Patterson helps No. 5 Old Mill rally past 4th-ranked Eagles

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

Old Mill's Don Patterson (189 pounds) pinned North Hagerstown's Nathan Reel in 1:35, as the No. 5 Patriots dethroned host and No. 4 Francis Scott Key, 183-178.5, in the Eagles' 26th annual wrestling tournament last night.

Patterson, a junior, improved to 10-3 with his eighth pin of the year, pulling the Patriots from a 178.5-177 deficit.

"One of my teammates told me I need to win for us to win," Patterson said. "You always feel good about doing well for your team."

The Patriots, ranked No. 9 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, also had champs in No. 3 Jason Bryant (112, 11-1), Shawn Radford (119, 9-2). Nine other wrestlers placed in the top four.

The Patriots had a 6-5 advantage in head-to-head bouts against the Eagles, who had five champs.

"We won it in the wrestle-backs," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe. "We're still young, and we needed something like this. It was tough, though."

Champs for the Eagles, ranked No. 4 by the MSWA, were Ryan Etzler (103, 8-1), Steve Lessard (125, 9-2), top-ranked defending state champ Randy Owings (135, 8-0), No. 5 Chris Beale (140, 9-2) and No. 5 Zac Yinger (145, 10-1).

Owings, an All-Metro pick, and Beale (seven pins) became three-time tournament champs, while Lessard and Yinger (seven pins) each were two-time champs. Yinger was voted the Outstanding Wrestler.

"It's kind of a bittersweet win," said Yinger, who decked three opponents, including Old Mill's Mike DeLeonardi (12-3) in 21 seconds. "We looked OK, but it would have been nice to have won the whole thing."

Woodlawn's No. 2-ranked defending state champ Darrel Mance (Hvy, 9-0) won his second straight crown on a pin and a technical fall.

His 152-pound teammate, Mykol Thomas (10-1, eight pins), decked all three opponents, including county champ Mike Hines (Old Mill) and Catoctin's Danny Whipp (8-2).

Bel Air's Matt Birth (130, 9-3) won three bouts by a combined 29-9 to repeat as champ.

Old Mill's Bryant got his seventh and eighth pins of the season -- both in the first period.

Radford had a pin and decisioned two wrestlers by a combined 23-1, including North Hagerstown's Forrest Stouffer (6-1, five pins).

For the Eagles, Etzler's title bout pin in 4:41 -- his third of the day -- came over Woodlawn's No. 5 David Plack (9-1, five pins).

Lessard had a pin and decisions over last year's champ, Mike Harris (Catoctin) and John Carroll champ Matt Carlsen (Bel Air).

Beale pinned last year's runner-up, Jon Starkey (North Hagerstown), in 5:41 of their title bout.

Trailing, 146.5-140.5, entering the consolation final round, the Patriots emerged with a 166-152.5 lead on third-place efforts by David Bryant (125), Nick Basta (130), Tim Patterson (135), Dave Basta (140), Mike Hines (152) and Jason Athanas (160).

Both Hines (a pin) and Athanas (a decision) beat Eagles wrestlers in that round, which also featured a flagrant misconduct team point deduction from the Eagles.

Overall, Eagles coach Bill Hyson was pleased with the tournament.

"Catoctin was much improved and North Hagerstown had some kids who did well," said Hyson, whose team had won the crown two straight times.

"Old Mill was in this a couple of years ago. This is part of an effort to upgrade our schedule and to upgrade our tournament. We decided it would be a good decision to bring in Old Mill, based on what it would do for our kids."

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