Photo by Stephanie MennellBroadneck wrestling scored a 58-15 win over Severna Park on January 27. Both teams have high hopes for strong showings at the county and region tournaments in February.
Broadneck Wrestlers Defy Severna Park As Both Teams Prep For Counties
The Broadneck wrestling team scored a 58-15 rivalry-match victory over Severna Park on January 27 in one of the final county tune-ups before the county tournament on February 17 and 18.
Broadneck’s Wyatt Thompson kept his undefeated season intact with a 19-5 decision over Michael Moore at 182 lbs to highlight the Bruins’ win; Thompson is 17-0 as of February 5. The Bruins increased their point total with wins by Kyle Keller at 132, Owen Joyce at 138, Mack Groah at 145, Zach Doyle at 170, Noah Genovese at 195 and Vinny Facciponti at 220. Victories by the Bruins also included wins by forfeit for Justin Cassidy at 106 lbs, Ethan Kanetsky at 113 and Nick Schardt at 120 as Severna Park was not at full strength due to injury and illness.
Severna Park got wins by Augie Milewski at 126, Pat Hofstedt at 160 and Connor Bowes at 285.
Broadneck coach Reid Bloomfield was pleased with how his wrestlers performed at home against Severna Park and expressed optimism for the Bruins’ chances at counties and beyond.
“We’re lucky to have a big group, and we could have one or two county finalists or potentially seven or eight county finalists. It really depends on who shows up and how everyone wrestles,” said Bloomfield, citing the seasons of Cassidy, Schardt, Joyce, Groah, Doyle, Thompson, Genovese and Facciponti as key to the Bruins’ success this winter.
Broadneck defeated Old Mill for the first time in several years in mid-December and hopes to parlay its strong season into success in the playoffs.
“Beating Old Mill for the first time in a long time, was really special,” said Bloomfield. “[Old Mill] has been kind of the top standard in the county, and they have a great history there. As a former coach there, I know how tough they are and how hard they work.”
Bloomfield added the team expects to improve upon its region qualification from a season ago.
“Last year we qualified for regions, and the goal is to get better every year, so this year we want to make states, and in coming years, we want to win states. Once you get to states, anything can happen…I’m really proud of the work ethic of this team. We have a bunch of unique individuals who come from different backgrounds, different personalities, they mesh well, and the bottom line is, when it’s time to go and it’s time to turn that switch and get on, they’ve been able to do it.”
Severna Park coach Chad Vosburg, whose team was hit hard with injuries and a widely circulating stomach bug after Christmas, believes the program is on a positive trajectory and can make an impact at the county and region tournaments.
“It’s been a roller coaster of a season. We lost a couple matches that we thought we should have won, then beat a team from Howard High School we had no business beating,” he said, citing an early-season win over the always-strong Lions. The team took Old Mill down to the wire before ultimately falling to the Patriots, but the excellent seasons of Hofstedt (30-8 at 160), Riley Bushman (29-7 at 220), Harry Tompkins (23-5 at 170), Griffin Strickler (16-11 at 145), Logan Harris (22-14 at 152), Michael Schaner (24-13 at 182) and others have buoyed the team. Vosburg noted that the team will benefit from the resumption of offseason training and league play in the summertime by holding multiple camps this coming summer—a benefit missed last summer because of construction of the new high school—and that the team comprising mostly novice wrestlers is nonetheless entering strong form as the postseason approaches.
“It’s a building process,” said Vosburg, whose team finished the year 7-7 after a 34-33 win over Western Tech on February 6. “We have some of the freshmen and sophomores, and 75 percent of our kids have never wrestled before. We’re young. So the ability is there, it’s just molding them into high-school wrestlers. But we have guys who are winning matches, so we hope that when we get into counties and regions we have guys who are going to score points for us. Once you get into the counties, anything can happen.”