2 seek to continue family traditions Biden, unbeaten Yinger seek more titles

Owls hope for second in row


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

Matt Yinger and Bobby Biden will be seeking a continuation of family traditions, and Westminster will shoot for a title defense at regional wrestling championships today and tomorrow.

Yinger, Carroll County's only season-long unbeaten entrant, will lead defending team champion Francis Scott Key in the Class 1A-2A West at North Hagerstown. Biden will be one of six county champions counted on to help Westminster retain its Class 3A-4A crown at Fallston.

Yinger (21-0 at 135 as a senior) won at 112 pounds as a freshman and at 130 as a junior, and will be looking to use the regional as a springboard to next week's state meet at Western Maryland College.

Older brother Zack Yinger went undefeated (34-0) his senior year at Key and also won his second consecutive state title. He won a county championship each of his last three years, 1993 (140 pounds), 1994 (145), and 1995 (152).

Biden (30-2) is working toward a four-year sweep of county and regional crowns, at weights of 103, 112 (twice), and now 119 pounds. His father, Randy Biden, won successive county honors, 1971-73, at Westminster.

The county's Class 3A-4A teams accounted for all but two of last week's county champions, with Class 1A-2A Key's 189-pound senior, Jason Wiles, joining Yinger in the winner's circle.

In addition to Biden, Westminster coach Henry Mohlhenrich, himself a former county champion (South Carroll, 1968) will send out champions Chris Reiter, Jim Reiter, Kyle Burger, Tim Sharkey (a winner at 140, but who will drop to 135), and John Muse. Dave Spicer, state champion at 135 as a junior, but who went up to 145 and lost to South Carroll's Mike Muller last week, will return to his regular 140.

South Carroll entries include champions Muller and Jason Hamper, and North Carroll's Fran Jackson, Adam Boog and Ben Fleming.

Liberty entries include senior Jason Hamper, one of four county runners-up, and, with Fleming, a returning regional titlist.

Among Baltimore County schools in the regionals, Eastern Tech's Demetrios Gourgoulianis (now 125) and Dulaney's Matt Bulloch (now 130) are returning regional winners.

From Harford County, Aberdeen's James Axel (130) and Chris Osorio (152) are both 25-0, and Bel Air heavyweight Jeremiah Albright is 18-0.

Pub Date: 2/27/98

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