Harford Tech reigns supreme again

Dreyer leads 3-point win

Fallston is 2nd in county

Wrestling

High Schools

February 28, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Harford Tech junior Brad Dreyer had one thought on his mind before his 135-pound Harford County championship match against Fallston's Drew Beck.

Then moments before he took the mat, Cobras coach Gary Siler gave him one more thing to ponder.

"I remembered how I felt after I lost last year and I didn't want to feel that way again," said Dreyer, who lost to Beck in double overtime in last year's county championships. "Mr. Siler knew that if I won my match, we would probably win. He told me to put the nail in the coffin."

In what mirrored the struggle Harford Tech and Fallston waged atop the tournament standings for much of yesterday, Dreyer grinded out a 5-4 decision over Beck, helping the Cobras secure their third straight county championship at C. Milton Wright.

"It definitely feels much better than last year," said Dreyer, who jumped in the arms of Siler after earning a decision on an escape with about 30 seconds left.

It was that kind of day for Harford Tech. However, unlike last year - when the Cobras coasted to the title by nearly 100 points - Harford Tech needed almost every one of the 175 points it earned.

Fallston, which crowned county champions Chris Baum (130), Nathan Bachmann (145), Bryan Hughes (152) and Mark Peotter (189), recorded 172 points.

Bel Air came in third (107). Champions Kyle Tomlinson (140) and Brad Rutherford (160) helped North Harford to fourth.

"Fallston scared me, I'm not going to lie," said Siler, whose team trailed the Cougars by a half-point entering the finals. "I thought Mike Long set the tempo. He was the firecracker that the team needed."

Long, a freshman, outdueled Joppatowne's Erick Brown, 10-6, in the 103-pound final.

Then, 112-pound senior Eric King earned a 5-2 decision over Fallston sophomore Scott Parker for his second straight county championship.

"The team's not feeling too good right now, but we lost by just three points," said Baum, who pinned Edgewood's Mark Johnson in 5:20 for his first county crown.

Known for their talent in the lower weights, the Cobras won five of the first six title bouts. Included in the stretch was a workmanlike performance by 125-pound senior Ben Sills, who beat Havre de Grace's Alex Wolverton by technical fall, and a pin by 119-pound junior Mike Taylor over Bel Air's Andrew Stephenson in 2:39.

"My goal since I was a freshman was to be undefeated in the county and to be a four-time county champion and I'm on my way to doing that," said Taylor, who was named the tournament's most outstanding wrestler.

Other title winners: Edgewood's Eric Lindblad at 171, Joppatowne's Jeremy Navarre at 215, and C. Milton Wright's Paul Knopp, who won the heavyweight division after Edgewood's Javance Payne forfeited because of sickness.

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