Free wins 4th title in row at 1A-2A North regionals As usual, Owings Mills easily takes team crown

March 02, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Tommy Free of Sparrows Point won his fourth successive Region 1A-2A North championship with a 13-2 victory over Steve Kellner of Owings Mills at 125, and heavyweight Greg Forbes of Milford Mill held off Anthony Smith of Owings Mills, 3-2, in pairings matching returning champions in the program at Havre de Grace yesterday.

Free (31-1, 121-4), who won one Harford County title at Edgewood and three at Sparrows Point, now has two regional titles at 103, one at 119, and one at 125. Kellner (31-5), the 125 defender, lost the Baltimore County title to Free last week, 8-0.

Forbes (17-0), the 189 winner a year ago, figures he's better off as a heavyweight, because he has been lifting weights since the end of football season (he was a fullback and a defensive end) and believes he is stronger and more focused. Against Smith (30-3), Forbes got a takedown in the first period, led 2-1, and, after a second-period escape, 3-1. Smith was awarded a penalty point in the third, but Forbes hung on for the win.

In business as usual, Steve Kessler (152) of Owings Mills was taken to the third period for the first time in two weeks, but made it six straight technical falls in running his records to 35-0 and 144-0, and the Eagles racked up their seventh straight team title.

Kessler methodically dispatched Jerod Gurrera of Aberdeen, 16-1.

Owings Mills, with three individual champions, totaled 186 1/2 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Aberdeen's 125 1/2 . Pikesville had three finalists, including 160-pound winner Steve Golob, and earned third with 89, followed by North Harford, 86, and Sparrows Point, 85, in the 20-team meet.

Golob (24-8), a junior, had the quickest pin among the three with championship falls, beating Darron Mason of Towson in one minute, 21 seconds. At 135, sophomore Drew Bowers (32-3) of Owings Mills dropped Derrick Oxendine of Overlea in 1: 42, and at 130, Sparrows Point's Mike Young (28-3), another four-time placer, put down Justin Hanson of Owings Mills in 4: 54. Young, who pinned all three of his opponents, now has three regional titles and one third.

Joining Bowers, who had a bye and two pins, and Kessler as Owings Mills' champions was Ari Dolid, who dropped from 145 to 140. He thumped Paul Johnson of Havre de Grace, 11-2, boosting his record to 33-2.

One of those losses was to Patapsco's Mark Lasek in the county 145 final. Lasek (28-4), staying at 145, defeated Pikesville's Jonathan Weber, 18-8.

Sparrows Point, with Free and Young, and Aberdeen, with freshman Randall Overstreet (24-6) at 112, and junior James Axel (29-1) at 119, were other schools with multiple winners.

Other champions were Towson sophomore John Narlis at 103; (( Terry Lawson, an Overlea junior, at 171, and Joppatowne sophomore Tony Zeller at 189.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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