Bears open big lead in first round

February 18, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Less than 24 hours after Damascus of Montgomery County eliminated fifth-ranked Hammond (13-2) from the state's first 1A-2A South Region dual meet, the Golden Bears released their frustrations in last night's first round of the Howard County wrestling tournament at Atholton High.

Hammond (135 points), the defending county champion and unbeaten at 6-0 in the county this season, relied on a posse of 20-matchwinners to take a commanding 29-point lead after the first round.

Howard (106 points) and Oakland Mills (96 points) trail the Golden Bears heading into today's semifinals and finals that begin at 3:30 p.m. at Atholton.

Hammond's 112-pound junior Mike Chang (24-3), 130-pound senior John Motley (22-6), 135-pound senior Brian Law (21-5), 152-pound senior Chris Williams (24-3), 189-pound junior Jim Weston (23-2) and 275-pound senior heavyweight Pedro Barbosa (21-7) advanced to the quarterfinals, Law by forfeit and his teammates by pins.

Today's semifinals will be highlighted by a talented 171-pound division, featuring three All-County football players.

Wilde Lake senior Mike Green (12-2), who pinned Centennial senior Dak Wasson (1:52), will grapple with Hammond senior Jimmy Jackson (3-2), who earned a 12-6 decision over Glenelg senior French exchange student Pierre Grenier.

In the other 171 semifinal, Atholton's Matt Radik (19-10), who pinned Oakland Mills Scott Sheldon (1:22), will face Howard senior Seth Eldridge, who received a first-round bye.

Eldridge (19-0) and 145-pound Lions junior Eric Paskin (19-0), who quickly pinned Wilde Lake freshman Jon Brook 52 seconds into their first-round match, have led Howard (4-2 in the county) into a position to challenge Hammond for the title.

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