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1997-98 All-Met Wrestling Team

Thursday, April 2, 1998


  • Co-Wrestlers of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • First Team

  • Second Team
  • Honorable Mention
  • Selection Process

  • 1997-98 All-Met Wrestling Team

    The All-Met wrestling team was as tough as a fortress this season. In front of the Lab School, left to right, are Chris Combs, Drew Robertson, Donnie Pereira, Wilie Harris III, Brandon Lauer, Vaymond Dennis and Tony Howard.
    Second row: Seth Cameron, John Spittle, Patrick Howard, Frank Edwards IV, Bobby Monday, Tommy O' Neill and Jeremy Rankin.
    In back: Steve Keleher, tony Rodrigues, Wes Cummings, John Eastman, Coach of the Year Bill Smith, Justin Potter, Daegan Smith, W.T. Aye and Rob Connolly.
    Not pictured: Andrew Abrams, Jimmy O' Connor and Mark Shutts.


    Co-Wrestlers of the Year
    Eastman John Eastman
    Fairfax

  • Senior. 160 pounds. Repeat All-Met.
  • Won second straight Virginia AAA title. Three-time Northern Region champion.
  • 41-0 this season with 28 pins, 7 technical falls and 6 major decisions.
  • Closest match was 11-2 major decision. Taken down by an opponent only one time.
  • Career record of 147-10.

    Harris Willie Harris III
    DeMatha

  • Senior. 119 pounds. Repeat All-Met.
  • National Prep champion won his fourth WCAC and third Maryland Independent championships.
  • Finished 60-1 this season with 22 technical falls and 15 pins. Outstanding wrestler at WCAC, St. Albans, Maryland Catholic and Arundel invitationals.
  • Career record of 173-35.

    Smith Coach of the Year
    Bill Smith
    Hammond High School

  • Led Columbia school to 18-0 dual record and its first Maryland 2A/1A title.
  • Golden Bears won Maryland South Region and Howard County titles.
  • Career record of 99-11 in seven seasons at Hammond.

    FIRST TEAM

    Brandon Lauer
    Weight: 103
    River Hill
    Sophomore
    Record: 34-0
    Maryland 2A/1A champion. First in Howard County, Maryland 2A/1A South Region. Had 17 pins, five technical falls this season.

    Donnie Pereira
    103
    Stonewall Jackson
    Junior
    38-1
    First in Va. AAA Cardinal District and Northwestern Region. Second in Virginia AAA. First in Capitol Challenge.

    Chris Combs
    112
    Old Mill
    Junior
    24-2
    Repeat All-Met. Won second straight Maryland 4A/3A title. Three-time Anne Arundel County champion.

    Vaymond Dennis
    112
    Hammond
    Junior
    39-5
    Maryland 2A/1A champion. First in Howard County 2A/1A South Region.

    Bobby Monday
    119
    Sherwood
    Senior
    32-1
    Repeat All-Met. Won second straight Maryland 4A/3A title. Two-time Montgomery County and West Region champion. Career record 119-22.

    Steve Keleher
    119
    Lake Braddock
    Sophomore
    34-2
    First in NOVA Classic, Patriot District, Northern Region and Virginia AAA. Two-year record of 65-6.

    Patrick Howard
    119
    Lackey
    Senior
    39-0
    Maryland 2A/1A champion also won SMAC and Maryland South Region titles. First wrestler in school history to finish season undefeated.

    Tony Rodrigues
    125
    Seneca Valley
    Sophomore
    15-1
    Maryland 4A/3A state and West Region champion. Second in Montgomery.

    Andrew Abrams
    130
    Herndon
    Senior
    35-2
    Virginia AAA champion also won Concorde District and Northern Region titles. Two-time NOVA Classic champion. Career record 120-17.

    Frank Edwards IV
    130
    Sherwood
    Sophomore
    34-3
    First in Maryland 4A/3A and West Region. First at Northern tournament.

    Seth Cameron
    140
    Stonewall Jackson
    Senior
    22-1
    Virginia AAA champion. Won Northwestern Region and Cardinal District titles.

    Tony Howard
    140
    Magruder
    Sophomore
    37-1
    Maryland 4A/3A champion won titles in Montgomery and West Region tournaments. Outstanding wrestler at Hub Cup and Big "M" invitationals. Had 26 pins.

    Drew Robertson
    140
    DeMatha
    Junior
    54-4
    Repeat All-Met. National Prep champion. Three-time WCAC winner.

    John Spittle
    140
    Brentsville
    Junior
    30-7
    Virginia A champion was Bull Run and Region B winner. Three-year record of 55-20. Dudley Martin Classic champion.

    Jeremy Rankin
    145
    Stonewall Jackson
    Senior
    38-2
    First in Virginia AAA, Northwestern Region and Capitol Challenge. Career record of 69-12.

    Jimmy O'Connor
    145
    Glenelg
    Senior
    33-1
    Repeat All-Met. Won second straight Maryland 2A/1A title. Three-time Howard County and South Region champion.

    W T Aye
    152
    North County
    Senior
    28-2
    Maryland 4A/3A champion is first state titlist in school history. First in Anne Arundel and East Region. Career record of 79-27.

    Rob Connolly
    160
    Arundel
    Senior
    35-0
    Maryland 4A/3A champion won titles at Anne Arundel County, East Region and Arundel High tournamentsd 4A/3A. Had 21 pins. Career record of 98-13.

    Wes Cummings
    171
    DeMatha
    Senior
    54-4
    Repeat All-Met. Winner at National Preps, WCAC, St. Albans and Arundel tournaments. Career record of 155-16.

