Clark, Eastern Tech capture titles

Ex-lightweight claims 152-pound class, sending Mavs to Perry Hall Big 20

High Schools

December 14, 2003|By Luke Broadwater | Luke Broadwater,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

It was Chris Clark's day to shine.

The former lightweight who was eliminated in the first round of last year's state tournament found redemption yesterday, upsetting a state champion in the finals of Perry Hall's Big 20 Invitational.

In doing so, Eastern Tech's Clark put the finishing touches on his team's tournament title and was crowned the invitational's outstanding upperweight.

The No. 13 Mavericks took home three champions, scored 189.5 points, and beat Curley (181.5), No. 14 Kenwood (168.5) and No. 5 Boys' Latin (162).

Clark, who wrestled at 125 pounds last year, won the 152-pound class yesterday by upsetting Boys' Latin's former private schools state champion, Brian Saval, 3-2. Clark took a lead he never relinquised with a spladle early.

"I had my hopes up going into the match. I had a little doubt I was going to lose, but I pulled it through," Clark said. "It's been a back-and-forth [team] race all day, so [the win] feels pretty good."

Eastern Tech also got titles from Justin Shaffer (160 pounds) and John Mullinix (135).

Mullinix, a sophomore, earned his first high school tournament victory when he defeated Kenwood's Dan Sweitzer, 5-1.

"The win feels great. I kind of feel exhilarated," Mullinix said. "I think we [Eastern Tech] are driven for success."

Shaffer beat Boys' Latin's Josh Jacobs, 9-0.

Eastern Tech's Austin Hale (189) reached the finals when top-seeded Eric Hood of Patapsco failed to make weight and forfeited, but then he was pinned by Towson's Scott Steele in 1:59.

The coaches voted Matt Kahl of Perry Hall outstanding lightweight after he won, 4-3, over Boys' Latin's MIAA finalist Justin Fitch, who was a champion here last year.

Second-place Curley had three champions. In an exciting 119-pound final, the Friars' Brett Harrison escaped from Sparrows Point's Alex Weber eight seconds into double overtime to win, 4-3.

Keith Raynor (135) knocked off top-seeded Nick Pelekakis (Kenwood), 3-2, on the strength of a third-period arm-bar ride. And, heavyweight Frank Spokus pinned Loch Raven's Reig McConnell in 3:42.

Third-place Kenwood had two champions. At 125 pounds, Eric Robinson overcame a 5-0 deficit to pin Tyricuz Ishway of Boys' Latin with 15 seconds remaining in the second period. Robinson used a "BL Roll" - a move named after his opponents' school - to begin his comeback.

Kenwood 145-pounder Mason Krumholtz edged Curley's Steve Miller, 5-4, for his title.

Mount Hebron had a pair of lightweight finalists in 103-pounder Cody Gormley and 112-pounder Tyler Girch. Gormley beat Wes McBride of Bel Air, 10-4, but Paul Yungandreas of Edgewood edged Girch, 9-7.

Yungandreas' teammate, Eric Lindblad, prevailed over North County's John Hostler 13-12 with a last-second double- leg takedown in the 171-pound division.

North County did, however, come away with a champion in 215-pounder Gary Frye, who downed Loch Raven's Tyler White, 7-4.

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