Annapolis' Flynn up, down, unbeaten Prep wrestling

January 14, 1991|By Lem Satterfield

Pat Flynn, a 145-pound wrestler for Annapolis, is 16-0.

Still, his season has been up and down.

"I've wrestled up a lot at 152 and 160, but I like that role," said Flynn, the Maryland State Wrestling Association's top-ranked wrestler at 145. "I kind of expected it, since I'm a senior and a team captain. And it's what I can do to help the team."

In the eighth annual Arundel Invitational tournament Saturday, Flynn helped Annapolis win the team title for the first time, as the Panthers (146 points) outdistanced Quince Orchard of Montgomery County (139.5) and Oakland Mills (134.5) in an eight-team field.

Flynn, who was the 135-pound state Class 3A-4A runner-up last season with a 28-2 record, recorded his 10th pin of the season, in 5 minutes, 27 seconds, to win the 152-pound crown.

He was one of three champions for the Panthers.

Ford Baumgardener (135) improved to 12-0 and Chip Cochran (145) to 16-1 with their titles. Mike Bousman (11-4-1) finished second at 119 pounds, as did Jemal Minatee (9-6) at 160 pounds.

"We were trying to get the strongest team possible for this, and I had everyone bumped up a weight class from 140 on up," said coach Dave Gehrdes, whose Panthers are 6-0 in dual meets. "I thought we had a shot if things fell into place."

Among his triumphs at 145 are the Annapolis tournament title, a 3-0 victory over South River's No. 2-ranked Brian Hunt and a 14-0 victory over Bullis' No. 5-ranked Tom Bristow.

Annapolis trailed Quince Orchard, 133.5-132, heading into the championship round, and Oakland Mills (121.5) still was within striking distance.

The Scorpions (3-1) then got titles from their three Howard County champions -- No. 4-ranked Dan Bickell (112), Kalev Freeman (119) and Adam Seidman (125) -- to take the lead with 134.5 points.

Bickell, who was third in the state Class 3A-4A tournament at 103 last season, improved to 15-2. Seidman, a sophomore, improved to 16-2 with his 5-3 victory over McDonough's Larry Green.

To overtake Quince Orchard for second place, the Scorpions needed a pin from top-ranked heavyweight Monte Spencer against Arundel's fifth-ranked Pat Beach.

Spencer, who weighs 215, had beaten Chopticon's No. 2-ranked John Scheer and Old Mill's No. 4-ranked Don Marco earlier in the season.

Beach (16-0) rallied from a 1-0, second-period deficit to take an 8-1 lead, including six back points, and held on for a 9-6 victory.

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