Kenwood stuns field at tourney

January 09, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

As a surprise winner over Riverdale Baptist (121 points) -- the state's fifth-ranked team -- in yesterday's third annual Laker Invitational at Boys' Latin, champion Kenwood (128.5) raised one big question.

How did the powerful Bluebirds (5-1) -- who placed seven wrestlers in the top three with three champs and a runner-up -- ever lose to unheralded Franklin?

"That was just a bad day -- certainly not like this, which is shocking," said Kenwood's 18-year coach Len Patrick. "We've been working hard in the wrestling room and we've just gotten better and better."

The Bluebirds' champs were Terry Hagy (140 pounds, 11-1), Chuck Williams (160, 13-0) and George Benson (171, 11-2). Hagy got his fifth pin of the season 28 seconds into his title bout, and Benson overcame a 3-0 deficit with his pin of Southwestern's Darryl Parker.

Williams (10 pins) hung on to win, 6-2, after his four-point, third-period takedown overcame a 2-1 deficit against Friends' Matt Bonds (17-2, 12 pins). It was a rematch of their Pikesville tournament title bout, where he pinned Bonds.

"He didn't like being pinned, so I knew he wanted me badly," said Williams. "That's why I hate wrestling people twice."

Some expected Riverdale Baptist to walk away from the 11-team field. On a pin by Blaine Gasch (heavyweight, 6-1, five pins) two days earlier, the Crusaders (4-0) edged defending 1A-2A champ Northeast, 36-35.

The Crusaders' champs were Mike Torro (103, 22-4), Mike Pecha (112, 18-6), the Young twins, Josh (145, 25-1) and Jeremy (152, 24-1), and Josh Bender (189), with the Youngs setting a national record for victories by twins with 292.

But Gasch (233 pounds) lost his semifinal bout, 11-5, to Mervo's 275-pound Shawn Brodie (7-1, four pins). Brodie led last year's champ, Fred Krapf (Tatnall, Del.), 2-1, before being pinned in 4:15 of their title bout.

Third-place Mervo's McAnthony Thompson (130, 7-0) won, 6-3, over Archbishop Spalding's Jason Hardman (10-5).

"This proves that we can hang with some of the area's better teams," said Thompson, who has five pins for his 4-0 squad. "We should take the MSA B Conference."

Last year's Lakers won their own tournament with six champs, but this year's team (fifth) had only Ashley Harrison (119, 11-1, nine pins), who notched falls in 14 and 25 seconds and received a forfeit in his title bout.

Boys' Latin's Lev Galitzin (145, 4-1) avenged two losses before being pinned by Josh Young.

For St. Mary's (ninth), freshman Josh White (135, 15-4), a runner-up at Annapolis to Mount St. Joseph's David Inkman, pinned all three of his opponents to raise his fall total to seven. White pinned Kenwood's Rick Strong (11-2, nine pins) in 1:35 of their title bout.

Mervo's Wayne Lucas (125, 6-1) lost his title bout, 4-0, to Tatnall's Todd Danner (12-2, six pins). Danner, who also has three technical-fall victories, was fourth in the Delaware states last year.

The Crusaders had the most finalists (five), followed by Kenwood (four), but the competition was balanced with every team having at least one finalist.

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