Owings Mills sweeps Westminster, Towson Wrestling

December 08, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Fourth-ranked Owings Mills broke a 21-21 tie against visiting Westminster with three pins and a technical fall over the last four bouts in yesterday's 44-21 non-league wrestling victory.

The effort completed a sweep of a tri-meet with Towson, who was a 48-13 loser to Owings Mills and a 51-18 loser to the Owls.

The Eagles (3-0), led, 21-15, when Westminster's (1-1) Neil Brennan (152) flattened Sam Friedman just 1 minute, 13 seconds into their bout to tie the match.

It was the second victory of the day for Brennan (5-2 record), a natural 145-pounder, who earlier moved up to upset Towson's fifth-ranked regional champion Shawn Kopalchick, 8-2, nearly pinning the defending regional champion.

But Brennan couldn't prevent the 23-point sweep by the two-time 2A-1A state champion Eagles, who pulled away on pins by Jason Pensky (160), two-time state champ Grant Johnson (171) and heavyweight Clint Helphinstine, and a 19-4 technical fall win by Ed Overton (189).

The Eagles' match with Westminster was tied at 6 after the first three bouts, with the Eagles' Stan Leazer (119) getting a second-period pin and the Owls' Matt Warner (103) and Donny Smith (112) taking decisions.

Westminster led, 11-6, after Ben Earhart's (125) technical fall, but a decision by Victor Saez (130) and a first-period pin by two-time state champ Gregg Kessler (135) gave the Eagles their first lead, 15-11.

Westminster's Brad Shisler's (140) major decision tied the bout at 15, but the Eagles' Eric Wingrat (145) overcame a 2-0 deficit with his second-period pin of Eric Weller, making it 21-15. Both coaches considered Wingrat's win a turning point.

"He was taller than me, so it took me a while to get used to that," said Wingrat, a junior-varsity county champion last year.

"But I went out looking for the pin like I always do. Then I heard Gregg [Kessler] screaming that the half [nelson] was there, so I took it."

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