Westminster's fast pins take toll on Owings Mills Owls hand Eagles first defeat in dual matches

January 27, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Three successive Westminster wrestlers combined for three pins in a total of 2 minutes, 27 seconds to send the home team off and winging in a dual meet against unbeaten Owings Mills last night.

The ninth-ranked Owls went on to take eight of the first nine matches and ended with a 44-18 triumph.

The loss left No. 10 Owings Mills, which was wrapping up a heavy-duty schedule of eight matches in four days, at 15-1 and Westminster at 11-1. In the latest state dual-meet rankings, Westminster is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A-4A-North, and Owings Mills is tied for No. 1 in Class 1A-2A-North.

Patterson (6-4) gave Owings Mills a battle before losing, 41-30, after the Baltimore city team had lost to Westminster, 42-21, in the opening pairing of the tri-meet.

Westminster's domination in both matches came early and often. The team had seven double-winners among the first nine weight classes. Bobby Biden (119), Jim Reiter (125), and Dave Spicer (145) each had two pins.

Biden got his side going against Owings Mills with a 55-second pin, followed by Reiter in 44 seconds and Kyle Burger, 48 seconds. Tim Sharkey got a big win at 140, 9-7 over Drew Bowers, and Spicer clinched the win when he put down Jeremiah Calp in 1: 19 for a 35-6 lead.

At 140, Bowers is ranked No. 4 in the state and Sharkey is tied for sixth. Sharkey, coming back from a week of illness, broke a 7-7 tie when he got a third period reversal. Earlier, he had overcome a 4-1 deficit.

Where Patterson had dominated the upper weights in challenging Owings Mills, the Eagles in turn dominated Westminster in that area, winning three matches before forfeiting the last one.

Matt Summerlien and Kenny Ricker earned pins, and Justin Raphael (171) outlasted Eric Westervelt in a hotly-contested match, 11-10.

There were ties at 7 and 9 before Westervelt went up 10-9, only to have Raphael gain a reversal with 45 seconds left to get the decision.

For Patterson, three seniors in the top weights fared well, as Lenny Bridgeforth (20-1 at 171) had a technical fall and a pin; heavyweight Terrell McLaurin, a first-year wrestler with a 22-0 record, got an overtime decision and a 50-second pin; and at 189, Kenny Ricker split his matches, each of which ended in a pin. Thorn Brown (103) also was a double-winner for the Clippers.

Pub Date: 1/27/98

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