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River Hill wrestling edges Glenelg on Smith's last-second pin

With less than 10 seconds left on the clock, the outlook was bleak for River Hill and junior heavyweight Tyler Smith Tuesday night.

The Hawks trailed at visiting Glenelg, 33-28, and Smith was behind Glenelg heavyweight Jamie Cooch, 1-0, after a third-period escape. Smith needed a pin, or his team's undefeated Howard County league record would be gone.
 
"I knew it was on me," said Smith, a 275-pound first-team all-county football lineman. "I saw right before the last (stoppage) that there was like 30 seconds left. I just knew I had to hit something."
 
Smith mustered every last reserve of energy, tied up with Cooch one last time and drove the 285-pounder to the mat. An instant before the last second ticked off the clock, the referee's hand slapped the mat and River Hill had won, 34-33, to become the last undefeated team in Howard County.
 
"In the beginning of the match he was a lot stronger than I expected…at the very end, I just had a little bit left in the tank and I got him," said Smith, who missed the first half of the season with a shoulder injury from football. "When the time came I had it in my inventory and it barely worked. I just had his head up top and I just bulldozed it….I was just screaming. I didn't know if they were going to take a team point away from everyone cheering."
 
If River Hill (7-0) can win out against Hammond (Jan. 30), Wilde Lake (Feb. 5), Atholton and Reservoir (Feb. 8), the Hawks will secure their third straight, and eighth total, county wrestling dual meet title. Glenelg won the title in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.
 
"It was tough, it put pressure on (Smith). I spoke with him before the match after we drew 106 and said no matter what happens and what the team score is, there are 14 weight classes and whether it comes down to you to win, to lose, it doesn't matter…because I knew it could be that close," River Hill coach Brandon Lauer said. "It was an excellent dual meet, as usual. They're an unbelievable program and team, and I'm sure we'll be seeing them later in the season down the line in the regional duals."
 
Glenelg (7-1) got pins from Garrett Murray (120), Austin Pagnotta (145), Troy Walter (160) and Austin Twigg (182) to build a 33-19 lead.
 
"That was huge for them and it almost buried us," Lauer said. "I rallied those last three guys and said we need 15 points. I don't care how it happens."
 
Logan Kirby earned a tough, 7-4, win over Craig Burris at 195, and then Cory Daniel, a defending state champion with 65 consecutive wins, delivered a 30-second pin at 220 to set up Smith's dramatic finale.
 
"That was about the last (thing) I thought was going to happen," said first-year Glenelg coach Matt Bichner, who won his third straight county title and a state championship for Glenelg in 2006. "I've never seen that happen, that's the first time for me. Up by five, one second left…regional duals, hopefully we'll see them and get a little revenge."
 
The Hawks also got pins from Alex Potts (113) and Michael Beck (132).
 
River Hill 34, Glenelg 33
106: Sam Kraus (G) dec. Matt Shealy (RH), 10-8. [0-3]
113: Alex Potts (RH) pin Collin Silk (G), 1:32. [6-3]
120: Garrett Murray (G) pin Adam Miller (RH), 3:24. [6-9]
126: Andrew Mahoney (RH) maj. Griffin Peterman (G), 10-0. [10-9]
132: Michael Beck (RH) pin Parker Griffie (G), 2:38. [16-9]
138: Ryan Erskine (RH) dec. Michael Autry (G), 7-4. [19-9]
145: Austin Pagnotta (G) pin Tyler Bond (RH), :28. [19-15]
152: Michael Budock (G) dec. Sean Guthier (RH), 4-1. [19-18]
160: Troy Walter (G) pin Brady Daniel (RH), 5:01. [19-24]
170: Joe Zoller (G) dec. Sebastian Ames (RH), 6-4. [19-27]
182: Austin Twigg (G) pin Cyrus Vaughn (RH), 3:21. [19-33]
195: Logan Kirby (RH) dec. Craig Burris (G), 7-4. {22-33]
220: Cory Daniel (RH) pin Nick Palaganas (G), :33. [28-33]
285: Tyler Smith (RH) pin Jamie Cooch (G), 5:59. [34-33]

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