Old Mill, River Hill taken down in semifinals

Whitman grabs crown, tops Northern-Calvert

Class 4A-3A wrestling

February 13, 2005|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

LA PLATA - Both the Old Mill and River Hill wrestling teams took the long trek to Charles County yesterday fully expecting to stick around for a while at the Class 4A-3A state dual meet championships hosted by La Plata High.

It didn't work out that way.

The No. 4 Patriots were hit hard early against Montgomery County's Walt Whitman, never recovering in a 45-33 setback in one semifinal.

As for the No. 7 Hawks, their 37-30 loss to Northern of Calvert in the other semifinal was a case of being right there, but not finishing the task.

Whitman went on to capture the state crown later with a 39-34 win over Northern.

Old Mill (15-2) opened its match with two sturdy performances from 215-pounder Nick Harvey and heavyweight Keith Jones but nothing gained. Whitman's Pat Lazear scored a takedown with 51 seconds left to edge Harvey, 3-2. Jones, bidding for an upset over undefeated heavyweight Carl Ehrlich, took a 7-0 lead into the third period before the latter worked his signature hold, a cradle, into a pin.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Patriots.

Whitman 103-pounder Will Sharbaugh claimed a stunning first-period pin over Greg Saumenig to avenge a decision earlier in the season. Later, Old Mill 125-pounder Steven St. Pierre had to retire after suffering a rib injury. He was taken to a local hospital, and no fractures were found. At that point, the Vikings had built a 33-0 lead.

"They beat us - hats off to them," said Old Mill coach Jim Grim. "But there's no way they're that much superior to us. We had a lot of things that went wrong, but you have to compliment them because they made us do a lot of things wrong."

The Hawks (15-2) got pins from heavyweight B.J. Benning, 125-pounder Taylor Green and 152-pounder David Frye, and key decisions by David Heckman (119) and Ryan Lauer (130), but it wasn't enough to get by Northern.

After Frye's fall over Tony Tozzolo cut the Northern lead to 25-24, River Hill 160-pounder Ben Diamond looked to carry the momentum with an early 6-0 lead over Ben Anderson. But Anderson turned a headlock into a second-period pin to send Northern on its way with a 25-18 cushion late in the match.

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