Clark, Eastern Tech capture Big 20 titles


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 Mavericks took home three champions, scored 189.5 points, and beat Curley (181.5), 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.

"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).

Eastern Tech's Austin Hale (189) reached the finals when top-seeded Eric Hood of Patapsco failed to make weight and forfeited, but 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 champs: Brett Harrison (119), Keith Raynor (135) and Frank Spokus (heavyweight).

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