Good Counsel’s Kyle Snyder, McNamara’s Alfred Bannister win National Preps wrestling championships
By Greg Schimmel,
Kyle Snyder’s wrestling career has been so incredible, the Good Counsel junior’s extraordinary accomplishments have almost begun to feel commonplace.
Snyder eviscerated the field in the 220-pound division of another elite tournament this weekend, winning four of his matches at the National Preps Tournament in Bethlehem, Pa., by pin and the championship bout against Wyoming Seminary (Pa.) senior Garrett Ryan by technical fall to claim his third consecutive national private school championship.
Snyder – ranked No. 1 in the country in his weight class – improved to 179-0 in his three-year high school career and has been taken down just once in a high school match.
“He’s head and shoulders above everybody else in his weight class in the country,” Coach Skylar Saar said. “You get spoiled a little bit to expect a kid to win tournaments that way. It’s nice to have but it’s very, very rare.”
McNamara junior Alfred Bannister also completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning his first national private school championship in the 138-pound weight division, finishing the year 68-0. Bannister –ranked No. 5 nationally – beat Blair Seminary (N.J.) junior Walker Dempsey in an 11-3 decision in the final.
Good Counsel finished an area-best third place in the team competition behind champion Blair Academy (N.J.) and runner-up Wyoming Seminary (Pa.), while Spalding finished eighth and Georgetown Prep was 10th.
Besides Snyder, 195-pound senior Spencer Neff and 120-pound freshman Kevin Budock both placed second for the Falcons, while 106-pound junior Adam Whitesell, 126-pound senior Jhared Simmons and heavyweight junior Jemal Averette placed fourth and 170-pound senior Phillip Robilotto placed sixth.
St. Mary’s Ryken 160-pound junior Josh Llopez and Georgetown Prep 170-pound senior Troy Murtha both finished second, and 17 local wrestlers earned prep school All-America status by finishing in the top eight of their respective weight classes.
“The whole area has been getting a lot better for years,” Saar said. “A lot of kids were really about to represent this area well.”