This time, Arundel wins own tourney

Title ends 11-year drought

Bowser, Lowder seal victory

January 09, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The jinx is over for Arundel.

The eighth-ranked Wildcats ended an 11-year drought at its own tournament and edged McDonough of Charles County, 125-112, for the team championship at the 17th annual Arundel Invitational in Gambrills last night.

Sophomore Ryan Lowder's 3-0 decision over Paul Nguyen of Oakland Mills in the 130-pound division sealed the team title for Arundel, which last won the tournament in 1989.

"It's our first tournament win of the season," said Wildcats coach John Miller, noting that the school finished fourth at its own holiday invitational last week.

"We've been close. It's nice to get the win."

Arundel placed three wrestlers in the championship finals. At 125, junior Dave Bowser beat Paul Macknis of Annapolis, 5-4, on the strength of five stalling points assessed to Macknis.

Bowser, who improved to 9-3, called the win "frustrating."

"He was backing up the entire match," Bowser said of Macknis. "He wasn't wrestling."

Lowder followed that performance by slipping past Nguyen. Neither wrestler scored a point in the first two periods.

In the final period, however, Lowder escaped from the down position and scored a takedown to capture the individual crown.

Lowder (12-2) said the key was talking to Ryan Cummings of Sherwood, who lost to Nguyen in the semifinals.

"He told me that if I keep pushing him, in the third period he gets tired," Lowder said of Nguyen. "Toward the end of the second, it was a lot easier for me to ride him. I knew that I was wearing him down."

Arundel's third finalist, Zack Folan, fell to Bill Foreman of McDonough, 9-7, in the 160-pound class.

Overlea matched McDonough with the most individual titlists (three). Region champ Chaudry Afzal (145) is 12-0 after he scored a 13-4 major decision against Damien Langley of McDonough, and Zack Sergotick edged Matt Bovich of DeMatha, 6-4, in the 189-pound division.

One of the more exciting bouts was at 112, where Overlea's Alfred Clark had a 12-4 lead against Jason Orem of Oakland Mills heading into the third period.

But Orem scored a takedown and kept Clark on his back for nearly a minute before he reversed the near fall, scored a takedown and back points to win the championship.

"He surprised me with an over-under roll," Clark said of Orem. "I almost thought I was gone, but I fought back."

Oakland Mills advanced five wrestlers to the finals, but only two captured crowns.

At 103, freshman Neal Nakagama routed Jerry Anderson of Overlea, 13-3, and heavyweight junior Robert Scott pulled off a mild upset by defeating private schools champ Flynn Ficker of DeMatha in an 11-2 major decision.

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