Eastern Tech roars past rival Kenwood

January 28, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

What should have been a fierce battle of Stemmers Run Road last night at No. 14 Kenwood turned into a lopsided 45-22 Baltimore County 3A-4A League victory for No. 11 Eastern Tech.

Before a gymnasium of screaming fans, the visiting Mavericks (8-1, 5-1) led 30-0, including two forfeits, in a rivalry between schools within a mile of each other.

Eastern Tech retained second place in the conference standings and solidified its North Region runner-up position behind No. 9 Perry Hall in the race to qualify for the inaugural dual-meet state tournament.

Trailing 36-12 after a second-period fall by Eastern Tech's Fred Zais (152 pounds, 12-3), Kenwood (6-4, 3-2) needed falls in its remaining bouts for a tie.

But it was mathematically over, 36-16, after fourth-ranked Chuck Williams (160, 18-0, 12 pins) scored only three back points in a 16-8 decision over Eastern Tech's Rex Marshall (12-3).

Williams, who has four forfeit victories, went the distance for only the second time.

Marshall's effort motivated Jason Sergotick (171, 5-5) to an upset 4-3 win over George Benson (12-6), and teammate Adam Rhea (189) earned a pin in 3:18.

Kenwood heavyweight Billy Calvert overcame a 7-1 deficit to pin Jamie Blankenship (9-5).

"Rex wanted to give him a match, and he wrestled very well," Mavericks coach Joe Gast said. "That was a very good effort. This team is getting better and better."

Before Terry Hagy (140, 14-2) and Warren Burke (145, 15-3) scored consecutive pins for Kenwood, the Mavericks won six straight bouts, including tight ones at 103 and 135.

Matt Jones (11-4) beat Brad Thomas, 10-9, and Joe Scruggs (135, 12-3) won, 16-10, over Rick Strong (14-4).

"We lost a lot of critical matches, and that really made the whole team get down," Burke said.

After the Mavericks took a forfeit win at 112 pounds, sixth-ranked Joe Catlin (119, 15-0) scored nine takedowns before nailing his seventh fall of the season in 5:19, Brian Nagle (125, 14-1) pinned in 3:34, and Ryan Dolly (130) received a forfeit for Eastern Tech.

Catlin's 39 career takedowns are five shy of the school record.

"I thought we'd get a lead on them, but not that big," Catlin said. "Our lightweights are strong anyway, but that 112 match really helped."

The Bluebirds entered the week tied for third place in the North Region with Franklin, ahead of South Carroll and Howard, but lost, 47-18, Tuesday to Perry Hall, an earlier winner over Eastern Tech.

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