Hammond tops Scorps, keeps record clean Bears rack up four pins in win over Oakland Mills

January 28, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Hammond moved closer to its third straight Howard County dual-meet championship by downing Oakland Mills yesterday, 44-15.

The visiting Bears (10-0 overall, 6-0 league) dominated with four pins and two major decisions against the Scorpions (8-2, 5-2), whose only prior loss was to unbeaten River Hill.

"We needed to overachieve and we underachieved," Oakland Mills coach Brian Chadwick said. "We came out up, but cooled off too fast. They were the better team."

The match began on a high note for Hammond with Jason Freiert's upset 103-pound victory over Zach Notes, but hit a low note when 112-pound Paul Nguyen pinned Tim Carter in 1: 52.

That was the only time Hammond trailed, however. Vaymond Dennis won a major decision against Craig Floyd, 14-5, and Ryan Mackin followed with another major decision at 125 pounds.

"Nothing Ryan does surprises me," Hammond coach Bill Smith said. "To me he's an unsung hero. Not many people know how talented he is because he didn't wrestle last year. But he could be one of our best ever before he's done."

Scott Osborn (17-5) increased the margin for Hammond with a 3-1 decision over Kevin Sutton, who came in 20-2. It was the fourth time Osborn has beaten Sutton without a loss.

Danny Embrey followed Osborn and earned a pin at 135. "Osborn and Embrey continue to solidify the middle of our lineup," said Smith.

Josh Law won a tough match at 140, as Oakland Mills' Alan Lederman dropped from 145 pounds but lost, 10-6.

"No one works harder than Josh, and he's peaking at the right time," Smith said. "He wrestled a good match."

Pins by Mark Read at 145 pounds, Pat Jameson at 152 pounds and Adam Clark at 160 pounds built an insurmountable 41-6 lead for Hammond.

The Bears forfeited at 171, where Randy Curtin, who missed much time with a broken hand, was nursing a sprained ankle.

But Hammond's Kyle Peddicord won a 10-6 decision over Paul Duffy at 189 pounds. "I was impressed with Peddicord's effort," Smith said.

The match ended on a rare low note for the Bears when heavyweight Matt Nelson fell to Jay Frizzelle, 9-8, in a likely preview of the county championship.

Nelson, carrying a 50-pound weight advantage, defeated Frizzelle twice last season.

Pub Date: 1/28/98

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