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.
Myers added two more escapes in the second period, while Olausen added a third takedown. Olausen then reversed Myers in period three and maintained control throughout the period, only letting up in the final seconds.
"As you saw, I lost a little more differently then last time when I lost on points," Myers said. "It was a match that I had hoped I'd be up for, I guess I was not."
Myers was also impressive in his 195 semifinal with Deon Hector of W.E.B. Du Bois.
Myers was in control from the start with a number of takedowns throughout the match. Myers limited Hector to four escape points in a 12-4 major decision win.
Perryville's Brown suffers first loss
Perryville's Chris Brown was also a finalist at 120 in the 1A-2A tourney. Brown, who entered the match unbeaten at 42-0, was beaten by Oakdale's Anthoney Savage, 7-5.
Brown made his way into the 120 final with hard fought 1-0 decision over Randy Watson of Sparrows Point.
The lone point of the match came in period number two. Brown had choice and chose down, but Watson chose to let Brown up uncontested, giving up the automatic point.
Brown then held Watson off in the neutral position for the final four minutes of the match.
Noss is fourth
Patterson Mill senior Jason Noss placed fourth at 145 in 1A-2A action.
Noss (42-7) opened with a win, lost in the quarterfinal and then won three straight matches to gain the consolation finals. In the final, Noss fell 4-2 in overtime to Chase McKenzie of Southern-Anne Arundel.
Velez fourth too
Aberdeen junior Daniel Velez also placed fourth at 132 in 3A-4A.
Velez (31-10) dropped his first match, but rebounded to win four straight matches. In the consolation final, Velez lost, 7-1, to Tyler Morgan of North Point.
Smith gets fifth
North Harford senior Logan Smith earned fifth place in 3A-4A, 160 action. Smith (33-9) dropped his opening bout, but then won three straight in the consolation bracket to get into the placement round.
Smith lost his consolation semifinal, but then won 8-3 over Malik Kelly of Paint Branch for fifth.
Cook is also fifth
Harford Tech senior Nathan Cook was also a fifth place finisher at 182 in 1A-2A. Cook (23-7) won his opening match, but lost in the quarterfinals.
Cook battled back with a pair of wins to stay alive, before losing 8-5 to Adam Fitzwater of Brunswick in the consolation semifinal.
Cook was then awarded fifth place over Kevin Snyder of Century by default.
Hubler is sixth
Aberdeen senior Travis Hubler won two bouts to reach the 3A-4A, 126 semifinals.
Hubler (32-5) led early in the semi, 2-0, but Tanner Saluter of Thomas Stone quickly tied the match with a reversal and then added three back points in the final seconds of the first period for a 5-2 lead.
Hubler added a reversal and escape in the second period, but Slater reversed back and added an escape and takedown in the final period to end the scoring.
Hubler then dropped both remaining consolation matches to finish sixth.
Coburn is sixth
Fallston senior Garrett Coburn was sixth at 145 in 1A-2A action. Coburn (34-10) opened with a win, but lost his quarterfinal, 10-4, to Josh Loveless of Oakdale.
Coburn added a pair of wins before another loss put him in the fifth place match. Another loss to Loveless, this time by first period pin, ended Coburn's day.
Doring finishes sixth
Perryville senior David Doring also placed sixth at 170 in 1A-2A. Doring (32-14) opened with a win and then lost his quarterfinal.
Doring then won two bouts, before losing two straight to place sixth.
Fallston's Austin out
Fallston's CJ Austin was unable to compete in Saturday's championships because a shoulder injury, according to his coach Andy Amasia.
Austin, the conference and 1A-2A East Region champion at 152 pounds was undefeated on the season. The injury was discovered following last weekend's region championship meet, according to Amasia.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun