Franklin High School’s performance in the Baltimore County wrestling tournament Saturday was essentially its coming-out party. The Indians won their first title since 2000 to dethrone defending county champion and No. 5 Hereford as five wrestlers reached the finals.
Franklin’s highest finish in the last eight years under coach Mike Slaughter came in 2012, when the Indians finished fifth.
“It’s great to be up there with Owings Mills and Hereford,” said Slaughter, whose team finished second to Hereford by 25 points in the Franklin Invitational on Jan. 18. “Those teams have been at the top of the county for so long. These teams kind of have dynasties. We have been trying to build something like that. We have seen the hard work we have put in over the last eight years transform.”
Franklin (197.5 points) crowned two champions: seniors Nick Montanye (132 pounds) and Tristan Armstrong (195). Armstrong recorded the quickest fall of the finals, pinning Overlea’s Nick Anderson in 1:37. Montanye improved to 29-1 when he scored a 3-2 decision over Owings Mills' David Hollingsworth.
Austin Widerman (106), Ouail El-Ghazouani (120) and Ben Montanye (126) took second for Franklin.
“Franklin had a great tournament,” Hereford coach Ron Causey said. “We had a good tournament. We were hoping we would have five champions.”
Hereford (158.5) has had four county champions twice in the past decade under Causey.
Saturday, three Bulls won titles -- Anthony Genco (120), Joe Miller (182) and Brock Turnbaugh (220).
It was the second county title for and Genco and Turnbaugh.
Turnbaugh edged Catonsville’s Calloway Lee in triple overtime on an escape to emerge with his 100th career win.
Genco, a state runner-up last year who ranks third in school history with 139 victories, scored a 21-6 technical fall victory over El-Ghazouani.
Western Tech senior Tejon Anthony (138, 28-2) won his third county championship in as many seasons. He recorded a 13-5 major decision over Towson's Danny Pittas.
It could be the first leg of three postseason titles for the 2012 Class 2A/1A state champion.
"He won the triple crown as a sophomore: counties, regionals and states," Western Tech coach Juan Solero said. "And it only humbled him. It's been his motivation this year because he wants to get to the top of the podium again."
Anthony’s teammate, senior Austin Harrison, registered the first pin of the championship round. He decked Eastern Tech's Ian Chiveral in 5:56 at 170 in his 100th career match.
“I used a cross-face cradle,” Harrison said. “It’s my signature move.”
Dulaney seniors Jacob Asher (152) and Dylan Ruiz (126) also won titles. Asher claimed his second county crown with a 9-3 victory over Randallstown’s Micah Witherspoon. Ruiz won a 3-1 decision over Ben Montanye on a takedown with two seconds left in the third period.
1. Franklin 197.5
2. Hereford 158.50
3. Sparrows Point
4. Perry Hall 140
5. Dulaney 120
6. Catonsville 99
7. Kenwood 98.5
8. Owings Mills 94
9. Randallstown 80
10. Western Tech 76.5
106: Dominic Percell (Ken) dec. Austin Widerman (Fra) 2-0
113: Brent Newcomer (PH) maj dec Andrew Southwell (Cat) 11-3
120: Anthony Genco (Her) tech fall Ouail El-Ghazouani (Fra) 21-6
126: Dylan Ruiz (Dul) dec Ben Montanye (Fra) 3-1
132: Nick Montanye (Fra) dec David Hollingsworth (OM) 3-2
138: Tejon Anthony (WT) maj Danny Pittas (Tow) 13-5
145: Brody Underwood (SP) dec. Garad White (Che) 3-1
152: Jacob Asher (Dul) dec. Micah Witherspoon (Ran) 9-3
160: Nyonbou Farley (Ken) dec. Sean Hoffman (Dul) 2-1
170: Austin Harrison (WT) pin Ian Chiveral (ET) 5:56
182: Joe Miller (Her) dec. Russell Seeney-Cunning (Lan) 5-0
195: Tristan Armstrong (Fra) pin Nick Anderson (Ove) 1:37
220: Brock Turnbaugh (Her) Catonsville's Calloway Lee TOT 4-3
285: Desmond Kelly (Ken) dec Greg Smith (Ran) 3-1