Atholton High wrestling coach Lind Blind has had an extra worry this year during tournaments. For the first time in his four-year career, his team is at the level where he has to concern himself with team scores.
Last night at Hammond High, however, it wasn't so much a worry as it was a pleasure for Blind to sneak a glance at the overall results. The Raiders placed six wrestlers in championship final bouts, four of whom won titles, and won the 2A/1A South Region Tournament by 27 points.
"It's something we're not used to doing," said Blind, who had 10 wrestlers qualify for next weekend's state tournament. "This is the first time we've really had to worry about team scores."
Hammond, which beat out Atholton for second place at the Howard County Tournament last week, placed second with 151.5 points. Oakland Mills was third with 112.5.
Atholton's Bryan Radik (125 pounds), Adam Roth (145), Mark Carbone (171) and Brian Mullinix (189) all won individual titles.
Radik beat Hammond's Jimmy Davis for the 125-pound crown by dominating the match on his feet. Radik scored seven takedowns in the 15-5 major decision -- his fourth victory over Davis in four meetings this season.
"He's tough and it's hard to turn him," Radik said. "I just tried to beat him on my feet."
Like Radik, Roth had beaten his finals opponent, Mike Mengel of Mount Hebron, three times before last night. But while Radik's victories have become increasingly lopsided, Roth's have become tighter. After beating Mengel by pins in their first two meetings and by an 8-3 decision in their third battle, Roth had to struggle for a 3-2 victory last night.
"Every time I wrestle him, he seems to get a little tougher," Roth said. "I was just one move ahead of him tonight."
Carbone won the 171-pound crown when Forest Park's Arthur Minor was disqualified in the most bizarre match of the night. With the match tied in the second period, Minor began circling around the outside of the mat. Carbone stood in the middle, refusing to be drawn out, and Minor was penalized three times for stalling before referees ended the match.
Mullinix beat Howard's Joey Tortella, 6-2, to cap Atholton's array of champions.
Hammond placed five wrestlers in the championship finals, but only Ryan Mackin (130) and Joey Kilo (135) came away with titles.
Mackin scored 10 takedowns in a 20-8 major decision over Oakland Mills' Paul Nguyen.
Kilo defeated Atholton's Robbie Allen for the third time this season to take the 135-pound crown. Oakland Mills' third-place finish was thanks in large part to its three champions -- Neal Nakagama (103), Jason Orem (112), and Robert Scott (275). Nakagama controlled Atholton's Doug Ramsey for a 9-2 decision. Nakagama also defeated Ramsey in the Howard County Tournament Finals last week.
Owings Mills produced one individual champion in senior 189-pounder Jason Summerlin, but held off second-place Overlea, 126-123.5, to capture the Class 2A-1A North regional wrestling tournament at Overlea High.
Owings Mills won courtesy of runner-up performances by sophomore Dave Jacovsky (103) and sophomore Scott Silverstein (125) and third-place finishes by junior Kevin Garmzaban (145) and junior Adam Beytin (152).
Two wrestlers successfully defended their regional crowns. Overlea junior Chaudry Afzal (145) scored a 19-3 technical fall against Catonsville senior John Michener, and Hereford senior Todd Yates (160) earned an 11-2 major decision over Aberdeen sophomore Brendan Phillips.
Harford Tech, which placed third with 102 points, had two regional titlists in sophomore Tommy Conlon (119) and senior Jon Comer (135).
Sun staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.
Pub Date: 2/27/00