Owings Mills takes North regional meet

Demchick's pin at 135 clinches win over E. Tech

Class 2A-1A wrestling

High Schools

February 13, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When he earned the starting spot 10 bouts ago, Owings Mills' Jon Demchick (135 pounds) began to entertain visions of making a dramatic impact.

Last night against 12th-ranked Eastern Tech, his dream became a reality.

The junior's 53-second pin of Eastern Tech veteran Phil Fraley clinched a 35-34 victory and the No. 2 Eagles' ninth Class 2A-1A North regional title in a dual meet at Owings Mills.

Eastern Tech won its earlier semifinal, 40-37, over third-seeded Edgewood (8-3) of Harford County. Owings Mills beat fourth-seeded Joppatowne (8-3) by 58-12.

Demchick's win did in the Mavericks (13-3). Owings Mills will now aim for its second straight state duals crown and take a 27-match winning streak into Saturday's finals at Frederick County's Catoctin High.

"I told [coach Guy Pritzker] I was going to pin him," said Demchick, who is 14-3 as a varsity wrestler. "But I didn't expect to start at the beginning of the year, let alone win as many matches or be as big of a factor as I was tonight."

But without Demchick's dramatic finish, the Eagles might be staying home.

Owings Mills led 23-18 with six bouts left after a 35-second pin by fifth-ranked Jason Jacovsky (103 pounds, 26-2). But the Mavericks were within 23-22 after Kenny Carter (112 pounds, 20-4) scored an 18-8 upset of fifth-ranked Eric Vinores (25-2).

A 31-second pin by Owings Mills' third-ranked Rob Cooper (119 pounds, 27-1) had his team up 29-22, but it was 29-28 after consecutive decisions by Eastern Tech's state runner-up Chris Clark (125) and teammate John Mullinix (130), setting up Demchick.

It seemed the Mavericks would have an easier time as they built a 17-0 lead on a 40-second pin by Brian Summerlin (171), major decisions from Olu Awodipe (145) and second-ranked Mike Kessler (152), and a decision by top-ranked Eric Fishel (160).

The lead was the result of a lineup shuffle: Kessler (26-1), a sophomore who usually wrestles at 145, swapped with Awodipe (19-3), a senior who normally wrestles at 152. Fishel (25-0), a junior, dropped from 171, switching weight categories with Summerlin, a senior.

The Mavericks then won three straight for an 18-17 lead, with a forfeit to Jon Delair (189) and pins by Matt Balch (215) and Kenny Berlett (heavyweight) - the latter in 61 seconds.

In the end, however, the Mavericks were denied.

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