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Wrestling: South Carroll's Joey Thomas takes down state's all-time wins record

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The Cavaliers senior came into the tournament needing five wins to become Maryland's new all-time wins leader for public-school wrestlers. Given that Thomas hadn't lost a varsity match since his freshman year, his chances were strong.

 

Thomas then capped his 5-0 day at 126 pounds by beating Bullis Prep's Liam Handel to make state history. He pinned Handel in the first period for career win No. 176.

 

Thomas improved to 31-0 this season, and his career mark stands at 176-4. His Friday performance gave him 134 consecutive wins, a streak that dates back to the 2014 state tournament.

 

Hamper said a wrestler like Thomas comes into a high school program once or twice in a lifetime — and that was after Thomas' sophomore season, when he went 48-0 and won his first of two state crowns en route to being named Times Wrestler of the Year.

 

 

well done joey

 

love to see you get two hundred

 

 

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His dad Joe was a machine at Glenelg.

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This is a great acccomplishment and gives somewhat a smackdown to the persistent argument that public school wrestlers can not get the number and quality of matches as private school wrestlers can. It also demonstrates the tilt many Maryland programs have taken towards dual meet tournaments and away from bracketed indivivual tournaments. 

 

Great Job from a kid in a great program with a great coach. 

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Congrats young man, well done.  

 

This sparked me to take a look at the MD 100 wins list.  Now admittedly, I have no knowledge of Private School wrestling, but can someone tell me how the Private School all-time wins leader is 100 more wins than the public school record?  Private Schools really wrestle that many more matches??

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Until the last 5 years or so and the advent of the dual meet tournament a public school  state champion would typically get 30-35 matches. If they started and were successful all four years of college that gets them to somewhere around 130 matches. Privates schools typically have no limit on how many matches they wrestle in a year and for a while in the late 90 and ealy 2000's it was not uncommon for even an average private school wreslter to be able to get 50-60 matches a year. 

 

Most private school coaches have backed off that many matches and the number of overall matches in the state are roughly even now between private and public. Now to be sure the private schools are limited in the matches or events they can schedule-- three tournaments, three tri meets and 14 dual meets (I may be off one or two there) before the postseason. Private schools can do whatever they want. 

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Maybe the hand touched, hard to tell, probably a good call. Who was the wrestler who won? To pull off a victory like that against a wrestler accomplished as Thomas deserves more than the backhanded credit than that he won on a bad call. 

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Who was the wrestler who won? To pull off a victory like that against a wrestler accomplished as Thomas deserves more than the backhanded credit than that he won on a bad call. 

 

two time state champ brian stuart

 

http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/sports/stuart-wins-battle-north-hagerstown-wins-war-with-south-carroll/article_ffd0d856-e050-11e6-9666-9be257cd98cd.html

 

Hubs junior Brian Stuart hadn’t dropped a contest since his freshman year, either, albeit a year later when he lost in the 2015 state duals to eventual state champion Scott Obendorfer of Damascus.

 

Something had to give.

 

With four state championships between them, their clash at 126 pounds was the crown jewel of a hotly contested dual meet between two of the state’s most competitive wrestling programs.

 

Stuart snapped Thomas’ streak with a 3-2 win, getting an early first-period takedown and adding an escape point in the third period to keep his 77-match streak alive.

 

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#9 Oakland Mills placed 6 wrestlers in the finals at the SnOverlea Invitational at Overlea, winning the tournament, beating #7 Loyola Blakefield, among others.

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joey thomas won his third straight state championship on saturday

 

jamar williams also of south carroll won his third straight state title

 

danny bertoni of middletown won his fourth state title 

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