Owings Mills machine rolls on over Patapsco No. 12 Eagles win, 48-18

unbeaten in dual matches


January 21, 1998|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Coming off an impressive runner-up finish to No. 1 Curley at South River, Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker was concerned his Eagles might be too physically drained for yesterday's Baltimore County Division II match at Patapsco.

His 12th-ranked Eagles' 48-18 rout shows Pritzker worries too much.

Leading 12-9 after four bouts, Owings Mills used a five-bout sweep to build an insurmountable 39-9 lead with four bouts left.

The sweep included pins from Arsen Arapatayan (130), fifth-ranked Drew Bowers (135) and Justin Myers (140) along with a decision from Jeremiah Calp (145), who rallied from a 4-1 second-period deficit to beat Nate Zimmerman, 13-7.

A forfeit to Alex Gitomer (152) put the match away as Owings Mills improved to 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the conference. Patapsco dropped to 7-2 and 4-2.

"There were some close matches, but what it boils down to is sheer desire," said Patapsco coach Dave Ingle. "Owings Mills constantly and consistently shows they want to win, and they want to win more than the kids they wrestle."

Justin Rafael (171) also recorded a pin for the Eagles to improve to 14-2, and Kenny Ricker (189) had a surprising 11-4 rout of the Patriots' John Jacobs.

Jacobs (14-4, nine pins) was the champion at the earlier Hereford tournament, where Ricker was fourth.

"Things are starting to come together for our team," said Ricker, who said he has a .500 record. "I was fourth at Hereford, but sixth at South River. The tougher competition [at South River] told us more about ourselves. We were kind of sore with some injuries, but we overcame them with heart."

Patapsco's Joe Bena (160) was a bright spot for this team, improving to 17-0 with a hard-earned 5-2 decision over Matt Summerlein. Bena, who earlier edged Summerlein, 3-2, has 11 pins on the year.

"He [Summerlein] was tough, and there was pressure because we were losing by a lot," said Bena, a junior. "We felt we could win, practiced lots of moves, but we just weren't doing them. Our endurance wasn't there."

Arapatayan led only 7-5 when he pinned James Cooper in 5: 01. Myers finished his rival in 2: 46. Bowers improved to 15-0 with his seventh straight pin -- the 12th overall -- in 2: 24 over Tim Brinegar (14-4, eight pins).

Patapsco won only four bouts, with one being an Owings Mills forfeit to Bill Hook (heavyweight), who is 15-2 with 13 pins.

The Patriots trailed 12-0 after yielding early forfeits to Scott Silverstein (103) and Harris Kaplan (112).

Pub Date: 1/21/98

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