Green, Williams too tough for field

March 07, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Wilde Lake's top-ranked Mike Green (171, 21-2) and Hammond's third-ranked Chris Williams (152, 35-3) each won their state titles over the weekend in strikingly similar fashion -- striking because of their blistering single-leg attacks.

The senior grapplers, among the most talented the county has ever produced, emerged victorious in the 1A-2A tournament's two toughest weight classes.

zTC Williams won his first two bouts by a combined 31-7, edging his semifinal opponent, Smithsburg's second-ranked David Everhart (26-2), 8-7, on a reversal with 10 seconds left. He scored a title-bout clinching single-leg takedown to win 10-8 over Aberdeen's sixth-ranked Chad Guerrera (29-2).

Guerrera was coming off of a 7-5 victory over Rockville's fourth-ranked John King (33-3), whom Williams edged 1-0 a week earlier.

Williams became his school's second state champ, the first being James Burell (140) in 1991 during coach Bill Smith's first season as head coach. Williams also has a single-season school record for victories, winning county and regional titles along the way.

Green hammered his first couple of opponents by a combined 19-2, edged his semifinal opponent, North Carroll's third-ranked Chris Boog, 9-7, on an overtime single-leg takedown, and handed Catoctin's second-ranked Shane Tiffany his first loss, 7-4, in 32 matches.

Tiffany had edged Boog, 5-4, a week earlier, and Boog had beaten Green, 5-3, the year before.

Green, a three-time county and regional champ, improved on his third- and fourth-place finishes of previous seasons. Williams, a county champ as a sophomore, missed last season due to

academic ineligibility. But he came through big this season.

Paskin proves poise pays

Howard's fifth-ranked Eric Paskin (145, 30-1) lost composure just once this year.

It cost him a match, but he knows he's better for it.

Patience and supreme confidence had led the junior wrestler to a 26-0 record, including county and regional titles, before Saturday's 10-5 state semifinal loss to Chesapeake's Steve Davis (28-6), an Anne Arundel County runner-up.

Afterward, however, Paskin picked up right where he left off, albeit with a lot more intensity.

En route to a third-place finish, Paskin downed Old Mill's regional champ, Mike DiLeonardi, 7-3, and Northern of Calvert's regional champ, Sean Healey, 9-4.

"I really dogged 'em," Paskin said afterward. "Hopefully, it'll win me some kind of recognition."

It has.

Big little Freeman

As a freshman two years ago, the joke about Oakland Mills' Juri Freeman was that he had to actually eat more -- most wrestlers need to cut weight -- to make weight at 103 pounds.

But that was four years ago.

Last weekend, however, the "little guy" was simply overpowering as he won the 1A-2A state title at 103 pounds.

Freeman, a senior, had a quarterfinal pin and outscored three other opponents by a combined 14-4, including a come-from-behind 2-1 title-bout decision over Harford County and regional champThomas Free (19-2) of Edgewood.

Free had scored a 6-3 semifinal upset of Williamsport's fourth-ranked Billy Baker (27-3).

The solidly built Freeman was strong enough to wrestle effectively at 112 pounds at various points during this season, but he maximized his potential by dropping to 103.

Bears bested by Bears

Once again, Hammond coach Bill Smith has led his Bears through a record-breaking season.

The Bears (12-1)) won their second straight county tournament title with a county-record 244.5 points, tied two other records with nine finalists and seven champs, and were ranked as high as No. 9 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Hammond's eighth-place finish was a school-record, eclipsing last year's mark of 11th. With state place-winners in Williams, sixth-ranked John Motley (130, fourth) and Brian Law (135, fourth), the Bears had more place-winners than last year, when two wrestlers were third and fourth.

Motley also set a school-record with 202 takedowns.

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