Dixon outclasses Arundel field

Eastern Tech senior wins 112 division, 3-2

Annapolis finishes 2nd to DeMatha


High Schools

January 13, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech's Trent Dixon told someone before last night's 112-pound title bout of the Arundel Tournament that "wrestling's not my life, it's only a part of it." But the senior wrestled like his life depended on it in a 3-2 victory over DeMatha's Cam Watkins in the 17-team event's toughest weight class.

Dixon (16-1), a former state champion, escaped with one minute left and held off Watkins (21-3), who was coming off a 4-2 semifinal victory was over Churchill's Danny April. The loss for a first for April, a sophomore who is now 53-1 for his career.

Dixon, who earned Outstanding Lowerweight Wrestler honors, had scored a semifinal 3-2 victory over Lackey's Joe McKeever.

"I wrestled like it was life and death because I had that cheap loss to Bowers," said Dixon, referring to his overtime loss to Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's No. 1-ranked Corey Bowers earlier this year. "I wanted to prove that it was a fluke. It proves that I can wrestle with the best in the state."

Finishing second for Eastern Tech were Chris Clark (103), James Davis (145) and Billy Farmer (heavyweight).

In team competition, No. 9 Annapolis finished second behind DeMatha, the state's No. 6-ranked team, thanks to titles from sophomore Andrew Smith (130) and Joe Mihoces (152) and runner-up finishes from Bill Vollono (140), Greg Powell (160) and Paul Macknis (171).

Smith (15-1) defeated previously unbeaten Chase Brannon of Bowie (14-1) in the semifinals and scored a mild upset victory over Churchill's Tom Massie (17-1) in the final, 8-4. It was only a mild upset because Smith was coming off an overtime upset of Meade's Matt Harvey, a former state runner-up, earlier this week at 135. Massie is ranked fifth in the Class 4A-3A state rankings by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

"This week, my confidence has skyrocketed after my win against Harvey. I started believing I could stay with the big boys," Smith said. "I learned that sometimes I can be too confident; I can put myself in risky situations."

Mihoces (13-2) outscored three opponents by a combined 32-3 to raise his record to 13-2 on the season. In the title bout, he simply dominated Churchill's David Kraus (14-3) in a 9-1 victory.

"I felt like I was in control most of my matches. That's something I've been working on," said Mihoces, who won the second tournament title of his career. "Second's never any good, but it's a tough tournament. We came ready to wrestle, we just didn't finish them off."

Macknis edged DeMatha's Gary Stewart, the state's fourth-ranked wrestler at 171, in overtime of their semifinal. In the final, however, Macknis dropped an 8-4 decision to Montgomery County champion Matt Butler (16-1) of Einstein.

Vollono (12-3) lost in overtime to Sherwood's Burke Edwards (14-1). Vollono had beaten Edwards twice.

In his title bout, Powell (6-1) was pinned by McDonough's Jason Kiessling (17-0), the state's No. 2-ranked wrestler in his class.

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