    Tommy O'Neill
    189
    Brentsville
    Senior
    36-0
    Repeat All-Met. Won second straight Virginia A title. First in Bull Run District and Region B. Career record 119-18.

    Deagan Smith
    189
    Bullis
    Senior
    44-6
    First in IAC and Damascus Holiday tournaments. Second in Maryland Independents, third at National Preps. Career record of 106-35.

    Matt Shutts
    189
    Handley
    Junior
    31-4
    First in Virginia AA and Northwestern District. Second in Region II.

    Justin Potter
    215
    Fairfax
    Senior
    39-1
    Virginia AAA, Northern Region and Liberty District titlist. Career record of 102-23.
    SECOND TEAM

    103: Bryan Santangelo, Quince Orchard; William McKinney, Patuxent; Sanjeev Patel, Fairfax.
    112: Kevin Bryant, Bladensburg; Pat O'Neil, Brentsville; Ben Guerrina, West Springfield; Mike Lee, Sherwood; Nick Delonga, DeMatha; Derek Dauberman, River Hill.
    119: Pat Ortman, Arundel; Reed Carpenter, O'Connell; Brandon Calderwood, Broad Run; Nick Shahan, North Stafford; Chad Lamma, Strasburg; Kevin Gabrielson, Northern.
    125: Tim Lowe, Einstein; Chris Gahl, Walter Johnson; Aron Dorsey, Quince Orchard; Shane Cogswell, Strasburg; Jacob Kirby, Lackey; Richard Dombrowsky, Osbourn Park; Anthony Powell, McNamara.
    130: Ron Renzi, Lake Braddock; Scott Osborn, Hammond; Joey Garvin, Damascus.
    135: Anthony Gigliotti, Sherwood; Jon Long, Paul VI; Joe Hinshaw, Westlake; Peter Bakke, Herndon.
    140: Zac Bookman, Sidwell Friends; Ivan Hardnett, Gwynn Park; Jason Reynolds, Laurel; Daunte Neal, Lackey.
    145: Tucker Foote, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes; Jon Palmer, Bullis; Rich Sinkovitz, E. Roosevelt; Mike Oetjen, Osbourn Park; Andrew Hemminger, Annapolis.
    152: Jeff Gunlicks, Lake Braddock; Brian Bunting, Bullis; David Kaplan, Woodbridge; Sylar Saar, Good Counsel.
    160: Ghassan Zeineddine, Maret; David Basham, Brentsville; Keith Puller, Chesapeake; Daniel Johnson, Park View.
    171: Jimmy Stone, Northern; Rob Moutoux, Marshall; Mark Kimener, Oakton; Quentin Milroe, Oakland Mills.
    189: Jon Balatbat, Edison; Matt Pecha, DeMatha.
    215: Rob Yates, O'Connell; Barrett Diefenderfer, Landon; Pat Couch, North Stafford; Nick Dahm, St. Stephen's/St. Agnes; Heavyweight: Matt Nelson, Hammond; Jay Frizzelle, Oakland Mills; Jeff Blachly, Arundel; Kareem Licorish, Bullis; Matt Smith, Thomas Stone.


    HONORABLE MENTION
    103: Jose Martinez, Hayfield; Jeff Eveleth, Chesapeake.
    112: Jeff Jurek, North Stafford; Nick Alley, Southern; Jeff Pradhan, Brooke Point; Jesse McKeever, Lackey; Matt Pandullo, Meade; Dan Hemminger, Annapolis; Jim Cohen, Wilson.
    119: Chris DeAdder, Old Mill; Bob Couch, Northeast; Omari Nassau, Stafford; Reed Landry, Potomac School.
    125: Brian Schroeder, Arundel; Kevin Sutton, Oakland Mills; Brian Long, Robinson; Tony Sugrue, Centreville; Bill Valentine, DeMatha.
    130: Jake Brown, Robinson; Walt Sampsell, Fauquier; Ryan Howard, Chesapeake; Jermaine Barnes, Calvert.
    135: Jeff Kepler, Stonewall Jackson; Rich Sampson, Old Mill; Brandyn Hardnett,Gwynn Park; Danny Embrey, Hammond; Justin Haynes, Good Counsel.
    140: Damian Brown, Woodbridge; Naveed Massjouni, Gar-Field; Tom Merryman, Sherando; Jason Poore, Calvert.
    145: Tom Murray, Gonzaga; Graham Harris, Arundel; Antoine Cooksey, Old Mill; Matt Gallagher, Herndon; Tim Foley, Brooke Point.
    152: Ray Martin, Potomac; Scott McAdoo, Calvert; Kyle Woods, DeMatha.
    160: Gabe Pankhurst, LaPlata; David Young, McDonough; Adam Clark, Hammond.
    171: Terry Gallivan, Stafford; Chris McNally, McDonough; Tom Cain, Northeast; Luke Smiley, Sidwell Friends.
    189: Paul Sheran, Calvert; Paul Duffy, Oakland Mills; Zac Cox, McDonough; Matt Green, Herndon; Nick Dahm, Michawn Yuvienco, North County.
    Heavyweight: James Taylor, Northeast; Jason Johnson, Seneca Valley.


    The Selection Process
    Coaches at more than 240 high schools in the Washington metropolitan area were asked to submit nominations of wrestlers on their team and opposing teams.

    Selections made by Greg Brice of The Washington Post's scholastic staff.

    Photos taken by The Post's Gerald Martineau at the Lab School of Washington.

    © Copyright 1997 The Washington Post Company




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