COLLEGE PARK - Harford County's William Holder-Moore, a senior at Bel Air High School, won a Maryland State Wrestling Championship Saturday at the University Maryland's Cole Field House.
Two other Harford wrestlers, C. Milton Wright's Ben Swanson and Fallston's Ridge Myers, each placed second after falling in their respective state title bouts.
Holder-Moore won the Class 3A-4A, 170-pound state title over Wilde Lake's Akintola Morakinyo, avenging a loss from last weekend's region final. Holder-Moore (46-1) won the state title Saturday with a 7-5 decision. Last week's loss to Morakinyo was by an 8-5 decision.
"I wasn't going upper body," Holder-Moore said, in reference to the differences in both matches. "Last match I felt a lot more comfortable than I should have. This week I stayed offensive, but not go upper body with him."
Holder-Moore fell behind 2-0 early in the first, but an escape and follow up takedown put Holder-Moore ahead, 3-2, after one period.
A reverse by Holder-Moore increased the lead to 5-2 in period two, but Morakinyo gained an escape to close it back to 5-3. Holder-Moore, however, added another takedown late in the period to lead 7-3.
Morakinyo added a reverse in the third period, but Holder-Moore was able to keep his back off the mat en route to the two-point win.
"It doesn't feel real," Holder-Moore said. "In the beginning of the season, I tore my meniscus and I thought I'd need surgery and wouldn't even be around when end of the season tournaments came around."
Holder-Moore reached the state final with an impressive semifinal win over Billy Mills of Tuscarora.
A takedown in the first 20 seconds led to a near pin in the last 10 seconds and a 5-0 first period lead.
Holder-Moore then finished off the match at the 3:54 mark of the second period by pin.
Close for Swanson, Myers
CMW's Swanson reached the 3A-4A, 145 title match where he battled Chopticon's Larry Cannon. Cannon won the match, 6-1.
Cannon took control with a first period takedown and held a 2-0 score through the first and second periods. "I knew I was in trouble, he was strong on top, a lot stronger than me," Swanson said.
Cannon scored a reverse early in period three, but Swanson was able to gain the neutral position for his only point.
"He couldn't turn me, but I couldn't get out from under him," Swanson said. Trailing 4-1 in the third period, Swanson had to try something. That something was a trip that looked promising, but Cannon overcame it and scored his own takedown.
"At that point, I wouldn't say I gave up, but I knew for victory, I needed something good," Swanson said.
Swanson (38-5) reached the 3A-4A, 145 state final with a 3-2 decision in the semis against Collin Alley of South River.
Swanson led 1-0 after two periods on an escape early in period two. Alley then took a brief 2-1 lead in the third period with an arm and head takedown, but right as the two wrestlers were headed out of bounds 20 seconds later, Swanson was able to score a reverse. He then controlled Alley the rest of the period.
Fallston's Myers was in a rematch of last week's region final, facing Matt Olausen of Queen Anne's for the 1A-2A, 195 state title. Olausen, who beat Myers 6-3 in the final, jumped ahead 4-1 in the first period on two takedowns en route to the 8-4 state win. Myers' point came by escape.