Owings Mills weighs in with win over Pikesville

January 14, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

When it's crunch time, Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker knows he can rely on his upper weights.

Take the No. 7 Eagles' (8-0, 6-0) 37-24 win over visiting county 2A-1A league wrestling rival Pikesville (1-4, 1-2) yesterday.

The Panthers had just tied the match at 21 on a Gennady Lvovsky (145) decision and a Chad Hipsley (152) pin, but it was time for the meat of the two-time 2A-1A champion Eagles' lineup to hit the mat.

Jason Pinsky (160, nine pins) won, 16-5; top-ranked, two-time state champ Grant Johnson (171, 13 pins) received a forfeit; and sixth-ranked Ed Overton (189, eight pins) finished his man in 1:28.

When the smoke cleared, the Panthers trailed 37-21. Pinsky had improved to 14-1, Johnson to 15-0 and Overton to 15-1. Pikesville had lost its previous matches by four points to co-No. 7 Randallstown and by one point each to Kenwood and Overlea.

"Being at home is like being in the spotlight," said Overton, a Carver transfer. "I knew I'd get a pin, but I'm sure Grant was a little disappointed because he wanted one, too."

Pikesville heavyweight Wayde Ezell (15-1) avenged a loss from a year earlier, 6-1, over Clint Helphensteine, whom he beat four times last year.

The Eagles had falls in two earlier bouts, as top-ranked, two-time state champ Greg Kessler (135, 16-0) nailed his 10th first-period pin, and Brandon Nolte (140) earned his fall in 3:59.

"We think we have a pretty solid lineup," said Kessler. "But we know we need to work a little harder to win states again."

Owings Mills led 9-0 after receiving a 103-pound forfeit and a decision from Adam Fink (112), but Pikesville tied it at 9 with wins in the next two bouts.

The Panthers went ahead 12-9 when Matt Slacum (130) broke a 5-5 tie with an escape and a takedown in the last 32 seconds to win, 8-5, over Victor Saez.

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