Visitors teach Rams tough lessons Wrestling

January 23, 1993|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Randallstown coach Jeff Langrehr said he was more concerned about getting his wrestling team ready for the state tournament than he was about winning last night's tri-match.

In that regard, it was mission accomplished.

The Rams (7-1) butted heads with two premier out-of-state schools and landed squarely on their backs. Randallstown dropped its opener with two-time defending state champion St. Mark's of Wilmington, Del., 41-22, before falling to Hanover High of Pennsylvania, 49-12.

"We scheduled these teams for one reason and that was to toughen up our schedule," said Langrehr, whose team captured county and region titles last season, only to finish fourth in the states. "We had a certain amount of matches handed to us last year and we found ourselves having to really turn up the knobs for the states."

It was all or nothing for the Rams in their match against St. Mark's, with the majority of Randallstown's team points coming on pins.

Sophomore Wayne Lucas (119) gave the hosts their first six points when he pinned the Spartans'Randy Nowell with 10 seconds left in the second period.

Defending state champion Johnny Montgomery (152) made it a 28-12 contest when he pinned Adam Pietlock with 27 seconds left in the second period and Kent Morrison pinned Phil Manolakas in the 160-pound weight class.

The Rams only other team points came in the heavyweight bout when senior Jevon Dolan manhandled Rick Houck for six minutes en route to a 9-0 decision.

Randallstown 125-pound senior Greg Wilson had to face defending Delaware state champion Kevin Butswinkas. Wilson managed to escape Butswinkas much of the first period before being pinned at 3:04.

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