Dundalk's Reesey scores upset of 3-time champ Westminster goes 0-for-5 in finals, but wins team title

Class 3A-4A wrestling

March 01, 1998|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Three maintained unblemished individual records, but two others were lost, and Westminster, despite going 0-for-5 in the finals, retained its North Region team title at Fallston yesterday.

James Axel (130 pounds, 28-0) of Aberdeen; Dave Heath (135, 19-0) of Parkville; and Jeremiah Albright (heavyweight, 23-0) of Bel Air continued unbeaten, but Chris Osorio (152, 27-1) of Aberdeen and Bryant Mallory (189, 29-1) went down before John Thornton (4-0) of C. Milton Wright and Matt Kunkel (5-0) of Aberdeen, respectively.

A major surprise in an all-senior bout saw Rich Reesey of Dundalk go up 11-4 on Westminster's Bobby Biden, then put his shoulders down with 17 seconds left in a 119-pound match. Biden, a four-time Carroll County champion, was seeking a fourth straight region crown.

Of the 13 classes, Harford County schools had six individual winners to four for Carroll County, and three for Baltimore County.

Westminster finished with 118 points to outlast county rival South Carroll, 111. Fallston had 104; Aberdeen, 95.5, and North Carroll, 94.

Wilde Lake, the only Howard County team in the 18-team field, finished with 15 points. Its highest finisher was 140-pounder Dan Malkiel, who rebounded from a first-round loss to eventual champion Allan Petrilli of Fallston to win two matches before losing to Amir Hassani of Dulaney in a fifth-place bout, 7-1.

Senior Mike Strobel (32-4), a National Honor student from Fallston, began the Harford run when he walloped Westminster junior Chris Reiter for the second time in less than three weeks at 112 pounds, 15-2.

Reiter's loss began a string of five successive setbacks for Westminster entries. After Biden, whose earlier two wins set a school career record of 132, it was senior Jim Reiter junior Kyle Burger, and senior Tim Sharkey.

The Owls previously had taken a hit on Friday when defending state champion Dave Spicer, who was sick, failed to make weight.

At 125, Matt Bulloch gave Dulaney its first two-time region champion, 8-4; Axel dispatched Burger, 6-2, and Heath took out Sharkey, 7-2.

Still, it was Reesey who generated the most excitement. In raising his record to 36-1 (a county semifinal loss), the two-time regional runner-up (to Biden) made up for last year's 9-2 loss.

"He took me down three times with the same move that time, so I worked on avoiding the move this time," Reesey said. "When I took him down [in the first period], it changed the whole match."

Albright, who had lost to North Carroll's Ben Fleming (25-2) twice last year, won this time, 5-1.

Pub Date: 3/01/98

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