Glenelg, Hammond wrestlers in rematch

Golden Bears aiming to avenge 1-point loss

Notebook

February 07, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,sun reporter

The Glenelg wrestling team completed a 14-0 season with a 33-32 win over county rival Hammond on Thursday to earn the top seed in tonight's Class 2A-1A South regional dual-meet tournament.

What's next for the No. 5 Gladiators? A rematch against the same Golden Bears, who also happen to be the defending dual meet state champions.

While the Gladiators take on No. 11 Hammond in one semifinal, Atholton will square off against Calvert in the other, both taking place at 6:30 p.m. at Glenelg. The winners will meet for the regional title and a chance to advance to Saturday's state tournament.

Last week, the Gladiators got a pin from 125-pound Chris Stinnett, followed by a decision from 130-pound Dan Bichner to turn a 32-24 deficit into the one-point win over Hammond.

"To have to wrestle them again -- it's a big task, and we'll do our best. They're two-time defending state champs," said Glenelg first-year coach Scott Delpo.

The Gladiators have four wrestlers who have won at least 20 matches this season in Stinnett (24-0), Bichner (23-2), 119-pound Brian Marcoux (23-2) and 171-pound Tim Chase (22-2). In last week's match, both teams took seven individual bouts, with the Gladiators maintaining their season-long trend of finding a way to win the tight contest.

"It's been exciting. Against Atholton, we also split 7-7. We're 14-0, and a lot of that is from staying off our backs and getting pins to be able to squeak out wins against the better teams," Delpo said. "It shows a lot of heart from the kids, and they know what it takes to win."

After last week's match, Bichner was looking forward to Hammond's visit tonight.

"It should be fun. Hammond's coaches are really good, and we know they'll bring it just like Hammond always does," he said.

Key swing matches include the 103-pound class between Hammond's Dylan Gillett and Zach Gerber, and the 119-pound bout between state champion Devon Gillett and Marcoux. The Gillett brothers earned tight decisions last week.

Much like Bichner, Devon Gillett was looking forward to the rematch.

"It was a tough loss," he said after the match. "We came up short, but of course being Hammond, we'll definitely be ready to go right back after them."

Dragons fight for first

Glenelg Country junior forward Evan Williams went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, scoring 20 points in a 64-52 win over Key last week.

The Dragons (18-10) went into the week tied for first with Beth Tfiloh (16-4) at 10-2 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference. They close out the regular season at Annapolis Area Christian School on Friday.

Soccer honors

In girls soccer, River Hill's Erika Theisen and Pallotti's Annesia Faulkner -- both senior forwards -- were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Adidas All-South Region Team.

Theisen, Howard County's Player of the Year, scored 16 goals and added 11 assists to lead the Hawks to a 20-0 season that included the Class 3A state title. She finished with 48 goals and 28 assists in her four-year career.

In claiming All-Metro Player of the Year honors, Faulkner had 20 goals and 10 assists as the Panthers made their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship game appearance.

Both are to play at Maryland next fall.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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