Owings Mills snares county crown

Runner-up Dulaney falls by six points to Eagles

Wrestling

High Schools

February 17, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

In a wrestling tournament full of upsets, Owings Mills avoided the big takedown and earned the sixth Baltimore County title for 20th-year coach Guy Pritzker, 203-197, over No. 13 Dulaney at Parkville High.

Individual champions for the No. 4 Eagles were Mike Cooper (119 pounds) and Clayton Arnold (135), with runner-up performances from Mike Kessler (125) and Eric Fischel (160), third-place finishes from Jason Jacovsky (103), Sasha Binder (130) and Adam Metzger (152), and a fourth place from David Jacovsky (112).

Cooper (32-4) pinned Kenwood's Nick Pelekakis in 35 seconds. Arnold (33-0) recorded pins Nos. 18, 19 and 20 before winning the title bout over Dulaney's Roy Brintnall, 7-1.

"I'd never wrestled him before, but I was confident I could beat him to help the team," said Cooper, who outscored three opponents by a combined 28-2.

But Dulaney's No. 4, Andrew Schlaffer (130), had the tournament's shocker: A 53-second pin of Franklin's No. 1, Matt Schuster (25-1), who was coming off an 8-2 victory over state champion Mike Weber of Sparrows Point and trying to become the county's fifth four-time champion.

Schlaffer (34-1) is recovering from pneumonia and bronchitis. He considered forfeiting yesterday.

"I was going to wait until next week's regional tournament to wrestle him, but didn't want to give it up that easy," Schlaffer said. "I decided to give my all, and if he beat me, make him work for it."

No. 1 heavyweight Konstantinos Kosmakos (36-0) won by injury default against Eastern Tech's Billy Farmer (25-6, 22 pins), becoming Dulaney's first repeat county titlist.

Eastern Tech earned first-place finishes from Trent Dixon (No. 1 at 112), James Davis (145) and Chris Clark (103). Clark (27-4) avenged an earlier loss with his 5-4 victory over Dulaney's No. 5 James Knox (30-4).

Dixon (29-1) won his semifinal, 10-4, over Dave Jacovsky, and his second county title, 6-2, over Perry Hall's No. 4, Jim Van Daniker (26-3).

Perry Hall's No. 3 Nick Ramsel (125, 27-0) overcame a 1-0 deficit to win his second county title, 5-2, over fourth-ranked Kessler (33-1). Kessler had beaten Lansdowne's No. 5, Ryan Brown (27-3) in the semifinals. Ramsel also overcame some rustiness, as he still is recovering from a stomach virus.

"I was thrown off a little by his lack of aggressiveness, because he likes to get a lead and hold it," Ramsel said. "I was concerned about my conditioning. I still have a ways to go."

In other bouts, Kenwood's No. 5, Richard Wemple (152, 28-2), won his second county title, 4-3, over Dulaney's Matt Mindel; teammate James Hardwick (189, 26-3) pinned Eastern Tech's Jon Delair; Hereford's state runner-up, Mike Reider (160, 30-2), beat Fischel, 19-8; Towson's No. 4, Andy Posil (171, 34-0), edged Lansdowne's Tavon Watson, 7-1; and Overlea's Dan Sexton (140, 34-2) pinned Dulaney's Toby Matejovsky (33-3).

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