Dundalk outlasts Franklin Indians only fill 8 weight classes

January 07, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

If you counted only the eight matches that actually were wrestled, home-standing Franklin had a 6-2 advantage against Baltimore County 4A-3A rival Dundalk.

The problem for the Indians (2-2) is each match has 13 weight classes, and coach John Tartal can't find wrestlers to fill five of them. That, more than anything, led to the Indians' 42-22 loss to No. 12 Dundalk (5-0).

"We didn't have our full lineup as far as where the guys should be wrestling, but that doesn't take anything away from Franklin," said Dundalk coach Bob Hutsler, whose Owls trailed, 22-18, with four bouts left before getting a pin from James Marsheck (189 pounds) and three forfeits to secure the win.

"Franklin has some good wrestlers," said Hutsler, "probably the toughest lightweights in the county."

Franklin won three of the first four bouts for a 10-6 lead on a major decision by sophomore Sean Groszkowski (103, 11-1) and narrow decisions by Son Nguyen (112) and Eli Shock (125), with the Indians forfeiting to Dundalk's Joe Marshall (119). Groszkowski's only loss this year came by 2-0 against North Carroll's third-ranked Doug Dell.

It was 19-6 after Franklin's Hudson brothers, sophomore Jimmy (130, 8-1) and second-ranked senior county and regional champion Jerry (135, 9-0), scored a pin and a decision, respectively.

But a first-period pin by Dundalk's Bobby Hurley (140) and a forfeit to the Owls' third-ranked, defending state champion Rick Staab (145, 17-0) cut the deficit to 19-18.

Franklin's final victory came by 5-2 at 152 pounds, where Joe Castor overcame a 2-0 first-period deficit against Arundel tournament champion Eric Cuppett with three second-period back points and a third-period reversal.

"We could have beaten this team if we had the people we started the season with," said Jerry Hudson, who was fourth in last year's state tournament.

"We had a lot of people who just quit on us, including one of our returning county champions. Otherwise, there are a lot of matches we could win."

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