Scorpions' Freeman joins winners' circle

March 06, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Juri Freeman had won two straight Howard County titles and was 30-1 entering his state Class 1A-2A 103-pound tournament championship bout last night at Western Maryland College.

But he still wasn't a high-profile wrestler in the county.

That honor went to the likes of Wilde Lake's Mike Green and Hammond's Chris Williams.

Freeman had no idea why he wasn't more highly sung but he doesn't have to worry about it any more.

The Oakland Mills senior became an instant celebrity when he decisioned Edgewood's Thomas Free, 7-6, to capture his first state title.

"The match was a little tighter than I wanted it to be but I'm not complaining," said Freeman.

"It's going to be great getting together with my brother tonight. He just flew home from the University of Michigan where he wrestles on the JV team. He's going to love this."

Freeman's performance enabled Oakland Mills to finish 16th in the Class 1A-2A team standings with 28 points.

As for Green and Williams, they both maintained their reputations last night with state individual championships.

Green completed his run to the 1A-2A 171-pound championship with a 7-4 decision over Catoctin's Shane Tiffany.

Green had to fight for his life to get a chance to go against Tiffany in the title bout. He went into overtime against North Carroll's highly touted Chris Boog in the semifinals and escaped with a controversial 9-7 decision in overtime.

Boog cried foul when a penalty point for stalling against Green wasn't recorded with 20 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 7.

Thanks to Green, Wilde Lake compiled 26 points to finish 17th, just behind Oakland Mills.

Williams, meanwhile, had a major battle on his hands against Chad Guerrera of Aberdeen before escaping with a 10-8 decision.

Williams, a senior, said: "I didn't try to do anything too flashy. I just wanted to win by using my basic skills."

When asked what he would do to celebrate, Williams said: "Go home and eat. I'm not surprised that I won, but it wasn't easy."

Williams also had a tough time in the semifinals yesterday afternoon when he decisioned David Everhart of Smithsburg, 8-7.

Williams was trailing Everhart, 7-6, with 10 seconds left in the bout when he scored a reversal to get the win.

Everhart is ranked No. 2 in the 152-pound weight class in the state.

Earlier in the tournament, Williams breezed into the semifinals with 18-7 and 13-0 decisions.

The 18-7 decision came over Beall's Chris Gring and the 13-0 win was over Chris McCann of North East.

All in all, it was a decent day in 1A-2A for Howard County teams.

Hammond finished with 44 points to gain a tie with Rockville for eighth place.

In the 3A-4A state wrestling tournament, Howard tied for 24th with 15 points. Howard's Eric Paskin took third place in the 145-pound category with a 9-4 decision over Centennial's Sean Healey.

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