Disappointing finish for Hammond Scorpions' Seidman defeated in final

March 08, 1993|By Lem Satterfield and Bill Free | Lem Satterfield and Bill Free,Staff Writers

Hammond coach Bill Smith had hoped to finish among the top five in the state 2A-1A tournament over the weekend.

Instead, the Bears and Oakland Mills staged a battle with Rising Sun for 10th place. Rising Sun (32 points) edged Hammond by a half-point and Oakland Mills by a point.

Only two of Hammond's eight wrestlers placed.

Hammond's county champ, Josh Stokes (145, 31-9), pinned his first opponent in 30 seconds before losing an 8-7 quarterfinal decision. He settled for fourth place, losing a 2-0 consolation final decision to Northeast's Jason Grunder.

Teammate Erin Woodward (140, 29-5) gave Smithsburg's top-ranked Doug Batey (30-0), the eventual champ, all he could handle before losing, 6-4, in the quarterfinals. Woodward went unbeaten in histhree consolation-round matches, including a 3-2 victory over Overlea's John Fields (29-4) for third place.

Oakland Mills' No. 2-ranked Adam Seidman (140, 32-2) fell short of his bid for a state title, losing, 8-0, to Batey.

Still, Seidman ends his high school career as the county's winningest wrestler at 123-14. Only the third wrestler to win four county titles, Seidman -- who is still recovering from a broken thumb -- scored a first-period pin and two decisions to reach the title bout.

His teammate, Geoff Henderson (152), crushed the Region I champ, Jaysson Echoltz of Westmar, 11-1, before losing an overtime semifinal decision to Loch Raven's sixth-ranked Mike Brammer (32-3).

Henderson battled back for third place, winning, 3-1, in overtime over Rockville's fourth-ranked John King. His effort was a surprise since he placed third in Region III a week earlier, where King was the champ.

"We had a respectable showing for our program," said Scorpions coach Steve Carnahan. "You always want more, but we should be satisfied with this."

Wilde Lake's fifth-ranked Mike Green (171, 29-4), who was third in last year's state tournament, was fourth this year after losing a pair of two-point matches to J. M. Bennett's third-ranked Ken Farrell (29-1), the eventual runner-up, and North Carroll's fourth-ranked Chris Boog (31-1).

The Wildecats (14 points) faded from ninth to 23rd after three-time county champ Nate Casella (189) had his points nullified for flagrant misconduct.

The infraction occurred after Casella lost his bid for third place, 3-2, to Emelio Baldwin (22-1) of Cecil County's North East. The penalty was for what coach Rich Jackson called "unintentional" contact with the referee before leaving the mat.

"I don't condone Nate's language, but he was frustrated after his semifinal match," said Jackson, referring to a 4-3 loss to Owings Mill's No. 3-ranked Ed Overton (34-2).

Overton was disqualified for stalling in his title bout with )R three-time state champ Kris Kretsinger of Smithsburg.

"He [Overton] stalled the same way against Nate. I just wish they were consistent," said Jackson.

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