All-howard County Wrestling

March 13, 2002

Ryan Green

River Hill, senior

Competing first at 135 pounds, and later at 140, Green became only the sixth wrestler to win four county tournament crowns and later captured his third regional title and his first state crown en route to a 36-0 record. Green last wore the River Hill uniform in winning the senior all-star classic, where he blanked National Preps runner-up Zak Johns of McDonogh, 1-0, and pinned Towson's fourth-place state finisher, Zack Hines, in 34 seconds.

Green, who was fourth and second in two previous state tournaments, this year allowed only 19 points to be scored against him (an average of .52 points per bout). His 10-4 state semifinal victory over Sherwood's county champ, Burke Edwards, was the most points he allowed in a single bout. Green pinned 21 of his opponents this year and scored technical falls over three county place-winners by a combined 48-2.

The 3.0 GPA student with a 1,050 SAT score has a school-record 130-17 career mark and will wrestle at Maryland, Missouri, George Mason or West Virginia.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Michael Duffy

Mount Hebron

The team slogan, "History was written by the winners," is a quote by Roots author Alex Haley, and fifth-year coach Duffy used it to take the Vikings where no Vikings' wrestlers had gone before. En route to a school and county record-tying mark of 18-0, the third-ranked Vikings - only 1-8 in Duffy's initial season - captured their first county, region and 4A-3A state dual-meet crowns, along with the school's first 4A-3A regional tournament title.

With only four wrestlers who competed prior to high school, Duffy relied on assistants Josh Pruett, Brian Neal and Jim Mengel to employ a strict training regimen that led to a relatively injury-free season. Mount Hebron outscored its dual-meet opponents by an average of 55-10, establishing state records for total points scored (992) and least points allowed (178).

Wins at the Magruder and Arundel tournaments - the latter over two-time private schools champ Archbishop Curley - led to a brief stint as Maryland's top-ranked team. All 13 wrestlers (a school record) placed in the top four at counties, where Mount Hebron was runner-up to River Hill, and 11 (another record) finished in the top five of their weights at regions.

FIRST TEAM

Pat Burns

Wilde Lake, senior

Burns (32-0, 17 pins) won heavyweight county and region titles and became the school's fifth state champ - the first to go unbeaten according to coach Adam Eldridge. Burns won his region title, 4-2, and his state title, 2-1 in overtime, against Dulaney's two-time Baltimore County champ Konstantinos Kosmakos, whom Burns had lost to twice last year. Burns was the only wrestler this year to defeat Kosmakos (39-2), who said of Burns, "If I'm going to lose to somebody, I'm glad it was him because he's a class guy." A champion at the South River and Dundalk tournaments, Burns and twin brother Chris will play scholarship football at Bowie State University.

Jesse Fawcett

River Hill, junior

The 189-pounder's pin of Howard's Joe Sedilko clinched his first county title. It also came during the most critical moments of a chase for the county tournament title, securing River Hill's one-point victory for the overall team title - the Hawks' second straight. Fawcett, who was a county tournament runner-up last season, finished third in the regional tournament and ended the year with a 30-8 record that included 21 pins. A one-time regional champ who last year was sixth at states, Fawcett was second at both the Magruder and Arundel tournaments.

Chris Garrow

Mount Hebron, senior

The 189-pounder won three of four bouts against Fawcett, getting one of his two pins against Fawcett to win the title in the season-opening Magruder Tournament. Garrow also defeated Fawcett during each of the Vikings' dual matches with the Hawks - one of which was for the county dual-meet title, and the other for the dual-meet regional crown. Garrow had third-place finishes at each of the county and Arundel tournaments. Garrow, fourth at counties his junior season, was 32-5 on the season.

Grant Gormley

Mount Hebron, junior

After finishing only third at counties as a sophomore, Gormley (119 pounds) earned county and regional titles on the way to a 28-8 record that included 15 pins and a technical fall. A runner-up at the Arundel Tournament, Gormley pinned third-place state finisher Chris Baum (Fallston) and Baltimore County runner-up Nick Pelekakis (Kenwood). He won decisions over state runner-up Steve Yaruta (Chesapeake-AA), former state runner-up Jeff Plasse (Oakland Mills), Baltimore City champ Warren Brown (Patterson) and Carroll County runner-up Seth Knights (North Carroll).

Mike Mengel

Mount Hebron, senior

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