Westminster piles up pins to produce region title Owls take down both Dulaney and Centennial

February 08, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Westminster had little trouble pinning down a dual-meet region championship last night.

After knocking off No. 8 Dulaney with five pins in its semifinals match, No. 11 Westminster scored five more to defeat Centennial, 36-27, and capture the Class 3A-4A North Region title at Kenwood.

Westminster (12-4) advances to the dual-meet state semifinals and championships on Saturday at Howard.

The six-point decisions helped Westminster (seeded fourth) jump out to big leads in both of its matches. The Owls took a 33-point lead in their first match -- a 45-15 victory over top-seeded Dulaney -- and led by 15 in the Centennial match.

"We practice [pins] diligently," said Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich. "That's what this sport is about. You've got to go for the pins."

Westminster quickly jumped in front by scoring pins in four of the first six matches for a 24-9 lead against second-seeded Centennial.

Jimmy Reiter (103) opened the match by pinning Paul Kassolis in just 44 seconds.

Billy Allen (112) answered for Centennial with a pin against Bobby Biden at 1:01.

Grant Lindsay (119) gave the Owls a 12-6 lead with his pin of Glen Paik at 5:28.

Centennial (10-3) then cut the lead to 12-9 when Lance Rhodes (125) blanked Tim Sharkey, 5-0.

But Westminster then got back-to-back pins from Dave Spicer (130) and Jay Andrews (135) for a 24-9 lead.

Spicer pinned David Roogow at 2:52 while Andrews scored a six-pointer over Hadar Silverman at 1:34.

"[The early lead] helped everyone get ready for the matches," said Andrews. "Knowing you have a big lead gets you pumped up."

But Centennial rallied, getting decisions from Tony Carmaddella (140) and Matt Augustin (145) plus a pin from Robert Rix (152) to slice the lead to 24-21.

Westminster then wrapped up the match with a decision from Austin Lanham (160), a Ray Henry (171) pin and Jason Hare's 5-0 decision over Justin Rix (189) for a 36-21 lead with one match left.

"That's what hurt us, the pins," said Centennial coach Todd DeCrispino. "That'll kill you."

Westminster had little trouble in its first match against Dulaney (10-2).

The Owls rolled to victories in their first seven matches, took a 33-0 lead and went on to a 45-15 victory over the Lions.

Centennial, however, had a tougher time.

The Eagles fell behind, 29-3, before winning seven of their last eight matches -- six by pins -- to score a 39-35 victory over third-seeded Kenwood (10-2).

Heavyweight Aaron Perkins gave Centennial the victory when he pinned Jason Thompson at 3:46.

The Eagles needed pins from Justin Rix (189) and Perkins to pull out the victory.

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