N. Carroll wrestlers fall one point short

12 Panthers place, but Georgetown Prep squeaks by to capture team championship

Winter sports

December 16, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

With 12 wrestlers placing in yesterday's seventh annual Big 20 Invitational at Perry Hall, the North Carroll Panthers had their quality depth on full display.

It wasn't enough to come away with the team title in the 14-team field, however.

Georgetown Prep, sparked by Chancellor Gaffney's 3-2 decision over the Panthers' Jason Thomen in the 215-pound title bout, was able to pull out a 200-199 win over runner-up North Carroll. Loyola, led by Colin Schuster's title at 152, finished fourth with 186 points, and Owings Mills had a tournament-high four individual champions to take fifth with 170 points.

Woodlawn's Deonte Carter (125 pounds) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Lightweight, Owings Mills' Tony Mack (160) was chosen the top middleweight and Atholton's Brian Nance (275) was the top heavyweight.

North Carroll had a one-point lead over Georgetown Prep going into the consolation finals and finished with four runners-up. Kyle Lemmon (125), Jeremy Seipp (130) and Kyle Forbes (189) joined Thomen in taking second, but it wasn't enough to take home the top team plaque.

"Everybody wrestled well. It's pretty exciting for the kids to come down here and spend two days and be able to compete against all these quality teams. I think each kid gave good effort," North Carroll coach Dave Dodson said. "We knew going into the final round we were only ahead by a point, so you have to give Georgetown Prep credit - they really came in and did a nice job."

Along with Mack, Avi Friedman (103), Kevin DuFour (112) and Cody Rosenstone (140) reached the top of the podium for Owings Mills. Atholton, which got individual titles from Malcolm Stennett and Nance, finished sixth with 166 points. In the 145-pound title bout, Skip Newberger from Boys' Latin came away with a second-period pin over Loyola's Gus Moreno.

Boys basketball

Bishop McNamara 43, Towson Catholic 42 -- Marc Hill hit the game-winning three-pointer with 11.6 seconds left to lift the Mustangs (6-2) over the Owls (1-5) in the consolation round of the Gonzaga D.C. Classic Tournament at American University's Bender Arena. Vincent Breckenridge had 11 points to lead Towson Catholic. Hill finished with a game-high 17 points. The Owls led by two at the half.

St. Frances 56, Simon Gratz (Pa.) 47 -- Sean Mosley and Wayne Sparrow combined for 45 points as the Panthers (6-2) won the National Cancer Society Basketball Classic at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. Travis White had 13 points for the Bulldogs. glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Sun reporters contributed to this article.

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