Key's Yinger making name for himself

January 09, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

The animal.

That's the nickname Zac Yinger, Francis Scott Key's top-ranked 152-pounder, has earned in the wrestling community because of the way he's been attacking his opponents this season.

Yinger, a returning All-Metro and last year's 1A-2A state champion at 145 pounds, has humbled some of the state's best.

In the semifinals of the Annapolis Tournament, he downed Mount St. Joseph's No. 4 Tyran Dungee, 7-2. In the title bout of the same event, he bounced DeMatha's third-ranked Matt Allman, 5-1, scoring all five points by using the cradle pinning move in the second period.

And in the title bout of the Francis Scott Key Invitational, he built a 13-2 lead on Old Mill's county champion Mike Hines before pinning him.

Yinger bumped up to 160 pounds for his latest victory, a 9-0 decision over Williamsport's Troy Straigtiff. What makes the win even more impressive is that Straigtiff was a state runner-up at 160 pounds.

Yinger and third-ranked, two-time state champ Randy Owings (145) led the No. 2 Eagles (7-0) through Saturday's tri-meet routs of Williamsport, by 41-24, and No. 15 Oakland Mills by 52-21.

Against Oakland Mills, the Eagles' Steve Lessard (135) pinned Matt Sutton, a wrestler who will likely contend for a Howard County title. Lessard also has a 7-4 decision over Old Mill's then-No. 5 Paul Hultgren, a win that has earned Lessard a No. 5 ranking by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Shake-up at 160

There's been plenty of action at 160 pounds, perhaps the state's toughest weight class.

Arundel's top-ranked Mark Chesla, last year's 3A-4A state champ, dropped to 152 against Old Mill and lost a 9-3 decision to regional champ Mike DiLeonardi.

Magruder's No. 2-ranked Bryan Dyer, last year's runner-up to Chesla, was beaten, 6-5, by Damascus' No. 5 Ricky Stott, who was fourth in last year's 1A-2As at 140 pounds.

Chopticon's unranked John Sigmon recently won a 2-0 decision over No. 3-ranked Frank Black-Glover, a fourth-place finisher in last year's 3A-4A states. But LaPlata's unranked John Pankhurst, who was third in last year's 3A-4A states at 160, beat Sigmon, 6-0, to win the Lackey Tournament.

And Friends' No. 4 Ethan Goldberg entered last weekend's Boys' Latin Tournament with an 18-0 record that included 12 pins and two technical falls before losing, 7-5, to the host Lakers' Erik Fitez (11-1).

Austin Kim of Perry Hall scored a 19-4 technical fall over Franklin's Chris Termotto, only to be decked in

the first period by Aberdeen's Kit Doran in the John Carroll Tournament two days later.

Termotto rebounded from the loss to Kim at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's Tournament with a 12-4 hammering of Woodlawn's fifth-ranked Mykol Thomas. Later in the same tournament, however, Curley's Mickey Glendon blanked Termotto, 15-0.

Glendon, however, was beaten, 6-4, recently by John Carroll's unheralded Andrew Dunn at the Aberdeen Tournament. Dunn later lost, 8-2, to Doran.

Messier's Stags show well

DeMatha's Stags, coached by Elkridge resident Dick Messier, finished fifth -- 12 points behind Mount St. Joseph -- at the weekend Mid-Atlantic Tournament.

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