Lackey dominates the field at 1A-2A South tournament

February 25, 1996|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

INDIAN HEAD -- Second-ranked Hammond beat Lackey with little trouble recently in the state dual-meet tournament.

But Hammond coach Jeff Starnes said he knew Lackey's good seeding would plant some big problems for his Golden Bears when they met the Chargers again in yesterday's region tournament.

Lackey entered the Class 1A-2A South Region tournament with five top-seeded wrestlers plus five more seeded second, and the host Chargers left with four individual championships plus the team title yesterday in Charles County.

While Hammond -- which won the state dual-meet title -- had some highly seeded wrestlers of its own, the huge number of good seeds sparked Lackey. The Chargers finished with 211 points while Hammond took second with 165.5, one point ahead of Wheaton.

"They would have had to completely fall apart not to collect those points," said Starnes. "We knew we had a tough road."

Lackey put eight wrestlers in the championship round plus three in the consolation finals. The Chargers got individual titles from Peter Lee (103), Richard Pauole (125), Jeremy Kirby (140) and Kevin Gilligan (189).

Lackey and Hammond met twice in the final round, with the Chargers winning both times. Lee topped Vaymond Dennis, 10-1, while Pauole made quick work of Scott Osborn, pinning him in 1:39.

Hammond got individual championships from Jared Zillmer (112) and and Hansel Henry (171). Zillmer needed little time against Aaron McCrae, pinning the Wheaton wrestler at 1:48 while Henry won by technical fall (25-8) against Hector Velasquez of Wheaton.

The Golden Bears also put four wrestlers in the consolation finals, and came away with third-place finishes from Adam Clarke (140) and Tommy Dakis (145). Jan Grothe (130) and Mike Loula (135) finished fourth.

A few bad breaks also hurt Hammond. Josh Zillmer, the Howard County champion at 140, missed the tournament due to injury and a couple other good Hammond wrestlers did not qualify.

Glenelg wrestled well, finishing fifth with 80 points. Jeremy Lignelli (152) was the top guy for the Gladiators, as he took the championship with a 10-4 decision over Steve Gilligan of Lackey.

Oakland Mills took seventh with 59 points, edging out Poly (eighth, 57.5) and Wilde Lake (ninth, 56).

Chris Naylor (119) and John Nguyen (135) made the finals for Oakland Mills. Naylor lost a 6-1 decision to Lorne Correia while Nguyen defaulted due to a collarbone injury in the second period against Scott Munsey of Wheaton.

Poly did well, as Aaron Saradpon (112), Joseph White (152) and Michael Bayne (189) led the way. All three brought in fourth-place finishes for the Engineers.

Coming in right behind Poly was Wilde Lake. The Wildecats were paced by Alex Hernandez (135). Hernandez blanked Mike Loula of Hammond, 7-0, to take third place.

City finished 11th with 31 points, led by heavyweight Chris Perkins. He took third, winning the consolation finals by pinning Randy Smith of Great Mills in 31 seconds.

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