Aberdeen extends tourney reign to 9 Harford County wrestling championships

February 22, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Juniors Frank Johnson and Chad Gurrera scored overtime takedowns to earn individual titles and help Aberdeen High School to its ninth consecutive Harford County wrestling championships at Havre de Grace High School Saturday night.

Johnson (20-4) got a 3-1 decision over Brian McCarthy of NTC Joppatowne at 130, and Gurrera defeated Fallston's Max Dodd, 7-5. Johnson, a semifinal loser to McCarthy at 119 in this tournament last year, forced the overtime with a point-matching escape.

Gurrera got by Dodd, a senior who won at 145 pounds last year. It marked the second time Gurrera had beaten Dodd this year after losing to him twice last season, including a 3-0 decision in the title match.

The 130-pound match was the best of the final round. Johnson (20-4) said he thought he was stronger on his feet than in the past and McCarthy admitted he needed to be more aggressive. "And he [Johnson] has gotten a lot better since last year."

The two Aberdeen representatives were joined as titlists by teammates Zack Fowl (119), Kit Doran (140), Chris Allen (189), and Aaron Wanless, heavyweight. Fowl and Wanless are seniors, and Allen is a junior. Doran, a sophomore, was the only champion to pin each of his three opponents, making the quickest work of Bel Air's Ken Storck in 1 minute, 13 seconds in the final.

The Eagles, who claimed two seconds and two fourths in getting a place-winner in all but three of the 13 weight classes, finished with 188 1/2 points, followed by Bel Air (113 1/2 ), North Harford (104 1/2 ) and Fallston (101) in the nine-team field.

For Fowl (26-0 this season, 111-10 for his career), it was his third straight county title and the first step to his

third successive regional and state championships.

In addition to Fowl, Dave Schmidt, a C. Milton Wright freshman, and Brandon Moore, a North Harford senior, remained unbeaten against county opponents.

On the year, Schmidt, a nine-year wrestling veteran who moved here from Indiana a year ago, is 22-3, and Moore is 23-2. Moore met Wright's Vince Tucciarella, a junior, in a final for the second straight year, winning this time, 8-5.

Edgewood senior Minh Dang, the 119 winner a year ago, took the 125-pound title, overwhelming Bel Air sophomore Matt Birth, 17-3.

Seniors also won the other four titles -- Anthony Pasko of Bel Air at 135; Kevin Barnaba of Fallston at 145; Jason Snyder of Harford Tech at 160 and Tim Beack of Edgewood at 171.

Top 15

1. Mount St. Joseph (12-0) 105

2. North Carroll (13-0) 94

3. Old Mill (12-1) 80

4. Owings Mills (14-1) 76

5. Francis Scott Key (12-1) 63

6. Northeast (12-1) 61

7. Randallstown (10-3) 60

tie. Hammond (11-1) 60

9. Boys' Latin (11-1) 56

10. Gilman (7-3) 46

11. Aberdeen (10-1) 36

12. Arundel (11-3) 27

tie. Dundalk (12-1) 27

14. Walbrook (12-0) 14

15. Oakland Mills (6-6) 10

Other teams receiving votes, with record and points in parentheses: Chesapeake-AA (8-5, 3), Franklin (4-6, 3), Wilde Lake (9-3, 1), EVT (8-4, 1), Howard (11-4, 1).

How the poll is conducted: The members of The Baltimore Sun's board of coaches for the 1992 season are: Dick Slutzky, Aberdeen; John Mayberry, Broadneck; Steve Carnahan, Oakland Mills; Dick Bauerlein, North Carroll; Jeff Langrehr, Randallstown; Paul Triplett; Mount St. Joseph; Lem Satterfield, The Baltimore Sun.

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