Area teams lose in duals semis


February 11, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

Hereford 135-pounder Jeremy Keil best summed up the results of yesterday's state duals at New Town, during which all four Baltimore-area semifinalists lost.

"You could say that a lot of things could have or should have happened," said Keil, a junior whose No. 6 Bulls (15-3), runners-up last season, lost the most spirited of the semifinals, 35-33, to Northern of Garrett County in Class 2A-1A. "It was a great effort on our part but not enough to pull it off."

Keil, Kevin Abel (160), state champ Josh Asper (171) and Louis Stiffler (285) were among the Bulls who notched pins against the Huskies (17-1), who earned career win No. 200 for Scott Stough but lost in the final, 40-24, to Cecil County's Rising Sun.

Danny Cox (160) of Rising Sun (18-0), son of coach Dean Cox, pinned his rival in 1:57 to put their match away mathematically, 36-24, with one bout left. The Tigers routed No. 5 Glenelg (16-1) in the semifinals, 37-26. The Gladiators got major decisions from Brian Marcoux (119) and Chris Stinnett (130) and a decision from state runner-up Danny Bichner (140) but were outhustled in the tempo-setting first four bouts and fell behind 14-0.

"They're a solid team. They beat us at our good weights, and that really hurt," said Marcoux, one of 11 underclassmen on a team that reached its first final. "We didn't expect to lose so many of those early matches, and we never recovered. We'll look at our weaknesses, try to correct them for the [Howard County] tournament."

No. 4 Old Mill (13-4) and No. 8 North Carroll (16-1) lost their 4A-3A semifinals, 32-25 and 36-33, respectively, to defending champion La Plata (18-0) of Charles County and last year's runner-up, Damascus (17-1) of Montgomery County.

La Plata won a rematch of last year's final, 39-28, over Damascus.

State champ Greg Saumenig (125) of Old Mill edged state runner-up Dane Orzehowski, 3-1, on a last-second takedown, and teammate Justin Faithful (285) won by disqualification. The Patriots' other winners were Ethan Brown (215) by major decision and Willie Pumphrey (119) and Timmy Lobuglio (130) by decision.

"We got all of the matchups we wanted," said Faithful, who remained unbeaten. "But it's just that in some of them we didn't perform like we were expecting to."

North Carroll got pins from Kyle Lemmon (112), Shawn Fayall (145) and Kyle Forbes (189) but yielded four pins to the Hornets, who had an insurmountable 36-27 lead with one bout left.

Ahead 21-19 with five bouts left, North Carroll hurt itself with a weigh-in discrepancy that precluded its best wrestler, Tom Goretsas (135), from competing. After Goretsas' replacement was pinned by Shane Boyd, the Hornets led 25-21 and never trailed again.

"The young man [Goretsas] weighed in with the 130-pounders, but his actual weight was 126.3. And with the two-pound growth allowance, he only qualified to wrestle the 130-pound weight class," state rules interpreter Bruce Malinowski said. "That means he can only wrestle 130."

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