Kessler leads Owings Mills to title Class 2A-1A wrestling

February 28, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Gregg Kessler won his fourth straight regional wrestling crown and was one of four Owings Mills titlists, as the reigning Baltimore County champions captured the Class 2A-1A, Region II team championship at Fallston High School last night.

Kessler and Grant Johnson registered pins and Adam Fink and Ed Overton recorded decisions, as Owings Mills collected four titles from among its seven finalists.

In the process, the team totaled 152 1/2 points to 106 1/2 for runner-up Overlea. They were followed by Hereford 77; Edgewood 71 1/2 ; Joppatowne 63, and Pikesville, 62, in the 16-school tournament.

Kessler and Johnson are two-time state champions, with Kessler's latest work pushing his season's record to 30-0, including 20 pins, and 101-1 over the last three years.

Kessler needed just 1 minute, 43 seconds to pin Billy Smith of Harford Tech at 135 pounds, and Johnson put down Pat Beach of Edgewood in 3:47 at 171 pounds.

"Every match I go into I feel pressure," Kessler said. "I feel people are after me so I treat every one as though it was a state final." In the past, he won state titles at 125 and 130 pounds.

David Schimmel of Edgewood,third last week in the Harford County tournament, admitted he had lost a couple he shouldn't have, but an opening-round win here helped his confidence and he went on to record the only other pin of the championship round, stopping James Phillips of Milford Mill at 3:06 in their 130-pound match.

Baltimore County entries won all but two of the 13 classes, surrendering only to Brian McCarthy of Joppatowne, whose 8-4 win over Edgewood's top-ranked Minh Dang at 125 was the best match of the finals, and to Schimmel.

Among the other winners were Hereford's third-ranked and defending state champion, Jesse Channell at 160, and Loch Raven's regional winner of a year ago, Mike Brammer.

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