Old Mill captures state crown

Patriots' Saumenig, Brown claim individual championships

Class 4a-3a wrestling

March 04, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun Reporter

COLLEGE PARK -- While much of yesterday's focus in the Class 4A-3A state wrestling championships was on Arundel 103-pound Nicole Woody's bid to become the first female state champion, the Old Mill Patriots quietly went about their usual business.

With two state champs in Greg Saumenig (125) -- his second straight -- and Ethan Brown (189) leading a group of six wrestlers that all scored points, the No. 4 Patriots claimed the program's eighth state tournament title beating runner-up La Plata, 108.5-99.5, at Maryland's Cole Field House.

Along with the work from Saumenig and Brown -- who pinned South River's Ian Graham to put an exclamation mark on the team win -- the Patriots got a runner-up finish from Tim Lobuglio (130) and a third-place showing from heavyweight Justin Faithful, who regrouped after being upset by eventual champ Alex Harper of Woodlawn in the semifinals.

Jon Sillaman scored points, taking fifth at 171, and 160-pound Nic Box, slowed by a leg injury, was able to pull out an early win on Friday.

"It's just a great feeling. My last year of high school to come out as a two-time state champ and to also have our team win -- everybody put forth a great effort, all six guys contributed," said Saumenig, who took a 6-5 overtime decision over Northwest's Sean McCarty.

River Hill sophomore Scott Mantua opened the finals with a 6-2 decision over Woody, taking control with a reversal midway through the second period for a 4-2 lead and adding a takedown in the third.

"I just tried to do the same thing as last time," said Mantua, who took a 9-6 decision over Woody at the Arundel tournament in December. "It was a little different [with all the added attention], but I wasn't as intimidated as the first time I wrestled her."

Northeast's Maurice Fleming (140), Annapolis' Bubby Graham (152) and Wilde Lake's Zach Brown (215) completed perfect seasons with state crowns. After capturing a private schools state title at Gilman two years ago, Fleming won a public school a title this year with an 18-7 major decision over La Plata's Tanner Shaffer.

"I put a lot of hard work into preparing for the season and I just went out and did it. It feels good because Northeast hasn't had a champion since 2000."

Graham got past a familiar foe in claiming his second straight title, earning a 5-2 decision over Broadneck's Abe Hunter. It was the fourth time this season and eighth time in the past two years that Graham bested Hunter, who ended the season with a 31-4 record.

"I just tried to do the same thing and also keep an eye on anything he may have done different. It just feels good. My brother [Ben] won one, so now I got two," he said.

After not placing as a freshman, finishing third as a sophomore and then being runner-up last season, Brown was not to be denied as he got a 16-4 major decision over North Carroll's Jason Thomen.

"Getting to the state finals last year and losing gave me great motivation for this year. I came through this year and it's a great feeling," he said.

Dulaney got a state titlist at 145 pounds when Matt Jacobs edged Sherwood's Steven Gamble, 2-1. In the heavyweight final, Harper took a 6-5 overtime decision over Broadneck's Tom Mulligan to finish with a 31-2 mark.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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