Hammond edges Northern to win Seahawk Invitational

January 30, 1994|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Howard County produced five individual champions, and Hammond won the team title at the Seahawk Invitational Wrestling Tournament at South River yesterday.

The Bears had three individual champions to help them edge second-place Northern of Calvert County by 9 1/2 points.

Hammond pulled out two wins in a row at 112 and 119 pounds. Mike Chang got the 112-pound title with a late reversal on Bruce Bevard of Northern. Josh Zillmer won at 119 on a 7-4 decision over Gary Hottle of Northern.

Chris Williams won Hammond's third title with an 8-7 thriller at 152. Williams scored a takedown with less than a minute to go to pull ahead for good.

Rick Trott of Atholton claimed the 160-pound title. Trott rallied in the third period when Calvert's David Robbins was called for an illegal grip. Trott followed with a takedown and an escape for a 6-3 win.

Wilde Lake's Carlo Gerstenfeld ended the competition with a 5-1 win in the heavyweight bout over Pedro Barbosa of Hammond.

Eric Miller got things going on a positive note for Northern when he won the night's first championship at 103 pounds. Miller took an 11-10 decision over Gene Reid of South River on a reversal with 17 seconds left in the bout to break a 9-9 tie.

Northern earned its second championship five matches later when Aaron McGowan scored an overtime win over Dan Proulx of Hammond at 140. At 189, Northern's Bernie Apshago decisioned Lackey's Scott Supulski, 7-3.

Southern's Tyrone Neal (125) trounced Calvert's Shawn Poore in 5:21. He used a takedown, reversal and five near falls to get the technical fall.

Lackey won its first title at 130 when Keith Wood pinned South River's Jamie Reid in 2:37. That was followed by a win at 145 by Ryan Hersey on a 9-4 decision. Nathan Kmieciak won the 171-pound title with a 5-3 decision over Wilde Lake's Mike Green. Laurel's Sid Billups claimed the 135-pound title, defeating Hammond's Brian Law, 10-2. Billups scored five points in the first period and never looked back.

Overlea Tournament

Although no team points were kept in the tournament, No. 9 Perry Hall (11-0) proved itself the top dog with the most champs in the 12-team field for the second straight year.

With champs in sixth-ranked Nick Sidiropoulos (103 pounds, 16-0), fourth-ranked Steve Boothe (125, 15-2) and Rich Hanzevach (135, 16-0), the Gators were one shy of last year's total.

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