South Carroll falls just short of North Region title

February 27, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

For South Carroll coach Peter Olson, yesterday's Class 3A-4A North Region tournament at Randallstown were a bit sweet and a bit sour.

Sweet because the Cavaliers advanced seven wrestlers into next weekend's state tournament at Western Maryland College.

Sour because a one-point loss was the only thing separating them from the team championship.

Perry Hall won the meet with 107 points, followed by South Carroll (105) and Howard (100). Westminster finished 12th.

"It's the best our school's done in terms of sending them to the states," said Olson. "I can't help but be pleased with that, but just a couple more points and we would've won."

The match in question was the 145-pound final between Howard's Eric Paskin and South Carroll's Charlie Conaway.

Conaway, who had lost to the undefeated wrestler a handful of times at the McDonogh Wrestling Club, was on the verge of forcing overtime when Paskin scored an escape with 11 seconds left to win, 3-2.

Later in the day, 160-pounder Mike Chenoweth (27-1) pinned Perry Hall's Joe Farinetti to give South Carroll its lone champion.

Other Cavaliers headed to the states are Dan Peiffer (119), Kevin Sakalas (130), Tim Hinsche (152), Steve Yokay (171) and Dan McKennie (Hvy).

Regional champions included Franklin's Avi Meier (103), Dundalk's Dan Simancek (112), Perry Hall's Steve Boothe (119) and Jeff Taylor (189), Randallstown's Gary Harris (125), Dulaney's Alex Leanos (130) and Steve Carlino (140), Eastern Technical's Joe Scruggs (135) and Woodlawn's Mykol Thomas (152), Torry Gundy (171) and Darrel Nance (Hvy).

The most dominant was Randallstown's Harris (27-0), who scored a technical fall over Centennial's Jason Nagle in the 125-pound final to earn his 60th consecutive victory.

The four-time Baltimore County champion, who won the state championship at 119 last year, said he feels primed for a repeat performance.

"As long as I can keep my intensity up and keep wrestling like I know I can, I feel I can repeat," he said.

The most courageous performance came from Woodlawn's Gundy.

Less than a minute into his 171-pound final against Howard's Seth Eldridge, Gundy aggravated a strained ligament in his right knee that he had injured in the semifinals.

After a brief halt in the match, Gundy struggling back onto mat, limping noticeably. He then dominated and went on to a 9-1 win.

"I knew that as long as I could stand on one leg I'd go on," said Gundy (19-5 with 13 pins). "They'd have to carry me off the mat."

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