Forest Park, Dunbar put 2 into state meet

February 28, 1993|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Contributing writer

Injuries played major roles in the fortunes of Forest Park's Pierre Ford and Omar Villanova at the Class 2A-1A, Region III wrestling tournament at Hammond High School yesterday.

Baltimore placed two wrestlers in the finals, but it was Anne Arundel County's Northeast High that stole the show. The sixth-ranked Eagles captured six individual regional titles, with the Kusick twins and Grunder brothers leading the way with championship wins, to rack up a meet-high 157 points.

Host Hammond finished a distant second with 112.5 points. Dunbar finished eighth with 43 points, and Forest Park had 26.

Forest Park's Ford was the top seed at 152 pounds with a 29-0 record. But after an opening-round victory, Ford was upset by Northeast's Bill Katzenberger, 7-4, in the semifinals.

The Forest Park senior injured his left shoulder in a consolation victory and had to withdraw from a consolation final against Oakland Mills' Geoff Henderson. By finishing fourth, however, Ford qualified for next weekend's state championship tournament at Western Maryland.

Villanova, a 189-pounder, benefitted from Northeast's Ken Fowler's pinched nerve, advancing to the championship final against Wilde Lake's Nate Casella, ranked sixth in the state.

Casella, a senior and two-time regional champion, scored a 10-3 decision.

Mike Kusick joined his twin brother Marty (103 pounds) in the winner's circle. Kusick, top-seeded at 112 pounds and ranked second in the state, earned his first regional title with a 16-1

technical fall over Dunbar's Bruce Pendles.

Joining Pendles in advancing to the state tournament is Poets teammate Martius Harding (24-6), who finished third at 160.

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