Winter sports wrap up: wrestling wins consecutive IAC title


Wrestling won its second straight Interstate Athletic Conference title in more than two decades, with basketball winning the prestigious IAC-MAC Challenge, Ice Hockey finishing their season in the IAC finals, and swimming with their best finish in the Washington Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championship in 17 years.

Basketball

In a season full of exciting tournament play, the 15-9 basketball team was led by the first-team all-IAC honoree Canin Reynolds '20. The team won the St. Andrews Tip-off Tournament, the IAC-MAC Challenge game, and the Daily Progress Holiday Hoops Classic. The Bears started their season 13-0.

Ice Hockey

Under the direction of new head coach David Erickson, the Bears made their way to the IAC finals against Georgetown Prep, falling 2-1. The Bears finished with a record of 13-7-1, and were recognized off the ice for their philanthropic efforts, raising more than $15,000 in their "Haircuts for Heroes" event to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.

Indoor Track

Track finished second in the Montgomery County Private School Championship. Two Bears qualified for the Montgomery County Invitational, including Nathaniel Castro '21 in the 300 meter and Jelani Cross '19 in the shot put.

Riflery

Riflery finished 2-6, with captain Connor Pugh '19 ending the season with a career high match score. Head Coach David Eusse was joined by Assistant Coach Chuck Fontana this year. The coaching staff implemented a physical training aspect into practice this year.

Squash

Squash celebrated its most successful year in program history, according to Head Coach W.T. Miller '86. The Bears finished 5-2, ending the season third in the league. Bears standout Andrew Grey '21 finished the season with the league's second-best individual record.

Swimming

Swimming enjoyed a 10th place finish out of 32 schools participating in the Washington Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships – its best finish since 2002. The Bears finished 5th of the 19 teams in the Washington Metropolitan Prep School Swim Dive League (WMPSSDL) and Jacob Rosner '20 earned All-WMPSSDL team honors.

Wrestling

The IAC co-champion wrestling team celebrated another successful season on the mat, winning 18 duals (highest in team history) and qualifying five wrestlers for national competition (most in team record). With four wrestlers earning all-IAC honors, the team finished with an 18-5 record. Jelani Machen '19, Lorenzo Lopez '20 and Jonny Gherman '19 all celebrated 100 career wins. Head Coach Andy Katz said this marks the first time the team has won consecutive IAC championships since 1992.