Rising Sun makes practice pay

January 31, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Jason Townsend of Rising Sun reinforced his position as the state's best 160-pound wrestler and the Tigers showed the benefit of recent practice time, as they earned five individual titles in winning the team championship of the seven-school Edgewood Invitational tournament Saturday.

Townsend, a senior with a 79-0 record and two state titles at the Cecil County school, collected two of those wins with falls, the second in 45 seconds against Rex Marshall, an Eastern Vo Tech junior, in the championship pairing. It marked the first time Marshall had been pinned in three seasons.

Rising Sun finished with 207 points, followed by EVT, 173, and Howard, 169.

Although Rising Sun was able to get in nearly a full quota of practice time in recent weeks, the metro area wrestlers likely were handicapped by a lack of practice.

Aside from Townsend, there were three other state-ranked entries in action. Seth Eldridge (tied for No. 5) of Howard defeated Jason Sergotick of EVT in the 171 final, 9-7, in overtime; Rising Sun's Chris Zuck (No. 3) decisioned Ryan Dolly of EVT for the 130 title; and Joe Catlin (tied for No. 6) of EVT was handed his first loss of the season by Hyon Kang of Howard in the 119 semifinals. He got third on a 13-5 decision over Corey Hall of Rising Sun.

Besides Townsend, there were three others with final-round falls -- Tommy Free, an Edgewood freshman, at 103; Bret Schertz of Rising Sun at 140; and heavyweight Bruce Knisley of Rising Sun.

Free (5-0 at 103, all by pins; 5-1 overall, with a 112 injury loss) took 53 seconds to put down Matt Jones of EVT; Schertz got a reversal with five seconds left to tie James Fortier of Edgewood at 140, then took him to the mat and pinned him in seven seconds of overtime; and Knisley stopped Tyson Daves of Howard at 3:53.

Corey Pascuzzi of Havre de Grace defeated Kang, 5-3, at 119, and Joe McCardell of Rising Sun thwarted Frank Tortella of Howard, 7-5, at 189.

The other metro area titlists were EVT's Brian Nagle at 125 and Joe Scruggs at 135 and Howard's Eric Paskin at 145.

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