Tourneys put on hold by weather

Hammond, South River events to finish tomorrow

2 others set for Saturday

January 20, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Two of four wrestling tournaments scheduled for yesterday will be completed tomorrow because of the snowfall that forced the cancellation of many area high school athletic events.

After completing one day of competition, organizers of the 17-team Hammond and 16-team South River invitationals have received approval from their athletic supervisors to finish up tomorrow, when schools will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King's birthday.

Two other tournaments, at Franklin and Overlea, have been moved to Saturday. Baltimore County athletics coordinator Ron Belinko said county athletes are not allowed to compete on the national holiday.

Hammond's tournament includes public school teams from Howard, Anne Arundel, Harford and Charles counties, private schools from Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Prince George's County, a Kent County team and three from Delaware.

Only one of the Delaware teams, William Penn, expressed a possible conflict. Otherwise, every team is expected to return tomorrow.

"There were conflicts for every other weekend except Monday, so everybody has agreed to be here," said Mike Tebeleff, Hammond's tournament chairman. "We're going to run it straight through, starting at 9:30, using four mats the entire time. We'll start the finals at 3:30, try to get out of here by 5."

South River coach John Kessinger expects most teams - from Howard, Anne Arundel, Prince George's, St. Mary's, Calvert, Charles and Kent counties, as well as Sidwell Friends of Washington, D.C. - back for the second day of the tournament at his school, to start at 9 a.m.

Only Owings Mills of Baltimore County will not return to South River, in accordance with Baltimore County policy. Still, Owings Mills appears to have wrapped up the title with nine finalists, Eagles coach Guy Pritzker said.

Only Delone Catholic of Pennsylvania, which had eight wrestlers in the semifinals, will not return to finish the Overlea tournament because of a scheduling conflict. Rescheduling Franklin's 16-team tournament was less complicated since it was a one-day event.

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