Ow. Mills advances four to semifinals

Fourth-ranked Eagles trail defending champion Kent

Class 2A-1A wrestling

High Schools

March 02, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Fourth-ranked Owings Mills advanced Jason Jacovsky (103), Mike Kessler (125), Sasha Binder (130) and Clayton Arnold (135) into today's Class 2A-1A state semifinals at Western Maryland College, but trails defending state champion Kent, which has five semifinalists, 52-44.5.

Eastern Tech (42.5) is in third place with Chris Clark (103), state champ Trent Dixon (112), James Davis (145) and heavyweight Billy Farmer all having advanced into the semifinals.

Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker lamented a call against senior David Jacovsky (112), who lost his semifinal, 4-3, to Kent's Artie Kaehler after being called for having an illegal figure-four.

Dixon (29-2) had a close call in his 7-6 semifinal victory over North Hagerstown's Mike Wagner. Down 6-2 with 10 seconds left, he scored a reversal and three near-fall points to beat the buzzer for the win.

"I call it the Stikie roll, named after this boy I knew who used to use it," said Dixon, who gave up only his third and fourth takedowns of the year in the bout. "I had to try something, otherwise, I would have lost."

Others advancing were regional champs Doug Ramsey (103, 30-1) of Atholton, Shawn Sims (112, 33-1) of Lansdowne, Jeff Plasse (119) of Oakland Mills, Russell Tebeleff (130, 37-5) of Hammond, Dan Sexton (140, 34-2) of Overlea, Nakasone twins Dave (140, 29-3) and Mark (145, 29-5) of Centennial, Phil Parrow (152, 34-1) of Joppatowne, Andy Posil (171, 40-0) of Towson and Rob LaHayne (heavyweight) of Glenelg.

Ramsey and Parrow finished fourth and second, respectively, at last year's event and seem determined not to let a title opportunity elude them again. Ramsey had a 48-second pin and a 19-8 major decision, and Parrow a 5-0 decision and a fall in 3:33.

Posil, who scored a 13-4 major decision before getting his 24th pin of the year, seems on course to improve on his fourth-place finish as he looks to become the first state champion in Towson history.

Also wrestling well is two-time state finalist Mike Weber (130) of Sparrows Point, a former state champ who outscored his opponents by a combined 18-4.

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