February 13, 2016
The inaugural Melee on the Metro Tournament was a resounding success as over 500 wrestlers, coaches, and fans braved the cold to compete and see some of the best wrestlers in the DC area battle for medals, team trophies, bragging rights and seeding implications at their state tournaments next Saturday!
Nationally ranked Good Counsel dominated the team race as their wrestlers won 8 of the 14 weight classes and placed 4 more wrestlers in the top 3 of their respective weight classes on their way to a first place finish. Good Counsel's Kevin Snyder, 195lbs, won the FlipsWrestling Outstanding Wrestler Award and Good Counsel's Kevin Budock, 145lbs, won the FlipsWrestling Most Falls Award.
DeMatha Catholic battled their way to a second place as they placed six wrestlers in the top five of their weight classes. Medals were awarded to the top five wrestlers in each weight class.
St. Mary's Ryken finished a close third as they placed six wrestlers in the top five of their weight classes. St. Mary's Ryken was led by sophomore King Sandoval who pinned his first 2 opponents, tech falled his third opponent and major decisioned his final opponent on his way to a convincing first place finish.
Coach Stephen Roush, St. Anselm's Abbey School, was awarded the Blue Chips Wrestling Outstanding Coach Award for his professionalism and significant contributions to the tournament.
Tournament Director Clarence Long added: "Thank you to all the coaches, wrestlers, officials and volunteers for your participation, time and energy on Saturday! We raised over $2900. We will be donating $1500 to Wrestling to Beat the Streets DC!"