Aberdeen's Fowl: a quick study in pins Wrestling

January 07, 1991|By Lem Satterfield

Aberdeen's Zach Fowl is under 5 feet tall and weighs between 103 and 112 pounds, but he can bench-press nearly twice his weight.

He is a slick wrestler who has used his strength and cunning to pin 11 of 12 opponents, including 10 in the first period.

Not bad for a sophomore.

Only Edgewood's Ty Long -- then ranked No. 1 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association -- lasted until the third period, losing when Fowl overcame a 9-3 deficit for a pin and the John Carroll tournament title earlier this season.

"I wrestled at 103 a few times already this year, but I work out lot with the bigger guys in practice," Fowl said. "Hopefully, that will help when I drop to 103 [permanently]."

Fowl went the distance for the first time in Saturday's Aberdeen Invitational tournament, winning a 9-4 decision over Calvert Hall's Brendan James for the 112-pound title.

Fowl, a Harford County runner-up to Long last year, was one of five champions in the fourth annual event, won -- for the fourth time -- by the Eagles. Aberdeen outdistanced second-place Chesapeake, 209.5-141.5.

Other champions for Aberdeen, ranked No. 9 by the MSWA, were top-ranked Matt Slutzky (135), second-ranked Danny Osorio (140), Todd Jones (145) and Everett Jones (189), who is no relation to Todd.

Chesapeake had three titlists, Ron Alexander (119), Doug Horton (125) and top-ranked Brian Eveleth (130).

Eveleth (14-0, 12 pins) pinned his first two opponents in 34 and 33 seconds, respectively, before winning a 13-8 decision over Archbishop Curley's Gary Mryncza.

Calvert Hall, which was third with 125 points, also had three champions, fifth-ranked Greg Knox (103), Ed Grant (160) and heavyweight Steve Eastwood.

Knox, who earlier won the Curley tournament, improved to 14-1. His only loss was a decision to Old Mill's second-ranked Steve Lundstrom in the championship bout of the Annapolis tournament.

Grant continued his dominance over Curley's Craig Gannon, defeating him for the third time -- the second by pin.

Aberdeen coach Dick Slutzky said he was not surprised by the titles won by his son, two-time state champion Matt Slutzky (12-1); Osorio (12-0), a state tournament runner-up last year; and Everett Jones (10-2).

He said he was, however, impressed with Todd Jones' effort.

Jones, a first-year varsity wrestler, broke a 2-2 tie with a third-period pin over Curley's Tony Acquia (15-5). Acquia had placed third in the Curley and Chesapeake tournaments and went the distance with Old Mill's sixth-ranked John Bliss.

"Todd's done a super job. That's the kind of effort I like to seeand he's a good example to the other kids," said Slutzky, who has 198 career dual-meet victories in 19 seasons.

Last year, Slutzky coached the Eagles to an unprecedented third straight Class 1A-2A state title. This season's Eagles boast a 5-1 dual-meet record.

Chesapeake coach Tom Slichter is trying to become more competitive in Anne Arundel County.

The Cougars finished third in both their annual Cougar Invitational and in the Arundel Invitational. They want to improve on last year's 5-7 record, and, at 3-1, they're more than halfway there.

"This [Aberdeen] tournament is the first time we've had a full lineup," said Slichter. "We're maturing, and we're a better tournament team than a dual-meet team. But we still have a long way to go."

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