River Hill, Old Mill have leads at states

varsity wrestling

March 07, 2009|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

COLLEGE PARK -The River Hill Hawks advanced all 12 of their qualifiers into the second day of competition at the state wrestling tournament last night, giving their coach, Brandon Lauer, a growing sense of possibility.

"Every one of our kids have already scored points for us," said Lauer, whose goal is to obtain River Hill's first Class 2A-1A wrestling title. "We've got three in the semifinals. It will be a tall order to push them all into the finals, but that's where a lot of points can be scored. And not to be neglected are the consolation rounds, which are also continuing."

After three rounds over the first day of competition at Cole Field House, River Hill led Southern-Garrett 58-54.5. Owings Mills, which has seven state titles but none since 2005, was in third with 48 points.

In 4A-3A competition, Old Mill stretched its lead from three points over North Carroll at the end of the quarterfinal round to 4.5 over new second-place challenger Centennial, 37-32.5. North Carroll dropped to third with 32 points.

Centennial was paced by Nathan (103) and Brian (145) Kraisser and Dan LeRoy (125). The three advanced to the semifinals.

Old Mill, like River Hill, has three wrestlers in the semifinals, which made the Patriots coach Dan Youngblood happy. But there was disappointment when senior Michael Sillaman lost his match, 9-8, to Dulaney's Brandon Phillips.

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