North Carroll, Gilman's Kim share wrestling honors

December 23, 1991|By Lem Satterfield

No. 7 North Carroll ran away with the McDonogh tournament crown, but Gilman's John Kim walked off with the outstanding wrestler award after handing the Panthers' Tom Dell his first loss.

Kim scored a takedown 25 seconds into the first sudden-death overtime period to win the 135-pound match Saturday, improving his record to 11-0. The loss dropped two-time state runner-up Dell to 9-1 with seven pins.

Kim overcame a 4-3, second-period deficit with two escapes, the second coming with 45 seconds left in regulation to gain a 5-4 lead. But with 15 seconds left, Kim was penalized a stalling point, sending the bout into overtime.

"That messed up my rhythm a little bit, because I didn't think I was stalling," said Kim, a returning Maryland Scholastic Association tournament runner-up who placed fourth in last year's National Prep Tournament. "But I stayed patient while he kept shooting because I saw he was getting desperate. That's when I countered him."

With the win, the No. 3-ranked Kim likely will take over the No. 2 spot in the Maryland State Wrestling Association's rankings from Dell, one of eight finalists in the eight-team tournament for North Carroll (208 points).

For the award, Kim (16 votes) beat out Randallstown's Mike Jenson (171, 7-0 record) and Southwestern's Joe Gamble (152, 13-1), who had 15 and 13 votes, respectively.

Jenson, the top-ranked Class 4A-3A state champ, finished his three opponents in a combined 3:25 for second-place Randallstown (180 points). Gamble had two pins and a decision for fifth-place Southwestern (71.5).

In the Lackey tournament, Oakland Mills' top-ranked heavyweight state champ Monte Spencer edged Quince Orchard's No. 2 Dave Vernier, 5-3, in overtime, in a rematch of last year's state final.

South River's champions were Greg Nida (119) and Bill Whitcher as Oakland Mills (141 points), Hammond (140) and South River (138) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 17-team field.

At McDonogh, North Carroll's unranked Andy Rill (125, 10-1) scored three pins to win his title, but his smaller teammate, No. 3-ranked Jeremy Myers (103, 9-1), was more impressive. Using motivation from his only loss of the year, 3-1, to Arundel's No. 2 Phil Meenan, Myers finished his three bouts in 4:35.

"I think about that match every time I wrestle," said Myers, a sophomore. "I still feel like I got gypped."

North Carroll's Dan Horner (140) improved to 9-1 with his title, Randallstown's Aaron Grollman (119, 7-2) and Johnny Montgomery (145, 7-0) were champs, and for third-place Gilman (132 points), No. 4-ranked Gerard Harrison (112, 11-2) scored two pins and a major decision.

Southwestern heavyweight champ Donnell Jones (13-1) pinned Randallstown's previously unbeaten Eric Gertner. Champions for host McDonough (129.5, fourth) included Mark Wilson (130) and Brian Antonelli (160). For last-place Carver, Edward Overton (189, 3-0) decisioned Centennial's Bill Augustin, 7-6.

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