Bel Air clinched its sixth straight UCBAC Chesapeake Division wrestling title Friday night, knocking off visiting Patterson Mill, 42-21. The Bobcats won nine bouts, including the night's feature match at 220-pounds, between Bel Air's Cyler Crawford and Patterson Mill's Eric Eckstein.
That match was the fourth bout of the evening, after Bel Air had won two of the first three for an early 9-6 lead.
The 220 match was an even one throughout and needed overtime for Crawford to capture a 5-3 win. Eckstein, who came into the bout undefeated with 28 straight wins, scored first with a takedown, but Crawford used a reverse to pull even 2-2 through one period.
An escape by Crawford was the only point of the second period and an escape by Eckstein was the lone point of the third period. In the 1:00 overtime period, Eckstein appeared to have recorded a winning takedown, but the referee didn't award it. Seconds later, Crawford landed the takedown and the 5-3 win.
"I thought I had the takedown, but it's my fault that I didn't continue to wrestle until the ref made the call," Eckstein said. "Just got to be ready for the next match."
Eckstein's coach, Ryan Arist, thought his wrestler had scored. "I think it was a clear takedown," Arist said. "The ref's interpretation was that there was no reaction time, he popped back up. My interpretation is he was down for three or four seconds."
The Crawford win pushed the Bel Air lead to 12-6. It quickly ballooned to 21-9 after Dakota Crawford's 5-1 decision over Brian Whitby at 285 and a forfeit for David Reagan at 106.
The Huskies, however, won the next three weight classes to tighten the meet. Colin McDonald edged Gavin Rupprecht, 4-2, at 113, while Brent Iwanowski used a cradle to pin Kenny Scoggins in 2:36 at 120. Jake Nikkila closed out the wins, holding off Brady Stafford in the final seconds for a 5-3 decision. That win closed the gap to 21-18.
Bel Air, though, flexed and with four straight wins, three by pin, ran the score up to 42-18 with one bout to wrestle.
Ryan Beveridge started the wins, pinning Connor Allmon in 3:00 at 132. Sam Guo followed at 138 with hard-fought 1-0 decision over Connor Ries. Cameron Watts and John Cross then finished off the Bel Air wins. Watts decked Juan Bustamante in 4:38 at 145 and Cross stopped Gavin Adams in 2:18 at 152.
Patterson Mill closed out the meet with a win, as Josh Holbrook edged Pablo Chavarria, 5-3, at 160.
Bel Air's wins to start the meet were a pin for Grant Fleming at 170 and an 8-2 decision for Tom Gomez at 182. Patterson Mill's other win came at 195 with Joe King collecting a pin.
"We had three varsity guys out of our lineup and I knew that was going to hurt us," Arist said. "It wouldn't have changed the outcome, but it would have been closer."
Huskies split on Saturday
Patterson Mill was back in action Saturday, traveling to Middletown to compete in a tri-meet with the host Kniigts and Liberty. The Huskies were beaten by a strong Middletown team, 51-15, but did some winning of their own against Liberty, 62-16.
Against Middletown, Nikkila, King, and Whitby each won decisions, while Eckstein won by pin.
Winning by pin against Liberty were McDonald, Iwanowski, Ries, Bustamante, Holbrook and Eckstein. Other winners included Paul Difonzo, Wilkenson, Josh Johnston, King and Whitby.
Bobcats sweep tri-meet
The Bel Air wrestling team warmed up for Friday night's key UCBAC battle with Patterson Mill, by sweeping a tri-meet at Gilman, that also included St. Mary's.
The Bobcats beat St. Mary's, 54-24, and Gilman, 42-30.
In the win over St. Mary's, the Bobcats were awarded six forfeit wins. Those winners were David Reagan, 106 pounds; Gavin Rupprecht, 113; Kenny Scoggins, 120; John Cross, 152; Grant Fleming, 170; and Dakota Crawford, 285.
The Bobcats also had four contested wins. At 126, Brady Stafford decisioned Nate Brown, 11-8 and Ryan Beveridge won a major decision over Gary Grant, 11-1, at 132. At 145, Cameron Watts beat Chase Pappas, 8-2, and Cyler Crawford had the lone pin at 220, stopping Jackson Slatterback in :27.
In beating Gilman, the Bobcats won eight bouts, six contested and four by pin. Rupprecht pinned in :26 at 113, while Sam Guo needed 5:57 to pin at 138. Also pinning were Watts, in 1:44 at 145; and Cross, in 1:05 at 152.
The other wrestled wins came at 170, with Fleming winning an 8-1 decision, and at 285, with Dakota Crawford earning a 3-1 decision. Reagan, 106, and Cyler Crawford, 220, both received forfeits.
Tech sweeps tri-meet
Harford Tech hosted and swept a tri-meet Friday, beating Joppatowne, 63-6, and Bo Manor, 47-26.
