Harford Tech earns 2A-1A North title

Old Mill, South Carroll, Hammond, River Hill win respective regions

Wrestling

High Schools

February 10, 2005

Fourth-seeded Harford Tech cruised to a 40-24 victory in the 2A-1A North Region title bout last night against Hereford in Owings Mills, but had earlier met its true test in the semifinals against perennial powerhouse Owings Mills (14-1).

With a 33-31 victory, the Cobras (13-3) were able to upset Owings Mills, the defending state dual meet champions, thanks to key wins from Mark Taylor (103 pounds), Matt Oates (112), Eric Haskell (119), Mike Long (125), Ryan Overstreet (135), Matt Kahl (145), Jeff Gardner (171) and Hunter Cavey (189).

"This is the event I've wanted to win since I started coaching," said Harford Tech coach Gary Siler. "It always used to be Aberdeen and Owings Mills in the finals. Then it was Owings Mills first and us second. We've been waiting a long time for this day."

Taylor and Haskell scored victories in important swing matches over Owings Mills' Cody Rosen-Stone and Tony Mack, respectively, but perhaps no performance was bigger than Kahl's. The junior beat two tough opponents in Owings Mills' No. 1 Eric Vinores, 15-3, and, later, Hereford's Bobby Fouts, 3-1. - Luke Broadwater

Class 4A-3A East

A week ago, Old Mill needed a pin from heavyweight Keith Jones to get past Anne Arundel County rival Arundel by a couple of points.

In the Class 4A-3A East region dual meet championship, the No. 4 Patriots were able to avoid any extra suspense against the No. 5 Wildcats.

Taking control in the middle weights, the Patriots advanced to Saturday's Class 4A-3A state dual meet championships with a 31-21 win over Arundel in Gambrills.

Trailing 18-12, Old Mill got decisions from Dallas Evans (130), Justin Sobleskie (135) - whose last-second takedown avenged a tight loss to Ben Dincher in similar fashion a week ago - a major decision from Nic Box (140) and another decision from Mario Burkett (145) to take a 25-18 lead.

"I think some of the classes where we lost [last week], those guys really stepped it up. I just think our guys wanted it more," senior captain Chris Volker said.

Arundel (18-5) reached last night's final by avenging a regular-season loss to South River in the semifinal earlier in the night. Old Mill (16-1), the top seed, reached the final by forfeit when Fallston, a late entry after Chesapeake-AA had to drop out due to skin infections to a number of its wrestlers, was unable to make the trip.

Arundel's 215-pounder, Terone Travis, avenged two regular-season losses to give the Wildcats a boost. In the semifinals, he came away with a 15-4 major decision over Tyler Jeffries. And then against Old Mill, his 5-3 decision over Nick Harvey gave the Wildcats an early 6-3 lead. - Glenn P. Graham

Class 4A-3A North

The River Hill wrestlers shaved their heads for team unity as they attempted to claim their third consecutive 3A-4A duals regional championship.

But it was unshaven senior Ryan Deiter who made maybe the biggest impact in the Hawks' 37-18 victory over North Carroll in the final.

When they got to the 189-pound match, the Hawks were clinging to a 12-point advantage, but were approaching the heavier weights where the Panthers were favored.

Deiter promptly lifted Panther Adam Raver into the air, and pinned him in a mere 13 seconds to extend his team's lead to 18.

"The people coming up [for North Carroll] were pretty good, so I knew that we had to get the six [points] in order to keep the momentum," Deiter said.

Senior Ryan Skeberdis clinched the Hawks' trip to LaPlata for this weekend's state championships in the next match with a 3-1 win.

The host Hawks (15-1) defeated Franklin in the semifinal earlier in the evening, and North Carroll (14-2) set up the rematch of last year's regional final with a win against Milford Mill. - David Selig

Class 2A-1A South

No. 2 Hammond defeated Glenelg, 42-24, in the regional final. The host Bears (24-0) were paced by pins from Ethan Cohen (119), Vince Taweel (130), A.J. Smith (152), and Steve Sessa (215), major decisions by Jose Maldonado (135), Ryan McKevitt (140) and Adam Blake (171), and decisions by Bryce Harley (112) and Zach Halper (125) in dethroning regional champion Glenelg (12-4).

In an earlier 52-18 semifinal rout of last year's 4A-3A duals state champ Calvert (17-4) of Calvert County, the Bears got pins from Halper, McKevitt, Smith, Jeff Nuss (152) and Jacob Sams (103), technical falls from Harley, Cohen and Sessa, a major decision from Antonio Alonzo (135) and a decision by Blake.

Harley won a big match, 16-11, over Glenelg's Chris Stinnett. Harley had twice edged Stinnett by two points earlier. Calvert's Ryan Buff (130) took a 4-3, double-overtime victory over Taweel. - Lem Satterfield

Class 2A-1A West

Down by four points with three matches remaining, host No. 3 South Carroll finished with consecutive pins by Cameron Hobin (103), Steve Willingham (112) and Zach Stavish (119) to rally for a 39-25 win over Southern of Garrett last night in the finals of the Class 2A-1A West dual meet championships.

South Carroll (16-0), which last year fell a point short in the regional semifinals, advances to Saturday's state dual meet championships.

The Cavaliers, who earlier in the night defeated Beall, 46-24, used five pins to outdistance Southern (13-2), which earlier built a 31-3 lead over No. 15 Francis Scott Key before holding on for a 37-34 win.

- Rich Scherr

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