Owings Mills clobbered in semifinals

Northern of Garrett overpowers Eagles, 56-3

Old Mill wins 3A-4A crown

State wrestling duals

February 13, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

WALDORF -- A year ago, Northern of Garrett County's wrestling team came up on the short end of its two biggest events vs. Baltimore County teams from Overlea and Franklin.

The Huskies were 1A-2A state duals runners-up to Overlea, and open state runners-up to Franklin. In each situation, one match separated the Huskies from victory.

Overlea wasn't present to face an in-shape, intense and incensed Huskies squad at yesterday's 1A-2A state duals at Charles County's Westlake High, so North Region champ Owings Mills (20-2) had to serve as Baltimore County's victims in a 56-3 rout by the Huskies (15-1).

Northern of Garrett won the first 10 bouts for an insurmountable 44-0 lead before Owings Mills got its only victory, Jason Summerlin's hard-earned 7-1 victory over David Wampler, who was fourth at regions last year, at 171-pounds.

Northern of Garrett went on to edge Kent County, a team that has only one senior, 27-26, to win the dual meet title. Kent County had advanced to the final with a 31-24 semifinal victory over Hammond of Howard County.

In the 3A-4A championship, Old Mill got pins from Adam Dayton (189) and Dave Kim (Hwt) to rally from 10 points down and edge River Hill, 30-28, for its second state duals title since 1998.

Northern of Garrett got pins from state runner-up Blake Huber (112), Brandon Kamp (140), Mark Wolf (160), Ryan Brenneman (189) and Ryan Savage (Hwt.), along with a 16-0 technical fall from state champ Brandon Stein (135).

There also were major decisions by Pete Stein (103), Paul Beitzel (130), and Adam Brenneman (152), along with decisions by Matt McNees (119), Jeremy Guard (125) and Keith Artice (145), the final two being the come-from-behind variety.

Guard and McNees defeated Owings Mills' Clayton Arnold, and, Scott Silverstein, respectively, and Beitzel routed Neil Saval, 14-2.

Guard overcame an early 2-0 deficit for a 5-3 victory, and McNees led, 6-0, in his eventual 11-5 win over Arnold, who was fourth at states last season.

"Arnold only lost to Blake Huber, 3-2, at states last year, so I knew he was tough," said McNees, a senior who wrestled his freshman and sophomore seasons at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel. "Blake told me to go out and stay away from upper body, where he's [Arnold] real strong, and that's what I was able to do."

For the Huskies, whose only loss was to highly regarded Fairmont of West Virginia, McNees' win was a major source of motivation.

"Matt went out there and beat one of their best kids, and he really went after him," Beitzel said. "That told us about the quality of their wrestlers and the quality of ours. It really pumped us up."

In the other semifinal, Hammond (10-5) led Kent County, 20-19, with three bouts left after Kevin Chrpaty (160) pinned T. C. Jacobs in 1: 51, and, 24-19 with two left, after Scott Wallace (171) routed John Hoover, 15-4.

But Kent scored pins in the final two bouts for the win. A momentum-swinging victory for Kent came at 130 pounds, where Jacob Kirwan edged Hammond's No. 1-ranked Ryan Makin, 3-1, to avenge an earlier 3-2 loss.

"Once we got on our roll, with my pin and everything, I was thinking we could do this," Chrpaty said. "But they stepped it up in the last two weight classes. We wrestled well, just not well enough."

In the 3A-4A duals, North Region champ, River Hill (17-0) gutted out a 27-26 victory over North Hagerstown (16-1) to reach its first duals title match.

Its opponent, Old Mill, reached the finals with a 31-28 victory over Northern of Calvert County. The Patriots were in the title match in 1998, when they beat Westminster.

In the championship, the Patriots' Kim, ahead, 5-2, used a later-drop to take Scott Cannon to his back. From there, he eased Cannon over, finishing him in 1: 44 for a dual-meet victory that gives Anne Arundel County its state-leading third 3A-4A dual crown.

The River Hill-Old Mill matchup was the fourth all-area final in the event's seven-year history. Arundel defeated Westminster for the 3A-4A title in '97, and Hammond won its first of two 1A-2A crowns in '96 over Francis Scott Key.

Past state duals champs

Yr. 3A-4A 1A-2A '94

'94 Frederick North Carroll

'95 Northern-C. Damascus

'96 Frederick Hammond

'97 Arundel Lackey

'98 Old Mill Hammond

'99 Damascus Overlea

'00 Old Mill Northern-Gar.

Titles won: Anne Arundel (three), Howard, Montgomery, Frederick counties (two each), Charles, Calvert, Baltimore, Carroll, Garrett counties (one each).

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