State titles adding up for county wrestlers

Notebook

March 07, 2007|By Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn | Lem Satterfield and Katherine Dunn,SUN REPORTERS

Baltimore County crowned four individual state champs at last weekend's 4A-3A and 2A-1A tournaments at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

At 145 pounds, there was 4A-3A champ Matt Jacobs of Dulaney and 2A-1A champ Tony Mack of Owings Mills. There was also three-time 2A-1A champion Josh Asper (160) of Hereford and 4A-3A champ Alex Harper (285) of Woodlawn.

Their collective victories raised to 120 the number of individual titles county wrestlers have earned since the state tournament's inception in 1970.

Asper's 6-2 title-bout win over Southern of Garrett County's Justin Ratliff was his 50th straight victory.

Already one of only three repeat titlists for Hereford, Asper (39-0) remained on pace to join Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky (1992) and Owings Mills' Steve Kessler (1997) as Maryland's only four-time champions.

While Mack (37-1) became his program's 24th individual titlist after having placed third and, second, respectively, over the previous two seasons, Jacobs (41-1), who defeated Mack, 5-4, for this year's county title, became only the third titlist for Dulaney.

Harper (36-2) went to overtime to beat Broadneck's Tom Mulligan, 6-5, and become his school's second state titlist.

Harper reached the finals with one of the tournament's biggest upsets -- a 7-5 decision over Old Mill's previously unbeaten Justin Faithful (39-1).

"I attribute a great part of Alex's success this season, especially against Faithful, to my assistant coach, George Dunn," Woodlawn coach Edward Sauls said. "I needed him to come in and bang on Alex -- use underhooks and front headlocks -- all the things that Justin Faithful does until he could defend it. And you saw the results."

Tournament-bound

Top-ranked St. Frances and No. 3 Seton Keough continue their girls basketball seasons this week at the Bishop Walsh Girls Invitational Tournament in Cumberland.

Competition begins tomorrow as five-time Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland champion St. Frances plays Good Counsel at 4 p.m. and Seton Keough takes on Notre Dame Academy of Virginia at 8 p.m. The field also includes the host school, Bishop McNamara, St. John's (Washington) and Archbishop Carroll.

St. Frances won both meetings this season with the Gators, including a 58-57 victory in the A Conference semifinal. The only way Seton Keough could get another shot at the Panthers would be if both win their first two games and reach Saturday's 6:15 p.m. championship or if both lose their first two games and play for seventh place.

Grizzlies ride third

Garrison Forest's polo team continues to rank among the best in the country, finishing third at the National Women's Interscholastic Championships two weeks ago at the University of Virginia Polo Club in Charlottesville, Va.

Emily Dameron was named to the tournament's all-star team after she, Alison Berger, Alexandra Hoffman and Meg Greenhalgh reached the semifinals, where they lost a close match to Las Colinas Polo Club from Dallas. The Maryland Polo Club, coached by former Garrison coach Kelly Wells, went on to win the title.

The Grizzlies had been regulars in the winner's circle, taking eight titles in 10 years between 1995 and 2004. However, the sport has grown considerably since then, Garrison coach Lissa Green said.

"The level of interscholastic polo is so much better than just a few years ago, and the teams are so competitive," Green said. "The level of play is so high, Garrison doesn't necessarily stand out as much."

lem.satterfield@baltsun.com katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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