Westminster wins, ends decade county drought Owls run 37 points against Frederick

take seventh straight


January 09, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Westminster, sparked by four pins and a sparkling overtime victory, ran off 37 straight points and went on to defeat visiting Frederick last night, 43-22.

The loss was Frederick's first to a county school in some 10 years of dual-meet competition. But for the unbeaten Owls, it was the seventh dual-meet win in their first action since winning the Damascus tournament 12 days ago.

Bobby Biden (119), Kyle Burger (135), Tim Sharkey (140), and Eric Westervelt (189) collected the pins, but it was a 2-1 victory by Dave Spicer over previously unbeaten Kevin Ferraro at 145 fTC pounds that proved to be the match highhlight.

They weren't supposed to meet each other either, because Spicer normally works at 140. However, an injury at 189 left Westminster a man short, so coach Henry Mohlhenrich bumped everybody up a class, starting at 130. Thus, two of the state's premier wrestlers drew each other.

With all the points coming on stand-ups, Ferraro got his point in the second period, and Spicer tied him early in the third. They were scoreless through the first overtime, and in the ensuing 30-second period, Spicer, working from the down position, was able to get up.

For Spicer, last year's Class 3A-4A state champion at 135, it was his 13th win in 14 matches, with 10 pins. An upset loss in last year's state meet has been Ferraro's only other loss in the last two years.

"I was intimidated going in," Spicer said, "because I knew how good he was, and I had a lot of respect for him. I was trying to go upper body on him, because he is a master of the headlock. In the overtime, I knew we couldn't hold each other down, and it seemed as though fate decided who won."

Ivan Zdanov (152), the Cadets' other top wrestler, was in control all the way in beating John Muse, 10-2, and raising his record to 12-1.

Three of Westminster's four pins came inside of the first minute, with Westervelt claiming the quickest, in 26 seconds.

"We have worked really hard since the holiday tournament, and I think it showed," Mohlhenrich said. The Owls, who had Biden, Spicer, and Sharkey earn individual titles, placed first in the 19-team Damascus event nearly two weeks ago.

Frederick coach Andre Jackson admitted that giving up two forfeits and having two other starters out with injuries made it almost impossible to win the match.

He was, however, pleased with freshman heavyweight Akil Patterson, who rallied from being down 4-0 to pull out an 8-5 decision over Clint Walker.

"It took him awhile to get in shape, and when he did, he found out he could wrestle," his coach said. "I was proud of the way he came back."

Christian Davis (135) is one of Frederick's injured. He had won an individual title at the Lackey tournament in early December, then broke a wrist in a snowboarding accident over the holidays.

The incident likely cost Frederick in its loss to Linganore Tuesday. The two schools wound up tied, 30-30, and they had to go to the third criteria before Linganore was judged to be the winner on falls, 3-2. The two had equal wins (six) and equal six-point wins (four).

Pub Date: 1/09/98

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