6th-ranked Glenelg shows its mettle at Damascus event

Gladiators wrestlers earn 2nd-place finish

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December 31, 2006|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Glenelg wrestlers have high hopes of dethroning Hammond as Howard County and Class 2A-1A duals champion. The sixth-ranked Gladiators proved they may be up to the task at yesterday's 16-team Damascus High Invitational.

Winning titles were juniors Brian Marcoux (119 pounds) and Chris Stinnett (135) and seniors Danny Bichner (130) and Tim Chase (160). Pat Black (275) was second and Brendan Conway (103) third, as Glenelg finished second to the host Hornets, 228-203.

A repeat winner of the event, Bichner (15-1) blanked Damascus' Shane Boyd, 8-0, for his title after pinning his two previous rivals. Stinnett (14-0) outscored three opponents by a combined 31-7, including fourth-place 4A-3A state finisher Keith Obendorfer of Damascus, 4-0, in the final. Chase (13-1) scored three takedowns and as many nearfall points in a 10-1 rout of Severna Park's Joe Shum.

But Marcoux (14-0) was perhaps most impressive in winning his second tournament of the year in 5:11 over Williamsport's Earl Neville (9-2). Marcoux led 3-0 entering the third period, when he planted Neville with an arm bar to a half nelson.

"The improvement among our junior wrestlers is one of the reasons we think we're doing better," said Marcoux, who placed fourth at last year's Damascus tournament. "We're looking to win the next match, not looking too far ahead."

Damascus' lone champion, Josh Fredrick (215), who rose to 13-0 with four tournament pins, has 12 pins on the season and was named Outstanding Wrestler after pinning Churchill's Banjo Obayomi. Frederick is 2-1 against Obayomi.

Calvert Hall sophomore Ethan Keiser (140) and Owen Smith (171) were winners, with Adam Steele (145) placing second. Smith (13-3) pinned Liberty's Joe Riebau in 3:41. Keiser (17-2) took longer to pin Landon's Peter Weiss (12-1). Ahead by five points against Weiss, a fourth-place finisher at the Maryland Independent Schools finals, Keiser stuck him with a split cradle at 5:08.

"He was beating me on my feet," said Keiser, a fourth-place finisher in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association last season. "I saw his head down, so I went for [the split cradle]."

Severna Park's Mark Massie (189) rose to 10-3 with a 15-3 rout of Damascus' Steven Richards, and Liberty's Eddie Digman (275) moved to 12-0 with his 7-1 win over Black, whom he pinned in 40 seconds last year. Calvert Hall's Nick Gialamis (112) led the entire bout before yielding a reversal and two nearfall points to Middletown's 2A-1A state runner-up Tyler Strube (15-0) for a 7-5 loss.

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

Boys basketball

No. 3 Randallstown 98, No. 7 Dunbar 64 -- Darrell Bryant and Kim English scored 31 and 27 points, respectively, to power the host Rams (7-0). Randallstown led 26-16 after the first quarter and never trailed. Darron Edwards led the Poets (1-1) with 28 points.

No. 11 Cardinal Gibbons 74, Georgetown Prep 54 -- Alex Franz scored 16 points to lead the host Crusaders (10-1) past the Hoyas of Montgomery County in the O. Ray Mullis Classic title game.

No. 12 Calvert Hall 62, DuVal 44 -- Kyle Jarcynski scored 24 points to lead the Cardinals (9-5) to a third-place finish in the Slam Fest Tournament in Harrisburg, Pa.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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