Only three of Lake Braddock High School's six finalists won titles, but it had a big enough lead after the consolation finals to take the St. Stephen's Invitational tournament last night with 167 points.
Yorktown, which made a strong bid -- three of its wrestlers took titles -- was second with 159.5 points. Defending tournament champion Woodbridge was third with 122.5 points.
The lighter weight classes got Lake Braddock rolling toward the team title. At 105, Richardo Loza stayed on the attack to maneuver his way to a 10-5 title victory over Wakefield's John Merli. His brother Sergio withstood a stiff battle from Yorktown's Kurt Kreisher before pulling out a 12-8 decision to win the 112 weight class.
Lake Braddock's last victory came in the 119 championship bout when Brent Gehring coasted to a 10-2 win over Mount Vernon's John Hodges.
The Bruins' defeats came in the 98, 155 and 185 pound weight classes. At 98, Joe Arcona was shut out, 6-0, by Yorktown's Riccardo Zuniga and at 155 Rob Couture was pinned at 3:10 by Yorktown's Amos Smith. Mike Maccaroni was the final Bruin to fall, losing the 185 pound title, 9-2, to Woodbridge's Ben Ramirez.
Ireton Invitational: Robinson won its 10th consecutive title with 189 points as five of the Rams' nine finalist won titles.
Bowie maintained second place when its 126 pounder, Sean George, edged Robinson's Stacy Gruber, 3-2, in the finals, helping the Bulldogs register 120.5 points. Hayfield was third with 119 points.
Robinson's wrestlers made quick amends in the lightweight divisions finals. David Long pinned Jeff Brown of Douglass Freeman at 2:45 to win the 98 weight class and the Rams' 105 pounder, Kevin Littley, followed with by pinning Freeman's Kyu Hwhang 48 seconds into the contest.
Robinson also had titlists in the 145 and 167 weight classes. At 145, the Rams' Chris DeWalt won a 14-4 decision over Gilman of Baltimore's Marshall Brown, and at 167, Chris Ellison beat Hayfield's Paul Kim, 8-0. -- Andre Williams
Paint Branch Invitational: West Springfield took first place with 176 points in the eighth annual tournament, which featured 18 teams.
Seneca Valley had 95.5 points and Oakland Mills was third with 88.5.
The Spartans had seven finalists, four of whom won titles. West Springfield's first champion was 116 pounder Ross Iaci who won a 3-1 overtime decision over Seneca Valley's John McCaffrey. Spartans 136 pounder Eddie Mahoney who made quick work of Sherwood Bill Bedri with a 1:43 pin. Springfield's David Wilderman beat Sherwood's Phil Haines, 8-0, at 142.
West Springfield's final champion was 159 poiunder Jonathan Blais, who wrestled Laurel's Robert Spillman. With 26 seconds left in overtime, Blais escaped from Spillman, forcing a tie and giving the Spartans a win on first takedown criteria. -- Dave Izenson
Marshall Tournament: The host Statesmen rallied in the last round to overtake Gar-Field and win their tournament.
Marshall won three matches in the last round, Gar-Field one.