Against Joppatowne, the Cobras won all but one bout. Tyler Butler, 145; Austin Bulger, 182 and Andy Schwarz, 113, each collected pins, while Andrey Kalwa, 138; Andrew Butler, 152; and Josh Hucke, 170, were winners by major decision.
Cobras winning decisions were Johnathan Lechert, 126; Sam Cook, 160; and Eric Cornelius, 195. The Cobras also collected four forfeits. Winners were Emanuel Daramola, 220; Caleb Warner, 285; Zach Granese, 106; and Brendan Hayes, 120.
Joppatowne's lone win came at 132, with Ryan Brown posting a :21 pin.
The Cobras had a little tougher time with Bo Manor, but eight wins was enough to win.
The Cobras dropped the first two matches, but won the next five to gain control of the meet. Tyler Butler and Andrew Butler both won by second period pins at 145 and 152, respectively, and Cook posted a technical fall win at the 4:00 mark at 160. The other two wins came by forfeit to Hucke at 170 and Ryan Smetana at 182. The 29-10 lead was enough for the win.
The Cobras picked up three more wins down the stretch. Daramola pinned in :59 at 220 and Warner pinned in 2:32 at 285. The Cobras other win came at 120 with Hayes earning a forfeit.
Cougars beat Eagles
Fallston picked up eight wins en route to a 42-30 win at Aberdeen Thursday. The Cougars received three forfeits, while giving away two.
Winners in wrestled matches for Fallston were Eric Baranoski, 120; Logan Ziervogal, 126; Zach Ziervogal, 132; Austin Rutkowski, 182; and Gabe Wagner, 195. Forfeit winners were Donovan Hohman, 106; Zach Kauffman, 138; and Gordy Reilly, 170.
Aberdeen's wrestled wins came from Marcos Colon-Pappaterra, 113; John Jones, 145; Dylan Lucas, 152; and Frank Jiogo, 160. Forfeits were won by Adric Turner, Jr., 220; and CJ Allen, 285.
Mustangs beat Rams
Also Thursday, C. Milton Wright won 10 weight classes en route to a 59-24 UCBAC dual meet win over host Edgewood. All but one match was a pin or forfeit. CMW received three forfeits and Edgewood got two.
That one non-pin or forfeit bout came at 106, where CMW's Ed Tomaskovic won a 15-0 technical fall over Eli Burbey.
In the pin bouts, CMW won six of the eight. Jake Hellman pinned Breal Madison in 3:08 at 113 and Nick DiMattia pinned Jairr Jones in 3:18 at 132.
At 138, Mike Zito pinned Alexis LaBelle in :27 and at 152, Spencer Hellman pinned George Moore in 1:05. The Mustangs other two pins came at 182, Doug Their over David Coates in 1:48, and at 220, with Mason Herzing pinning Adonis McCoy in :57.
Pinning for Edgewood were Ariq Nixon at 126, over Jade Raccioppi in 2:27, and Jarvin Estrada at 160, pinning Ned Cassilly in 1:49.
The John Carroll wrestling team has a very busy schedule since Jan. 24.
In its most recent action last Wednesday, the Patriots hosted Loyola and Rising Sun and beat both, 34-28, and 67-9, respectively.
Against Loyola, the Patriots won eight bouts, starting at 160, with Chris Almony pinning Nick Moreno in :46. Christian Scott won at 182 by 13-1 major decision and Hunter Ritter won 9-4 at 195.
At 220, Andy Reininger needed overtime to beat Austin Hurdle, 3-1, and CJ Skokowski won 4-0 at 113. Zach Dwyer, 126, and Andy Millner, 132, both recorded pins and Steven Jernigan won a 7-5 decision at 138.
In the win over Rising Sun, match winners were Almony, 170; Scott, 182; Ritter, 195; Reininger, 220; Ricky Denu, 285; Mike McCabe, 106; Skokowski, 113; Austin Smith, 120; Dwyer, 126; Mark Pickett, 132; Brian Chalmers, 138; and Steven Jernigan, 145.
The Patriots also wrestled Jan. 28, at McDonogh, losing 40-29.
Match winners were Austin Ross, 160; Almony, 170; Ritter, 195; McCabe, 106; Smith, 120; and Millner, 132.
On Jan. 25, John Carroll put together a team of 11 wrestlers to compete at the North Dorchester Invitational in Cambridge. John Carroll won the tournament, the Patriots third title this season, on the strength of six finalists and outstanding performances by first year wrestlers. They were David Harrison, third at 106; Erik Ashton, third at 113; Devin Darrington, seventh at 145; and back up varsity wrestlers, Joe Kyburz, third at 126; Scott Miser, third at 132); and Mark Pickett, second at 138.
The Patriots crowned five champions in Ross, 152; Almony, 160; Scott, 182; Ritter, 195; and Reininger, 220.
The Patriots busy week started Jan. 24 with a tri-meet at Boys' Latin that included Maryland's #2 ranked team, Good Counsel.
The Patriots lost 31-27 to Good Counsel and beat Boys' Latin, 55-22.