By Andrew Conrad, email@example.com
11:53 PM EST, December 10, 2012
One year after Glenelg heavyweight Sean Twigg made it to the finals of the tough War on the Shore wrestling tournament in Salisbury, a fellow Gladiator took the top prize at the opposite end of the weight spectrum.
On Saturday evening, Glenelg sophomore Tim Null defeated Wheeling Park's Tyson Lira in the finals, 1-0, after scoring four pins — three of them in the first period — en route to the championship match.
Archbishop Spalding's Matt Pente, a Howard County resident, won the 132-pound weight class.
At 138, Centennial freshman Austin Kraisser upset Mount St. Joseph senior Seth Rowell in the quarterfinals, 2-1. Rowell, who was ranked fourth in the state coming into the tournament, advanced to the 3A/4A state finals when he was a sophomore at Reservoir High in 2011.
Kraisser was edged in the semifinals, 5-4, by Wheeling Park's Dylan Taylor, the No. 2 seed. Taylor went on to fall by pin to Bishop McNamara's Alfred Bannister in the championship, while Kraisser lost to Hanover's Corbin Allen in the consolation semifinals, 5-0, and to Glenelg's Ryan Carter in the fifth place match, 3-2.
Allen also defeated Rowell, 7-4, for third place.
After losing in the opening round, Glenelg's Austin Pagnotta (145) won five matches in the elimination bracket — four by pin — to place fourth.
Pagnotta's older brother, Anthony (170), lost in overtime to the eventual champion — Middletown's Erich Schneider — in the semifinals, but placed sixth after suffering a tournament ending injury.
Sean Twigg made it back to the finals, but lost, 1-0, to Stephen Decatur's Ryan Kail.
Twigg's younger brother, sophomore Austin (195), also had an impressive tournament, scoring three pins and placing fourth.
As a team the Gladiators placed fourth out of 29 teams with 141 points.
Final results were not available, but host Oakland Mills defeated Mt. Hebron — which finished 6-2 — during the tournament, with the following results:
Oakland Mills 42, Mt. Hebron 34
160: Dylan Juskus (OM) dec. Nick Lucchesi (MH), 6-3.
170: Jaron Smith (OM) pin Alex Hanson (MH), 4:21.
182: Robby Happy (OM) pin Andrew Ansaldi (MH), 2:44.
195: Dominick Clark (OM) pin Austin Day (MH), 4:25.
220: Ryan Hassan (MH) pin Joseph Celtnieks (OM), 3:57.
285: Roy Kadje (OM) pin Albert Kim (MH), :43.
106: Josh Kendrick (MH) pin Julian Capino (OM), :37.
113: Jeff Hayden (MH) pin Cody Thomas (OM), 1:08.
120: Zach Hensley (OM) pin Brandon Wilson (MH), 2:53.
126: Alex Bisant (MH) maj. Francis Zelidon (OM), 14-5
132: Matthew Claxton (OM) pin Zach Stewart (MH), :43.
138: Connor Strunk (MH) pin Aaron Wood (OM), 2:28.
145: Bradley Montecino (OM) dec. Sean Kelly (MH), 5-2.
152: Joe Kendrick (MH) pin Macklin Anderson (OM), :39.
River Hill 70, Northeast 8
The Hawks routed Northeast to improve to 2-0. Taariq Mohammed (113), Patrick Linden (126), Sean Guthier (138), Patrick Gover (145), Casey Guthier (152), Donovan Delore (160), Sebestian Ames (170), Brian Kirby (182) and Logan Kirby (220) all scored pins.
South River 31, Reservoir 24
Box score not available.
Marriotts Ridge competed in the Aberdeen Duals, but results were not available.