Woody advances, has eye on title

3-time champ Taweel hurts knee, loses


March 03, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- While Arundel's Nicole Woody continued her assault on Maryland high school wrestling history, Class 2A-1A three-time state champion Vince Taweel of Hammond lost last night at the state wrestling tournament at Maryland's Cole Field House.

Woody (33-3), at 103 pounds, pinned Magruder's Davish Chasker, rolled to a 13-3 rout of Westminster's Brian Lillehaug and next meets Tuscorora's C.J. Savage in her quest to be the first girl to win a Maryland title and only the nation's second to do so while competing against boys.

But Taweel (40-2), at 135 pounds, was upended by Beall's Stephen Whetstone, who led, 10-3, when Taweel defaulted with 1:32 left in the match with an injury to his right knee.

"I heard a pop, I tried to stand up, but it just gave out," said Taweel, who looked to join Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky (1992) and Owings Mills' Steve Kessler (1997) as Maryland's only four-time champs. "I wanted to continue, but I couldn't. I'm disappointed."

The injury to Taweel, who was taken home by his father, Ramsey, is so severe he will not be able to return to the tournament. It came during the same year when Walt Whitman's three-time champ, Eren Civan, succumbed to a knee injury that also ended his shot at a fourth title.

Glenelg advanced Brendan Conway (103), Brian Marcoux (119), Chris Stinnett (125), state runner-up Dan Bichner (130), Tim Chase (171) and Pat Black (285), and Old Mill's defending champ Greg Saumenig (125), Tim Lobuglio (130), Jon Sillaman (171), Ethan Brown (189) and Justin Faithful (285) all advanced as the Patriots seek to dethrone LaPlata of Charles County for their eighth tournament crown.

In victory, Woody would join Skyview High's Michaela Hutchison of Alaska. As a sophomore on Feb. 4 of last year, Hutchison's 1-0 victory over Colony High's Aaron Boss made her America's first girl to win a state title against a boy.

Two weeks ago, Woody (68-18 career) became Maryland's first female county titlist, pinning South River's Curtis Taylor in 5:42 of their Anne Arundel final. Last week, Woody became Maryland's first female regional finalist with a 2-0 shutout of Centennial's Jack Western in their 4A-3A North Region final.

Woody is in her third state tournament, having gone 0-2 two years ago when she and 2A-1A qualifier Jade Hendricks (Western Tech) became the first girls to make it. Last year, Woody was joined by Magruder's Helen Maroulis, whose sixth place finish made her Maryland's first female place-winner.

"I had a lot of energy and tried to be smart," said Woody, 18, who is guaranteed at least a top six finish in her class. "Losing here the last couple of years, I want it more - to be the first girl state champ, which means winning two more matches."

Hereford's Josh Asper (160, 37-0) remained on pace for his third 2A-1A crown - likely against last year's 152-pound champ Justin Ratliff of Southern of Garrett County - as did Hammond's Devon Gillett (119) and Annapolis' Bubby Graham (152, 30-0) for their second crowns in 2A-1A and 4A-3A.


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