Hammond's Williams gets possible regional preview

February 07, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Hammond's effort on Jan. 29 in the 18-team South River Tournament is worth a recap because of its implications in the 1A-2A South Region.

As the Bears (11-1) eclipsed unbeaten runner-up Northern (10-0) and third-place Lackey, then ranked No. 9 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, Mike Chang (112), Josh Zillmer (119) and No. 6-ranked Chris Williams (152) won individual titles, and Brian Law (135), Danny Proulx (140) and Pedro Barbosa (heavyweight) were second.

Defending county champ John Motley (130) lost his semifinal bout, 4-3, to the eventual champ, and Amit Kapoor (103) was fourth after an 8-6 overtime semifinal loss to Northern's Eric Miller (21-0, 13 pins) had taken a lot out of him.

Williams trailed 5-0 against Central's Carl Colston -- who entered the bout at 19-1 with 16 pins -- but rallied for an 8-7 victory that included four backpoints.

In the 1A-2A South Region later this month, Williams could see Colston, Rockville's No. 4 John King and/or Dunbar's former junior-league runner-up Doug Hampton.

While Chang overcame a 4-0 deficit for a 7-4 decision over Northern's Bruce Bevard (19-2, eight pins), Proulx was a 8-6 overtime victim of Northern's Aaron McGowan (20-3), who overcame a 5-1 deficit.

Atholton (ninth place) had place-winners in Rick Trott (160, first) and Matt Radik (171, fourth), with Trott being fourth-year coach Ron McMillan's first champion in any tournament. Trott's 13-6 semifinal victory over Lackey's Billy Yeager may have been a preview of the regional title bout.

For Wilde Lake (seventh), heavyweight Carlo Gerstenfeld beat Barbosa, 5-1, for his first of two victories over Barbosa this season.

Those two heavyweights, along with Howard's Tyson Daves, should contend for this weekend's county title. Rockville's top-ranked Andy Stroud is the defending South Region champ they must topple.

In a bout that may have been the preview of the regional title, Wilde Lake's Mike Green (171) dropped a 5-4 decision to Lackey's top-ranked Nathan Kmieciak (21-0, 14 pins), last year's 3A-4A state runner-up. Another regional contender is Damascus' Tom Horwat, rated No. 6 in last month's MSWA rankings.

Upsetting moment

En route to a runner-up finish at the Edgewood Tournament, Howard's Hyong Kang (119) overcame a 5-0 deficit with a first-period pin of Eastern Tech's sixth-ranked and previously undefeated Joe Catlin.

DeVivo dominates

Mount St. Joseph's Danny DeVivo (160), a county resident and the MSWA's co-No. 1-ranked wrestler, crushed McDonogh's then third-ranked Martius Harding, 8-0, in a match last weekend. The bout was a rematch of last year's Maryland Scholastic Association title bout, also won by DeVivo.

Harding, a Dunbar transfer, was a runner-up in last year's Baltimore City and 1A-2A state tournaments. His only other loss to a Maryland wrestler came by 5-4 against Rising Sun's two-time state champ, Jason Townsend, who is tied with DeVivo for the No. 1 ranking.

He's official

Rosedale resident Tom Gaylin, 43, was one of the nation's top 10 wrestling officials working the NCAA Division I dual meet championships in Lincoln, Neb., two weekends ago.

Gaylin also worked the title match won, 17-15, by Oklahoma State over Iowa. It was the fifth of six national duals in which Gaylin has been involved in, the fourth time he has worked the finals.

For the third straight year, Gaylin will work this year's NCAA Tournament.

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