Owings Mills takes third Overton leads way at Gilman Duals

January 31, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

As a Carver junior last year, Ed Overton was at home on some of the most dangerous street corners of Baltimore.

Now at Owings Mills, Overton (189 pounds, 19-1) is sixth-ranked, feels at home on the wrestling mats and is most dangerous when cornered.

In yesterday's Gilman Duals, he was as good as gold. Overton trailed 1-0 when his second-period pin of Riverdale Baptist's No. 2-ranked Marcus Foran lifted the Eagles (14-1) to a third-place finish.

It was the 11th pin for Overton, who was joined as a gold medalist by top-ranked, two-time state champion teammates Gregg Kessler (135, 20-0) and Grant Johnson (171, 20-0).

"I used to be into some pretty bad stuff, but Mr. [Cornell] Bass helped to turn me around," said Overton, referring to the director of the Northwest Wrestling Club, with whom he lives.

The Eagles' finish was considered an upset, because the Crusaders were the Maryland State Wrestling Association's top-ranked team.

The Eagles, ranked No. 5 by the MSWA, were first-round 35-21 winners over No. 8 Gilman (7-3), but lost, 38-17, to semifinal opponent and eventual champ Blair Academy (N.J.).

Blair won the title, 30-25, over three-time champ St. Mark's (Del.).

Gilman dropped its second match, 40-25, to Oxford, but rebounded for seventh place with a 32-27 win over DeMatha, the MSWA's 10th-ranked team. The Greyhounds yielded a 189-pound forfeit, but sandwiched around it clutch decisions by Jamie Biddison (171) and heavyweight David Shapiro to win.

Gilman's third-ranked Gerard Harrison (119, 23-0) was a gold medalist, and teammate Mark Shavers (160) went unbeaten to DTC take the silver medal. Harrison nailed his 11th and 12th pins along with a major decision, and Shavers had a pin, a decision and a forfeit.

Victor Saez (125) was a bronze medalist for Owings Mills.

Johnson won another marquee match, 8-3, over National Prep tournament runner-up John Leonardis of Blair. Leonardis, frustrated, even was penalized for throwing a punch.

"I'm kind of fighting off a cold right now, so I'm not physically at my strongest," said Johnson, an All-American. "Today was a challenge because I had to be more slick, pace myself and be patient."

"I was totally shocked by our performance today," said Kessler, who placed first as a sophomore, second as a freshman and third as a junior. "Today, I'm thoroughly pleased."

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