Strong finish powers Randallstown 'Bomb Squad' is too much for EVT

December 24, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Randallstown trailed 16-9 after five bouts against Baltimore County wrestling rival Eastern Vo-Tech yesterday when its "Bomb Squad" exploded onto the mats for a six-bout sweep.

And when it was over -- four pins, a major decision and a decision later -- the eighth-ranked Rams almost had blown the visiting 15th-ranked Mavericks back to Essex, putting the match away with two bouts left.

With its 40-28 victory, Randallstown improved to 4-0 (3-0 against the 4A-3A league), and dropped the Mavericks to 3-2 (2-2). EVT's other loss came by 29-24 to No. 12 Dundalk.

"The Bomb Squad is just a crazy name we came up with because of the way we kick it on the mat," said Randallstown regional champion Kent Morrison (160, 10-2), who struggled with Ronnie Briscoe before nailing his ninth pin of the season.

"I ate too much sugar during a Christmas party we had in class before the match and it drained me," said Morrison. "But none of us really wrestled at our best tonight."

The Rams certainly could have done worse.

Their barrage began with the Grodnitzky twins, fourth-ranked Brandon (135, 9-2) and county champion Justin (140, 10-3), who grabbed consecutive pins to give their team a 21-16 lead. Javin ** Rudolph (145, 9-2) followed with a 3-0 victory, using an escape and a takedown in the third period, and 4A-3A state champion Johnny Montgomery (152, 9-1) contributed his major decision to make it 28-16.

Morrison's fall with 44 seconds left came after a shaky 2-1 lead entering the final period, and Jerry Thomas (171, 8-3) planted his man with 21 seconds left in the second.

EVT's Derrick Pittillo (189) scored a third-period pin before teammate Brian Bowman's third-period fall broke a 7-7 tie against Jevon Dolan.

Randallstown had led 6-0 after Terry Delly's (103) second-period pin, but the Mavericks swept the next three bouts for a 16-6 lead on pins by Joe Catlin (112) and 4A-3A state tournament runner-up Wayne Gast (119, 11-1) -- whose eighth pin of the year took just 53 seconds -- and a major decision by Brian Nagle (125).

At 130, the Mavericks' Joe Scruggs had a 2-0 first-period lead and led 5-3 and 7-5 in the third. But Greg Wilson's reversal and three back points in the bout's final 40 seconds earned him a 10-8 come-from-behind win.

"We had hoped to do better at 103 and at 130. That 130-pound match really hurt us," said EVT coach Joey Gast. "But they're awfully tough from 135 on up."

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