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Catoctin High School Wrestlers Place at State Tournament, Two State Champions

by Charles Perella

CHS -Wrestling 2013 State placersThe Catoctin High School (CHS) 2012-2013 Wrestling Team enjoyed yet another successful season, as it continues to grow and gain recognition throughout the State and beyond.

With Head Coach, Ryan Green, and coaches, George O’Brien and Tracy Eureka, along with the addition of assistants, Brad Maze and Garrett Baer, the Cougars enjoyed an 11-3 regular season dual meet record, just shy of a bid for regional duals. A 21-9 overall dual meet record was achieved in spite of losing four key wrestlers to mid-season injuries.

In tournament competition, Catoctin posted an 11-6 dual meet record, and as Coach Ryan would sum up the 3-4 showing at the Bauerlein Duals early  in the season, “took it on the chin,” but achieved a 7-2 record at the Catoctin duals that guaranteed the team a third place finish in a field of ten teams. Landing five wrestlers in finals resulted in a second place team finish at the 26th Annual Hub Cup out of eighteen powerhouse programs from four states.

In a field of only ten teams, but where wrestling continues to gain popularity and get tougher, Catoctin slipped from a third place the previous year to a fifth place finish in the 2013 Frederick County Championships. However, jumping from a fifth place finish last year, the Cougars placed three champions at the 2013 1A-2A West regionals to secure second place out of 22 teams behind State dual champs Winter’s Mill. Catoctin made significant strides by placing fourth, up from 13th, at the MPSSAA State tournament with 99 teams in the running, and earned an overall ranking of 21st in the State out of 198 teams by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.  In addition, Catoctin received the honorable mention for dual meet teams and is ranked 14th in the State among tournament teams.

The team was put at an unfortunate disadvantage when four varsity wrestlers suffered injuries that would end their participation prematurely. Sophomore, Joey Puvel, went 9-5 before he was sidelined with a knee injury. Kevin Simmel, also a sophomore, and also with a knee injury, was 23-7 before his season was cut short. Simmel also received an honorable mention bid to the all-MVAL team. A junior, and first-year wrestler, Donnie Ames was 9-20 before he was forced to sit out, and Dan Biser, a junior as well, went 9-17 on the year.

Individually, the Cougars had eight county qualifiers and three county champions, advanced five of seven regional qualifiers also with three champions, and  placed four wrestlers in the State tournament including two State Champions, adding to the accomplishments of former Catoctin High School wrestlers, Shane Tiffany (State Champion 1995) and Seth Chilson (State Champion 2010).

The University of Maryland’s Cole Field House in College Park is the annual destination for wrestlers representing 198 public high schools throughout the State of Maryland. Each year the vast, state-wide field of wrestlers is dramatically reduced, through attrition and elimination, to just fourteen seeded, weight-specific brackets of sixteen participants. Qualifying for and advancing to the State tournament is a feat in itself, all while managing weight, maintaining  health and hygiene, and remaining free from injury. For the second consecutive year, Catoctin qualified and sent five wrestlers to the State tournament on March 1st and 2nd including Garrett Buckley, Tim Nordan, Charlie Perella, Patrick Guilday, and Colin Schildt.

CHS -Wrestling 2013 Regional qualifiersGarrett Buckley, the 108 pound sophomore, is no stranger to the big stage. Capturing third as a freshman, Buckley was Catoctin’s highest placing wrestler at States the previous year. He came out swinging in his preliminary match knocking off the Eastern regional champion by a score of 11-6. He continued his success with a 7-1 quarterfinals win, but lost in a semifinals rematch against the number one seed and soon-to-be State champion. A 7-2 loss in consi-semis forced Buckley to regroup and focus on his last match of the season. Determined, Buckley captured 5th place with a 7-5 victory in consi-finals. Also a Hub Cup finalist and a perfect 14-0 in regular season dual meets, Buckley wraps up his sophomore season with an impressive 36-10 record, all-MVAL and Frederick News Post all-area first team status, an all-Gazette second team bid, and an overall ranking of 14th in the state.

