Bel Air High School's Jeff Taylor, right, resists Arundel's… (Noah Scialom, Patuxent…)
Bel Air High's William Holder-Moore turned in an impressive performance in winning the 170-pound title at Saturday's 3A/4A East regional tournament held at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.
Holder-Moore won a 7-3 decision of Meade's Isiah Alston to take the title and notch the only first place finish among Harford County wrestlers who competed in what is generally considered the toughest regional meet in the state.
Wrestling in the 132-pound championship, Bel Air's Jason Taylor lost by technical fall to Tyler Goodwin of Arundel, but the runner-up position still assured Taylor of a berth in the state championship meet.
Jasaan Beck of Aberdeen also had a strong showing. After losing in the semi-finals, Beck took home a third place finish in the 152-pound class, beating Bel Air's John Cross 13-8 in the consolation bout, as both Harford wrestlers advanced to the state meet.
Also advancing to the states was C. Milton Wight's Ty Rochester, who was third at 220. Rochester won the consolation match with at 4-0 decision over Austin Meirick of North East of Anne Arundel County.
North Harford's Jordan Avig was the other Harford wrestler to qualify for the state meet, finishing fourth in the 113-pound class.
Other local wrestlers placing in the top six included C. Milton Wright's Ben Swanson, fifth at 145; Travis Hubler of Aberdeen, sixth at 132; and Dominic Williams of Bel Air, sixth at 182.
In a meet dominated by wrestlers from River Hill, Meade and Arundel, which finished first, second and third, respectively, in the team standings, Bel Air had the top Harford finish in eighth with 62 points. C. Milton Wright had 32 points to finish 13th; while Aberdeen and North Harford, both with 18 points, finished 21st and 22nd, respectively.