Franklin captures own tourney title

Hebbel, Schuster, S. Mays and Wagner win divisions

Wrestling

January 23, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Franklin junior Kevin Hebbel said he was "down in the dumps" watching from the stands as teammates made the finals of earlier tournaments at Hammond and Damascus.

Yesterday's inaugural 16-team Franklin Invitational was Hebbel's chance to bounce back, and he took advantage with two pins and a 3-1 title-bout victory over Brian Harris of Vienna, Va.'s Oakton.

"I got seeded fourth here, but four of my five losses were in Damascus and Hammond," Hebbel said. "Tournaments like those prepare you for this. I was pumped up for this one."

Hebbel joined title-winning teammates such as state champs Matt Schuster (119) and Sam Mays (160) and region champ Stan Wagner (125) as Franklin edged runner-up Oakton, ranked 10th in the Washington area with an 8-0 dual-meet record, 240-224.

Finishing second were Franklin's Ryan Ridgely (140), Luke Mays (152), Suny Aponte (heavyweight) and P.C. Wroe (103). Wroe was making his first varsity appearance, for the injured Gary Thrift.

Kyle Headley (171) pinned his way to a third-place finish for Franklin, and Evan Zipper (112) was fourth.

Franklin won last year's 1A-2A North Region and open state tournament titles, but yesterday's effort is believed to be the school's first invitational team crown.

"I've been around at Franklin since 1972, and I can't ever remember us winning an invitational," said George Wagner, 63, an assistant to head coach Scott Delpo.

"It really helped the kids, and they really came through for us. It gave the kids a taste of what we've got to do in the consolations at counties, regions and states."

Schuster (16-1) pinned twice to reach the final, where he scored seven takedowns in a 17-5 rout of Oakton's Scott Massie (18-3). Wagner (18-2) was tied at 2-all when his second-period guillotine scored three near-fall points in a 9-3 win over Oakton's district champ, Jamie O'Donnell (17-3).

Sam Mays (17-3) scored five takedowns in a 12-5 rout of Oakton's district runner-up, Chris Burton (18-3). But Aponte (14-5) scored the event's biggest upset, pinning Towson's previously unbeaten Boh Myers (13-1) before being pinned himself by Urbana's Stew Alcorn (6-0).

Kenwood's state runner-up, Jason Laubauch (140), improved to 18-0 with two pins and a forfeit, and teammate Tim Williams (145) moved to 23-1 after his overtime takedown secured a 9-7 win over Catonsville's John Michener (17-5).

Catonsville's county champ, Won Hill (130), moved to 19-0 with a pin, a decision and an 18-3 title-bout win that included five takedowns and five near-fall points.

A last-second takedown and two near-fall points lifted Woodlawn's Brian Webb (189) out of a 2-2 tie and into a 6-2 victory over Urbana's Ryan Dennison (12-4). Mervo's Tavon Williams (112) pinned his way to a 12-0 record before dropping a 7-6 decision to Oakton district runner-up Eric Amstutz (21-1).

An earlier dual-meet winner against No. 5 South Carroll, Urbana (176 points) was third behind Alcorn and Dave Mattson (152). Mattson (20-0), who was fourth at states last year, won his title bout, 5-2, over Luke Mays (16-2), who was favoring an injured right knee.

Mattson also scored five takedowns in a 12-6 semifinal win over Kenwood's previously unbeaten James Laubauch.

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