Although Archbishop Spalding hadn't wrestled in the Mount Mat Madness since 2006, the Cavaliers made the most of their return to the prestigious tournament by producing a pair of individual champions and one runner-up on the way to the team title Saturday night at UMBC.
Spalding finished with 172.5 points, ahead of second-place
The Cavaliers are the first Baltimore-area school since McDonogh in 2008 to win the 26-team event — which included teams from four states.
"Our coach (Mike Laidley) told us, 'If we can win this one, we can put a good run together,'" said Spalding's Logan Breitenbach, who grabbed a title at 152 pounds. "It's a pretty prestigious tournament and one of the tougher tournaments we will go to."
As good as Breitenbach was, there were other notable individual performances.
Junior Josh Llopez of St. Mary's-Ryken was named the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler. He pinned four opponents in the first period before cruising past St. Mary's Bryce Pappas, 13-3. Llopez moved his career record to 103-5.
Loyola Blakefield's Conan Schuster pinned all five of his foes, including a 57-second fall against Huntingtown's Colton Rowe in the final.
"This was his 14th match and he has pinned everybody," Loyola coach Steve Truitt said. "I think he was the most impressive wrestler in the tournament by far. To go out and do what he did to the No. 2 seed, it's pretty good."
That said, Breitenbach (17-0) and junior Zach Abey (220, 16-1) led Spalding to the team crown.
Breitenbach had the tougher match of the two in the final, edging Rising Sun's Anthony Cimorosi, 4-3, on a takedown with 59 seconds remaining in the final period.
The junior also boasts Ray Oliver Invitational and the Beast of the East Tournament titles this season.
"He is just one of the kids that goes out there every time and believes he is going to beat the kid," Laidley said. "He has that much confidence. Two years ago, I had a kid, Charlie Lynch, that went undefeated, 60-0, and won a National Prep title. I believe Logan can do the same thing."
Abey, who is the starting quarterback on the Cavaliers football team, bumped up from 195 and scored a 7-3 decision over DeMatha's Mac Meehan.
Cole Graves (145) finished second for Spalding.
Glenelg heavyweight Sean Twigg, a Class 2A-1A defending state champion, beat Huntingtown's Dalonte
Other area champions included Kent Island's Zach Smith (126) and Broadneck's Cameron Harrell (132).
Team scores (top 10): 1. Archbishop Spalding, 172.5; 2. Georgetown Prep,
146.5; 3. Urbana, 141.5; 4. DeMatha 122; 5. Dallastown, 121; 6. Glenelg 112; 7. Huntingtown, 111.5; 8. Mount St. Joseph, 110; 9. Brentsville, 103; 10. St Georges 99.5
Mount Mat Madness Championship round:
106-Walker (BRE) d. Null (GLG), 12-2
113-Simpson (STR) d. Kowalski (GPR), 4-2
120-Way (URB) d. Manley (SCH), 7-0
126-Smith (KTI) d. Sunday (DAL), 5-3
132- Harrell (BDN) d. Raines (FAQ), 5-1
138- Hoover (DAL) d. Mohler (LOY), 2-1
152-Breitenbach (SPA) d. Cimorosi (RIS), 4-3
160-Llopez (STR) d. Pappas (STM), 13-3
170-Schuster (LOY) p. Rowe (HUN), 0:57
182-Murtha (GPR) p. Cooper (DAL), 1:12
195-Roseberry (BRE) d. Hawkins (MSJ), 12-4
220-Abey (SPA) d. Meehan (DMC), 7-3