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Glenelg leads Howard County wrestling tournament after first day

Defending champion Glenelg took an early lead in the 45th annual Howard County wrestling tournament, sending 10 wrestlers to Saturday morning's semifinal round.

Complete semifinal pairings are listed at the end of this story.

Click here for complete results and tournament information.

Host River Hill, which won the regular season county title, trails Glenelg by less than 10 points, 89.5-82, with nine semifinalists.

All 14 top seeds advanced through Friday evening's quarterfinal round, as did each No. 2 seed.

Top-seeded Sam Kraus (106), of Glenelg, needed an overtime takedown to defeat Mt. Hebron's determined Densu Kurian.

River Hill's Logan Kirby (195) and Cory Daniel (220), Reservoir's Mason Kilcarr (132) and Wilde Lake's Malik Jackson (152) are all going for their third county titles, a feat that only 20 wrestlers have accomplished in the tournament's 45 years.

River Hill senior Michael Beck (120) and Centennial sophomore Austin Kraisser (145) are both defending county champs.

Jackson has the fastest pin of the tournament so far, at 15 seconds. Beck has a 17-second pin, and Reservoir's top-seeded Hans Wicklein (138) clocked a 16-second fall.

River Hill last won the county tournament in 2012, when it scored a record 264.5 points, and has won seven county tournaments since 2000, including five in a row from 2000 to 2004.

Glenelg has won four county tournaments since 2007.

Semifinal matches (Saturday at 10:30 a.m.)

106
Sam Kraus (G) vs. Matt Shealy (RH)

Darian Kassiri (Ho) vs. Chris Spano (MR)

113

Collin Silk (G) vs. Julian Capino (OM)

Josh Kendrick (MH) vs. Romtin Habibi (MR)

120

Michael Beck (RH) vs. Nicholas Williams (Ho)

Jeff Hayden (MH) vs. Trent Kilcarr (Re)

126

Noah Polonsky (WL) vs. Will Parks (MR)

Troy Kilcarr (Re) vs. Jimmy Hayden (MH)

132

Mason Kilcarr (Re) vs. Ryan Erskine (RH)

Anthony Solis (Ha) vs. Tyler Anderson (WL)

138

Hans Wicklein (Re) vs. Michael Autry (G)

Matthew Claxton (OM) vs. Evan Nuss (Ha)

145

Austin Kraisser © vs. Paul Quattrone (Re)

Sean Guthier (RH) vs. Austin Pagnotta (G)

152

Malik Jackson (WL) vs. Michael Budock (G)

Connor Strunk (MH) vs. Sameh Boulos ©

160

Jaron Smith (OM) vs. Brady Daniel (RH)

Troy Walter (G) vs. Zachary Smith (A)

170

Joe Zoller (G) vs. Ernie Jose-Ferman (WL)

Sebastian Ames (RH) vs. Michael Bernal (MR)

182

Wesley Beattie (Re) vs. Dylan Juskus (OM)

Jared Rodriguez (Ho) vs. Austin Twigg (G)

195

Logan Kirby (RH) vs. Deon Williams (LR)

Chris Park (MR) vs. Craig Burris (G)

220

Cory Daniel (RH) vs. Kristopher Gough (WL)

Ryan Hassan (MH) vs. Michael Sullivan (Re)

285

Jeremy Nelson (Ha) vs. Jamie Cooch (G)

Nicholas Suri (MH) vs. Tyler Smith (RH)

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