Regional titles elude Hammond Class 2A-1A wrestling

February 28, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

At the Class 2A-1A, Region III tournament yesterday at Hammond, Northeast of Anne Arundel County sported six champions in the 13 weight categories, topping Hammond, 157-112.5 for the title.

Following Hammond in the 15-team tourney was Rockville (102), Wilde Lake (86) and defending champion Oakland Mills (73).

Hammond, coming off its first Howard County title, left with no regional champions. Nevertheless, the Golden Bears placed two wrestlers in the finals and five in third place.

"I wouldn't say I'm satisfied, but I could be a lot more upset. It was a very tough tournament," said Hammond coach Bill Smith. "I'm not pleased with the finish, but I'm pleased with our team's performance."

Two of Smith's wrestlers couldn't prevail in Howard County's marquee, head-to-head title matchups.

At 140, Oakland Mills' Adam Seidman, the Maryland State Wrestling Association's No. 2 wrestler, defeated Erin Woodward, At 171, Wilde Lake's Mike Green, tied for sixth in the state, topped Mac Goudy by the same score. Seidman and Green, four-time and two-time county champions, respectively, both recorded their second regional titles.

In other championship matches with county implications, Wilde Lake's Nate Casella (189) beat Forest Park's Omar Villanova, 10-3; Rockville's Andy Stroud edged Oakland Mills' Justin Wethington in overtime, 5-4; and Northeast's Al Grunder decisioned Glenelg's Shawn Chaconas, 10-4.

Casella, rated sixth in the state, captured his second regional title.

"That's the toughest match I've wrestled in about a month," said Seidman of his bout with Woodward, who dropped from 145 for the regional meet. "Woodward has a strong upper body."

The top four wrestlers from each weight category were guaranteed spots in the state tournament at Western Maryland College on March 5-6.

Hammond was also buoyed by five third-place finishes:

Mike Chang (112), Danny Proulx (119), Brian Law (125), Josh Stokes (145) and Pat Brennan (189). Proulx defeated Mount Hebron's Scott Cooper, 6-2; Law, with a last-second escape, nipped Wilde Lake's Fennell Howell, 5-4; and Brennan dominated Oakland Mills' Ryan McNeil, 14-3.

Oakland Mills placed Juri Freeman (103) and Geoff Henderson (152) in third, a spot also reserved for Wilde Lake's Tony Crawford (140).

Other fourth-place finishers were Wilde Lakes's Rob McGrain (160) and Carlo Gerstenfeld (heavyweight).

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