North Harford's Marc Perrine needed only 15 seconds to pin Centennial's Anthony DiPietro Tuesday night. But Perrine doesn't always go forthe quick pin.
"My motto is I work hard in practice, so I don't like to go out there and wrestle for 15 seconds. I try to wrestle hardin practice, and I feel I should spend some time on the mat during the meets," said Perrine, whose pin helped the Hawks (4-1) beat Centennial, 38-36.
Perrine, 8-0 and ranked No. 2 at 160 pounds by the Maryland StateWrestling Association, knows his motto may help him prepare for county and state competition. But it will probably cost him in a personalcontest with teammate and co-captain, Matt Petza.
"We have our own competition going to see who can finish the season with the most pins," said Petza, who is 7-2 but unranked at 140 pounds. The winner treats the other to dinner.
Petza retained a solid lead over Perrineafter pinning Centennial's Brett Thomas in 4 minutes, 35 seconds. Itwas Petza's seventh pin of the season. Perrine has three.
Unlike Perrine, Petza likes to get the match over with in a hurry. "Matt looks for the pin," said Hawks coach Richard Perrine, Marc's father. "Heknows how to pin and he takes pride in it."
Petza, a fourth-year Hawks veteran, worked with weights all summer to increase his strength. After going 12-8-1 a year ago, Petza is more confident this year. He said he doesn't mind being unranked.
"I don't think I'll get ranked," said Petza. "It's hard to get ranked unless you beat somebody who's ranked."
Without the ranking, Petza said, he may be able to take some wrestlers by surprise, especially in postseason competition.
Perrine won't take anybody by surprise. Perrine was ranked the top junior in his weight class by the MSWA after going 28-6 last year.
This year, he is ranked behind only Owings Mills' Grant Johnson, a state Class 1A/2A champ at 130 pounds last year.
Wrestling sincethe eighth grade, Perrine thrives on the pressure. "I'm more aggressive this year. I'm confident every time I go on the mat."
Perrine drives himself and his teammates hard in practice. "They call him a drill sergeant," said Coach Perrine. "He pushes the other guys to makethemselves better the same way he pushes himself."
The new star in the Hawks lineup is 103-pound Brandon Moore. The junior won by technical fall over Centennial's Jason Nagle Tuesday night to raise his record to 7-1.
In only his second year as a wrestler, Moore has impressed Coach Perrine. Last year, Moore won only six matches, but those wins came after losing his first 12 matches.
"He wrestled a lot of close matches last year and he looked good losing," said the coach. "He went to camp this summer and worked very hard and it's paid off."
Also against Centennial, sophomore Wes Mason (112) and freshmanJaysson Eicholtz (145) pinned their opponents. Eric Warfield (125) had a 11-2 lead on Matt Fika, when Fika defaulted because of a shoulder injury.
Perhaps the biggest win of the night came from senior Jim Ritt, who decisioned Ken Tortalani, 6-4, at 152 pounds. Ritt pickedup two points for a reverse with six seconds left in the match to seal his victory.
Ritt spent most of his career behind Perrine and Dan Gunn, now wrestling at the Air Force Academy. In his first full year on the varsity, Ritt has won all three of his matches.
"Jim worked hard in that match," said Coach Perrine. "It was a very importantwin -- for him to pull that out. If he hadn't, it would have been a different story for us."
After Ritt's victory, the Hawks led, 32-18. Perrine followed with his pin to give the Hawks a 38-18 lead.
Centennial doubled its score through the last three weight classes. Shamus Gillen pinned Ted Wiley at 171. The Hawks forfeited at 189. BillAugustine pinned Brian Isaacs at heavyweight.