Aberdeen wins 9th straight with romp over Wilde Lake

January 30, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Aberdeen got solid performances in the lower weight classes and went on to defeat visiting Wilde Lake last night, 45-12.

The win was the ninth in a row for Aberdeen (10-1) and saddled Wilde Lake (7-3) with its second straight loss.

Freshman Tim Wieczynski made it 2-for-2 since being promoted to the varsity, decisioning Talib Moreland, 11-3, at 103 pounds to get Aberdeen rolling. Sophomore Fred Merritt put down Josh Ho with a first-period pin, and freshman Scott Schaffer won on a decision.

The Eagles went on to win the first nine bouts, building a 39-0 lead, before the Wilde Lake tri-captains swept at 160, 171 and 189 pounds.

"We got some great matches out of our young kids," Aberdeen coach Dick Slutzky said. "Merritt had been wrestling up a weight but he made a sacrifice to get down, and took over at 112.

"Getting those performances took the heat off the others, because we knew they were strong in several places."

That strength showed when Rob McGrain, Mike Green (17-1) andNate Casella (16-1) registered successive decisions at 160, 171, and 189.

"Our problem this week was not being able to have practice until Thursday, because the school gave the students time off to study for exams and there were no practices or outside competitions," Wilde Lake coach Richard Jackson said.

"Actually, we probably match up better with Aberdeen than Oakland Mills [Oakland Mills, which defeated Wilde Lake, 33-23, lost to Aberdeen, 39-21]. Still, no matter who we would have wrestled after five days off and one practice, we wouldn't have done any better.

"If they had stayed home and studied, it wouldn't have been so bad, but they were visiting friends, or at the mall, or something else."

Two of the night's wrestlers carry state rankings: Aberdeen's Zack Fowl is No. 1 at 119 and Casella is No. 5 at 189. Fowl, at 125, pinned Darrice Green, and Casella beat Chris Allen, 8-0.

Aberdeen senior Dave Mumpower (13-4) had the fastest of the program's four pins, nailing Tom Mazzo in 20 seconds at 135 pounds.

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