In the inaugural BCC-Churchill Holiday Tournament, Wootton led by 25 points going into the finals and added another five points for a decisive victory in the one-day wrestling tournament yesterday at Bethesda-Chevy Chase. Damascus was second, 185.5 to 155.
Seneca Valley did not show because of transportation problems. The nine other area schools may have wished the team from Glasgow (Del.) hadn't shown up either. The Dragons placed five finalists, three of whom were winners, for a third place. Utilizing an aggressive shooting style, Glasgow wrestlers recorded two pins in the finals. The Dragons' Jai Nichols (121 pounds) scored seven points off B-CC's Matt Albinson in the first 30 seconds of a match that belonged to him from the first whistle. Nichols outmuscled Albinson and led, 21-7, before he pinned Albinson at 5:00.
Mike Thompson (127) made quick work of Churchill's Mark Driscol by pinning him in 1:49 to produce another Glasgow champion. Thompson was named the tournament's most valuable player. Mark Petrosk (137) rounded out the Dragons' winners with a 20-5 decision over Mike Vendittis of Churchill.
Wootton's Jason Rubin (114) proved too much for Glasgow's Aldwyn Doyle. Doyle came out shooting and scored the first takedown. But Rubin answered with a takedown, an escape and a reverse in the second period before riding the match out to its 18-9 conclusion.
In the 132-pound match, Springbrook's Dave Mamana got off to a slow start but came on strong in the closing minutes to edge Wootton's Ted Pantazes 5-3.
Wootton had three of its six finalists emerge as champions: Rubin, Brad Fletcher (142) and Alan Katzker (heavyweight).