Bryce Harley, Oakland Mills, wrestling

Q&A --

February 14, 2007|By LEM SATTERFIELD | LEM SATTERFIELD,Sun Reporter

After a full season away from wrestling, the senior transferred from Hammond, where two years ago he was Howard County runner-up and Class 2A-1A South regional runner-up. Bryce Harley, 18, has a 23-9 record while competing at 119 pounds - the county's deepest and most competitive weight class. Harley enters this weekend's county tournament as an underdog to Hammond's defending county, regional and state champion Devon Gillett, Glenelg's third-place state finisher Brian Marcoux and River Hill's 4A-3A East regional champion Nathan White. Among Harley's career wins are three victories over Gillett; three more over Glenelg's Chris Stinnett, who is unbeaten this year at 125 pounds; and one win each over South Carroll's Steve Willingham and Harford Tech's Matt Oates.

What were some of the health issues that hindered you toward the end of your last season at Hammond?

I started getting progressively sick with the stomach flu the week leading into the state tournament and was out of practice a lot leading up to the Friday that the tournament started. I qualified for the state tournament but didn't place.

Why didn't you wrestle at Hammond last year?

I was dealing with some personal issues that needed to be taken care of before I could step on the mat again. ... [Because] of my desire to start off fresh, I decided to go to Oakland Mills, where a lot of my friends from my younger days also wrestle. On top of that, I felt comfortable wrestling for coach [Brad] Howell since I've known him since sixth grade. I'm now a resident in [the] Oakland Mills [district.] I'm considered a senior since I de-enrolled at Hammond last year. By not wrestling at Hammond last year, I saved my last year of eligibility.

Who inspires you?

My greatest motivation in life would have to be my mother. She's my biggest advocate and loudest fan. When it comes to wrestling, my biggest motivation is [former Hammond assistant and state champion] Ryan Mackin

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