Dixon, Eastern Tech stay hot, trounce Perry Hall

No. 2-ranked 112-pounder wins 16th straight match


January 30, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Since winning the state title two years ago as a sophomore, Eastern Tech's Trent Dixon has hit some bumps in the road. Last winter, he failed to defend his Baltimore County and regional titles and did not place in the top six at the state tournament.

Called a battler by his 30th-year coach, Joe Gast, the No. 2-ranked 112-pound senior has been on a roll. His 16-match winning streak includes victories over some of the state's best wrestlers.

In last night's 51-11 Baltimore County Division II victory against Perry Hall, Dixon (24-1) added the Gators' third-ranked regional champ, Jim Van Daniker to that list, scoring early and often en route to an 11-6 victory. Dixon scored five near-fall points and led by as much as 11-2, but had to fight off of his back in the final period before he could claim the decision.

Van Daniker kept pace, his early reversal making it 2-2. But Dixon's took a permanent lead on a reversal and tilted Van Daniker for three near-fall points and a 7-2 lead heading into the second period.

"I knew he was going to shoot, but I couldn't stop it. He's got a long body," Van Daniker said of Dixon, taller than him at 5 feet 9. "I put him on his back, but he was too far ahead for my game plan. I did the best I could."

Since losing, 2-1, in overtime to top-ranked Corey Bowers of Chesapeake-Anne Arundel County, Dixon has pinned Owings Mills' county and region champ, David Jacovsky, and beaten DeMatha's Cam Watkins, who has defeated Bowers and state champ Danny April of Churchill.

"I'm feeling pretty good except for that one loss," said Dixon, who also has pinned state runner-up Kyle Krumholtz of Kenwood. "I'm trying to get over it and win states again."

The Mavericks (9-4, 6-2 league) led 27-0 before the Gators (15-4, 8-2 league) won a bout. Eastern Tech had an insurmountable 36-4 lead with five weight classes left after Perry Hall forfeited its last of three bouts.

Jon Delair (189) got the Mavericks started, stacking Kirk Von Lindenberg ankles over head for a 37-second pin. Also pinning for the Mavericks were Kenny Carter (119), Pat Reed (152) and Matt Balch (171), a second-year wrestler who trailed 6-1 in the third period when he reversed and decked Eric Miller in 4:58.

Chris Clark (103), Martin Schaffer (135) and Billy Farmer (heavyweight) all received forfeits. Keith Estes (130) and James Davis (145) earned decisions over Bryon McDonald and Chad Melendez, respectively.

"We got off to a slow start this year, but I give credit to our kids. They haven't quit," said Gast, whose Mavericks visit No. 15 Harford Tech on Friday. "We have something to build on now."

Perry Hall was without No. 3 Nick Ramsel (125 pounds), who is ill.

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