Aberdeen beats Oakland Mills

January 07, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Aberdeen won the last five matches, three by pins, to drive past visiting Oakland Mills, 39-21, in a dual wrestling meet last night.

Chad Gurrera (10-0), a junior, and one of three Aberdeen wrestlers to preserve unbeaten streaks for the season, started his side's comeback from a 21-15 deficit.

The junior got two points for a reversal in the third period and thwarted Geoff Henderson, 3-1.

Senior Adam Seidman (13-1) of Oakland Mills, ranked sixth at 145 pounds by the last Maryland State Wrestling Association ratings, dropped down to 140 and wore down sophomore Kit Doran, 11-2. It was Doran's first loss after nine wins.

"I was told he'd be real tough, and we ought to have a good match," Seidman said of Doran. "And he was tough. He didn't roll over, but I usually get going in the second and third periods."

It was the third this time, as he led 2-0 after two.

"I had a bad match," Doran said. "There were two or three times early when I could have done something, but then I ran out of gas."

Citing the matches of Gurrera and Doran, Aberdeen coach Dick Slutzky said, "Gurrera wrestled a good match, and I think another time Doran would do better. That's the advantage of a year's experience [Gurrera over Doran]."

Matt Sutton had the closest match in pulling out a victory. The Oakland Mills sophomore got a takedown with seven seconds left to tie Giro Cristello, 6-6, then won in overtime, 8-6.

For Aberdeen, in addition to Gurrera, seniors Zack Fowl and Aaron Wanless stayed undefeated for the season.

Each went to 10-0 with a pin, as Fowl, a two-time state champion, stopped Choung Nguyen at 3 minutes, 34 seconds, and Wanless put down Justin Wethington at 3:32.

Other Eagles with pins were Frank Johnson over Robbie Vaeth at 130, Woody Carroll over Joe Kim at 160, and Mike Grant over Van Dang at 171. Carroll is a senior, Johnson and Grant, juniors.

"I expected to struggle in the lower classes, but thought we'd be alright after that," Slutzky said.

"We've been struggling," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan, having gone against such state powers as Francis Scott Key, Riverdale Baptist, McDonough and Williamsport.

Aberdeen will be back in action Saturday when it holds its fourth annual invitation tournament.

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