Bustamante buoys Bel Air

Wrestling

January 04, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Bel Air's Victor Bustamante is considered an above-average junior varsity performer, having won three of four bouts on that level, being pinned once. But put the second-year wrestler into a varsity uniform, and he transforms into "super sophomore."

That was the case in last night's interdivisional, 39-20 Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference win over visiting 13th-ranked Aberdeen, when his three near-fall points in the final six seconds secured a 4-2 victory over Eddie Saddler.

"I was tired, he was strong, but coach [Craig] Reddish kept screaming for me to run the bar-arm," said Bustamante, who is 3-0 on varsity. "I kept pushing myself, and things worked out in my favor."

Bustamante's was among four narrow decision victories by the Bobcats (8-2 overall, 3-0 UCBAC). In the others, Sean Ellenby (119) came from behind to win, 5-3, in overtime over Aberdeen's Jared Hullett; 6-foot-5 Ben Boor (215) overcame a 2-1 second-period deficit to win, 4-3, over the Eagles' Kyle Lacey; and Bel Air's Mark Alexander (275) scored a quadruple-overtime, 3-2 victory over Andrew Woodward.

"We went over mistakes that we didn't want to make in those matches, and some of our kids wound up making them in situations," said Jerry Lacey, whose Eagles (10-2) might have won, 32-27, with victories in the four bouts. "But we're a young team with only three seniors, so we'll get better."

The Bobcats won seven of the first eight bouts for a 24-6 lead, including a pin by Mike Miller (103) and decisions by Khalid Epps (145), Chris Knopp (160) and Adam Cooper (171). Aberdeen's lone win during that stretch was a pin by Ryan Grabowski (189).

One of Aberdeen's bright spots was sophomore Chris Hoffman (112), who moved to 14-0 with a 16-1 technical fall. A second-year wrestler, Hoffman has 12 pins and a major decision to his credit. Also pinning for Bel Air was Matt Cross (140), who is 10-0, and Joe Frazier (125).

Aberdeen's Andy Goodwin (130) and Brandon Frazier (135) won by decision and forfeit, respectively.

"I thought Jared wrestled well against Ellenby, and I thought Mark's match against Woodward was pivotal because they were one-and-one against each other," said Bel Air coach Craig Reddish. "But Victor was key. He goes out and wrestles, never complains, and will do anything to help the team."

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

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