Bachmann, Fallston take 2nd at Overlea

152-pounder beaten, 5-0

Pa.'s Delone Catholic wins

Wrestling

High Schools

January 18, 2004|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Most of the attention in yesterday's 18th annual Overlea Invitational Wrestling Tournament was focused on the 152-pound final. It's a match Fallston's Nathan Bachmann would rather forget.

Bachmann, a two-time defending state champion, was outlasted by Aric Fuhrman of Delone Catholic, 5-0. Delone, of Hanover, Pa., won the team championship by 34 1/2 points over runner-up Fallston. Host Overlea finished third.

Fuhrman, who finished eighth in last year's Pennsylvania Catholic Championships, controlled the match from start to finish.

"He was clearly the better wrestler today," said Bachmann, ranked second in the state at 152 pounds by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. "I respect him as a wrestler, and he beat me in every aspect."

Fuhrman said Bachmann is the best wrestler he has faced this season.

"I knew it wouldn't be easy to beat him," Fuhrman said. "Since I'd never faced him, my strategy was to wrestle smart. Everything else took care of itself."

Delone won five individual matches en route to the title.

The most exciting match came in the 160-pound class. Overlea's Keon Caeser held a one-point lead until the final five seconds of the match, when Delone's Geoff Leeper scored a takedown to beat him, 5-4.

"I thought I had him," Caeser said. "I was trying so hard to deny him that he ended up getting the takedown. I'm very disappointed. I deserved better."

At 171 pounds, Glen Burnie's Jake Jones had Poly's Matt Oakley on the ropes before falling, 11-9. Oakley is ranked fourth in the state.

Among the heavyweights, Glen Burnie's Justin Neal, ranked first in the state and a two-time Cadet national champion, easily defeated Century's Nick Rowe, 22-7.

Matt Christenson of Fallston rallied in the third period to cut his deficit to one point, but lost to Delone Catholic's Justin Neiderer, 6-4, at 135 pounds.

At 119 pounds, Sparrows Point's Alex Weber survived a near fall in the third period and a bloody nose to outlast Overlea's Lawrence Shird, 8-1. Weber was in control with a 7-1 lead when Shird turned him with a headlock.

"When he first turned me, I thought I might get pinned," Weber said. "I could feel his strength starting to slip, so I got out of it."

Weber, a junior who had not wrestled Shird since his freshman year, had a good idea what he would be facing.

"I watched film on him," Weber said. "He's gotten a lot better since the last time we wrestled."

Dulaney's James Knox, ranked second in the state at 112 pounds , wasted little time scoring en route to an 18-3 defeat of Century's Chris Taber.

At 189 pounds, Dulaney's Tim Turner outlasted Andrew Roberts of Overlea, 5-4.

Fallston's 215-pounder, Brad Kilkowski, turned a 5-4 lead entering the third period into a 22-8 rout of North Harford's James Edie.

Century's Evan Schrodel, seeded sixth entering the tournament at 130 pounds, upset second-seeded Dylan Morris of North Harford, 6-3, in the semifinals.

Schrodel ran out of luck in the final, however, when he was pinned by Delone's Luke Bethas 5:13 into the match.

"I'll learn from this," Schrodel said. "He controlled my hips and arms, and that's why he won."

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