Hammond takes state duals crown

Bears top S. Carroll, 35-27

Blake decision, Sessa pin help erase early 6-0 deficit

Class 2A-1A wrestling

High Schools

February 13, 2005|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

LA PLATA - Hammond junior Adam Blake was in danger of being pinned by South Carroll's Anthony Winfield when Mary Blake passed out in the stands from excitement. When Adam's mother was revived with an oxygen mask by paramedics 10 minutes later, she awoke to a celebration.

Blake's 171-pound decision led a 35-27 Class 2A-1A state duals victory at La Plata High by the No. 2 Bears (26-0), whose third crown tied a state record by Owings Mills, and whose single-season win total is a school record.

Hammond trailed No. 3 South Carroll 21-20 before Blake's 11-10 decision. It was followed by a pin from teammate Steve Sessa (189), a forfeit to South Carroll's Jeff Cumberland (215), and a forfeit to Hammond's Jamil Spears (275) as Hammond added to duals titles won in 1996 and '98.

"She's watched me wrestle since seventh grade, sometimes walking out because she can't handle the pressure," said Blake, who moved up from 160 pounds at the suggestion of assistant coach Jason Freiert. "She passed out because of all of the pressure, but she's going to be OK. It was a big moment, and a big win."

South Carroll (15-1) had led 6-0 after a pin by Cameron Hobin (103, 24-0 record), but trailed 20-6 after Hammond's six-match run that included teasingly close wins by Bryce Harley (112), Zach Halper (125), state champ Vince Taweel (130) and Jose Maldonado (135). Harley (31-1) needed overtime to edge Steve Willingham, 14-12; Halper decisioned C.J. Naper, 6-2; Taweel (30-1) nipped Mike Horbey, 2-1; and Maldonado overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat Shane Wheeler, 7-2.

The run also included major decisions by Ryan McKevitt (140) and state runner-up Ethan Cohen (119), the latter improving to 29-2. The Cavaliers had gone up 21-20 on pins by L.P. Schoonmaker (160) and Tom Wheeler (152) and a 7-3 upset by freshman Tyler Mullen (145) over senior Jeff Nuss.

Sessa's 58-second pin clinched an earlier 35-22 semifinal win over 10th-ranked Harford Tech (13-4). It included pins by Cohen, Taweel and Maldonado, McKevitt's technical fall, and decisions by Harley and A.J. Smith (152). South Carroll won its semifinal, 39-25, over Stephen Decatur (15-1), with pins from Tom Wheeler, Willingham and Schoonmaker, and Hobin's technical fall.

Harford Tech's Mark Taylor (103) and Josh Taylor (160) had pins, Matt Kahl (145) had a major decision, state runner-up Mike Long (125) and Jeff Gardner (171) had decisions.

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