Hammond stops Oakland Mills, 31-29 Wrestling @

January 22, 1992|By Lem Satterfield

No. 7 Hammond played its hand against Howard County rival Oakland Mills.

And when last night's match came down to the Scorpions' ace, top-ranked heavyweight wrestler Monte Spencer, Hammond trumped him.

The Scorpions (2-4-1, 1-1) trailed the visiting Bears (8-1, 2-0), 31-25, after a pin by Pat Brennan (189). And Spencer, last year's Class 4A-3A state champion, chased Jesse Pitt all around the mat but couldn't salvage the tie by pinning Pitt for six points. He won the bout, 20-11, but Hammond won the match, 31-29, ending the Scorpions' winning streak against county foes at 22.

"I circled and circled, but I was not going to get pinned tonight," said Pitt.

Hammond led, 16-9, after the first five bouts.

Yuri Freeman's (103) 4-0 decision of Hammond's Dan Proulx was followed by pins from Hammond's John Motley (112), Oakland Mills' John Marrero (119) and Hammond's Erin Woodward (125). Woodward's pin came in the first period, over defending county champion Mike Maughan.

The Bears' Chris Williams (130) scored a major decision, but Oakland Mills took a 22-16 lead and the next three bouts.

The Scorpions' fifth-ranked Adam Seidman (135) scored five back points in the bout's final 19 seconds for an 8-2 win over Chris Mercurio. Joe Salinas (140) scored a second-period pin and Marcus Myles (145) grabbed a major decision.

But it was 22-22 after Hammond's Josh Stokes (152) overcame a 7-1 lead with his second-period pin of Brian DuVall, and 25-22, Hammond, after Mark Goudy's (160) decision, and 25-25 after another decision by Oakland Mills' Geoff Henderson (171).

"None of these kids quit," said Hammond coach Bill Smith. "They

just never gave up, and I'm so proud of them."

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