Harford Tech rises to 9th in poll


High Schools

January 16, 2001|By Lem Satterfield

Harford Tech's wrestling team has reached another milestone, a hint that this season could surpass the Cobras' breakthrough campaign of 1998-99, when they captured their first Harford County title.

The ninth-ranked Cobras (6-1), under 13th-year coach Gary Siler, have achieved their highest area ranking in school history, overcoming traditional stalwarts such as defending 4A-3A state tournament champ Chesapeake of Anne Arundel County, Eastern Tech and Boys' Latin.

The Cobras bounced county rival Fallston earlier this month, handing the Cougars (10-2) their first loss of the season, and have won tournaments at Dundalk and Bohemia Manor. They still must get by defending county champion Bel Air on Feb. 12.

On a team that Siler calls "pound for pound, the best team that I've ever had," only two wrestlers have losing records.

Mike Taylor (112), Gary Andrzejewski (119), Brian Owens (130) and James Brown (140) have lost once, and Tommy Conlon (125), a defending county and regional champ, and Brad Dreyer (103) each has lost twice. Dan Beury (135) and Travis Crouchy (171) have lost three times. Owens and Watson won individual crowns at Dundalk, with Dreyer, Taylor, Andrzejewski, Conlon and Brown winning at Bo Manor.

Harford Tech's long-range goal is to contend for the 2A-1A state duals and tournament crowns.

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