Sulin helps Fallston take down Bel Air, rally to 42-27 victory

Junior's upset of Madden at 125 sparks Cougars' decisive four-bout sweep


High Schools

January 15, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Coming off what he called a "weird" match against Harford Tech, where his opponent poked him in the eye and was disqualified for stalling, Fallston's Greg Sulin was determined to win more conventionally last night against visiting Harford County rival Bel Air.

The determined junior did just that, scoring all of his points in the first period of his upset decision over Paul Madden (and sparking a decisive four-bout sweep in a come-from-behind 42-27 dual-meet win over the No. 14 Bobcats (7-2 overall, 2-1 league).

Sulin's 4-3 victory at 125 pounds helped Fallston (5-1, 3-1) overcome a 17-15 deficit, and it preceded pins by teammates Carmen Bongiorno (130 pounds) -- who used a leg cradle -- Mark Christenson (135) and Mike Rainey (140) for an insurmountable 36-17 lead with three bouts left.

"On the [Maryland State Wrestling Forum], [Madden] was ranked higher, and there was an implied feeling that I was supposed to lose," said Sulin, who is 9-2. "He's a senior, but I had never wrestled him before, so it's any man's match, and tonight, it was a dogfight. And tonight, I didn't need to wear my [goggles]."

Bel Air finished by winning two of the last three bouts, with a pin by Ryan Crabbs (160) and a major decision from C.J. Malinowski (145, 15-1 record), countering a pin by two-time state champ Nathan Bachmann (152, 9-1).

"I don't think we wrestled as tough as we did against Harford Tech," said Bachmann, who has five pins. "I think we had built up the Harford Tech match so much, maybe there was an emotional letdown, and we maybe looked past Bel Air a little bit."

Fallston won three of the first four bouts for a 15-3 lead, getting a pin by Dan Sullivan (171) and another by Jacob Smith (heavyweight).

Bel Air's Jesus Bustamante (189) built a 14-3 lead on two headlocks and a lateral drop, but was nearly pinned in the third period of his 14-9 win over Matt Valeri. The Cougars came back with Brad Kilkowski (215), whose buzzer-beating escape lifted him to a 4-3 victory over Steve Dumbrowski.

The Bobcats went up 17-15 on a technical fall by Wes McBride (103, 13-1), a pin by Chris Biewer (112) and a 6-5 victory by B.J. Yantz (119, 13-2) over Scott Parker, who twice defeated Yantz last year.

"I came out there with nothing to lose. He beat me pretty handily twice before, and wrestled a great match tonight," Yantz said. "We were back in it, at that point, but then we hit some of their better guys and from there, we took a downward spiral."

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