Oakland Mills stuns Howard Scorpions roll to 45-18 victory Wrestling

January 20, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Adam Seidman's reputation sends shock waves through most opponents. It did again yesterday, even though his Howard High wrestling opponent was undefeated and ranked sixth in the state at 145 pounds.

No challenge seems to frighten Oakland Mills' Seidman, who became the county's all-time winningest wrestler last weekend. He has lost only one match to a county opponent in four years -- to another Howard High wrestler, Alexis Gough, two years ago when Seidman moved up two weight classes.

So, in yesterday's match against Howard, a team that was 6-1 in dual meets and had hopes of beating winless Oakland Mills (0-6) for the first time since 1977, Seidman (18-1) moved up one weight class to take on Howard's premier wrestler, Jason Shefrin.

Shefrin, a senior, was 14-0 with 13 pins -- 12 of those in the first period.

The bout turned out to be no contest, with Seidman scoring a major decision, 12-1, for career victory No. 109. It gave Oakland Mills a 27-12 lead and put the Scorpions into cruise control on their way to a 45-18 victory.

"I froze a bit," said Shefrin, who didn't learn he was going to face Seidman until an hour before the bout. "I wanted to wrestle him and knew what I wanted to do, but I just couldn't work my moves."

Seidman, second-ranked in the state at 140 pounds, came high on his first move to test Shefrin's strength. The two tied up briefly, then broke apart.

"I found out he was stronger than me," Seidman said. "I knew I had to stay away from his upper body."

Seidman's next move was low, and he scored a takedown for a 2-0 lead after the first period. An escape and another takedown put Seidman ahead 5-0 after the second period. A reversal, a takedown and a near fall completed Seidman's impressive effort.

Seidman didn't escape the match unscathed. He had a swollen right thumb, the result of jamming it after falling on the mat near the end of the first period.

"I can't move it, but it will be all right," said Seidman, whose team goes against tough Wilde Lake tomorrow.

Seidman doesn't expect to face Shefrin again this season because Seidman will go back down to 140.

Seidman wasn't the only show for Oakland Mills. Juri Freeman (103), Wade Mitchell (112), Geoff Henderson (160), Ryan McNeill (189) and Justin Wethington (heavyweight) recorded pins. Chuong Nguyen (119) scored a technical fall. And Matt Sutton (130) and Paul Crickard (135) won decisions.

Howard fans didn't have much to cheer about. But Mark Grinspoon (125) and Josh Tzuker scored pins.

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