The third annual Melee on the Metro Tournament continued to build upon the success of previous years as over 500 wrestlers, coaches, and fans traveled to Woodrow Wilson High School to compete and watch some of the best wrestlers in the DC metropolitan area battle each other and teams from DC, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia for medals, team trophies, bragging rights ,and seeding implications at their state tournaments next Saturday and the following week at the National Preps tournament at Lehigh University on February 23rd and 24th!
St. Christopher's, from Richmond, dominated the 22 team field and scored a record 326 team points as the Saints squad brought home seven champions and five place winners.
Germantown Academy, from Pennsylvania, battled their way to a second place as they won two championships and placed five more wrestlers despite only having 11 wrestlers for the 14 weight classes.
Landon School, from Maryland, led by OW Wrestler Brendon Gallagher, mauled their way to third place as the Bears edged out Our Lady of Good Counsel.
Brendon Gallagher from Landon School at 145lbs, won the Melee on the Metro Outstanding Wrestler Award as he pinned or techical falled every opponent he faced including locally ranked Grady Hotz, from St. Mary's Ryken School, whom Gallagher pinned in the 145lbs finals match.
Saint Albans School finished 8th and was the top placing team from Washington, DC.
Melee on the Metro 3 Champions
1st Place - Christopher Kim of Germantown Academy
1st Place - Trey Ashby of St. Christopher's School
1st Place - King Sandoval of St. Mary’s Ryken
1st Place - Mason Dubois of St. Christopher's School
1st Place - Christia Colman of Germantown Academy
1st Place – Gray Hart of St. Christopher's School
1st Place - Brendon Gallagher of Landon School (OW)
1st Place - Louden Hurt of St. Christopher's School
1st Place - Avery Miller of Our Lady of Good Counsel
1st Place - Jackson Turley of St. Christopher's School
1st Place - Carter Davis of St. Christopher's School
1st Place - Kyonte Hamilton of Georgetown Preparatory School
1st Place - Jens Ames of St. Christopher's School
1st Place - Francesco Borselino of Western Reserve Academy
This tournament is turning into one of the toughest tournaments in the DC area" noted WCDC Treasurer Clarence Long. "There was a lot of high quality wrestling and you are going to see most of these names and faces at their respective state tournaments and at National Preps at Lehigh University in two weeks."
Long added "Melee on the Metro 3 Tournament Director Milton Yates put this tournament together and kept it running with a tremendous amount of hard work and energy. He is the engine that is driving this tournament and he deserves a lion's share of the credit. But Coach Yates did have some help. We are very grateful to Coach Rickey Torrence at Washington Latin PCS, Coach Teague Moore at American University, and Coach Steve Castle at Episcopal High School as well as several Gonzaga student and parents. Every singles one of those coaches and schools provided student volunteers to help work the scorer's tables and assist with the administrative tasks that are part of running a large tournament. It's wonderful to see so much support from different schools and coaches from all over DC and outside the city."
The WCDC would also like to thank the 14 sponsors whose support made this tournament possible and also thank DCPS Director Brandon Odam and varsity wrestling coach Brandon Wims at Woodrow Wilson High School for hosting the tournament again this year!
Editor's Note: Final brackets for every weight class and team scores are located below this article.
Melee on the Metro 3 - Weight Champions from 103lbs to 285lbs!