meaning Good Counsel’s reign at the top of the area’s wrestling scene may be only just beginning.

Team rankings

Robinson won the Virginia AAA championship for the second time in three years. . . . Damascus won the Maryland 4A/3A dual championship, its first dual championship since 1999.

1. Good Counsel (17-0)

2. Robinson (9-2)

3. Westfield (14-0)

4. Spalding (23-4)

5. Forest Park (16-5)

6. Georgetown Prep (16-3)

7. Damascus (27-0)

8. River Hill (25-4)

9. South River (35-7)

10. Glenelg (20-2)

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