On senior night, the Owls rule

4 Westminster seniors dominate their classes in 60-9 rout of Liberty

Wrestling

High Schools

January 28, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

On Senior Appreciation Night at Westminster, the guests of honor came through.

Seniors Pat Zimmerman, Mark Lanham, Kevin Henry and Gabe Wilson each scored decisive wins, and the Owls dominated visiting Liberty, 60-9, in Westminster last night.

Wilson, a 145-pounder who scored a 13-1 major decision over Darren Stephens, said he was happy to see the seniors perform well in the final home meet of their high school careers.

"It felt good to win in front of the home crowd," said Wilson, who improved to 20-6. "It's our hands that get raised at the end of the match, but it's nice to be able to do something for the people who come out for us."

Zimmerman pinned the Lions' Brian Roos at the 2: 45 mark of their heavyweight bout, and Lanham decked Adam Rausch 1: 42 into their 171-pound match.

At 145, Henry improved to 16-3 with a 16-0 technical fall over Chris Risko, who narrowly lost to Henry, 8-7, at the Damascus Tournament last month.

Henry said Risko prevented him from using his firemen carries, which worked in their last meeting.

"This match, I was working the ball and chain into a half," Henry said. "It worked well because I got six back points off of it."

J.R. Landsman (103) kick-started Westminster (8-3 overall, 5-1 in the Central Maryland Conference, and 3-0 in the county) with a 7-0 decision over Scott Hasenei.

After Paul Hartman of Liberty pinned Donnie Meyers at the 3: 38 mark of their 112-pound bout, the Owls earned four consecutive pins from Adam Tenney (119), Ryan Miller (125), Jason Brown (130) and Scott Wittbecker (135).

A much-anticipated match pitted the Lions' Rich Skelly against Jon Burger of Westminster at 152 pounds. Nursing a one-point lead in the second period, Skelly scored two takedowns and two escapes to win the battle, 11-5.

Randy Green's pin of Liberty's Brandon Robertson just 29 seconds into their 189-pound match gave the Owls seven pins in the 11 weight classes that they captured -- a statistic that clearly pleased coach Henry Mohlhenrich.

"I always try to drive into my guys' heads that they have to go from takedown to pin," he said. "They were very aggressive doing that tonight."

Lions coach Mike Flemming, who saw his team drop to 6-5 overall, 3-2 in the conference and 1-2 in the county, said his squad lacked intensity in the third period.

"We were wrestling two solid periods, but we need to put it all together," Flemming said. "As soon as we got an opening, we let it get away from us."

Francis Scott Key 51, North Carroll 18: The Eagles secured pins in six of the nine weight classes they won and won their first county match of the season.

Brian Owings (125), Tim Owings (135), Chris Palsgrove (140), Dale Kline (152), Jason Bloom (160) and Greg Frech (heavyweight) decked their opponents to help Francis Scott Key square their county record at one and improve to 4-4-1 overall.

Tyler Graham (103), Ross Bell (119), Josh Anderson (145) and Ryan Dell (189) won their bouts, but it wasn't enough to help the Panthers (0-9-1 overall, 0-3 in the county) get their first victory.

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