Paskin, Poling and Neal lead Howard's charge at Edgewood

January 30, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Led by champions Eric Paskin (140), Chris Poling (160) and Brian Neal (Hwt.), Howard finished second to Rising Sun, ranked No. 10 in the state, in Saturday's nine-team Edgewood Tournament.

Finishing second for Howard were T. J. Dameron (112, 16-4) and Matt Sartwell (152), and sixth-ranked Frank Tortella (189, 19-1) was third.

Also third for the Lions were Nathan Fortlage (125) and Josh Rosenblatt (130). Fortlage, a 6-1 semifinal loser to eventual champion Eric Nelson of Edgewood, pinned his opponent in 45 seconds to take third, and Rosenblatt (130) was third after a 12-0 decision.

Reggie Ray (135) and Joel Hege (145) were fourth for Howard.

Howard was coming off last week's 36-27 loss to Oakland Mills, which was decided after the heavyweight match. Neal led his match against Oakland Mills' Brian Howard, 12-4, and -- with his team trailing, 30-27 -- appeared to be on his way to a major decision worth the four team points necessary to hoist his squad to victory.

But with 15 seconds left, Neal was pinned by Howard (14-10), who had been decked nine times.

In his title bout Saturday, however, Neal set the record straight.

He trailed, 8-3, against Rising Sun's John Zellman -- who entered the bout at 17-3 -- before planting him in 3:55. Neal had twice survived nearly being pinned by Zellman.

Sixth-ranked county and regional champ Paskin (19-1) held off Rising Sun's Cory Hall, 6-2. Hall entered the bout with an 18-2 record.

For Poling (18-2), his title bout with Baltimore County champion Rex Marshall (18-3) was a rematch of the Friends' Tournament title tilt of the previous weekend.

At Friends, Poling beat Marshall, 12-7. Saturday, Marshall jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, nearly pinning Poling. But Poling stormed back, using six back points and two reversals for a 13-10 decision.

Marshall's slate of wins includes a 7-6 decision over another Baltimore County champion, Woodlawn's Mykol Thomas.

Tortella had hoped to meet his toughest opponent to date: Rising Sun's second-ranked Bruce Knisely (19-0), who easily reached the final, but Tortella was upended by a familiar foe -- Eastern Tech's Jamie Blankenship.

Tortella had beaten Blankenship in their title bout of the Friends Tournament, but fell in overtime this week, 4-2. Blankenship was a runner-up to Knisely.

Bruce's Gopher glory

Glen Burnie's Jeremy Bruce has no doubt taken his lumps as the Gophers' 130-pounder in Anne Arundel County.

His weight class in Anne Arundel includes Southern's top-ranked state champion Tyrone Neal, Old Mill's state runner-up Nick Basta and Broadneck's Lonnie Donner.

But Bruce had a chance to step away at the Edgewood Tournament.

Though he entered with a 6-9 record, Bruce won three straight matches, including an 11-6 title bout decision over Eastern Tech's Ricky Rowan.

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