Birth Sinks His Teeth Into Wrestling Title

Bel Air Grappler Can't Wait To Ignore Weight

March 15, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff writer

Scott Birth wanted just one thing after winning his state wrestling title last Saturday night -- dinner.

"It was a relief. Now I don'thave to cut weight anymore," said the Bel Air senior, who wrestled at 125 although his natural weight is about 150.

But Birth, one of three county wrestlers who won state titles last weekend, earned more than just dinner for his efforts.

He cappeda 24-0 season by pulling off the upset of the state tournament, heldat Western Maryland College in Westminster. In the 125-pound title bout, Birth decisioned two-time champ Craig Middledorf, a junior from Paint Branch, 10-2.

His only close call came in the quarterfinals,where he edged Matt Albinson, of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 6-4. "I had to keep my weight down for the second weigh-in, so I didn't eat at all. I didn't have much energy at all," Birth said.

In the semifinals, however, he had no problems pinning McDonough's Danny Kilcoyne in 1minute, 12 seconds.

One of Birth's inspirations through the tournament was his brother Chris, a 1990 Bel Air graduate who won three county titles and a state title. Chris had missed his brother's second county title three weeks ago, but was there, coaching in Scott's corner, for the state championship.

The county's other two champions came from Aberdeen, which finished fifth in the Class 3A/4A team competition. The county champion Eagles had moved up from Class 1A/2A thisyear.

In addition to Matt Slutzky's fourth title, the Eagles' Zack Fowl (32-1) picked up his second straight championship.

Fowl, a junior wrestling at 119 pounds, decisioned Wootton's Jason Rubin, 3-0, in the championship match. Rubin had finished third last year. In the quarterfinals, Fowl decisioned last year's runner-up, Old Mill's Steve Lundstrom, 5-4.

Three other Harford County wrestlers reached the finals of the Class 1A/2A championships, Edgewood's Ming Dang, North Harford's Marc Perrine, and Harford Tech's Brian Johnson. All three fell in tight battles with wrestlers from Owings Mills, which tookits second straight team title.

Dang lost, 4-3, to Cory Setlen inthe 119-pound division. Perrine fell to Grant Johnson at 160.

Johnson had a tough time with two-time champ Gregg Kessler, losing 10-2 at 130 pounds.

However, Johnson had scored a major upset in the semifinals, beating top-ranked Jason Draper, of Smithsburg.

In the consolation finals, Bel Air's Rob Smallwood lost to Chris Kluchhuhn bya 6-4 decision in Class 3A/4A.

In Class 1A/2A, Joppatowne's BrianMcCarthy and Havre de Grace's Tom Burdsall won their consolation bouts. McCarthy decisioned Oakland Mill's Mike Maughn, 8-7. Burdsall pinned Kent's Chad Vosburg in 1:57.

North Harford's Brandon Moore (103), Fallston's Chad Taylor (103), Derek Schwarz (140), Edgewood's Dave Schimmel (112), Ty Long (125) and John Lamancusa (heavyweight), andJoppatowne's Matt Miller (189) all lost in the quarterfinals.

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