Arundel's Woody, Severna Park take championships

2-0 decision makes senior state's first girl to win regional crown

team halts 27-year title drought

Wrestling regional finals

February 25, 2007|By Glenn Graham and Lem Satterfield | Glenn Graham and Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporters

Arundel senior Nicole Woody (103) made more history last night and the Severna Park wrestling team accomplished something it hadn't done in a long time at the Class 4A-3A East region championship yesterday at Chesapeake High.

Woody became the first female wrestler in the state to capture a region crown, edging Centennial's Jack Western with a 2-0 decision. Severna Park, which qualified nine wrestlers for next weekend's state tournament, captured its first region title in 27 years by a 140-130 margin over runner-up Old Mill. The only setback in an otherwise fine day for the Falcons was the injury to junior Marcus Monroe (130), who dislocated his wrist and will not be able to compete next weekend.

After becoming the first female wrestler to win the Anne Arundel County championship last weekend, Woody matched the feat at the region level on a reversal with 1:01 left in the third period to get past Western.

"Each time I win a tournament I feel a little better and a little more excited about states. Now, I have four more days of practice to work hard and we'll see what happens at states," said Woody, who improved to 31-3 on the season.

For Severna Park the effort of senior Trey Gebhart (145) summed up the team's fine performance. After earning a 5-2 decision over Glen Burnie's top seed, Zach Jankiewicz, in the semifinals, he came away with a second-period pin over Northeast's Zack Merrick in the final. Sophomore Billy Nichols (171) then sealed the team title with a 10-5 decision over North Harford's Kevin McGinty.

Northeast 140-pounder Maurice Fleming (36-0) and Wilde Lake 215-pounder Zack Brown (21-0) remained unbeaten, and Edgewood's Justin Butler (160) rose to 36-2 with his crown.

2A-1A South

State runner-up Dan Bichner (130), Brendan Conway (103), Chris Stinnett (125) and Tim Chase (171) won titles, and Brian Marcoux (119) and Pat Black (285) were runners-up as Glenelg (152.5) won its first regional crown a week after dethroning runner-up Hammond (148) for its first Howard County title.

Chase won by a pin, Bichner by a technical fall, and Conway by a major decision as part of a dominant effort by the Gladiators.

Hammond crowned state champ Devon Gillett (119), three-time state champ Vince Taweel (135) and Zach Halper (140). Gillett won in triple-overtime over Marcoux, raising his series lead to 4-3 against the Glenelg junior. Taweel, looking to become only Maryland's third four-time state champ, is 148-8 for his career, and 38-1 on the season.

Other champs were Atholton's Ryan Conroy (152) and Brian Nance (189), Oakland Mills' Scott Davidson (145) and Mike Santiago (285) and Marriotts Ridge sophomore Jae Kim (215).

2A-1A North

Champions Avi Friedman (103), Cody Rosen-Stone (130), Antoine Sankey (135), Tony Mack (145), Gary Saval (152) and Irwin Coleman (171) paced No. 8 Owings Mills (215.5 points) to an upset of sixth-ranked Hereford (198.5) as the Eagles of Guy Pritzker won their 12th regional title.

Rosen-Stone and Coleman avenged earlier losses to Hereford's Jeremy Keil and Milford Mill's Charles Blue, respectively.

Two-time state champ Josh Asper (160) and Louis Stiffler (285) were titlists for Hereford, with Stiffler upsetting two-time Baltimore County champ Nile Alexander of Milford Mill.

Others winning titles were Eastern Tech's Dustin Peddicord (125) and Ryan Andrezejewski (189), Milford Mill's Adeleke Ibironke (119) and Patrick Sweet (215), Lansdowne's Earl Eppard (112) and Pikesville's Corbin Ellis (140).

4A-3A North

North Carroll crowned Kyle Lemmon (112), Jeremy Seipp (119), Tom Goretsas (125), and Jason Thomen (215) among its 10 wrestlers who qualified to the state tournament en route to winning its second consecutive regional title at home.

Lemmon, the No. 4 seed, emerged from a class in which No. 1 seed Peter Tatanish (Urbana) failed to make weight. Lemmon beat Franklin's Vincent Crocker as the Panthers beat runner-up Urbana of Frederick County by 53 1/2 points.

Parkville's Yousef Mohamed (171) ran his season record to 34-0, and Woodlawn's Alex Harper (285), Towson's Jack Skinner (189), Franklin's David Borcik (160), Kenwood's Jason Castillo (152) and Dulaney's Matt Jacobs (145) were the other champions.

2A-1A West

State runners-up Alex Grassi (125) of Century and Tyler Mullen (171) of South Carroll, as well as Liberty's Eddie Digman (285) won titles as South Carroll finished in a fourth place tie behind champion Southern of Garrett County.

Mullen led by as much as six points in his 8-4 rout of Walkersville's Jordan Walsh, and Digman rose to 35-0.

2A-1A East

State runner-up Mark Taylor (119) won by a pin, freshman Brandon Gain (103) won, 4-2, over Rising Sun's Ethan Ulrich, and Matt Oates (130) finished second to pace Harford Tech to third place behind host Rising Sun and runner-up Stephen Decatur.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com lem.satterfield@baltsun.com

Mike Frainie contributed to this article.

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