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Missing the title matches had its consolation

March 09, 2006|by ANDY MASON

The championship bouts might have been overshadowed by the consolation finals last Saturday at the Maryland State Wrestling Championships at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

But I honestly wouldn't know. I didn't stick around to see the championship matches. For the first time in my four wrestling seasons at The Herald-Mail, there were no Washington County athletes competing for Class 2A-1A titles.

The best we got was a fourth-place finish from Boonsboro 135-pounder Bret Nalley and a fifth-place finish from North Hagerstown 103-pounder Delon Agee. Once they were done, I split.

Fortunately, they kept me around long enough to see the consolation finals, where some major ground was broken.

In the tightly contested 4A-3A bout for fifth place at 112 pounds, Chesapeake junior Jarrid Bosque prevailed, 11-7. But the story wasn't about Bosque. It was about the girl he beat.

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That's right: Girl.

With her sixth-place showing, Magruder freshman Helen Maroulis became the first female state placewinner in Maryland wrestling history. The previous day, she defeated Bosque in a first-round bout to become the first female to win a match at states.

Maroulis finished 3-3 for the weekend and 33-9 for the season. Earlier this year, she defeated a couple of local standouts - most notably Williamsport's Earl Neville, a two-time state qualifier, whom she beat twice - on her way to a third-place finish at the Hub Cup at North Hagerstown, where she became the first female and first nonchampion to be voted the tourney's outstanding wrestler.

Needless to say, some boys had to swallow some humble pie this season. And they better get used to how it tastes. Maroulis still has three seasons left in her high school career - and Arundel's Nicole Woody still has two remaining. Woody went 1-2 in the Class 4A-3A bracket at 103 last weekend, finishing her season with a 28-10 record.

Girls, girls, girls.

The toughest wrestler at Cole Field House, however, was still a boy - Huntingtown senior Trevon Jenifer. And he didn't win a state title either, finishing third at 103 in Class 4A-3A.

Jenifer doesn't have any legs. He was born without them. But with an amazing combination of upper-body strength and balance, he earned himself a spot on the state podium, going 5-1 for the tourney and 31-7 for the season.

Maroulis and Jenifer didn't steal the spotlight. They simply outshined it.




Andy Mason is assistant sports editor of The Morning Herald. His column appears every other Thursday. He can be reached at 301-733-5131, ext. 2334, or by e-mail at andrewm@herald-mail.com

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