No. 12 Owings Mills stays perfect with 45-13 win

January 12, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

His team has just two seniors, but Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker's 12th-ranked Eagles wrestled like seasoned veterans in last night's 45-13 victory over Towson.

"The thing that scares me is that they're so young," said Towson coach Glen Hyman, whose Generals were 24 points in the hole before the match started, on forfeits at 119 pounds, 125, 189 and heavyweight.

"We've run into some bad luck lately in giving up those forfeits," Hyman said. "But the way we looked, it might not have made a difference."

Towson (3-3, 2-2), which earlier lost to 1A-2A Division II leader Hereford, won four of the nine bouts that were wrestled. The Generals were in third place in the league entering the match, which improved Owings Mills to 4-0 in the league and 7-0 overall.

Towson got decisions from Ryan Haden (103, 11-2), Ken Knapp (145) and Mark Mavrophilipos (152), and a major decision by fourth-ranked Pat Macleod (171, 15-0). Knapp, a 2-1 winner, overcame a 1-0 deficit with his second-period reversal of Paul Schulman (7-3), and Mavrophilipos' 7-6 win came over Josh Ezrine, who was wrestling in his first varsity match.

Muscular sophomore Damon Holmes (160, 8-2), a surprisingly talented second-year wrestler, put the match mathematically out of reach, 33-9, by winning the night's best bout, 11-7, over Towson's Josh Perloff (8-4).

"I thought some of the middle matches could have been closer, but our guys made some bad decisions," said Macleod, who has six pins.

Haden gave Towson a short-lived 3-0 lead before the Eagles swept the next six matches for a 30-3 lead, including pins by junior Josh Ellin (112, 9-1) and senior Victor Saez (140, 9-1).

Adam Fink (119) and Grant Ohler (125) received forfeits, and freshman Steve Kessler (130, 10-0) and Stan Leazer (135, 10-0) won decisions. Kessler's 2-1 victory over Josh Fastie came on a third-period reversal, and Leazer used four takedowns in his 12-6 victory over Vince Kerner (10-4).

Kessler's older brothers, Greg and Kevin, won four state titles between them. Greg, visiting from Rider College, watched from the stands with the youngest Kessler, Mike, 6.

"My brother inspires me to do well, but this was my toughest match of the year," Steve said. "Being in front of my home crowd for the first time, I just wasn't finishing my moves well. I wasn't in the zone that I'm usually in."

About half of the Eagles' wrestlers are alumni of Owings Mills' junior league recreation program, with the others having gained experience in one program or another.

"I thought we looked very good tonight -- and most of all, we wrestled competitively," Pritzker said. "When you're looking for a good dual-meet team, it's one that doesn't give up pins, wrestles tough and never quits. Tonight, I think we did that."

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