Bob DeProspero of Robinson and Jim Meadows of Falls Church won individual titles while Maury of Norfolk captured the team trophy in the Virginia state high school wrestling tournament Saturday night at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
Seneca Valley rebounded from a second-place finish in the Montgomery County tournament to win the Maryland Region 1 tourney. Defending state champion Paint Branch was second and Montgomery Counyt titlist Northwood was third.
Largo followed up its victory in the Prince George's County tourney with a first-place finish in Region II. Bowie was second.St. Stephen's captured three individual titles to shade O'Connell and Norfolk Catholic in the Virginia independent schools tournament.
Robinson placed third in the Virginia state tourney after DeProspero won at 98 pounds. Jeff Richardson finished second at 145.
DeProspero's 4-3 victory over Darryl Cuffee of Deep Creek culminated an undefeated season for the sophomore.
"The first day he walked in I knew he had the potential to be a state champion," said Robinson Coach John Epperly. "I was just concerned that the wrestlers he'd meet in the state tournament might be a little too long (tall) for him."
Richardson failed to repeat as 145- pound champion when he dropped an excition 8-4 match to Maury's John Davis, last year's 138-pound winner. Richardson, a senior, lost to Davis in the tournament two years ago and placed third as Davis won the first of his three state titles.
Meadows concluded his string of impressive tournament matches -- he also won titles in the Gunston District and Northern Region tourneys -- with a 123 thrashing of 132-pound opponent Curtis Sendak of Douglas Freeman.