Campbell, Hammond slip past Reservoir


January 03, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Hammond's Matt Campbell didn't have a good track record in big bouts heading into last night's match against Reservoir; in all three of his losses, the Bears senior had been pinned.

"I knew I most likely had to pin my guy for us to win," Campbell said. "But first thing I know, I'm on my back."

But Campbell persevered, overcoming a six-point first-period deficit at 152 pounds for the fall in 3:48 and securing a come-from-behind 35-33 win - the 25th straight for No. 5 Hammond (9-5, 3-0) against Howard County rivals dating to a 33-31 loss at Atholton on Feb. 11, 2004.

Campbell ended a four-bout sweep by the Bears, who turned a 33-14 deficit into triumph through a forfeit to three-time state champion Vince Taweel (135); a technical fall win by county champion Zach Halper (140); an upset 4-1 decision victory by Matt Ketchum (145) over Gators captain Zac Coe; and Campbell's fall.

"Most people consider guys like me to be the team's weakest links," said Ketchum, a senior in his first full varsity season. "When that's the case, it's my job to really step up."

The Gators (4-3, 4-3) led 30-3 after winning six of the first seven bouts, with pins by Mike Newcomb (171), Sean Quinn (215), Solomon Burke (275) and Ben O'Keefe (103), and decisions by Tim Schwartz (112) and Stuart Woodbury (160) - the last two by 8-7 and 4-2, respectively.

Hammond's lone win in the first seven matchups was by Adam Cloudy (189), who has lost six of 11 bouts this season. The Bears were within 30-14 after a 16-0 technical fall victory by state champion Devon Gillett (119) and a pin by Nathan Bolton (125), but a 12-11 decision by Bryce Killcarr (130) over Joe Burns gave the Gators a commanding 33-14 lead with four bouts remaining.

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