Smith's pin locks up Owings Mills' upset of DeMatha Freshman Bowers also stars at Gilman Duals

January 28, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

With a shaky 1-0 third-period lead, Owings Mills heavyweight Anthony Smith pinned DeMatha's William Lewis in 4:21 to lift the area's No. 2 Eagles to a 31-29 victory over Maryland's No. 1-ranked team at yesterday's Gilman Duals.

"I figured if I got on top, I could turn him," said Smith, who is 18-1 with 10 pins. "He was stronger on his feet, so I didn't chance a shot and just played it out."

The match also featured the Eagles' Erik Walder (103, 15-3) pinning his second opponent, and freshman Drew Bowers (119, 18-1) upsetting DeMatha's No. 5 Wes Cummings, 8-6, nearly pinning him in the second period. Bowers has a team-high 14 pins, including two yesterday.

The Eagles (12-0) lost just four bouts in a 47-21 hammering of 11-time Virginia Prep champ Woodberry Forest, and five in building a 22-0 lead in a 41-23 win over No. 3 Gilman (7-2).

Owings Mills' No. 1-ranked two-time defending state champ Steve Kessler (145, 19-0) improved to a state-record 91-0 since his freshman season, with a first-period technical fall, an 11-second pin against DeMatha, and a fall at 152 over Gilman's John Holliday, who went 3-1 with two pins in the wake of a death in the family.

Kessler had hoped for a bout with DeMatha's National Prep and private schools state champ Robert Alexander, who dropped from 152 and wrestled two 145-pound bouts before receiving a 152-pound forfeit against Owings Mills.

FTC "He ducked me. I can't think of any other reason. I'm definitely disappointed," said Kessler, who overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Alexander, 5-4, in freestyle last spring.

Gilman's No. 1 Greg Plitt (189, 18-0, 11 pins) missed a match while taking the Scholastic Assessment Test, but came on for three pins -- one over Owings Mills' Willie Broadnax (17-2, 10 pins). Gilman's No. 6 Kirk Caldroney (171) won two decisions, and Tommy Knowles (140, 20-5) won three of four bouts by pin.

DeMatha's Todd Beckerman (31-0, 17 pins), a Crofton resident, raised his school record to 183-1, with 107 career pins and 31 technical falls. He has a 165-bout winning streak that is 12 shy of the national record (177) established by Indiana's Lance Ellis.

The nation's top-ranked 125-pounder has won all 39 tournaments he has entered -- a national record -- and can become the first four-time National Prep champ.

McDonogh transfer David Trudil (135), wrestling for the nation's No. 3 team, Blair Academy of New Jersey, went 3-0 with a pin.

Owings Mills' pinners against Gilman were Bowers, Wil Miller (112, 13-2, nine pins) and Steve Kellner (125, 16-2, eight pins). Pins by Gilman reserves Mike Faust (171) and Vince Touhey (189) led a 34-24 win over Woodberry, and a pin by Tony Barco (Hwt.) secured the Greyhounds' 35-34 decision of Harrisburg.

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