Gary Stewart continues to find a way to win this season.
The DeMatha senior edged St. Stephen's/St. Agnes junior Mike Shotwell for the second time this season, 1-0, in the 189-pound final to help the No. 3 Stags to second place at the St. Albans Invitational last night.
Stewart, the area's top-ranked wrestler at 189 with a 43-1 record, was one of three DeMatha champions.
St. Mark's (Del.) won five titles and edged the defending champion Stags, 240.5-224. St. Benedict's (176) placed third, followed by IAC champion Bullis (167) and Georgetown Prep (135.5).
Stewart earned a third-period escape to edge Shotwell in a physical match. Stewart knocked off Shotwell in an overtime match during their previous meeting, at the Gilman Duals. Shotwell, who placed second at the IAC Tournament last weekend in his first season wrestling, fell to 18-4.
"It was a real physical match the first time we wrestled, so this time I knew I had to bring it 110 percent," Stewart said. "I knew he wanted to beat me as much as I wanted him."
Sophomore 112-pounder Mike Rowe (49-2) and junior 135-pounder Rudy Rueda (32-1) placed first and sophomore Cam Watkins (119) finished second for DeMatha.
Bullis freshman Brad Katzenberger won his 11th straight match since returning from a dislocated right shoulder to claim the 125-pound title. Katzenberger (11-4) missed nearly six weeks when he injured his shoulder and a nerve in his neck. He returned and lost twice at the Hammond Invitational in January, but has not lost since.
"It feels real good that I could come back and not be out for the whole season," said Katzenberger, who in the offseason trains with Watkins and Landon's Will DeFrancis, who placed fourth at 125. "To get back into the groove of things makes it even better."
Paul VI Catholic senior P.J. Worosz was named the tournament's outstanding wrestler after claiming the 160-pound title with a 13-5 victory over Grace Brethren's John Bresler.
Worosz (40-3), who won his first four matches in the tournament by pin, has not lost since falling twice in the Beast of the East Tournament in December. Georgetown Prep senior heavyweight Bode Ogunwole (37-0) extended his winning streak to 86 matches by pining Paul VI Catholic's Jeff Marcey 30 seconds into the second period. Ogunwole, who has committed to Harvard, went undefeated last season en route to winning the National Prep Championship.