Hammond's 40-24 victory over Oakland Mills not totally satisfying Five pins aside, coach sees unrealized potential

January 18, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Both Hammond coach Jeff Starnes and Oakland Mills coach Brian Chadwick came away from last night's wrestling match with mixed feelings.

Starnes was pleased his team defeated the defending dual meet and county tournament champions, 40-24. But he had hoped his Bears would win by a larger margin.

"This was redemption for last year and a good win against a strong program," Starnes said. "But Oakland Mills is rebuilding like we were last year. We didn't wrestle up to our potential."

Chadwick was pleased that the final score wasn't worse, but was disappointed at what he thought were many fundamental mistakes and at his team's inability to avoid being pinned. Hammond wrestlers recorded five pins.

"I saw some things I liked, like our early intensity, but we're still making mental mistakes and positioning mistakes -- basic things," Chadwick said. "I wish we had more time before the county tournament."

Jeremy Poe at 103 pounds took just one minute, 13 seconds to pin freshman Vaymond Dennis -- the first of three Oakland Mills pins -- and give the Scorpions (5-5 overall, 2-1 league) a 6-0 lead.

Seventh-ranked Hammond (5-0, 2-0) quickly shifted the momentum when 112-pound Tony Tan pinned Erik Berlin in 56 seconds, and 119-pound freshman sensation Jared Zillmer (13-1, 12 pins) followed with a pin over defending county champ Chris Naylor (13-6) in 3:57.

"We figured to win either at 112 or 119, but all the push vs. shove matches went Hammond's way," Chadwick said.

"Chris dropped his head instead of flattening out, and got locked into a three-quarters Nelson that's difficult to get out of. But it doesn't come down to one match."

Freshman Scott Osborn of Hammond won a major decision over Kevin Sutton at 125 to put the Bears up, 16-6.

But Oakland Mills grabbed back some momentum when Justin Robbins decisioned Jan Grothe at 130 pounds, 4-2, and John Nguyen pinned Mike Loula in 3:03 at 135 pounds. Those two wins pulled Oakland Mills to 16-15.

"Those were disappointing losses," Starnes said.

Hammond captured the next three bouts, however, led by Josh Zillmer's pin at 140, and by winning decisions from Adam Clark (145) and Tony Dakis (152).

Those wins broke the match open, giving the Bears a 28-15 edge.

Oakland Mills' Colin Meeks won a tough match at 160 over Tom Borrego, 5-0.

"We were looking for a pin, but Borrego wrestled smart -- better than we thought he could," Chadwick said. "Colin [11-6] has six pins."

Hansel Henry (171) and Don Clark (189) each added a pin for the Bears, and Glenn LaForce earned a heavyweight pin for Oakland Mills.

"I was impressed with Glenn," Chadwick said. "We knew Hammond would be tough. They have a great work ethic with their guys wrestling all summer and working out at the athletic club during the snow break."

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