Owings Mills reloads, takes aim 37-26 upset of Overlea gives Eagles 3-0 record in a rebuilding season

December 17, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Four-time state champion Steve Kessler has graduated, and only three of its 13 wrestlers are seniors. But with yesterday's 37-26 victory over visiting 12th-ranked Overlea, No. 14 Owings Mills proved it is still a force to be reckoned with in Baltimore County.

Brad Polsky (112), fifth-ranked Drew Bowers (135, 6-0), Justin Myers (140), Jeremiah Calp (145, 5-1) and Matt Summerlein (160, 5-1) all scored pins as the Eagles (3-0, 1-0 in Division II) upset the Falcons (2-1, 1-1).

Overlea, winner of the season-opening Patapsco tournament, was within 27-14 with four bouts left after county and region runner-up Derrick Oxendine (152, 9-0, six pins) required a buzzer-beating takedown for a 9-7 decision of Alex Gitomer.

But Summerlein's pin, with three seconds remaining, put the match away mathematically, 33-14, and teammate Justin Rafael (189, 5-1) added a 15-1 rout.

Overlea closed with pins by fourth-ranked, state runner-up Terry Lawson (171, 8-1), a county and region champ, and heavyweight Mike Banks.

"If I'd have made weight at 145, we'd have gotten six points [for a pin] there, and maybe canceled out a possible six by them at 152," said Oxendine, a fifth-place state finisher whose team was third at last weekend's John Carroll's tournament behind No. 10 Aberdeen and No. 11 Boys' Latin.

"Nothing worked out like we wanted it to," Oxendine said. "But we've got to put this thing behind us and move on."

Owings Mills, winner of last weekend's Hereford tournament, took five of the first seven bouts for a 27-11 lead, including three straight pins by county and region champ Bowers (five pins on the year), Myers and Calp (three pins).

"Coach [Guy] Pritzker told us there was no pressure. He knew if we lost, we lost, no big deal. It was supposed to be tougher," said Bowers, a junior who has twice placed fourth at the state competition. "There were a couple of surprises, really."

Polsky, up from the junior varsity, scored a stunning 58-second pin in his first varsity match. And there was a 10-6 decision from junior Billy Miller (119, 6-0) against Overlea freshman standout Jason Laubach (8-1).

"We got the matchup we wanted right there and in a couple of other places," Bowers said.

Overlea wrestlers Alfred Clark (103, 7-2) and Henry Cunningham (125) dominated their opponents from the neutral position. Clark blanked Scott Silverstein, 6-0, using three takedowns, and Cunninham hammered Harris Kaplan, 10-2, with four.

Teammate James Laubach (130, 7-2), Jason's cousin, scored a 14-0 victory.

"We hoped to be farther ahead than we were. But after Drew won, that kind of turned the tables," said Myers, a former junior league state place-winner. "After I won, we had a lot more motivation. We thought this wasn't going to be too easy, since it's our rebulding year. But we just tried our best."

Pub Date: 12/17/97

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