The 1985-86 All-Met wrestling team members built their impressive records on a wide variety of competition. Some of the repeaters, such as Ireton's Mark Mangrum, DeMatha twins Kurt and Karl Tamai, and Dennis O'Brien of O'Connell even improved on last year's efforts.
But none was more dominant than Wrestler of the Year Joe Hall of McNamara. An All-Met selection last year at heavyweight, Hall went 27-0 this winter, winning 25 times by pins, all in the first period, and his other two matches by technical falls. All-Met, too, as an offensive lineman, Hall will head for the University of Virginia to play football next season.
At 98 pounds, Ireton's Joe Reilly completed a 36-3 junior season that included tournament championships in the Metro Conference, St. Albans Invitational, Southern Maryland Invitational and Ireton Christmas tournaments, and a second place in the National Prep Championships at Lehigh University.
At 105, senior Kurt Tamai (40-3) of DeMatha, has been one of the Stags' most dependable wrestlers for three years. Tamai is a two-time National Prep champion, has won St. Albans tournament titles twice and earned the Metro Conference title for the second year in a row.
At 112, senior Karl Tamai (43-2) likewise has had three great years at DeMatha. Last year Tamai won the National Prep title at 109, and this season he took third place at 112. Tamai is a two-time St. Albans tournament champion, both times named the tournament's outstanding performer (this year in tandem with his brother). He also won his second Metro Conference championship.
Tied for first-team All-Met honors at 112 is senior Randy Grant (31-2) of Largo, the only Prince George's County wrestler to win a title at the 17th annual Maryland state championship tournament. Grant won the county and regional titles, and went on to the AA-A 112-pound title. He successfully defended his title at the Paint Branch Invitational in December.
Along the way to a 28-1 record at 119 pounds, Osbourn's Ken Kratzer won his second Virginia AA championship after prevailing last year at 112. In four years, he built a 97-10 mark that includes three Northwestern District titles and four Region II championships, the first wrestler to achieve that distinction.
Mark Mangrum (39-1) of Ireton finished a stellar career at 126 pounds by winning his third National Prep championship, at 119 pounds after previous titles at 105 and 112. He holds the Virginia state prep record for career wins, 142. Besides being a three-time St. Albans tournament winner, he won his first Metro Conference title this winter.
At 132 pounds, Brian Shaffer (33-1) of Woodbridge won his first Virginia AAA championship with a 14-0 decision over Bill Curling of Great Bridge. A two-time Commonwealth District and Northwestern Region champion, Shaffer has a career record of 102-16, including 62-3 over the last two seasons. He placed sixth in the Junior Nationals in Iowa last year.
At 138, Andre Kelley (43-5) of Bullis is only a sophomore, but that belies his experience. He placed third at the National Preps and second in the Interstate Athletic Conference, and won a St. Albans title in impressive style.
At 145, senior John Holland (42-2) of Bullis was the Bulldogs' only wrestler to wina National Prep title. He also placed first at St. Albans and in the IAC tournament in completing his scholastic career with 99 wins.
At 155, senior Clay Adams (28-4) of Arundel accomplished a goal he had set at the age of 7, winning a Maryland State AA-A championship. Adams, who finished his three years on the Wildcats squad with a 71-15 career record, won seven of his 11 postseason matches by pins, the rest on superior decisions.
After a third place last year at 167 pounds, Kevin Fowlkes of Gar-Field came back and won the division this year in the Virginia AAA tournament with a 7-5 decision over Denell Harper of Deep Creek in the final. Bound for the University of Maryland in the fall on a football scholarship, two-time Commonwealth District and Northwestern Region champion Fowlkes had a 22-1 season.
The other All -- Met at 167, Dennis O'Brien (38-3) of O'Connell won his first National Prep championship, a Virginia Prep title and his third Metro Conference championship.
Mike Dean of Fauquier finished third in the Northwestern Region at 176 pounds, but made a better showing against tough competition in the Virginia AAA state tournament before losing to Bill Wagner of Cox in the final. He compiled a 30-4 record this year (50-13 for his career), and second place in the Commonwealth District meet.
At 185, junior Jim Chroninger (31-3) of DeMatha earned sixth at the National Preps and won the Annapolis tournament. He did some of his wrestling at 177, winning a Metro Conference title at that weight.
The second team is filled with strong competitors. Marc Zapf (112) of Osbourn won his third Virginia AA championship. Joining him at that weight are George Mills (29-2) of Robinson, Northern Region champion and Virginia AAA runner-up, and Mel Shabelski (35-3) of St. Stephen's, a three-time Virginia Independent champion with 67 career falls.
At 138 pounds, Greg Rogers of Oakton won 28 straight matches before losing, 2-1 in overtime, to Deep Creek's William Stukes in the final of the Virginia AAA tournament. He recorded 75 takedowns while being taken down just once, that by Stukes.
Ricky Grapes of Bullis finished 41-2 at 167 pounds, winning Interstate Athletic Conference and St. Albans Invitational titles. He beat first-team selection Dennis O'Brien twice during the season. W.T. Woodson's Dan Cook ended 22-1, winning the Northern District and Region championships and third place in the Virginia AAA tournament.