Lackey leaves Hammond behind again Bears come in second, advance nine to states

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 only 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.

His brother, Josh, lost to Scott Munsey of Wheaton at 140 pounds, 8-2, and 112-pound Bear teammate Vaymond Dennis lost to Jacob Kirby of Lackey by a fall.

Chris Naylor won the 125-pound championship against Lackey's Scott Blackburn, 8-5 -- 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.

"I felt we did real well this weekend," said Naylor, a county champion who is 28-8. "We had two individual champs this year and none last year. Everyone wrestled hard all through our lineup."

John Nguyen also won a title for Oakland Mills at 130 pounds, decisioning Atholton's Bryan Loeffler, 11-4. Nguyen, who is 29-3, had pinned Loeffler in the Howard County finals in 36 seconds.

Glenelg also won two regional titles and Jimmy O'Connor stayed unbeaten at 28-0 by winning the 135-pound class in a 10-1 major decision over Lackey's Andrew Kmeiciak.

Glenelg, which finished fourth, is sending five wrestlers to the state tournament, including David Ferguson, who lost in the finals to Tim Miller of Rockville by a fall.

Defending state champion Jeremy Lignelli was Glenelg's other regional champ at 160 pounds. He is 31-1 after beating Steve Gilligan of Lackey, 8-4.

Wilde Lake's Brandon Finney upset Howard County champion Tim McGrail of Hammond in the 145-pound semifinals and then pinned Lackey's Luke Hannah losing, 7-5, with a minute left in the third period.

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.

Brian Neal of Howard remained undefeated by pinning Lackey's Josue Leon in 3: 15.

Neal was behind, 4-3, but reversed Leon and then quickly pinned him.

In the semifinals, Kevin Ferguson of Glenelg, who is 28-1, lost his first match of the season to Cecil McPherson of Lackey who he had beaten earlier this sason. Ferguson captured third place by decisioning Randy Curtin of Hammond, however.

Pub Date: 3/02/97

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