Gibson spurs Harford Tech to 3rd county title in 4 years

He pins Roland at 145

six winners for Cobras


February 17, 2002|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Harford Tech coach Gary Siler's advice to Andy Gibson was simple.

"I just told him to do his best," Siler said.

Gibson did more than that, pinning North Harford's Chad Roland 5 minutes, 4 seconds into the match and winning the 145-pound weight class at the Harford County Wrestling Championships yesterday at Bel Air.

Gibson was one of six winners for the Cobras, who captured their third county wrestling title in four years. Joppatowne was a distant second, followed by North Harford.

Roland, the state's No. 1-ranked wrestler at 145 pounds by the Maryland State Wrestling Association for Class 2A-1A wrestlers, just couldn't seem to figure Gibson out.

Gibson, who had never wrestled Roland, led most of the match. When Roland (25-2) began to take chances to catch up, Gibson caught him with a reversal and pinned him.

"I guess I was just in the right place at the right time," Gibson said. "[Our team] has had injuries and problems the last few weeks, and I'm just glad I was able to contribute."

"I feel bad for Chad," Siler said. "He's a senior, and this is the fourth straight year he's lost the county title to one of my guys. Three of those times have been in the finals. He's a great wrestler, and it has to be getting to him."

In other matches, Drew Beck of Fallston held off Brad Dreyer of Harford Tech in overtime to win the title at 125. Dreyer tied Beck, 2-2, with an escape in the last minute of regulation.

At 140, Harford Tech's James Brown executed a reversal in overtime to take the title. Josh Frankel of Bel Air held on to defeat C. Milton Wright's Andrew Hugo when he pulled off an escape in overtime, 3-2.

The only other pin of the day came at 189, when fellow Bobcat Tim Kassouf made short work of Aberdeen's Justin Brown, pinning him just 1:19 into the match.

At 112, Harford Tech's Eric King rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the second period to defeat Bel Air's Andrew Stephenson, 7-5.

"I lost to him at Edgewood earlier in the year," King said. "It was tied up and I heard everyone yelling, so I went for the takedown and got it."

Three other Cobras recorded wins in the finals. Mike Taylor earned a decision over Fallston's Chris Baum, 3-0, at 119, while Tommy Conlon did the same at 130 with a 13-3 win over C.J. Malinowski of Bel Air. Dan Culver rounded out the night for Harford Tech with a 14-10 decision over Edgewood's Eric Linblad at 160.

Joppatowne's Phil Parrow won the title at 152 with a convincing 4-0 win over North Harford's Brad Rutherford.

North Harford's Darren Felix recorded a 7-5 decision of Joppatowne's Eric Brown at 103.

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