Johnson is an All-Star O. Mills wrestler 171-pound pick

March 04, 1993|By Lem Satterfield

Owings Mills' two-time All-Metro wrestler Grant Johnson yesterday was chosen the 171-pound pick for the U.S. All-Stars in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette Wrestling Classic later this month.

The event, to be held on March 27 at the University of Pittsburgh's field house, is the equivalent of basketball's Capitol Classic.

Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky, who last year became the state's first four-time state champ, participated in last year's event.

"We pick the best non-Pennsylvania wrestler in his weight class in the United States and he wrestles the highest rated senior in Pennsylvania, usually a state champion," said director Dick Macino, whose event has donated over $200,000 to Children's Hospital over the years.

"The event will be held after our state tournament," which takes place March 18-20.

The 19th annual classic begins with a preliminary match between non-state titlists from southwestern Pennsylvania and Wisconsin's All-Star team.

A two-time state champion and an All-American after placing seventh nationally over the summer, Johnson has many observers projecting him as a future Olympian.

His talents, as well as his B average and 990 Scholastic Aptitude Test score, have at least 25 colleges after him, including the Ivy League's University of Pennsylvania and Boston University.

Top-ranked Penn State, No. 3 Iowa State, Clarion, West Virginia and North Carolina State universities are among Johnson's top considerations.

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