Lots of ranked wrestlers add weight to Harford dual meet

Harford Tech, unbeaten in county, faces Fallston

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High Schools

January 31, 2003|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Tonight's Harford County wrestling dual meet between 14th-ranked Fallston (10-1-1 overall, 4-1 league) and No. 6 Harford Tech (5-1, 4-0) should make for a dynamic showdown.

Host Harford Tech returns county champions Eric King (112 pounds) and second-ranked Mike Taylor (119), and boasts fifth-ranked Ben Sills (125), sixth-ranked Josh Taylor (140) and Mike Long (103) -- a former two-time junior-league state champion.

Fallston is led by second-ranked Chris Baum (130) and third-ranked Nathan Bachmann (145), who finished third and first, respectively, last year at the Class 4A-3A state tournament. The Cougars also feature Bryan Hughes (152), Jeff Ramsey (heavyweight) and Scott Parker (112). Parker is coming off an upset over North Harford's Darren Felix, last year's 103-pound county champion.

The 135-pound bout could be a key one, matching the sixth-ranked Brad Dreyer of the Cobras against the Cougars' Drew Beck, who last year edged Dreyer, 3-2, in overtime for the county title at 125.

The Cobras are pursuing their fourth straight county dual-meet title. They also can win their fourth county tournament title in the past five years.

Harford Tech won last year's dual meet at Fallston, 30-25, before more than 300 screaming fans -- but not without a little controversy.

Moments before the start of the match, Fallston coach Andy Amasia called attention to an angry rash -- thought to be ringworm -- on the back of then-Harford Tech wrestler Dan Culver, who was told by official Michael Jordan that he could not compete without a doctor's permission.

Culver's father drove him 20 minutes roundtrip to nearby Bel Air, where he received a doctor's note that allowed him to return in time to foil the Cougars by scoring a critical pin in the dual-meet victory.

`The Game' tonight

The Institute of Notre Dame will be out to make it two straight girls basketball victories over Mercy when the two tip off at 7:30 tonight at the Towson Center.

While the No. 5 Indians' 63-61 overtime win on Dec. 20 broke a six-year, 11-game Magic winning streak in the series, tonight's game is the big one.

It marks the 37th annual meeting between the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference rivals. The way the league is now structured, Mercy and IND play twice a year, but one game is designated as "The Game" and is played at the Towson Center.

In "The Game" last year, 3,130 fans came to see All-Metro Player of the Year BJ Banjo lead the Magic to a 57-51 victory. Most of the other key contributors return for both teams.

Colette Hailey, who scored 15 in "The Game," and IND's Chandrea Jones, last season's top freshman, scored 19.

The No. 14 Magic certainly will be watching IND forward Caroline Wesley, who had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the December meeting.

A night to remember

Parkville's Deshonda Barton made the occasion of her 1,000th career point an especially memorable night. In addition to hitting the milestone, the senior forward notched a triple double.

A second-team All-Baltimore City/County selection last season, Barton scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds and 10 steals in the Knights' 50-26 victory over Dulaney on Jan. 22.

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