Owings Mills' Cooper shows 1st-rate form

Wrestling

High Schools

December 21, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Owings Mills' Robbie Cooper edged Dulaney's James Knox, 3-2, in double overtime of their 119-pound title bout in yesterday's fifth annual Parkville Invitational, but each wrestler showed championship class.

Though it was Cooper, a returning state champion, whose hand officially was raised in victory, the Owings Mills wrestler then raised the hand of Knox, a state runner-up.

"He deserved to win. He out-wrestled me," said Cooper, who is 10-0 to Knox's 8-1.

"I'm good on my feet, but I didn't open him up or get the takedowns I should have. I'd like to maybe wrestle him again, show I can beat him, but he's tough."

Though his corner argued for an escape point that might have spelled the difference between winning and losing, Knox had no excuses, saying, "He beat me."

Cooper's teammates, Eric Vinores (125), Ryan Nash (130), Sasha Binder (140), Mike Kessler (152) and Eric Fishel (171) also won titles as the No. 3 Eagles defeated runner-up Eastern Tech, 246 to 171.5, for the team title.

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