Owings Mills' Kenny Gendason, one of five individual champions, was the best example of his team's dominance in yesterday's Baltimore County Wrestling Tournament.
In Gendason's 112-pound title bout, the fifth-ranked senior overcame a 3-0 deficit with his second-period pin of Overlea's defending Class 1A/2A state champion, Kevin Heid (21-3).
"Nothing was working, so I was getting desperate to try anything," said Gendason (21-1), who defeated sixth-ranked Heid earlier in the year. "I headlocked him the last time and he got out. This time, he didn't."
Host Owings Mills (232.5 points) outdistanced second-place Eastern Vocational Tech (117.5), for the title.
The Eagles, ranked No. 2 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, also broke the meet record for total points -- 207 -- set by EVT in 1986. Before yesterday's finals began, the Eagles had 208 points.
"Eight years ago, I watched EVT win the title at our school with a big crowd watching," said eighth-year coach Guy Pritzger, whose Eagles (14-1 overall, 12-0 against the county) placed 10 of its top 13 wrestlers in the top four. "I remember saying I wish we could have a situation like that. It's been eight long years."
Randallstown's No. 2-ranked 171-pound junior, Mike Jenson (26-0 20 pins), repeated as the county champion, pinning all three of his opponents -- including a 57-second pin in his championship bout.
Jenson, who was third in the state last year, raised his two-year record to 52-1-1.
Overlea's No. 3-ranked heavyweight, John Swigart (24-1), a runner-up last year, used three first-period pins to gain his title. The 220-pound senior with 22 pins is headed for Towson State University on a football scholarship.
Underclassmen champions for Owings Mills were freshman, Gary Harris (103, a 21-1 record), and sophomores, Corey Setlen (119, 18-4), fifth-ranked Gregg Kessler (125, 22-0) and fifth-ranked Grant Johnson (130, 21-1).
Chesapeake's Dave Crickard (152, 16-2) scored a 3-2 upset victory over Owings Mills' fifth-ranked Jason Ricketts (20-2), who had used three first-period pins to reach the finals.
The Eagles' fifth-ranked Eric Rumenap (189, 20-3) dropped a 7-0 decision to Woodlawn's Marcus Powell (20-3). Powell's teammate, Reggie Scott (140, 22-1), also won a title, 1-0, over Loch Raven's Mike Brammer.
EVT's 160-pound Tony Massengill (21-2) overcame a 3-0 first-period deficit for an 8-3 win over Perry Hall's Steve Amenta (16-1-1). Massengill, a county tournament runner-up last year, avenged an earlier 12-4 loss.
Kenwood's 145-pound junior, Brian Persinger (20-2), defeated Dundalk's Bobby Gorsuch (22-2), 4-2. Persinger defeated Owings Mills' Aaron Zuckerberg, 6-5, in the semifinals to avenge an earlier one-point loss.
Dundalk's Rick Staab (135) pinned Pikesville's Mike Malinowski in the second period.