EVT's Gast makes 'em cry uncle Owings Mills wins team title again Baltimore County wrestling

February 21, 1993|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Contributing Writer

Eastern Vo-Tech wrestling coach Joe Gast has a special interest in his 119-pound wrestler. He's also his uncle.

Yesterday, Wayne Gast kept the family happy, scoring an 11-2 decision over Jason Brown of Perry Hall to win his weight class in the 33rd annual Baltimore County Wrestling Tournament at Dundalk High.

Owings Mills scored 153 points, edging out Randallstown with 137.5, to win the team title for the second consecutive year.

"He's a little harder on me than he is on the other guys," said Wayne Gast of his uncle. "He calls my house and makes sure that I make weight."

Gast, who was the state Class 4A-3A runner-up last year, took over a tight match early in the second period to defeat Brown and win his first county wrestling title. He finished third last season.

"They told me he was aggressive, but I worked on him and he got tired in the second and third periods," said Gast. "I was pleased with my effort, but I think I need to work on my feet a little more before regionals."

In other matches, seventh seed Javin Rudolph of Randallstown upset top seed Shawn Kopalchick of Towson, 6-1, to win the 140-pound class. Kopalchick was a runner-up in last year's county championship.

Two-time state champion Greg Kessler of Owings Mills pinned Justin Grodnitzky of Randallstown at 135 pounds.

In a rematch of last year's final, Franklin's Jerry Hudson pinned Pikesville's Cory Setlin 3:21 into the match to win at 130.

Not to be outdone, brother Jimmy Hudson scored a 3-0 decision over Dulaney's Alex Leanos to win at 125 pounds.

At 103 pounds, Sean Groszkowski of Franklin gained control of Josh Ellin of Owings Mills to break at 2-2, and defeat Ellin, 4-2, 18 seconds into the second overtime. Ellin handed Groszkowski one of his previous two loses earlier in the year.

Milford Mill's Gary Harris, a two-time county champion, decisioned Perry Hall's Steve Boothe, 4-2, in the 112-pound division.

Dundalk's Rick Staab, a defending state Class 4A-3A champion, had little trouble disposing of Woodlawn's Mykol Thomas, 14-0, at 145.

Randallstown's John Montgomery decisioned Loch Raven's Mike Brammer, 5-0, to win at 152, while teammate Kent Morrison decisioned Hereford's Jesse Channel, 7-4, at 160. Channel was last year's state champion at 152.

At 171, top-seeded Grant Johnson of Owings Mills pinned Roy Collins of Hereford in the first period. Ed Overton of Owings Mills had little trouble with EVT's Derek Pittillo at 189, recording a 12-1 decision.

In the last match, Pikesville's Wayne Ezell executed an escape in the second overtime to defeat Woodlawn's Daryl Mance, 2-1.

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