Ow. Mills sweats out 39-21 win

Eagles top Eastern Tech in Class 2A-1A, North

Regional wrestling duals

High Schools

February 07, 2002|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

His 112-pounder could barely walk. His 189-pounder lost in an upset.

By midway through last night's Class 2A-1A, North dual-meet wrestling championships, the only comfort for Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzger came from removing his tie.

From then on, however, the fourth-ranked Golden Eagles tightened the noose on visiting Eastern Tech, winning six of the final seven matches to score a 39-21 win and claim their eighth regional crown in nine years.

Owings Mills (21-1) advances to Saturday's state dual-meet tournament at Lansdowne, where it will begin its quest for its first state title at noon. Not, however, before a little drama.

"I was pretty nervous," Pritzger said.

And with good reason. At 189, Paul Day suffered only his second loss of the season, getting pinned by former county JV champion Jonathan Delair, as the Mavericks took an early 12-4 lead and threatened to pull away.

"That was a 12-point turnaround when Day got pinned," said Pritzger, who knew he had even more to worry about. "[103-pounder] Jason [Jacovsky] got pinned by their kid last time they wrestled, and [112-pounder] David Jacovsky's back was hurting so bad 30 minutes before the match that he couldn't even stand up. So if Jason got pinned and David lost, we lose."

Instead, both Jacovskys came through with wins, Jason's arguably the biggest of the night. Facing Chris Clark, who had pinned him in a match earlier this season, the freshman scored a third-period takedown and held on for a 2-1 win.

Senior David Jacovsky, who hurt his back during the semifinals and was battling intense pain, followed with a pin at 112, helping Owings Mills regain control.

The Mavericks (10-5), needing three straight pins to win the match, got the first, courtesy of 145-pounder James David, before the Eagles' Adam Metzger sealed the match for Owings Mills with a 7-4 decision at 152.

"I've only been pinned once in my high school career, so ... I knew I was not getting pinned," Metzger said. "Going in, I knew, `Just don't get pinned and we win,' but I knew I wanted to win that match."

Metzger said he remembered his freshman year in 1999 when the Eagles handily defeated Overlea during the season only to lose to the Falcons in the regional duals. This time, however, Owings Mills - which beat the Mavericks this season - was intent on not letting history repeat.

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