Paskin helps Howard to 3rd place in North Region

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

Howard's Eric Paskin said he didn't expect his match against South Carroll's Charlie Conaway in the 145-pound finals of yesterday's Class 3A-4A North Region Wrestling Tournament to be so tough.

But then again, he didn't expect to be wrestling Conaway.

Primed for a date with top-seed Brian Yoakum of Perry Hall, Paskin said he was a little let down. Yoakum hyper-extended his arm Friday night. He tried to wrestle through it yesterday, but it was too painful. He was pinned in his first match by Conaway at 5:32.

Paskin had to escape with 11 seconds left to defeat Conaway, 3-2, helping Howard to a third-place finish with 100 points.

Perry Hall won the meet with 107, followed by South Carroll with 105. Centennial finished ninth and Mount Hebron finished 15th.

"I'm just glad I won," said Paskin (28-0), who had handled Conaway several times before at the McDonogh Wrestling Club. "I didn't think it would come down to that. I was up for wrestling Yoakum, and I guess I was pretty down when he got hurt."

Other 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), South Carroll's Mike Chenoweth (160) and Woodlawn's Mykol Thomas (152), Torry Gundy (171) and Darrel Nance (Hvy).

In a meet where only the top four finishers in each weight class moved on to next week's state finals at Western Maryland College, Paskin's was far from the only story.

Other Howard County wrestlers advancing to the states were T. J. Dameron (112), Chris Poling (135), Preston Murfin (140), Seth Eldridge (171) and Frank Tortella (189) from Howard, and Lance Rhodes (103), Jason Nagle (125) and Joon Kim (189) from Centennial.

Here's a look at other top performers:

* Most dominating wrestler: Randallstown's Harris.

Harris (27-0) 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," said Harris.

* Most courageous performance: Woodlawn's Torry 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 struggled back onto the mat, limping noticeably, 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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