Perry Hall times it just right

February 02, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to the Sun

There wasn't much separating eighth-ranked Perry Hall and host and No. 12 Owings Mills in yesterday's long-awaited clash of Baltimore County's powerhouses.

One second, to be exact.

That's how close Eagles 171-pounder Willie Broadnax came to scoring the match-clinching pin against Joe Farinetti when the buzzer sounded to end the second period. The Perry Hall wrestler then tied the match and went on to win it in overtime, helping the Gators to a 35-30 come-from-behind win as part of a tri-match with Franklin.

Both ranked teams defeated Franklin: Perry Hall, 45-25, and Owings Mills, 44-16.

Things looked bleak for the Gators (13-0) -- who were faced with a must-win situation, trailing, 30-20 -- when Farinetti got caught in a cradle late in the second period.

But just when the referee prepared to slap his hand to the mat, awarding Broadnax the pin, the buzzer sounded ending the second period. Then later, trailing 6-4 after a takedown with 40 seconds left, Farinetti's last-second takedown sent the match into overtime, tied at 6.

From there, he quickly drove into Broadnax and sent him to the mat, scoring another takedown and claiming an 8-6 victory that kept the Gators in contention.

"It was a lot tougher than I thought it would be," said Farinetti. "Once I got it to overtime I knew I could win it. I had a lot of momentum and he looked weak."

For Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzger, however, the loss was a tough one to swallow.

Said Pritzger, whose team fell to 11-1: "If Willie Broadnax holds that kid in that cradle for one more second, we win the match. It's that simple."

Farinetti's victory was just one of six for Perry Hall in the final seven matches, as the Gators rallied from an early 24-7 deficit.

Other Perry Hall victors included Nick Sidiropoulos (103), Steve Boothe (125), Steve Page (140), Austin Kim (152), Jeff Taylor (189) and heavyweight Jessie Moore, whose victory over JV call-up Tony Smith gave Perry Hall the five-point win.

"I felt the pressure," said Moore. "The whole team was counting on me to win. I just tried to go out and get him on his back."

And that's just what the senior did, pinning his opponent at 2:33.

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