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Centennial earns its first crown

River Hill, Owings Mills add to state dual-meet and county championships

Regional wrestling

High Schools

March 02, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Doug West, the No. 2 wrestler at 125 pounds, scored four takedowns in a victory over third-ranked Steve Yaruta of Chesapeake and No. 5 Josh Baynham (130) pinned No. 6 Mike Handleman of Arundel to earn individual crowns and lead No. 8 Old Mill to the Class 4A-3A East regional title last night at Meade.

A third-period reversal lifted top-ranked heavyweight William Bell to his 2-1 win over No. 5 Alec Eaton of Meade as the Patriots (169.5 points) dethroned No. 9 Chesapeake of Anne Arundel (second, 139) and qualified nine wrestlers for the state tournament next weekend at McDaniel College.

West's 17 straight wins include one over top-ranked Tim Bohlman of Mount St. Joseph, three over Yaruta and two over Chesapeake's Corey Bowers, top-ranked at 119. "I think I'm peaking at the right time - definitely," said West (32-3), a three-time regional champion, after defeating Yaruta, 9-4.

Three-time Anne Arundel County champion Bowers (29-3) overcame a stomach virus to win his first regional crown on two pins and a major decision. "It was tough, but I had it in mind that nothing's wrong with me," said Bowers, a junior.

Arundel got crowns from sixth-ranked Justin Tippett (189) and Justin Bowser (103). For Severna Park, No. 5 Steve Smith (145) and No. 6 Walker Babbington (160) were victorious. Winning for Annapolis were No. 2 Ben Graham (135, 29-0) and No. 4 Andrew Smith (140, 27-0). Broadneck earned titles from top-ranked Tyler Moyer (215) and Kris Coby (171). Other champs were South River's Andrew Mulry, ranked fourth at 112, and Northeast's Chris Dyke, ranked third at 152.

Tippett (13-1) gave No. 5 Thomas Smith (24-1) of Patterson his first loss, 5-2, and Bowser (30-1) won his 21st straight bout, 14-5 over Meade's Ben Harvey. Steve Smith (33-1) shut out city champion Chris Jones of Mervo, 2-0, and Babbington (28-6) scored a four-point reversal in the final eight seconds earned his 9-6 win over Northeast's Kevin Lenhart.

Graham outscored three opponents by a combined 42-1, and Andrew Smith had a technical fall and two pins. Moyer (28-1) beat Northeast's Joe Fold for the fourth time this season, 6-3, and Coby won his first bout in four tries, 9-6, over Arundel's Brad Pendock.

-Lem Satterfield

2A-1A South

Yesterday was a day of firsts at the 2A-1A South regional championship meet at Glenelg.

Centennial, already a winner of a state championship in 1981, won its first regional title. The Eagles placed all 10 of their wrestlers in the top five of their weight classes to roll up 163 points. Second-place Hammond finished with 111.5 points.

Mike Montanez (103 pounds), Mark Nakasone (145) and Dave Nakasone (152) won regional championships to lead the Eagles, who qualified nine wrestlers to the state tournament.

"We won the regional dual tournament, so it feels nice to continue our success here," said Centennial coach Todd DeCrispino. "We had a special group of kids who came to our school four years ago, and they worked hard to get here. They kept getting better and better."

In another first, City College senior Nelson Moody (29-1), the Baltimore City champion, took a 5-0 lead over Howard County champion Anthonio Josiah (15-9) of Oakland Mills and held on for a 6-4 win at 119 pounds.

Moody, who has claimed the city crown the past three years, won his first regional championship yesterday.

In a matchup of near unbeatens, Lackey's Joe McKeever (27-2) decisioned Dominic Ventura of Centennial, 11-6, at 125 pounds. It was Ventura's second loss.

Poly's Matthew Oakley (25-2) wasted little time in his 160-pound match, pinning Rockville's Tom O'Brien in 1:41.

In the biggest upset, fifth-seeded Austin Merson (215) of Hammond decisioned top-seeded Ben Simon of Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 18-13, in the semifinals. Merson (15-9) then pinned Bladensburg's Joe Saucedo (20-7) with four seconds left in the second period to take the title.

- Mike Frainie

4A-3A North

Fourth-ranked River Hill already has won a state dual-meet championship plus a Howard County title this season. The Hawks added the 4A-3A North regional title to that list yesterday, easily winning the tournament held at Liberty.

River Hill placed five wrestlers in the finals to win with 161 points. Dulaney was second with 109.

"The kids wrestled just liked they did most of the year in dual meets," said River Hill coach Earl Lauer. "I don't have a bunch of superstars; I just have a bunch of good kids who score."

Austin Sheeringer (171), Jesse Fawcett (215) and heavyweight Daniel Stahovic were River Hill's champions. Sheeringer and Fawcett won decisions in the finals, and Stahovic concluded his surprising day by pinning Fallston's Jeff Ramsey in the title match.

Stahovic had to pigtail in and then upset top-seeded Chuck Watkins from Parkville (11-6) before pinning South Carroll's Aaron Kunkle in the semifinals. Ramsey held a 3-1 lead in the third period before Stahovic pinned him with 19 seconds left.

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