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Burker wins Holloway title, Saint James finishes second

December 05, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

ST. JAMES -- It took some convincing for Brady Burker to join the Saint James wrestling team.

Saturday at the Holloway Tournament, it was Burker that did the convincing.

The Saints heavyweight pinned Alex Renzi of St. Andrews in 54 seconds in the title bout to become the final champion of the afternoon and the lone champion for Saint James.

"There was a lot of convincing from coaches and parents," Burker said. "They just said that they thought I would be good at it and it would be good for the team."

Up until about a week ago, Burker was going to participate in martial arts rather that hit the mat. But the persuasion from the St. James wrestling community changed that plan -- to the benefit of Saints wrestling.

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"He just came on, had two practices and won the starting job," said Saints first-year coach Aaron Williams. "It's kind of a surprise because he pretty much came out of nowhere."

After a first-round bye, Burker needed just 1:22 of actual mat time. He pinned The Heights' JP Bruchalski in 28 seconds in the championship semifinals before defeating Renzi in the finals.

Of the Saints' seven finalists, only Burker was able to come away with the title. Saint James fell just two points shy of tournament champion Maryland School for the Deaf, which won with 155 points.

"I remembered Mr. (Nicholas) Kinney told me before the match the I basically had to win for us to have a shot to win," Burker said. "Even though we didn't win, it feels pretty good to win my weight class."

Michael Knable (112 pounds), Ian Tsang (130), Devin Bostick (135), Jamie Peterson (160), Hal Smith (171) and Ross Reid (189) were the other finalists for the Saints. Only Peterson lost by decision, while the others lost by fall.

"We were doing well up until the finals, then some of the guys just clammed up," Williams said. "We've got a bitter taste in our mouths, but I told them they can't keep their heads down.

"Our ultimate goal is to win the (Mid-Atlantic Conference) title. I don't know if we can do that, but we certainly don't want to settle for second or third place in anything."

Mercersburg Academy finished eighth with 49 points in the nine-team tournament -- ahead of only Maret -- and the Blue Storm had no finalists. Chris Kiser (130 pounds) and Chris Fritz (140 pounds) each won their consolation bouts for third-place finishes.

Holloway Tournament

at SAINT JAMES

Team results
1. Maryland School for the Deaf 155; 2. Saint James 153; 3. Georgetown Day 147 1/2; 4. St. Andrews 122; 5. McLean 112; 6. Heights 74 1/2; 7. Landon 51; 8. Mercersburg 49; 9. Maret 36.

Championship bouts

103 -- Charlie Daby (L) p. James Townsend (L) 1:59; 112 -- Mason Hart (Ma) d. Michael Knable (SJ) 8-2; 119 -- Maquise Pleasant (MSD) p. Nicholus Remsburg (MSD) 3:04; 125 -- Forest Goldsten (SA) d. John West (GD) 11-4; 130 -- Nick McCain (MSD) m.d. Ian Tsang (SJ) 17-5; 135 -- Ben Ernst (GD) d. Devin Bostick (SJ); 140 -- Josh Sennett (SA) p. Peter Metz (GD) 5:06; 145 -- Adam Frank (GD) d. Corbin Ayers (SA) 10-8; 152 -- Ethan Slater (GD) p. Nate Marsh (Mc) :48; 160 -- Grayson Shepperd (GD) d. Jamie Peterson (SJ) 8-3; 171 -- M. Roe (H) p. Hal Smith (SJ) 1:49; 189 -- Noah Tomares (Mc) p. Ross Reid (SJ) :37; 215 -- M. Herman (H) p. Artur Biyol (Mc) 1:09; 285 -- Brady Burker (SJ) p. Alex Renzi (SA) :54.

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