Vaughters, Old Mill win crowns

wrestling class 4a-3a state championships

March 08, 2009|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,

COLLEGE PARK -When Old Mill sophomore Ron Vaughters, probably the most physical wrestler in this tournament, denied Urbana junior Peter Tatanish a second state title last night with a 5-3 decision in the 135-pound class, it sent a message to anyone who was watching.

The message: Old Mill is tough and ready to claim not only an individual title but also the team title.

The Patriots used Vaughters' championship run and a strong performance by their seven other wrestlers to capture the Class 4A-3A state title with a 91-87 victory over Walt Whitman at Cole Field House. Centennial was third with 83.5 points, followed by Urbana (76) and North Carroll (74).

"I'm a senior captain, and this feels great," said Willie Pumphrey, who took fourth at 125 pounds. "This is probably the best bonded team I've ever been on. I'm so proud of what we've done."

The state crown completed a sweep of postseason tournament titles. Old Mill won county, regional and state dual-meet and tournament titles. It is Old Mill's ninth state title but its first since 2007. And it is the first title for Dan Youngblood as coach.

Centennial freshman Nathan Kraisser earned his first title with ease at 103, earning a major decision, 12-0, over Eli Bienstock of Quince Orchard. But Kraisser's teammate Dan LeRoy lost, 2-0, to Mason Goretsas of North Carroll in his 125-pound match.

"I'm thrilled we're going to take home third place," Centennial coach Dave Roogow said. "I'm thrilled. I think our results reflect the toughness of our schedule."

Atholton junior Kevin Beck's dream of a second title was ended by Rasheim Smith of Hubie Blake. Smith scored a reverse in the final 25 seconds to win, 6-4. And at 130, Milford Mill's Adeleke Ibironke finally got what he wanted when he won a 7-4 decision over Frederick junior Adam Dietrich.

"I'm a three-time county champion, I have more than 100 wins, and I came in to this tournament undefeated this season, but I wasn't satisfied," said Ibironke, who is 36-0. "I'm a senior. This was my last chance. I wanted more than anything to win the states. And now I have. It really is a dream come true."

Stephen Decatur senior Danny Miller earned his third state title with a 7-2 overtime win over North Carroll's Pat Carey.

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