Pass and Poly dominate Overlea tournament Wrestling

January 21, 1991|By Lem Satterfield

There were no team points kept in Saturday's Overlea tournament, but if there had been, Poly -- with four individual champions -- would have been the winner.

Poly's Phil Pass (112) scored the most impressive championship victory of the tournament and won the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler trophy.

Pass used a pair of five-point moves en route to a 16-2 victory over Overlea's sixth-ranked Kevin Heid, last year's 103-pound Class 1A-2A state champion.

"I was surprised, but he really dominated the match," said Overlea coach Pete Chakmakas, The Sun's Coach of the Year last year. "That's Kevin's second loss this year, but I think it'll be good for him."

Poly's fourth-ranked Mike Compton (119) pinned his championship opponent in the second period, and teammates Mike Thompson (152) and Derrick Odoms (160) won decisions.

Overlea's third-ranked heavyweight, John Swigart, was his squad's only champion. Swigart pinned his three opponents in a combined 4 minutes, 25 seconds to improve to 17-1.

Randallstown's second-ranked junior, Mike Jenson (171), improved to 16-0 with his three victories, including a pair of pins, to win the Overlea tournament title for the second season in a row.

In Saturday's 17-team Southern (Anne Arundel) tournament, St. Mary's County's Chopticon (212.5) had four individual titles to dethrone South River (183).

Only four area wrestlers won titles at Southern, and two of them -- second-ranked Brian Hunt (145) and Harold Love (171) -- were from South River.

Hunt improved to 18-1 with a tough, 2-1 decision over Hammond's James Burrell, and Love (13-5) scored a second-period fall over Howard's Dominique Pierre-Toussaint.

The Seahawks nearly had a third champion, but Greg Nida (119) lost a 4-2 overtime decision to Northern St. Mary's County's sixth-ranked Tony Lignelli.

"With a few seconds left in regulation, I almost got out. If there were a few more seconds, I think I would have," said Nida, a regional champion last year. "But I think I waited too long. He was really tough, though."

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