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.