River Hill's reign ended by Mount Hebron

Vikings stop Hawks' 26-match county streak

Wrestling

February 01, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Chris Garrow wanted to avoid a third overtime bout with Jesse Fawcett, with whom he had split victories.

"I'm not going into overtime with this guy again," Garrow said afterward, recalling his thoughts while he held a 5-4 lead with about 30 seconds left in a 189-pound match last night at River Hill.

Fearing a stalling penalty that would force extra time, Garrow flipped Fawcett to his back in a match-clinching, four-point reversal. Garrow's 9-4 victory gave No. 3 Mount Hebron an insurmountable 13-point lead with one bout left in its 41-22 Howard County dual-meet win before a raucous crowd that numbered more than the gym's 1,310 capacity.

The Vikings (14-0 overall, 9-0 in county) dethroned the two-time champion and fifth-ranked Hawks (15-3, 8-1), ending River Hill's three-year, 26-match winning streak against the county.

"We came here so pumped up, we had so much energy," said Garrow (26-2) "All the people in the crowd here made us want to win even more."

Garrow's win, and a subsequent pin by heavyweight Justin Neal, completed a five-bout sweep for the Vikings.

Mount Hebron led for good, 25-22, after Shawn Girch (152), moving up from 145 pounds, flattened Thomas Perkins in 3:21. Two-time state runner-up Mike Mengel (160) then hammered River Hill's Austin Sneeringer, 14-4.

River Hill won just four bouts, with pins from Vince Cina (103), Ryan Green (135), Nick Shevland (145) and Vince Cina (103), plus a 10-0 decision by Michael Dauberman (140).

When Cina's 30-second pin made it 6-0, the Vikings won four straight for a 19-6 lead. After Shevland's 55-second pin put the Hawks ahead 22-19, the Vikings closed the show with five wins.

River Hill gets another shot at Mount Hebron in Wednesday's Class 3A-4A state duals. The Vikings are the No. 1 seed, and the Hawks are No. 2.

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