Owings Mills' Johnson wins for All-Stars

March 29, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

The honors just keep rolling in for Owings Mills' 171-pound All-American wrestler Grant Johnson.

In Saturday's Pittsburgh Post Gazette All-Star Classic at the University of Pittsburgh, the three-time Class 2A-1A state champ won, 3-1, over Pennsylvania state champ Damion Jones of Newport High to help the U.S. All-Stars to a 30-15 victory over Pennsylvania All-Stars.

The win over Jones raised the senior season record of The Baltimore Sun's 1992-1993 Wrestler of the Year to 38-0 with 29 pins and two technical falls. He has a 126-5 career record.

"I was pretty pump- ed up the first couple of minutes, and I got the takedown right off the bat," said Johnson, a three-time, first-team All-Metro pick who is being recruited by more than 25 Division I college programs.

Earlier this month, Johnson won his third straight state title. Three days later, he won the Outstanding Wrestler trophy in the Maryland State Wrestling Association's Senior All-Star Classic, beating Arundel's state champ, Greg Booth, 22-10, in the process.

"I'm not satisfied with the score [against Jones], but I'm all about winning," Johnson said. "There wasn't a whole lot of technique, but the score didn't show how much I controlled the match, physically."

Since earning All-America honors for placing in the top eight (seventh) of a summer national freestyle tournament, Johnson has been touted as a future Olympian by Owings Mills resident Cornell Bass, a college liaison for Maryland wrestlers.

Last weekend, Bass was named the National Wrestling Media Association's Publicist of the Year at the NCAA tournament in Iowa.

"I thought Grant looked real good," Bass said. "The other kid [Jones] was very defensive and just ran the whole time."

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