Poly wraps up city wrestling title during busy championship weekend

February 20, 2011|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore City wrestling championship was on the line until Poly's Borden Chase (189 pounds), Inuibong Iniunam (215) and Joseph Cole (285) pinned their opponents to make sure Engineers wrapped up their second consecutive title Saturday.

In addition to Poly's 255-227.5 victory over Patterson, there were five other championship tournaments. No. 3 Glenelg won the Howard County title over No. 11 River Hill, 226-197.5, and No. 15 South River beat No. 10 Old Mill, 190.5-159 for the Anne Arundel crown. No. 7 Owings Mill rolled to a 234.5-157.5 victory over Hereford in Baltimore County, and No. 5 Winters Mill topped Century for the Carroll County crown. In the championship of the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, which includes schools from Harford and Cecil counties, Rising Sun beat No. 14 Bel Air, 210.5-180.

"The tournament was up for grabs," said Poly coach Wavie Gibson, whose team finished the dual-meet regular season 13-0. "In a tournament you never know what's going to happen, and it was nip and tuck. We had the lead the whole way, but we could never run away."

Gibson said the victory gives his team confidence going into Friday's Class 4A-3A North regional tournament at Patapsco.

"It's always hard to say what's going to happen when you cross a lot of jurisdictions," said Gibson, whose teams have won seven county titles since he took over in 1999. "But my 215 [Iniunam], 145 [Tobias Brown] and heavyweight [Joseph Cole], should fare well. I'm hoping to get four through to the state tournament."

South Carroll's dream of a county title was shattered when Winters Mill rode individual wins by Taylor Logue (112), Chase Cullison (152), Marshal Chang (171) and Justin Kozera (285) to the championship. But coach Bryan Hamper said he was still pleased with the Cavaliers' third-place finish.

"We had four winners, too," he said. "And Chris Wampler at 125 is still undefeated. I was pleased overall because we had a couple kids injured and two others who lost in the last seconds. But I think we're peaking at the right time."

Owings Mills, which has lost only one match all season, dominated the county tournament, with all of its wrestlers scoring points. Warren Mack (112), Demetrius Johnson (130), Taran Carr (145) and Mohammed Ali (171) all earned titles.

"It was the best we've wrestled all season," Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker said.

Still, the individual county trophies were spread around, with Zeke Salvo (103) and Andrew Huber (215) winning for Perry Hall, Greg McCoy (119) for Lansdowne, Matt Swiger (125) for Hereford, Ryan McTeer (135) for Dulaney, Jesse Garrett (140) for Towson, Kion Wright (152) for Pikesville, Zeke Elliott (160) for Parkville, Tyler Weedon (189) for Catonsville and Andrew Clark (285) for Sparrows Point.

In Howard County, Oakland Mills was the big winner in individual weight classes, with Zachary Hensley (103), Tony Farace (112), Jerry Fumba (135) and Alex DoQuang (152) winning titles. Nationally ranked Nathan Kraisser of Centennial won at 125, and Glenelg, which racked up points throughout the tournament on its way to the team title, saw Parker Dymond (140), Jack Borkowski (145) and Charles Walls (160) prevail.

Individual championships in 10 of the 14 classes in the Howard tournament were decided by the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds.

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

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