Washington, D.C. - The Fourth Annual Melee on the Metro wrestling tournament was hosted at Woodrow Wilson High School on February 8th and 9th. Starting with the first whistle blow at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, action continued through Saturday where 14 champions were crowned. Local wrestlers competed for bragging rights throughout the metropolitan prep wrestling community. Although the tournament originated in only 2015, it’s already proving to be one of the toughest tournaments in the DC area.
Wyoming Seminary from Pennsylvania came out victorious in the 22-team field, with their 4 champions leading them to 289.5 points. Other schools hailed from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington D.C.
St. Christopher’s took the second-place trophy back to Richmond VA, with 245.5 points led by their 5 champions.
The St. Benedict’s Prep Grey Bees out of Newark, New Jersey won the third-place trophy with 176.5 points.
St. Mary’s Ryken was the highest placing school from Maryland with 172.5 points in fourth place.
The highest school placement from DC was Gonzaga College High School in 12th with 74 points.
Melee on the Metro 4 championship results:
106 - Erik Roggie (STC) over Nick Fea (SEM) SV1 4-2
113 - Brenden Barnes (BEN) over Conor Lozupone TF 15-0
120 - Chris Kim (GERM) over Evan Eldridge Dec 3-1
126 - Christian Coleman (GERM) over Axel Giron Dec 7-3
132 - Mason Dubois (STC) over Lorenzo Lopez (LAN) Dec 4-0
138 - Connor Alexander (STC) over Josh Yost (BEN) Dec 5-2
145 - *Manzona Bryant IV (WRA) over Ibraheim Mendheim (STBP) Fall
152 - Carter Tuttle (SEM) over Damon Wright (STBP) Fall
160 - John Flood (STC) over Jonny Gherman (LAND) Fall
170 - Owen Davis (SEM) over Jelani Machen (LAN) Dec 5-2
182 - Jackson Turley (STC) over Austin Brown (BUL) Fall
195 - Kyle Costello (SEM) over Will Smith (EPIS) Fall
220 - Kyonte Hamilton (PREP) over Mike Doggett (SEM) Dec 7-3
285 - Mike Leyland (SEM) over Christa Chajon (STBP) Fall
*Manzona Bryant IV was awarded the Outstanding Wrestler with 3 falls and a decision.
The Melee on the Metro serves as the last tournament of the regular season for prep school wrestling. Each team will return to their respective state and try to qualify for the National Prep wrestling tournament on February 22-23 in the Stabler Arena on the campus of Lehigh University.
The Melee on the Metro couldn’t have been a successful tournament if it wasn’t for tournament director, Milton B. Yates and the support of the Wrestling Coalition of DC, MY Lifestyle, and Wrestling to Beat the Streets DC. Many thanks to Coaches Brandon Wims, Archie Hogan and all the volunteers from Woodrow Wilson High School, Gonzaga College High School, American University and Wrestling to Beat the Streets DC.
Editor's Note: Final brackets for every weight class and team scores are located below this article.