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.
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 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 31, 1993
Nate Casella the wrestler isn't Nate Casella the football player.On the mat, the Wilde Lake senior competes with a fraction of the grit and determination he uses on the football field, where he was The Baltimore Sun's Howard County Player of the Year in 1992.He professes modesty about his drive to wrestle, stretching so far as to admit he's "lazy.""I'm not a die-hard wrestler, I'm a die-hard football player," he said. "I don't want to let down coach [Richard] Jackson, but I usually need people to motivate me like my family, my brothers.
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.