Bel Air pulls away from Aberdeen, 43-22

Wainwright's 21st victory at 171 clinches for Bobcats

February 03, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Jon Wainwright scored six of his nine near-fall points in the final period of a 171-pound technical-fall win over frequent rival Shane Farmer, clinching a 43-22 Harford County dual-meet victory for Bel Air last night at Aberdeen.

Following up a split-cradle pinning maneuver by 160-pound teammate Dave Jonczak (160), Wainwright (21-1) gave Bel Air an insurmountable lead, 37-19, over Aberdeen (9-2, 4-2) with two bouts left.

Heavyweight Mike O'Malley scored a third-period pin for Bel Air (10-0, 6-0), which, with remaining matches against C. Milton Wright and Fallston, has the inside track toward the county dual-meet title.

Of his match with Farmer, Wainwright said, "I've wrestled Shane like 10 times, and it's always close. He beat me last year and the year before, but now I've won three in a row."

Farmer slipped to 19-4, his only losses coming against Wainwright, 3-2, and via two one-point setbacks against North East's Casey Patchell.

An earlier 5-2 loser to Old Mill's No. 1-ranked Antoine Cooksey, Wainwright (21-1) will be looking for his ninth straight win Friday against Patchell, who defeated Cooksey, 10-8, earlier this season.

"Losing to Cooksey, that was the turning point in the season for me," said Wainwright. "I got the first takedown tonight and kept the momentum going."

And Bel Air had the momentum, losing only five bouts and taking a 19-0 lead after the first four on pins by Ryan Stephenson (103) and Dave Lazzaro (125), a 12-1 decision by Nick Franchetti (119) and a decision from Chris Callus (112).

Aberdeen won three straight to come within 19-16 on a 36-second pin by George Hadaway (130), a third-period fall by Tom Guerrera (140), and a 13-1 rout by Randall Overstreet (135). Overstreet is 20-2, Guerrera 19-3.

Bel Air was up 25-19 after a first-period pin by Bel Air's Erik Purura (145) was followed by a decision from Aberdeen's Jason Reachard (152).

Havre de Grace (1-9, 0-7) lost, 55-14, to Aberdeen and, 64-6, to Bel Air.

Aberdeen's Mike Miller (189) moved to 20-3 with identical 8-5 wins over Havre de Grace's No. 4 Brian Slagle (18-3) and Bel Air's Brian Cubbage (19-6). Cubbage, who pinned Miller earlier this season, edged Slagle, 9-6, last night.

"Slagle's been getting all the press, and Cubbage stuck me," Miller said. "This was redemption night."

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