Wrestling as the number one seed, 115 pound senior Tim Nordan made his second appearance to Cole in as many years. Nordan, with only one loss on his record for the year, walked through his first opponents in dominating fashion recording falls at just 15 seconds into his first bout and at 2:40 in his second bout and continued his dominance with a 10-6 decision in semifinals. Nordan scored first in his finals match, but gave up a reversal and nearfall points after being put on his back. Keeping his composure and trailing 5-3, Nordan fought hard off his back and narrowly escaped being pinned. His opponent extended the lead by one point going into the third. Down 6-3, Nordan scored six points, returning the favor by throwing a headlock of his own, putting his opponent in criteria for a five count and coming from behind to claim his first State title by a score of 9-6. Tim Nordan, undefeated in regular season dual meets and at the 2013 Bauerlein Duals, is a two-time Hub Cup champ, Frederick County champ, regional champ, and Maryland State champ. The all-MVAL, all-Gazette, and Frederick News Post all-area first team honoree ends the season with an astounding 42-1 record, closes his high school career with a 140-42 record, and is currently ranked 4th in the State.

Also wrestling out of the number one spot, 134 pound sophomore Charlie Perella made his second appearance at States, finishing 4th as a freshman the previous year. A 7-2 decision in prelims and a second period pin in quarterfinals set up a very tough semi’s match against the Eastern regional champion. In a rough and physical contest that was stopped numerous times to clean the mat and doctor bloody noses, Perella won a hard-fought 4-0 decision.  In a rematch of the regional championships, Perella scored first in his finals match against the current State champ with a quick double leg, but gave up an escape almost immediately. An escape of his own would extend his lead 3-1 going into the third. The action started on the mat but soon both wrestlers were on their feet, Perella holding on, his opponent looking to get free. A quick inside trip by Perella sent his opponent to his back for a five count, the pin 19 seconds into the third period, and his first State title victory. Perella is the Hub Cup Champion and that tournament’s outstanding wrestler, the Frederick County Champion, Regional Champion, and Maryland State Champion. Named to the MSWA’s All-Academic Team, the All-MVAL first team, the all-Gazette First Team, and the Frederick News Post All-Area first team, Perella wraps up his sophomore season with a 39-5 record and an overall ranking of 4th in the State.

Patrick Guilday, the 147 pound junior, also made his second trip to the State Championship Tournament. In an unexpected loss, Guilday dropped his first match to a very dangerous opponent by a score of 7-3. After some ‘one-on-one’ time to reflect with Coach Ryan, he wrestled a tough match and edged out his next opponent in a very close 3-1 victory. Needing two consecutive wins to place, Guilday’s hopes were cut short when, in a sudden twist of fate, he landed on his back and was pinned with only one second left in the first period of the second round of consolations. Guilday is a Hub Cup finalist and was one win away from an undefeated record in both the Bauerlein Duals and Catoctin Duals. Named to the All-MVAL First Team and receiving an All-Gazette Second Team Mention, he ends his junior year with a  perfect 14-0 dual meet record,  a season total of 38-7, and a State ranking of 23rd.

Colin Schildt, in his fourth appearance at States, also came into the tournament with only one blemish on his record for the year. Seeded first, Schildt looked dominant as he recorded falls in both his preliminary and quarterfinals matches in a total of just five minutes of wrestling. In his semifinals bout, Schildt man-handled his opponent winning by a 15-4 major decision. Schildt started his finals match uncharacteristically slow against the returning Southern regional and State champion, an opponent that had only allowed four points against him thus far. Schildt gave up three first period takedowns in rapid succession and countered with two points in escapes. Another Schildt escape after a takedown rounded out the second period. Down 3-8 to start the third, Schildt added another escape point and a takedown of his own to cut the lead to two. In a frenzied attempt to close the gap, Schildt attempted a series of lethal crossfaces, cradles, and tilts only to have time expire in the 8-6 loss. Schildt was named to the MSWA All-Academic team, the all-MVAL first team, the all-Gazette first team, and the Frederick News Post all-area first team. Schildt is a three-time Frederick County champion, a two-time regional champion, four-time State qualifier and 2013 finalist, and three-time Hub Cup Champion. Undefeated in regular season dual meets and at the Bauerlein Duals, Schildt finishes the season with a 42-2 record, a State ranking of 6th, and as the all-time CHS wins record holder with a career high school record of 143-23, surpassing the 15 year old 108-16 record attained by Jeremy Fuss in 1998.

