Boys' Latin takes J. Carroll tourney

December 20, 1992|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Boys' Latin, with scorers in all but the heavyweight class, won the team title in the 23d annual John Carroll wrestling tournament in Bel Air last night.

Of eight finalists, only Tim Berger and Shane Marquess took individual titles, but the Lakers helped their cause by winning all four of their third-place bouts.

Aberdeen dominated the individual honors -- all five of its finalists won -- led by Chad Gurrera at 152, and heavyweight Aaron Wanless, who had pins.

Overlea had three champions among its five finalists, and Edgewood's three finalists all claimed titles.

Boys' Latin finished with 205 points, followed by Aberdeen, 155 1/2 ; and Overlea 132 1/2 , in the eight-school competition.

"We have 12 experienced wrestlers, but no superstars," Boys' Latin coach Jim Currie said. "They work well together, and are sold on the team concept."

Aberdeen coach Dick Slutzky was pleased with his team, but admitted, "We don't have the balance that Boys' Latin does."

Marquess, a senior, had the closer call of the Boys' Latin winners, pulling out a 6-5 decision over Bel Air's Anthony Pasko inside of the final 10 seconds.

No. 1 seed Marquess (13-1 for the season) trailed 5-4 when he got a reversal at the end for the decision. There was a momentary delay on the official's two-point signal, leading Pasko to think he'd won.

"He was trying to ride me out, and I wanted to break his grip on my leg," Marquess said. "When I got on top and had his legs laced, I thought I had control." A moment later, the official did, too.

Minh Dang, an Edgewood senior, produced the only overtime victory, using a takedown to get past Steven Truitt of St. Paul's, 3-1.

"In the overtime, I sensed he was getting winded and tired. I initiated the move and it worked," Dang said. "In regulation, I thought I was in control. He wrestled a defensive match."

Ray Clark, an Overlea junior, had a strong tournament, coming from the middle of the eight-man flight to capture the title at 160 pounds. Along the way, he beat the top two seeds, Jarrett Leeb of Boys' Latin and Pete Karvounis of St. Paul's.

"I was wrestling up a class from my weight (152), so I knew I needed technique. Working from behind my opponents, I figured they might think I'd try to outmuscle them. I was determined to win."

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