Eagles no match for Wildecats Wilde Lake wins with ease, 51-13 Wrestling

February 05, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Wilde Lake's wrestlers, catching youth-laden Centennial coming off a hard-fought 32-24 loss to Oakland Mills, pummeled the Eagles back to reality.

The Wildecats, a more seasoned wrestling squad, dominated host Centennial with five pins and one technical fall en route to a 51-13 Howard County dual-meet victory yesterday.

Wilde Lake improved to 9-3, 3-2 in county dual outings, and Centennial fell to 4-8, 1-4.

"I expected a tougher match because I heard what they did to Oakland Mills," Wilde Lake coach Richard Jackson said. "We were in better shape and maybe they were a little flat. I don't want to take anything away from them and we didn't take them for granted, but we were really ready tonight."

Centennial coach Todd DeCrispino: "Even though we got beat, I'm still pleased. We didn't do terribly bad. I had freshmen going against returning county champs."

Centennial senior Bill Chedester's pin of sophomore Thuy Doan (135) at 5:04 tied the match, 13-13. Chedester improved to 15-4 ** this season. But the Wildecats then beat up on the Eagles -- who are weaker at the heavier weights -- scoring the match's remaining 38 points.

First, Wilde Lake seniors Tony Crawford (140) and Silvester Briggs-Hall (145) recorded pins, giving the Wildecats a 25-13 edge.

Crawford, who placed in states last year, pinned sophomore John Wallace with a cradle at 1:10. Briggs-Hall improved to 15-5 with a headlock at 1:03.

Wildecats sophomore Richard Jackson responded with a clutch win at 152. Down 3-1 after two periods, he recorded an escape and takedown to defeat sophomore Nischom Silverman, 4-3.

Wilde Lake seniors Robert McGrain (160) and Nate Casella (189), and junior Mike Green (171) won easily in the final weights before Centennial forfeited heavyweight.

McGrain improved to 10-5 with an 18-3 technical fall over junior Anthony DePietro. Green's "double grapevine" pinned sophomore Dak Wasson (:49) and Casella's "bear hug" did likewise to freshman Joon Kim (:23).

Green (18-2) and Casella (17-2), county and regional champs at 160 and 171 last season, have a friendly wager over who can administer the fastest pin.

"It's a little game we play," Casella said. "Right now, we're tied, 1-1, so I've got to come away with the next wins in our final two matches."

Wilde Lake concludes the regular season with matches against Atholton and Howard, before vying for the county championship at Atholton on Feb. 19-20.

"We should be healthy by the time the countys come around," Jackson said. "If we come out of the last two matches healthy, we'll be OK."

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