Owings Mills leads Class 2A-1A at state wrestling tournament

Eagles, shooting for eighth title under coach Pritzker, have four wrestlers in semifinals

March 04, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK — Owings Mills has won the Class 2A-1A state championship seven times under coach Guy Pritzker. But the Eagles last captured the title six years ago.

No. 6 Owings Mills took the first step toward bringing home another trophy by wrestling well in the opening rounds of the state tournament Friday at Maryland's Cole Field House. The Eagles have four wrestlers in the semifinals and sat in first place in Class 2A-1A.

The semifinals and finals take place Saturday. Owings Mills, which last won a state title in 2005, has 56.5 points, ahead of No. 5 Winters Mill (49.5) and No. 3 Glenelg (44).

"It's going to be tough," Pritzker said. "But I'm hopeful."

The Eagles brought 13 wrestlers to the tournament, and Warren Mack (112), Demetrius Johnson (130), Taran Carr (145) and Mohammad Ali (171) are alive heading into the semifinal round.

In addition, Owings Mills will get points from the consolation round as five of its wrestlers remain there.

Mack missed last year's state tournament after breaking his right arm in the state dual-meet competition. He was forced to have surgery that sidelined him the rest of the season.

He said the Golden Eagles hope to break their drought this year. They've been one of the area's top teams throughout the season, winning the Baltimore County championship by 77 points and the Class 1A North regional title by an eye-opening 133-point margin.

"We've been pointing towards this for a very long time," Mack said. "I just tell my team to go out there and wrestle your hardest. … We just want to have fun."

Winters Mill and Glenelg both have three wrestlers left in the semifinals. For Winters Mill, Wes Cook (130), Keith Steine (135) and Justin Kozera (285) are still going. Nick Caffrey (130), Charles Walls (160) and David Pruett (171) remain in the hunt for Glenelg.

Southern of Garrett County (39) is in fourth place, and No. 12 Bel Air (32) sits in fifth with four wrestlers left in the semifinals.

La Plata leads the Class 4A-3A division with 55.5 points, ahead of Tuscarora (40) and Wilde Lake (35). Glenelg and La Plata also won dual-meet state championships last month.

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