Damascus holds lead over Northeast, Owings Mills 1A-2A WRESTLING

March 04, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

It's Damascus in the lead again with Northeast of Anne Arundel County and Owings Mills breathing down the Hornets' neck in the state Class 1A-2A wrestling championships at Western Maryland College.

Damascus (37.5 points) started strong by placing eight wrestlers in the quarterfinals and wound up with five in the semifinals last night to hold down first place by five points.

Owings Mills (32.5 points) also put five in the semifinals but had to be content with a second-place tie with Northeast.

Northeast advanced three wrestlers to the semis, including Marty (112 pounds) and Mike Kusick (119) who are seeking their third state championships.

Francis Scott Key (23 points) was a disappointing fourth entering the semifinals.

The Eagles also qualified three for the semifinals, with Randy Owings (140 pounds) leading the way. Owings is trying to become only the second three-time state champion from Carroll County.

But overall, it was a bad day for Key as it lost six of its 10 wrestlers in the preliminary round.

The Eagles were victimized by some of the same bad luck that had beset North Carroll in the past years. They had some tough draws in the preliminary round and lost six bouts.

"By getting eight through to the quarters, we were in great shape right off the bat," said Damascus coach Dave Hopkins. "But Owings Mills and Northeast are really putting it to us, and they are so close it looks as if it [outcome] will go down to the consolation rounds."

Hopkins just shook his head in disbelief when the subject turned to Francis Scott Key.

"It's hard to believe that they could go through the same thing that North Carroll did all those years when they were trying to win a state title," he said. "Francis Scott Key was getting some of their top guys knocked off while we were sitting back and watching."

Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzer said his team was helped a lot by Jimmy Hudson's upset victory over Randy Pickett of Damascus in the 130-pound quarterfinals.

Hudson scored a major decision over Pickett.

"That was a big win for us," said Pritzer. "But we were hurt by Ari Dolid losing in the prelims at 135. We have a lot of hope with five guys in the semis, and it should be interesting."

For Key, Zac Yinger (32-0 at 145 pounds) continued to race through all comers last night, beating Larry Duffy of Stephen Decatur on a technical fall, 21-2, to reach the semifinals.

Yinger scored a pin in the preliminary round.

Ryan Etzler (119 pounds) was the third Key wrestler to make it to the semifinals.

It became apparent after the preliminary rounds that Damascus and Northeast of Anne Arundel County were going to duel each other for the championship once again this year.

Damascus edged Northeast for the title by a half a point point last season.

Damascus advanced eight to the quarterfinals last night for 26.5 points, and Northeast was second with six for 22 points.

Owings Mills (18.5 points) was third entering the quarterfinals, and Francis Scott Key (15.5) was fourth. Owings Mills and Key each advanced four to the quarterfinals.

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