Ow. Mills advances 7 to 2A-1A semifinals

Total sets school record as Eagles lead S. Carroll in bid for their sixth title

State wrestling

March 06, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

COLLEGE PARK - Owings Mills moved a school-record seven wrestlers into today's semifinals of the Class 2A-1A tournament at the University of Maryland and seems well on its way to winning its sixth state championship.

By moving Rob Cooper (119), Eric Vinores (125), Ryan Nash (130), Jon Demchick (135), Sasha Binder (140), Mike Kessler (145) and Eric Fishel (171) forward, the Eagles lead second place South Carroll, 67.5-44.5. Cooper is seeking his second straight state title.

"We had one goal all year, and that's to win a team state championship and a bunch of individual ones," said Fishel, a third-place finisher last year. "The whole team is wrestling great."

Chopticon (46 points) leads Class 4A-3A with four semifinalists, including defending state champ Eli Black (160). River Hill (fourth place) advanced Taylor Green (103) and Vince Cina (112), and North Carroll (fifth) advanced Tim Hutchins (135) and Seth Knights (145).

Hutchins (31-2) had the night's biggest upset. He led Churchill's Dan April (25-5), 4-0, when April, a three-time state champ, defaulted with a shoulder injury with 56 seconds left in the second period.

"He took a shot and I cranked down with a whizzer and I think that's what hurt his shoulder. It wasn't intentional," said Hutchins, who said he was confident of victory after scoring the first takedown. "I'm proud of the way I wrestled, but it's tough for him because he was going for his fourth state title."

In another upset, two-time defending 4A-3A champ Nathan Bachmann (152) of Fallston was beaten, 11-7, by Walter Johnson's Phil Coroneos.

Back on the 2A-1A side, South Carroll advanced Tom Wheeler (145), L. P. Schoonmaker (152), Andrew Winfield (171) and Tim Ferguson (189). Winfield (27-0) is expected to meet Fishel (38-0) should he get past Edgewood's Eric Lindblad, who upset Poly's Matthew Oakley (23-1), 6-4.

Third-place Harford Tech moved Mike Long (112), Josh Taylor (152) and state runners-up Mike Taylor (130) and Brad Dreyer (140) into the semifinals.

Francis Scott Key (fifth) was a surprise, with Reuben Gill (112, 25-0), Luke Schuster (189) and Tom Rush (heavyweight) still alive in the title rounds. Gill will meet state runner-up Alex Prezenchuk of Pikesville.

Joppatowne's defending heavyweight champ, Jeremy Navarre (35-0), recorded his 26th pin in beating Mike Lyons of Colonel Richardson and earned a 16-0 victory over Ralph Stambaugh of Key as he continued his quest to become the school's second-ever unbeaten state champ. His father, George, a Joppatowne assistant, was the first, at 20-0-1 in 1981.

Among the 4A-3A wrestlers, Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's Corey Bowers (119, 30-0) and Old Mill's Doug West (130, 34-0) are trying to improve on last year's runner-up efforts.

West eclipsed the school career-victories record with a technical fall in his first bout, and improved his four-year mark to 138 wins with a pin. West will meet Baltimore County champion Corey Lawson (26-2) of Woodlawn. Bowers came from behind to win by pin and, later, on a takedown with eight seconds left in his 8-7 win over Chopticon's Ben Hammett.

South River's Andrew Mulry (119, 32-4) scored a 12-8 mild upset of Calvert's previously unbeaten Ryan Buff (36-1).

Kenwood's Mason Krumholtz (145, 35-0) and Annapolis' Andrew Smith (30-0) will meet in a semifinal battle of unbeaten wrestlers, as will Towson's Scott Steele (189, 31-0) and Patapsco's Eric Hood in a semifinal matchup of state runners-up.

Liberty's Chris De Vilbiss (152, 33-0) remained unbeaten on the 2A-1A side, and 4A-3A defending champ Mark Tsikerdanos (125) of Frederick ran his two-year high school record to 58-0.

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