Howard gets a grip on Glenelg, 51-15

February 03, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Howard wrestler John Wiland would like to thank Oakland Mills.

The way Wiland tells it, two weeks ago the Lions were feeling pretty good about themselves with a 6-1 record, but a record piled up against weak competition. Then, Oakland Mills crashed their party with a 45-18 rout.

"We got a little sloppy after getting all those easy wins, and Oakland Mills made everybody realize we still have to work hard," Wiland said. "We're still not at a championship level."

Last night, it was Howard's turn to hurt someone. After spotting the visiting Gladiators an early lead, Howard kicked into gear by winning seven of the last eight matches to run away with a 51-15 victory.

Howard improved to 9-2 and dropped Glenelg to 0-10-1, but the victory really amounted to a tuneup for the rough part of Howard's schedule. Next week, the Lions will find out just how far they have come, when they conclude their regular season against powerhouses Hammond and Wilde Lake.

The Lions made an impression on Glenelg coach Jeff Kent. After falling behind 13-6, Howard reeled off six pins, a technical fall and a superior decision.

"Howard is a good, physical, aggressive bunch, and our kids have to learn that," Kent said. Glenelg's downfall started in the 130-pound bout. The Gladiators' Andy Marshall was in control with a 6-0 lead over Brian Eiphage midway through the second period, when Eiphage pounced on a mistake and pinned him with 15 seconds left. In addition, Marshall, visibly upset, was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. The match was tied at 12.

Curtis Bly (135) pinned Tate Fenner in the second period, Josh Tzuker (140) dominated Eric Daxon, 17-1, and Jason Shefrin (145) and Wiland (152) produced first-period pins to give Howard a 35-12 lead.

The Gladiators took a lead with a pin by Jeff Feaga (112), a superior decision by Steve Cho (119) and a 4-3 decision by Jamie Arnsmeyer (125) over Mark Grinspoon.

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