Owings Mills runs mark to 13-0

January 27, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Three of Baltimore County's most potent wrestling teams came together yesterday for a tri-match at Perry Hall.

Just one, however, was left standing.

Playing its best rendition of King of the Hill, fifth-ranked Owings Mills knocked off county contenders Perry Hall and Eastern Tech, improving the Golden Eagles to 13-0.

With the Gilman Duals this weekend, the Eagles -- much to the liking of coach Guy Pritzker -- showed some of their best form.

"This match gets us ready for Gilman Duals, and the Gilman Duals get us ready for counties and states," said Pritzker, whose team last year lost a close match to the rival Gators en route to winning its fourth straight regional title.

"Now we're 13-0 and I think we showed everybody that we're a pretty good team."

After handing Eastern Tech (8-3) a 55-9 loss, the Golden Eagles used four pins, a technical fall and a little bit of irony to score a 47-24 victory over rival Perry Hall (8-4).

Perry Hall broke out to a 9-0 lead after two bouts, before Owings Mills won four of the next five to go ahead, 23-9, after Steve Kessler's forfeit win at 140 pounds.

Later, with the Golden Eagles clinging to a 29-24 lead, they clinched the victory when 171-pounder Willie Broadnax (10-1) -- who missed a chance to clinch in last year's meeting by dropping an overtime decision to eventual county champ Joe Farrinetti -- scored a third-period pin against Matt Petrides.

"Everybody said this would be a tough week for us, but we just wanted to prove that we could win against the top teams in the county," said Broadnax. "This is the best we've performed this year."

Adam Fink (119), Jimmy Hudson (135), Broadnax (171) and heavyweight Anthony Smith all won by pin, and Josh Ellin (17-0) won his match by technical fall.

"We've had some key injuries, but the kids we put in their did the best they can," said Perry Hall coach Jeff Langrehr, whose team -- which later lost to Eastern Tech, 36-29 -- has been without three of its best wrestlers because of injuries.

Owings Mills began the day with the surprisingly easy victory over Eastern Tech.

The Golden Eagles took the first nine matches, including Fink's 1-0 victory at 119 over defending county champion Joe Catlin.

Eastern Tech scored its only victories at 160 -- where defending county champion Rex Marshall (16-1) scored the final final three points en route to a 5-2 win over Josh Ezrine -- and 189 -- where Jamie Blankenship pinned Kirk Lurie in the second period.

But the Mavericks also took four forfeits, keeping some of their better wrestlers fresh for the match against Perry Hall.

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