Unbeaten Pendock lifts Arundel in tourney

DeMatha, No. 1 in D.C., falls to Wildcats, 173.5-170

Wrestling

High Schools

December 30, 2004|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Brad Pendock's season just seems to be getting better with every match.

Two weeks ago, he defeated Hammond's previously unbeaten Steve Sessa. In yesterday's Arundel Tournament semifinals, the Arundel senior handed Fallston's Dan Sullivan his first loss, 3-2.

But Pendock closed out his evening by winning the 189-pound title in a virtual brawl, 5-2, over DeMatha's Scott Miller, a victory that clinched the overall crown in the 19-team Holiday Invitational before a screaming home crowd.

Pendock's win raised his record to 14-0, and, coupled with runner-up efforts from teammates Devon Gillett (112) and Justin Bowser (125), helped the No. 13 Wildcats to outscore DeMatha - the Washington area's No. 1 team, by 173.5 to 170.

His face dripping with sweat, and blood seeping from the corner of his left eye, Pendock was no less pleased with his effort.

"It was a physical match. There was a lot of head-butting out there," said Pendock, who was second at counties, third at regions and who was 1-2 at 4A-3A states last season. "I'm starting to beat kids that I'm not supposed to, but that's going to keep happening all year."

DeMatha crowned Steve Sargent (125), Mike Rowe (135) and Ken Jefferson (215). Rowe improved to 15-1 (178-7 career) with a major decision over Owings Mills' Ryan Nash (10-1). He is on pace to eclipse Maryland's career wins mark (220) held by DeMatha's Wes Cummings.

No. 11 Old Mill (168.5, third) was paced by Greg Saumenig (103) and Keith Jones (275). Saumenig is 12-0 after defeating Archbishop Curley's Tyler Scarinzi, and Jones is 11-0 after pinning Atholton's Mike Krason.

For River Hill (fifth), David Heckman (119) and Alex Angelidis (145) were second.

No. 7 Owings Mills (sixth) crowned Eric Vinores (140), Mike Kessler (152) and Ben McCree (160). Vinores moved to 11-0, scoring a late takedown to defeat Atholton's Ryan Conroy; Kessler major decisioned Old Mill's Chris Volker, 17-6; and McCree, a sophomore, is 12-0.

Spalding's Chris Laidley (112, 10-1) and Broadneck's Mike Vakas (130, 10-1) also won titles.

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