Atholton leads way to state tournament

10 Raiders in 2A-1A meet

Lauer goes for perfection

State wrestling preview

High Schools

March 03, 2000|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Four regional champions, including 125-pound junior Bryan Radik and 189-pound senior Bryan Mullinix, are among the wrestlers representing Atholton at today's state tournaments at Western Maryland College.

The 12th-ranked Raiders, winners of last weekend's Class 2A-1A South regional tournament, boast 10 wrestlers in the Class 2A-1A tournament. With 11, only Northern-Garrett, winner of the Class 2A-1A West regional, has more.

In defeating county-rival Hammond, 178.5-151.5, Atholton was paced by Radik, who improved to 32-6 with a 15-5 major decision over Bears junior Jimmy Davis in the championship final, and Mullinix (32-5), who scored a 6-2 decision over Howard senior Joey Tortella.

The Raiders had two more regional titlists in 145-pound junior Adam Roth (33-4), who edged Mount Hebron sophomore Mike Mengel, 3-2, and 171-pound junior Mike Carbone, who picked up the regional crown after Forest Park junior Arthur Minor was disqualified for circling the outside of the mat and drawing three stalling points.

No. 13 Hammond, which beat Atholton for second place at the Howard County Tournament, takes eight to the states. Among them will be senior Ryan Mackin (34-4), who registered a 20-8 major decision over Oakland Mills senior Paul Nguyen in their 130-pound championship bout, and junior Joey Kilo (25-18), who upended Raiders junior Robbie Allen, 13-8, for the 135 title.

Oakland Mills has three regional champions in 103-pound freshman Neal Nakagama, 112-pound senior Jason Orem and junior heavyweight Robert Scott.

Nakagama is 27-6 after decisioning Atholton sophomore Doug Ramsey, 9-2. Orem defeated Hammond senior Jason Freiert, 6-4, improving to 22-6, and Scott upped his record to 25-1 with a 9-1 major decision against Mount Hebron senior Karol Gryczynski.

Class 4A-3A

Two-time state champ and senior Brandon Lauer leads eight representatives of third-ranked River Hill, which nipped No. 4 South Carroll for the Class 4A-3A North regional championship.

Lauer will continue his quest to become just the fourth Maryland high school wrestler to finish his career with an unblemished record. The 125-pounder, now 107-0, recorded an 8-5 victory over Franklin senior Stan Wagner last weekend.

The Hawks, who narrowly lost to Old Mill for the Class 4A-3A dual-meet championship, send regional champs in Ryan Green, a 119-pound sophomore who raised his record to 29-3 with an 11-9 decision over Franklin sophomore Matt Schuster, and Mike Romano, a 135-pound senior who upped his mark to 31-4 by edging Dulaney senior Mike Winters, 2-1.

River Hill also has three region runners-up: 130-pound sophomore Michael Dauberman (29-4), 171-pound senior Jason Fawcett (32-2) and junior heavyweight Scott Cannon (21-11).

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