February 1, 2004
The list of public school state wrestling champions from the city is short. Very short. When Poly's Dennis Scott won the heavyweight title in 1999, he became the first -- and only -- city public school wrestler to capture a state championship. Matthew Oakley of Poly and DeShawn Barrett of Patterson want to give Scott some company. And so far this season, they've shown they're up to the task. Oakley, a defending city and regional champ at 171 pounds, is 13-0 with 11 pins. Barrett, a 215-pounder, has pinned all 17 rivals in the first period.
March 7, 2007
Let me make one thing clear: Nicole Woody, who failed to become the first girl to win a state wrestling championship last Saturday, lost going for the victory. For those of us who think the term "March Madness" refers to any wrestling tournament, high school or college, that occurs anywhere during that month, we couldn't ask for anything more than that. Woody is the perky 103-pounder who has wrestled for Arundel High School for three years. Among women, she's a world junior champion. Her high school opponents have been boys, most of whom have found themselves staring up at the wrong end of a Nicole Woody smackdown.
March 17, 1991
Matt Slutzky sure knows what to do for an encore. After winning the county, regional and state wrestling titles in his freshman and sophomore years, Slutzky finished off his junior season by sweeping all three once again. First, he pinned all three of his opponents in the county meet to lead the Eagles to their 13th county championship. He took the regional title by technical fall and won the states with a 17-4 victory. With a 32-1 record, Slutzky kept his Maryland State Wrestling Association No. 1 ranking at 135 pounds all season.
January 30, 1992
Matt Slutzky, Aberdeen's three-time defending Class 2A-1A state wrestling champion and the Maryland State Wrestling Association's top-ranked athlete at 140 pounds, dropped a 5-3 decision last night to Rising Sun sophomore Jason Townsend.The loss, which occurred during No. 6 Aberdeen's 40-16 victory over Cecil County's Rising Sun (10-1), was the senior's first in 17 matches this season and his fifth against a county-record 106 career victories and a tie.
March 6, 1991
Tom Reese didn't take the normal route of an athletic standout, but he made his mark in wrestling anyway.The North Carroll High graduate worked for a few years after graduating in 1978, joined a friend as the wrestling "team" at Frederick Community College, then became one of the top wrestlers in the Atlantic Coast Conference at the University of Maryland in College Park, Prince George's County.Reese was rewarded for his outstanding, albeit unconventional, career by being selected to the Maryland State Wrestling Hall of Fame at last weekend's state wrestling tournament at Western Maryland College in Westminster.
March 9, 2005
THE QUOTE "I can't believe it. I'm going home with a state medal. I'm going to sleep well tonight." Howard's Mingo Grant after pinning Howard County champion Sean Kendig of Oakland Mills in 4:29 to win the state Class 2A-1A 215-pound championship. Grant was trailing 6-5 and had lost to Kendig in four of their past five meetings. THE NUMBER 10 Howard County Class 3A-2A boys basketball teams eliminated in the regional playoffs by Prince George's County teams. The only one of the county's 11 high schools not eliminated by a P.G. County school was Oakland Mills.