Few at the Franklin gymnasium knew the challenge that faced South Carroll's Andrew Gold yesterday when he went up against Eastern Tech's Chris Clark for the title in the Indians' invitational.
"I've known him for years, and the one time we wrestled, he beat me," said Gold, a 103-pound sophomore.
In a bout that was tied three times, Gold (24-1) exacted revenge with his third takedown of the match with 1:04 left, producing a 7-5 victory over Clark (20-3).
Gold paced South Carroll (135 points) to a runner-up finish behind Oakton of Virginia as teammates Tom Wheeler (112 pounds), Andrew Winfield (160) and Jake Creech (heavyweight) were second in their classes.
"I had a hard time riding him [Clark]. He wrestled very good from the bottom," said Gold, 15, the only wrestler in Maryland to beat Atholton's top-ranked Doug Ramsey this year. "I scored three takedowns, so if I were to wrestle him again, I'd go on my feet more."
Oakton (166 points) was paced by district and regional champion Eric Amstutz (119), who won his third Franklin title after the host school's Garrett Thrift was disqualified after being penalized the maximum five times for stalling.
Trent Dixon (112) won for Eastern Tech (134.5), with teammates Martin Peterson (125) and Clark finishing second. Dixon (23-1) scored two pins and, in the final, a 14-6 major decision over Tom Wheeler (22-4).
Franklin's No. 1, Matt Schuster (130), won his division in the meet for the third time, with the Indians' Thrift, Drew Outten (140) and Kenny Jenkins (189) taking second.
Schuster (18-0) pinned two opponents. including Mervo's Chris Jones (10-1). In the final, Schuster's 4-1 victory came over Urbana's Nick Limparis (18-3).
Centennial's Nakasone twins, juniors Dave (140) and Mark (145), won their second high school tournaments. Third-ranked Dave (21-2) scored two technical falls and had eight takedowns in a 16-8 win over Outten. Mark (21-4) blanked Urbana's Andy Taylor (18-3).
"It's embarrassing if I do worse than Dave, so we push each other," said Mark Nakasone. "We worked hard all summer, and it's paying off."
Chris Pakacki (135), fifth-ranked Richard Wemple (152) and Jim Hardwick (189) took first for Kenwood. Wemple improved to 18-1 after a 55-second pin, a technical fall and a 5-1 win over Centennial's Jimmy Holzman.
Pakacki (19-4), a 130-pound regular, moved up a class to win. He overcame a 5-0 deficit in an 8-7 overtime semifinal win over Hereford's Dan Fouts (20-2), who had dropped from 140. In the final, Pakacki beat Pikesville's Grant Posner, 13-6, by scoring five near-fall points.
Hereford's state runner-up, Mike Reider (160), won a highly anticipated bout, 8-2, over Winfield (22-2), building an 8-0 lead before allowing a late reversal. Reider moved to 23-1 with 18 pins.
At 171, Towson's third-ranked Andy Posil (26-0) breezed with two pins and decisions. At heavyweight, Urbana's Pat Harper (18-1) blanked Eastern Tech's fourth-ranked Billy Farmer, then pinned Creech.