Eastern Tech is surprise 2nd in states

Dixon, Davis take crowns to finish behind only Kent

Class 2A-1A wrestling

March 03, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech's Trent Dixon edged Lansdowne's Shawn Sims, 6-4, to become his school's first two-time state wrestling champion, and teammate James Davis won his first state title to lead the Mavericks to a surprise runner-up finish to repeat Class 2A-1A tournament champion Kent yesterday at Western Maryland College in Westminster.

The Mavericks also got a runner-up effort from Chris Clark (103) and a fourth-place finish from John Delair (189), but Kent crowned repeat champion Brian Fox (119), Trey Kohl (152) and Willie Leonard (heavyweight) and got a runner-up finish from Joey Kirwan (189) to prevail, 129-98.5.

Dixon (31-2), a 112-pound senior, avenged a loss from a week earlier with his 6-4 victory over Sims (34-2). Davis, at 145, overcame a 3-0 deficit for a 12-5 win over Northern of Garrett County's Darric Kamp, giving Joe Gast his fourth and fifth state champs in 30 years of coaching.

"I didn't finish first in any of the tournaments I wrestled until the last three, but I won county, regions and states, and that's all that matters," said Davis, who had never placed in the state event.

Fourth-ranked Owings Mills finished third, unable to dethrone Kent as tournament champion after taking Kent's 2A-1A state dual meet three weeks ago. The Eagles crowned only Clayton Arnold (135), who blanked Hereford's Dan Fouts, 7-0, to finish 40-0. Arnold, who was third and fourth previously, called it "the culmination of four hard years." Teammates Dave (112, third) and Jason Jacovsky (103, fourth) also were in the top four.

Atholton's Doug Ramsey (103) won a state title and gave his father, Mac, his 51st birthday present at the same time, scoring an 18-3 technical fall over Clark. Ramsey was fourth last year.

"I came here relaxed, ready to do what I had to do," said Ramsey, who scored five takedowns and eight near-fall points against Clark. "I want you to put in there that I did it for my father's birthday."

Hammond's Russell Tebeleff (130) scored a 9-2 victory over three-time finalist and one-time state champ Mike Weber of Sparrows Point. Weber lost in last year's finals by the same score to Tebeleff's former teammate, Jimmy Davis, who was matside, cheering on Tebeleff.

"It makes sense that we'd wrestle him the same way because Jimmy was my former drilling partner," said Tebeleff, a senior who was third last winter. "It helped to have everyone here rooting for me."

Towson's Andy Posil (171) completed a dream season at 42-0, becoming his school's first state champ with his 25th pin of the year over Lansdowne's Tavon Watson. Posil was fourth last year after losing a one-point semifinal match to Beall's two-time champ, Nick Durst.

"I've been thinking about it since then, and the hard work has paid off," Posil said. "States is the biggest show in town, and I won it."

Centennial junior Dave Nakasone (140), whose twin, Mark (145), was third, routed Overlea sophomore Dan Sexton by 13-2. Glenelg heavyweight Rob LaHayne was runner-up, with a third-place finish from Lansdowne's Ryan Brown (125). Finishing fourth were Jeff Plasse (119) and Neal Nakagama (125) of Oakland Mills, Francis Scott Key's Lee Crowl (130), Hammond's Jarrel Graham (140), Towson's Zack Hines (145) and Overlea's Dennis Wise (heavyweight).

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