3 from Harford crowned champs in region meets

March 01, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Form was in control at the Class 2A-1A, Region II wrestling tournament at Fallston Saturday, as 10 top seeds and three second seeds claimed individual titles, and Owings Mills won the team championship.

Brian McCarthy (125), a Joppatowne senior, and David Schimmel (130), an Edgewood sophomore, were Harford County's only champions in the 16-team program that involved Baltimore and Harford county schools. Of eight other Harford finalists, Fallston's Kevin Barnaba and Max Dodd were overtime losers.

In the Class 4A-3A, Region I tournament at Randallstown, Zack Fowl, a 119-pounder, won his third regional title as Aberdeen placed second in the team race for the second straight year, 108 to 147 for the host school.

Aberdeen had two other finalists. Frank Johnson (22-5) was pinned by Franklin's Jerry Hudson (29-0) in 1:34 at 130 pounds, and Kit Doran (24-8), the top seed, lost to Brian Yoakum of Perry Hall, 7-4, at 140.

McCarthy, county runner-up at 130 and seeded No. 1, used a first-period takedown as a springboard to an 8-4 championship victory over Edgewood's Minh Dang, top-ranked in the state at 125, in the best match of the 2A-1A slate.

McCarthy, who had lost to Dang twice in the past, got a mental lift in his semifinal with a 13-1 decision over Cory Setlen of Pikesville. Setlen was last year's 2A-1A state champion at 119 pounds.

"When I beat him, and I knew Minh had had a tough semifinal [a 4-2 decision over Owings Mills' Victor Saez], I thought things were going my way," McCarthy said. "The two earlier times I lost to Minh, I was ahead on points during the match, but he's such a great wrestler. . . ."

This time, McCarthy, ranked fifth in the state while compiling a record of 28-4 at 125 and 130, was able to stay in control throughout, a third-period takedown and near-fall turning out to be the margin of victory.

Schimmel was not overly confident of his chances going into the regional. "I had just lost a couple I shouldn't have [including one in the county meet, where he placed third], and I didn't think I'd do as well as I did," Schimmel said.

"Once I won a match [a technical fall over Owings Mills' David Miller], it helped my confidence." In the final against Milford Mill's James Phillips, "he kept pulling me in, so I let him do it, then turned him over." The pin came at 3:06.

Seniors Gregg Kessler (135 pounds) and Grant Johnson (171 pounds), each a two-time state champion, recorded final-round pins to lead Owings Mills. The Eagles finished with 152 1/2 points, getting four champions (Adam Fink at 112 and Ed Overton at 189 were the others), three runners-up and three other place-winners among the 13 classes.

Champions John Stanley at 103 and John Fields at 140 helped Overlea finish second in the team race with 106 1/2 . Edgewood was fourth, topping the Harford teams with 71 1/2 points.

At Randallstown, Fowl (28-0), a two-time defending state champion, put on a clinic while pinning Wayne Gast of EVT at 3:19. Gast was a regional champion and state runner-up last year.

Fowl, ranked first in the state and seeded second here, quickly jumped to a 5-0 lead, and, pulling off moves that drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd, stretched the lead to 12-3 before the end.

Bel Air, with two thirds and a fourth, placed 11th among the 22 teams with 42 1/2 points, and C. Milton Wright, with a fourth, tied for 14th.

For Bel Air, Bryan Stewart (130) and Anthony Pasko (135) earned thirds and Ryan Zimmerman (103) a fourth. Wright's Ethan Kushner (152) finished fourth.

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