 

CHS-Wrestlers The success of the Catoctin High School (CHS) wrestling program continues to gain recognition, as three more Thurmont wrestlers achieve All-American status over the summer.

Sophomore Charlie Perella, and seniors Tim Nordan and Colin Schildt, each placed at the NHSCA U.S. Open National Wrestling Championships on July 6 and 7, 2012, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Perella, wrestling at 138 pounds, and Schildt, in the 170-pound bracket, both placed 5th, while Nordan, at 126 pounds, secured a 7th place finish. Each place-winner was awarded a framed certificate, as well as recognition as an NHSCA high school All-American in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in Easton, Pennsylvania.

This brings the total number of National high school All-Americans from CHS to five this year, as 9th grader Kevin Simmel and 10th grader Patrick Guilday each placed at the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Association Eastern National Championship in Salisbury, Maryland, earlier this spring.

Summer wrestling has become increasingly essential to the overall success of an individual’s regular high school season. More and more dedicated wrestlers continue to train well after the season for a chance to compete in premier National events against the most elite and accomplished high school wrestlers in the nation. These prestigious summer tournaments are also the most heavily scouted by college wrestling coaches.

The competition is fierce, consisting not only of state place-winners and state champions, but also nationally ranked wrestlers and, in some cases, as our local wrestlers learned, high school graduates who have already committed to wrestle in college. Scoring points against opponents of this caliber, not to mention winning matches, is a remarkable feat at this level of wrestling. The experience gained through months of intense summer training camps and clinics coached by NCAA coaches and Olympians, and by tangling with, arguably, the country’s biggest names in high school wrestling, can pay huge dividends come winter.

“I like that these kids are committed to sacrifice their summers to further develop their individual skill-sets,” said Ryan Green, Head Wrestling Coach at Catoctin. “It shows me that they’re truly dedicated and have the desire to become champions. Winning tight matches and accepting tough losses against high-caliber wrestlers builds character and prepares a wrestler for the ups and downs of the regular season.”

Colin Schildt proved to be a valuable member and key component of the Cavalier Wrestling Club from Carroll County, going undefeated in six matches against some of Pennsylvania’s toughest dual teams.

Colin was also a member of the elite Pennsylvania dual team Steel, which competed at the AAU Scholastic Duals at the ESPN Center in Disney, June 30 to July 3. Wrestlers at this tournament not only had to submit their seasonal wrestling records and accomplishments to participate, but also a transcript of their grades.

In his first appearance at Disney, Schildt wrestled 16 folkstyle, or scholastic style matches, winning half of them. In each of his losses—including one to a Harvard-bound, four-time Ohio state champ—he was outscored by only one or two points, attributing to the level of wrestling that he has achieved as Team Steel finished in the top third out of 92 teams.

“It was an eye-opening experience with out-of-this-world competition, like no tournament I’d been to before,” says Schildt who was the 2012 Frederick County champion, 1A-2A West regional champion, and placed 4th in the MPSSAA State championship tournament.

He had an extraordinary 42 and 2 record, has over 100 career high school wins, and is well on his way to breaking the all-time win record at CHS. Schildt is currently ranked 15th in the state by the MSWA, which includes not only 1A-2A schools, but also 3A-4A, as well as Maryland’s private high schools.

