On December 14 at the Mercersburg Tournement, the first tournement of the season, Potomac had mixed results. Chase Stock (160), wrestling with the flu, and Reed Landry (103) both placed 2nd, losing to Germantown wrestlers in the finals. Eddie Smith (145) placed 4th, while Brendan Harney (140) was 5th. Bringing only six wrestlers, the team placed 7th out of 13 teams. The next weekend at the Sidwell Friends Invitational, the team was more successful. Reed Landry, Brendan Harney, and Chase Stock all won their weight classes. Eddie Smith placed 3rd and Christian Gomez (125) was 4th. The team placed 4th out of 13. On January 11 at the Baltimore-Washington Classic, which included Baltimore powers McDonogh, Calvert Hall, and John Carroll, and DC area teams St. Albans, Gonzaga, and Potomac, Chase Stock took home the Most Outstanding Wrestler honors while compiling a 3-0 record. Reed Landry was 2-1, losing only to the national prep champion, Eddie Smith was 1-2, Josh Mayer (112) was 1-2 as was Christian Gomez. At the Mid-Atlantic Conference Championships on the 29th of January, the team placed 2nd among four teams. Conference champions included Reed Landry at 103, Eddie Smith at 145, and Chase Stock, wrestling up at 171. On February 22-23, Potomac competed in the prestigious St.Albans Invitational. Chase Stock managed to place 4th at 160, while Reed Landry (103) and Brendan Harney (140) both took 7th. Blair Academy, the number one team in the nation, took the team honors. The next weekend at the Virginia Independent Schools Wrestling Association (VISWA) State tournenent, Potomac placed 8th out of 28. Chase Stock repeated as the 160 pound state champion. In the finals, Chase was joined by Brendan Harney and Reed Landry, who both placed 2nd. Eddie Smith took 3rd for the second year in a row. Christian Gomez had a 2-2 record. Chase Stock, Brendan Harney, and Reed Landry all finished the year ranked in Frank's Ranks Northern Region wrestling rankings, which includes over 40 schools. Chase was ranked 2nd at 160, Brendan was 3rd at 140, and Reed was 6th at 103. Located in McLean, Virginia, Potomac is a Co-educational private school with 850 students from kindergarten to 12th grade. The high school, whose first graduating class was in 1990, has 300 students. The wrestling program was launched in 1989 and has been coached all eight seasons by Steve Bissell. Steve was a two-time national prep champion at the Hill School and took his talents to the University of Michigan, where he switched his focus to lacrosse after his sophomore year. He has coached the Potomac lacrosse team since its inception in 1989 and has helped them climb into the Washington Post's Top 20 rankings three years in a row.
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