North Carroll wins Franklin Tournament

Led by Macleod, Panthers put 11 wrestlers in top 6

Wrestling

High Schools

January 18, 2004|By Luke Broadwater | Luke Broadwater,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Hereford state wrestling champion D.J. Scarponi found out the hard way about Tyler Macleod's cradle.

With the 125-pound final of the Franklin Tournament tied at 2, North Carroll's Macleod locked up his near-patented move and rocked Scarponi to his back twice, gaining an 8-2 lead en route to an 8-4 victory.

"I knew coming into the match that I was going to have to wrestle my hardest. I was going to go out there real tough," said Macleod, a sophomore who is 17-4. "It just worked out for me."

Placing 11 wrestlers in the top six, including Macleod and fellow champion Tim Hutchins (135 pounds), No. 6 North Carroll won yesterday's Franklin Tournament over perennial Carroll County rival, No. 9 South Carroll, 227-160.

Macleod's finals performance was a more dramatic repeat of his semifinal bout hours earlier. Down 6-0 in the third period against Kenwood's Eric Robinson, Macleod used the cradle three times to gain a 9-6 victory.

"It's kind of funny, in junior league, my coach said to me, `You've got really long arms. You should try doing a cradle,' " Macleod said. "I tried it one match and it worked. I've been doing it ever since."

Placing in the top four for the Panthers were: Mike Noratel (third, 103 pounds); Trevor Reese (fourth, 140); Seth Knights (third, 145); Sam Shreck (third, 160); Robbie Pearre (second, 171); Josh Harris (fourth, 189); and Bobby Dell (fourth, 275).

"On a team, everyone plays their role," North Carroll coach Dave Dodson said. "To win a tournament, you have to have those kids who don't make the finals wrestle back through."

Hutchins was dominant, scoring three pins and a major decision.

The team victory also represented a win in one the state's most heated rivalries.

"This rivalry between North Carroll and South Carroll is a positive rivalry," Dodson said. "The two teams get along very well. The kids are out there talking and shaking hands."

"It's probably the most heated year for the [team] rivalry," said South Carroll's Andrew Winfield (14-0), who won the 171-pound championship over Pearre, 6-4. "We're really fighting for the county championship."

After the match, Pearre approached Winfield, and true to form, shook his hand with a smile and congratulated him on the win.

For its part, South Carroll had four wrestlers reach the finals and crowned two champions.

Fourth-place and 15th-ranked Kenwood was led by the tournament's outstanding wrestler, Mason Krumholtz (145), who won the event's toughest weight class.

Towson's top-ranked Scott Steele was the tournament's 189-pound champion. He led 3-1 when his opponent, South Carroll's Tim Ferguson, was ejected from the tournament for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Centennial 130-pounder Dom Ventura improved to 17-2 with a pin of Kenwood's Josh Frazier, who reached the finals by forfeit, after Woodlawn's Corey Lawson was late to weigh-ins.

Host Franklin had a champion in junior 103-pounder Steve Silberman (8-2), who never trailed in a 13-9 win over South Carroll's Steve Willingham.

Pikesville 112-pounder Alex Prezenchuk won a hard-fought bout over Urbana standout freshman Justin Krop. Prezenchuk improved to 19-1 on the strength of a takedown and ride-out with 25 seconds left in the match.

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