Perry Hall nails down three titles

January 30, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Although no team points were kept in yesterday's Overlea 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.

Boothe (10 pins) was a repeat champ, while runner-up Jeff Taylor (189, 16-2) and regional champ Brian Yoakum (145, 14-3) both were dethroned.

Taylor lost his title bout, 17-5, to Hereford's third-ranked Roy Collins (20-0, 11 pins), and Yoakum was third. Woodlawn and Dulaney had two champions each. Collins also had a first-round pin over Perry Hall's Brian Atwell, a champion last year.

Sidiropoulos (eight pins) edged Woodlawn's Dave Plack, 4-3, Boothe overcame a 2-0 deficit against Woodlawn's Keith Leister (12-5) to score his third tournament fall in as many bouts, and Hanzevach (eight pins) had two pins and a 16-4 decision.

"At the beginning of the season, I was told that I had limited chances of beating Plack," said Sidiropoulos, a freshman. "It was motivation for me."

The match between No. 5 John Fields (145, 19-0) and Curley's Adam Berk (9-2) was eagerly anticipated after Berk's 9-7 semifinal upset of Yoakum. But Fields wound up pinning Berk in 2:28 off a nice, high single-leg pick-up for his second straight title.

"I figured it would be Yoakum and I in the finals. It shocked me that he lost," said Fields, a regional champ who was fourth in the states. "I watched for [Berk's] duck-under [takedown,] but I figured it would be tougher than it was."

Woodlawn's sixth-ranked Mykol Thomas (152, 16-1, nine pins) outscored his opponents by a combined 22-5 to win the crown after being a runner-up to Fields last year.

Woodlawn's No. 2-ranked defending state champion heavyweight Darrel Mance (15-0) had a fall and outscored his other two opponents, 29-5, to win the tournament for the second straight year.

At 112, Dunbar's defending Baltimore City champ Bruce Pendles (10-1, eight pins) dethroned Dulaney's Mike Kassoulis (16-3, six pins) with his second technical fall of the tournament. A regional champ who placed fourth in last year's states, Pendles scored 12 of his 14 back-points in the final period.

In a replay of their Aberdeen Tournament title bout, Dulaney's Alex Leanos (130, 19-0) downed Curley's Tim Oakjones, 9-2. Leanos' teammate, Steve Carlino (140, 17-3), had a fall and outscored two others by a combined 20-8.

Sparrows Point's Mike Young (119, 14-2) earned his title on a fall, a technical fall and a 5-0 decision. Young has eight pins.

In his 13-7 victory, Carver's Robert Horton (160, 11-1) scored six points in the final 30 seconds, breaking a 7-7 tie against Overlea's Ray Clark (17-4). And North Harford's Paul Konschak (171) outlasted Perry Hall's Joe Farinetti (15-2) for a 4-1 overtime decision.

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