Schildt is a senior at CHS and will continue to be a key veteran leader of a young Catoctin squad this winter as he tries to join the ranks of other CHS three time State qualifiers: Shane Tiffany, Mark Small, Chad Dewees, Todd Krietz and four-time qualifier Jeremy Fuss.

Charlie Perella qualified to wrestle in the Maryland Greco-Roman and freestyle State championships by placing at several required regional events, earning one bronze medal, three silver medals, and one gold medal.

At the State championship tournament, Perella was a finalist in the Greco-Roman division and the Maryland State freestyle champion at 145 pounds. Perella made the Maryland Cadet National Team for the second year and traveled to Daytona, Florida, for the Cadet National Duals, June 11-17. He went 3 and 4 in Greco with Team Maryland, finishing 12th out of 44 teams, just missing the medal rounds, and 4 and 4 in freestyle.

Perella then traveled to Fargo, North Dakota, for the Cadet Greco-Roman and Freestyle National Championships, July 10-22.Wrestling at 138 pounds, Perella made it to the 4th round in a 65 man bracket, winning his first two matches by pin and tech fall.

He lost his final Greco match to eventual 5th place finisher, but was able to beat him 6-3 in the first period. In freestyle, Perella posted a 2 and 2 record, again making it to the 4th round before elimination. “The highlight of the Fargo trip was beating a Nationally ranked, Cadet double All-American from Minnesota by a score of 3-3, 2-0, 3-0 after losing to him in Daytona,” said Perella.

Team Maryland finished 14th out of 46 states and 9th as a team with 20 pins. Perella was the 2012 Frederick County champion and outstanding wrestler award recipient, a 1A-2A West regional finalist, and placed 4th in the MPSSAA State championship tournament. He had  a 37 and 8 record and is currently ranked 13th in the state by the MSWA. He is a sophomore at CHS. The international styles offer many advantages to the scholastic wrestler.

“First and foremost,” says Green, “it creates a greater awareness of the hips; the center of gravity. It allows an individual to become a much better counter-wrestler against overaggressive opponents. It forces them to sharpen their skills in creating scoring opportunities and holding good position. It helps a wrestler evolve into a more confident, composed, methodical, and, therefore, more dangerous opponent.”

Tim Nordan traveled to Houston, Texas for the 2012 AAU Junior Olympics, July 28 to August 4. No stranger to the international wrestling styles, Nordan wrestled 15 freestyle dual matches at 126 pounds and compiled an impressive betterthan-.500 record with 9 wins and 6 losses, an astounding display of talent in such a remarkably competitive pool.

“The coaching was good,” said Nordan, “Each of our coaches were former Fargo All-Americans.” His efforts earned him a 4th place finish, and he was awarded a copper medal. His team, Maryland Grey, finished in 10th place out of 19 teams from around the country.

“The experience has made me a lot better on my feet,” (referring to neutral or starting position), “I take more shots and get more takedowns,” says Nordan, a 2012 Frederick County finalist, 1A-2A West regional finalist and MPSSAA State championship qualifier, had a 36 and 3 record and is currently ranked 21st in the state by the MSWA.

Nordan is a senior at CHS, where his experience and practice ethic will serve both as an asset and an example to his fellow Cougar teammates.

Catoctin has made huge strides toward becoming a perennial County and regional wrestling power. Coach Green hopes to build on the success of last year’s 18-5 dual meet record.

“We’ve made some changes to the schedule to ensure that our wrestlers will have some 35 matches, even before the County championships. I’m excited, and if we can stay healthy throughout and we continue to improve and mature as a unit, I think we’ll have a terrific season.”

CYA wrestlers Ryan Springer and Payne Harrison made the move to Catoctin High this year. Springer and Harrison are both veteran wrestlers of the Mason-Dixon League, with over ten years of combined experience.

Springer placed 7th and Harrison was the champion at the 2012 Mason-Dixon finals.