Aberdeen wrestling coach Dick Slutzky got his 200th career )) victory against visiting Oakland Mills, 33-31, last night.
After Aberdeen's second forfeit victory of the night at 189 gave the Eagles a 33-27 lead, a pin by the Scorpions' top-ranked Monte Spencer in the heavyweight bout would have tied the match.
Although Spencer held Aaron Wanless on his back for 1 minute, 33 seconds of the third period, he couldn't pin him and had to settle for an 8-0 decision.
"I thought it was going to be a tie, but Aaron gave a lesson in what heart is all about," said Slutzky, who in his 19th season has a 200-38-1 career record, including 7-1 this season. "We have nine kids who never wrestled varsity, and they're under a lot of pressure. If a team beats us, it makes their season. If we win, we're supposed to win."
Aberdeen, a three-time Class 1A-2A state champion, is ranked No. 8 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.
The Scorpions were injury-ravaged and came into the match without four starters.
"I thought we could beat these guys, but no one else thought we could," said Oakland Mills coach Dan Ricker, who, in his third season, has coached the Scorpions (5-2) to two straight Howard County League titles -- including a 15-0 dual-meet record against county foes.
Oakland Mills led, 27-20, after Brian DuVall's (152) first-period pin, but Aberdeen got a major decision from Mike Taylor (160) and a decision from Eric Ratcliffe (171) to tie the score, 27-27.
Aberdeen's 103-pound Zack Fowl took just 22 seconds to pick up his 14th pin and improve to 15-0,