Rider, Perry Hall pin down first place

January 26, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

If No. 9 Perry Hall's 135-pound junior Luke Rider never wrestles another varsity match, coach Al Miller may just have to give him a varsity letter anyway.

Rider (2-0) got his second straight first-period pin in only his second varsity match, igniting the Gators in last night's surprisingly easy 47-18 Baltimore County 3A-4A league victory at No. 14 Kenwood.

The win moves Perry Hall (10-0, 4-0) into sole possession of first place. Kenwood (6-3, 3-1) dropped into a second-place tie with No. 11 Eastern Tech (6-1, 3-1).

The match was tied 12-12 after Kenwood yielded the forfeit to No. 4 Steve Boothe (125, 11-2), hoping for a 130-pound victory by moving up Chris Strong. But the strategy backfired as Rider continued the Gators' six-bout sweep, ending with Austin Kim's sixth pin of the year at 152 for a 34-12 lead.

"The difference for us is always in the middle, where we're prettystrong," said regional champ Brian Yoakum (145, 11-2), whose second-period takedown stood for a 4-2 victory over Warren Burke (14-3).

"They were tough matches, but that's where we unleashed our power."

Kenwood still could have won with pins in the final four bouts, and fourth-ranked Chuck Williams (160, 17-0) made it 34-18 with his 12th fall of the season. But the Gators got a 3-1 decision from Joe Farinetti (171, 12-1) over George Benson (12-5), the 11th pin of the year by Jeff Taylor (189, 13-1), and heavyweight Jesse Moore's major decision. Taylor's match lasted 38 seconds.

"I wasn't worried at all about the match," said Rider, who had a 40- second pin against Eastern Tech. "People have been saying I'm getting lucky, but I've wrestled junior leagues, so it's just that they don't know me yet."

In addition to 145, Kenwood lost tough bouts at 135 and 140. Rich Hanzevach (13-0) overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 14-6 over Rick Strong (14-3), outscoring Strong 7-2 in the second period. Steve Page (11-2) won 9-7 over Terry Hagy (13-2), overcoming a 7-6 deficit with three back-points in the final 40 seconds.

"We should have won those matches, but I think the week off hurt us," said Williams, referring to last week's canceled matches because of bad weather. "It seemed like our guys just didn't have enough."

The teams split the first four bouts. The Gators went up 6-0 after freshman Nick Sidiropoulos (103, 13-0) overcame a 2-0 deficit with his sixth pin of the season against Kenwood's Brad Thomas. But it was 12-6 Bluebirds after a first-period pin by Mike Hebert (112, 12-2) and a forfeit to Kenwood's Chris Schaub (119).

"We knew they were going to be tough, but we fell a couple points short in the key matches," said Trey Bernhardt, assistant to Kenwood's Len Patrick.

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