Watching an Oakland Mills wrestling match is like watching a Fellinimovie. You're never quite sure what unusual sights you'll see, but you're guaranteed to see some.
During the Scorpions' hard-earned 38-27 victory over Wilde Lake Thursday night at Oakland Mills, a paradeof unusual things took place.
* Wilde Lake's Maria Romano became the first female from a countyteam ever to wrestle a varsity match. She was pinned in approximately 20 seconds.
* Two county champions -- in different weight classes last year -- squared off in the much-ballyhooed 140-pound match. And it ended bizarrely when Oakland Mills' Joe Salinas was bitten on the leg by Wilde Lake's Bobby Farace. The point awarded to Salinas for Farace's unsportsmanlike conduct penalty made the score 15-0, resulting in a technical fall for Salinas. It's extremely rare for a county champion to lose by such a wide margin.
* Two of the 13 matches, 125 pounds and 152 pounds, ended on buzzer-beating pins with one second remaining in the second period.
* Ten minutes after the match had ended, a fight erupted between two individuals out in the hallway. The participants were an Oakland Mills student and a Wilde Lake junior varsity wrestler. The wrestler had to be physically restrained by Wilde Lake coach Rich Jackson. A few minutes later the student had to be pulled away again when he engaged in a shouting match inside the gym with Oakland Mills coach Dan Ricker.
The Oakland Mills victory over Wilde Lake was expected by Coach Ricker and his team, but the score was much closer than expected.
"We thought we'd win by a lot more," said Adam Seidman, one of the Scorpions stars, who won his 135-pound bout in a technical fall over Tony Crawford and improved his record to 18-2.
Seidman said he thought Oakland Mills victories at 119, 152 and 160 were likely; instead, Wilde Lake won all three. At 119, Wilde Lake's Nick Yoon bumped off Jason Marrero, 7-0. At 152, Wilde Lake's Robert McGrain pinned Brian DuVall at 3:59. At 160, Wilde Lake's Mike Green scored a reversal in the final seconds to beat Geoff Henderson, 4-3.
After Wilde Lake's Nate Casella threw John Guyton around like a rag doll, finally pinning him at 5:28 while leading, 15-2, the Wildecats had their third straight individual victory and closed what had been a 28-12 Oakland Mills team lead to one point, 28-27.
But Aaron Smith came through with a 16-4 major decision against Wilde Lake's Stanley Choung at 189 pounds. A major decision is worth one extra team point.
Scorpion heavyweight Monte Spencer, who is ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, victimized Carlos Gierstenfield for his 13th pinand 19th win against one loss. It took just one minute, 13 seconds.
Wilde Lake coach Jackson, like everyone else, was surprised by thescore of Farace's loss. "I thought it would be close, but he (Farace) made some mistakes."
In both the first and second periods, Salinas had Farace nearly pinned when the buzzer sounded. Salinas totally dominated Farace from start to finish.
"I didn't expect that score," Salinas said. Salinas' record is 17-8, but most of those losses were by close scores to outstanding wrestlers from around the state.
As impressive as Salinas' victory was, Jackson thought the key to the match for Wilde Lake was at 125.
"We expected to win that match but ended up getting pinned," Jackson said. "That was the make-or-break match for us."
In it, Oakland Mills' Mike Maughan pinned Antoine Harris with a second left in the second period.
"I had heard he (Harris) was pretty tough, so I wasn't expecting an easy match," saidMaughan, who is 14-8.
In other matches, Wilde Lake's Fennel Howell pinned Choug Nguyen in 2:58 at 112. Wilde Lake's Chris Turner decisioned Kevans Hall, 10-4, at 130. Oakland Mills' Marcus Myles pinned Joe Undercuffer in 13 seconds at 145.
Oakland Mills is 4-4-1 overall and 3-1 in the league. Wilde Lake is 2-6-1 overall and 2-1-1 in theleague.