Randallstown beats Dundalk, Milford Mill Rams tie for 1st in county 4A-3A

February 11, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

No. 10 Randallstown needed its match with No. 11 Dundalk to be clinched before the heavyweight bout for a big reason: the Owls' 275-pound Don Forbes.

But the Rams (10-3, 9-1), who eventually won, 34-28, trailed for the entire match until getting a pin by Kent Morrison (160, 20-3), a decision by Jerry Thomas (171) and a major decision from Rob McKnight (189) to lead 34-24.

Their efforts in the first match of the tri-meet at Milford Mill rendered moot Forbes' 10-1 decision of Jevon Dolan and moved the Rams into a season-ending, first-place tie in the county's 4A-3A league.

The Rams won, 55-10, over Milford Mill (2-8), and Dundalk beat the Millers, 54-17.

Milford Mill's third-ranked Gary Harris (19-0, 10 pins), a defending county and regional champion, notched a pin and a 16-2 decision.

"I was thinking, 'I've got to pin this clown,' and I wanted to redeem myself from Saturday's [Friends tournament], where I was winning 8-0 and got pinned," said Morrison, whose 17th pin gave the Rams their first lead, 27-24, with three bouts left.

"Rob McKnight's the man. He beat a guy who beat his brother [Richard] last year," said Randallstown coach Jeff Langrehr, whose Rams handed Dundalk (12-1, 9-1) its first loss.

The Owls led 12-0 after Dan Simancek (103, 17-5) planted his foe in 1:12, and Jason Smith (112) did the same in 3:13. But Randallstown took the next three bouts to tie the match at 12.

Wayne Lucas (119) overcame a 2-0 deficit against Joe Marshall (14-10) with his second-period pin before teammates Greg Wilson (125) and Brandon Grodnitzky (130) earned decisions.

"I thought we could win the first four matches," said Dundalk coach Bob Hutsler. "Losing that one [119-pound match], I think, was the turning point."

Dan Dehn (135, 17-6) put the Owls up 18-12 with his first-period pin, but it was 18-17 after Brandon's twin, Justin (140, 25-5), bumped up a weight class to score a 16-0 technical fall over Bobby Hurley (17-6).

"Coach just thought I'd beat him, I wasn't looking for the technical or the pin," said Justin. "I was up for the match for the whole week, I knew I was going to wrestle Hurley no matter where he went."

Defending state champions took the mat in the next two bouts, after which Randallstown still trailed 24-21. Dundalk's second-ranked Rick Staab (145, 23-0) nailed his 16th pin in 2:24. Randallstown's third-ranked Johnny Montgomery (152, 23-3) nearly pinned Eric Cuppett (16-5) in the first period; Cuppett survived but lost, 11-4.

"This shows that if we work together as a team, we can accomplish anything," said Morrison. "This is our last match before the county tournaments, and we need to get ready for that."

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