February 14, 2017, Washington, DC
The second annual Melee on the Metro Tournament doubled down on the success of last year as over 400 wrestlers, coaches, and fans converged on Wilson High School to compete and see some of the best wrestlers in the metropolitan area battle each other and teams from Ohio, Richmond and New Jersey for medals, team trophies, bragging rights and seeding implications at their state tournaments next Saturday!
All Met #5 ranked Good Counsel won the team race again as their wrestlers won three championships and placed six more wrestlers.
St. Benedict's, from New Jersey, battled their way to a second place as they won two championships and placed six more wrestlers.
St. Christopher's, from Richmond, finished a close third as they placed eight wrestlers.
Nathanial White, from DeMatha Catholic at 126lbs, won the WCDC Outstanding Wrestler Award as he pinned his way to the finals and then beat #1 VISAA ranked Gray Hart, from St. Christoper's, by a 7-3 decision.
Gonzaga College High School finished 5th and was the top placing team from Washington, DC. Nathanial Thacker won the 138lbs championship for the Purple Eagles.
Melee Champs 2017
1st Place - Patrick Kielb of Landon
1st Place - Alex Figuerias of St. Mary’s Ryken
1st Place - King Sandoval of St. Mary’s Ryken
1st Place - Nathanial White of DeMatha (Outstanding Wrestler)
1st Place - Christopher Sanchez of DeMatha
1st Place – Nathan Thacker of Gonzaga
1st Place - Ibraheim Mendheim of St. Benedicts
1st Place - Bailey Thomas of Good Counsel
1st Place - Aryemis Brown of Bullis
1st Place - Jonathan Reynolds of St. Benedicts
1st Place - Jayden Demmy of Western Reserve Academy
1st Place - Jason Robertson of DeMatha
1st Place - Brady Daniel of Good Counsel
1st Place - Jalen Lea of Good Counsel
"Tournament Director Milton Yates is the reason for the tournament's success this year." noted WCDC Treasurer Clarence Long. "He did all the hard work and deserves full credit for this year's tournament. We could not have pulled this tournament off without his hard work, time and energy. We would also like to thank DCPS Director Brandon Hall and varsity wrestling coach Brandon Wims at Woodrow Wilson High School for hosting the tournament this year! We hope this is the start of a fixed location for our tournament in the years to come. We would like this tournament to return to form as the toughest tournament in the DC metro area with champions and place winners at our tournament using their success here to propel them to championships and All-American status at National Preps in two weeks."
Editor's Note: Final brackets for every weight class and team scores are located below this article.