Franklin deals Woodlawn first setback

Unbeaten McKinney suffers 1st loss to Jenkins


High School

January 04, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

After missing all of last season with a knee injury, Franklin's Kenny Jenkins is trying to use this year to catch up on lost time.

Judging from his performance in last night's 51-18 Baltimore County 3A-4A dual meet rout of Woodlawn (5-1), the senior 189-pounder is well on his way.

In a bout that matched two of the county's more successful wrestlers in their weight class, Jenkins pinned Woodlawn's previously unbeaten Vance McKinney in 1:17 to give Franklin an insurmountable, 39-15 lead with two bouts left.

Jenkins had hoped to have won a county title by now, having gone 14-2 and been junior varsity county runner-up as a 140-pound freshman, followed by a 15-13 sophomore year as a varsity 145-pounder.

Jenkins is refocused after having his plans derailed by ligament damage in his knee. His present 11-3 record includes decision losses - all against Severna Park's fourth-ranked James Cahoon (11-1).

"The last time I wrestled him [Cahoon], it was 1-0. So I'm getting closer. All I want to do is work hard and make up for the last couple of years," said Jenkins. "This guy [McKinney] was undefeated, but records don't mean anything. They [Warriors] were talking about how they were going to beat us, but I wanted to help my team out by putting up six points."

Franklin (2-1) also got six points from its last two wrestlers, as heavyweight Charles Burgeon and Fabian Brown (103) flattened their opponents in 1:47 and 41 seconds, respectively.

The match figured to be much closer considering Woodlawn owned a victory over Hereford, a team the Indians lost to in an earlier dual meet.

"But we were missing some starters and a lot of things went wrong against Hereford," said top-ranked state champion Matt Schuster (130), whose pin raised his record to 11-0. "Tonight, we were a lot better."

The Warriors led 3-0 after Tim Smith (112) scored a 12-9 decision Smith led 5-0 early, dictating a physical pace and nearly pinning Jory Frankle in the first period. Smith (6-0) led by as much as 9-1. But Franklin won the next three bouts for a 15-3 lead, including pins by Schuster and Chris McCauley (125).

Franklin's fifth-ranked Garrett Thirft (119) survived a late rally by Charles Murray (5-1) to hand the Woodlawn wrestler his first loss, 9-4, and improve to 6-1. After that, Schuster (11-0), ranked No. 1 in his class, decked previously unbeaten Keith Ford (5-1) in 1:37.

The Warriors were within 15-9 after Matt Proutt (135) overcame a 5-0 deficit to pin Chinney Thacker with five seconds left in the first period. But the Indians reeled off three straight victories for a 33-9 lead.

The winning spree included a forfeit to county champ Drew Outten (140), an injury default victory by P.C. Wroe (145), who led 16-4 when the bout was called, and a pin by Chris Yankosky (152).

Woodlawn had pulled to within 33-15 after its two unbeaten upper weights, Mark Brown (160) and James Simpson (171), improved to 6-0 with a forfeit and a 16-11 decision, respectively.

"Our hearts weren't in it today. There were guys who weren't there to practice over the weekend and they should have been here," said Brown, a senior whose team meets five-time Baltimore City champ Patterson on Monday. "You have to work, because it ain't that easy. Hopefully, we can come back against Patterson."

Woodlawn is coached by Clinton Jenkins, whose assistant is his former Southwestern High teammate Darren Allen, a former Maryland Scholastic Association champ and former All-Metro Wrestler of The Year.

"The holiday time off really hurt us. We had guys going out of town, and it doesn't work like that," said Jenkins. "We're going to really let the kids know about this one and definitely be ready for the next match."

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