Lackey rules 1A-2A South Hammond places second

City's Camper is runner-up

March 02, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

INDIAN HEAD -- Lackey placed nine wrestlers in the finals and won the Class 1A-2A South Regional championship last night at Lackey over runner-up Hammond, 200.5 to 164.5. It was Lackey's sixth regional title.

It was the fifth time this season that Lackey and Hammond have faced each other, and Lackey defeated Hammond in four of those encounters.

"We lost it in the consolation semifinals," Hammond coach Jeff Starnes said. "Lackey scored 99 points in the semifinals to 37 for us. And then we lost four critical consolation semifinal matches."

Lackey advanced 11 wrestlers to states and Hammond advanced nine, but Lackey won only two regional individual titles. Hammond, which advanced three to the region finals, won just one. Only the top four finishers in each weight class advance to states.

Jared Zillmer of Hammond, despite an injured left ankle, won his 119-pound championship against Lackey's Pat Howard, 11-5. Zillmer, who is 27-1, also defeated Howard in the dual-meet regional.

"I'm a little disappointed in our team performance," said Zillmer, a Howard County champ. "We could have performed better. But the competition is tough."

Zillmer was Hammond's only regional champ.

Oakland Mills' Chris Naylor won the 125-pound championship against Lackey's Scott Blackburn, Naylor also beat Blackburn in the dual-meet regional. Naylor was one of five Oakland Mills wrestlers who qualified for states as the Scorpions finished third in the region with 85.5 points.

Atholton qualified five wrestlers for states, including 152-pound regional champ Matt MacFadden, who decisioned City College's Dominique Camper, 3-2. Camper was City's only finalist.

"He [Camper] was the biggest 152-pounder I've wrestled all year," said MacFadden, a Howard County champ whose record is 27-4. "He was much stronger than me, but I beat him on technique."

Brian Neal of Howard remained undefeated by coming back to pin Lackey's Josue Leon in 3: 15. Neal was behind, 4-3.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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