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Wrestling: Fallston's Zach Cullison wins his second and Harford's only state championship

College Park - A different year, a different school and a different weight class.

None of that mattered to Fallston senior Zach Cullison, who won a second straight state wrestling title Saturday night at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

Cullison, Harford County's only state champion, won the Class 1A-2A, 132-pound title by 6-5 decision over Middletown junior Matt Capobianco.

Cullison, who won a 119-pound title as member of the Patterson Mill Huskies a year ago, took a 2-0 lead just nine seconds into the title bout with a takedown.

A stack by Cullison put Capobianco on his back for a two-count, two points and a 4-0 lead in the second period, but a short time later, Capobianco gained a neutral point to make it 4-1.

Cullison (36-1) took the 4-1 lead into the final period and quickly extended it to 6-1 with a reversal. Later though, a stalling point against Cullison, an escape and follow up takedown by Capobianco closed the score to 6-5, but time ran out and Cullison was a two-time state champ.

"It's a big challenge, the state tournament, I took it match by match," Cullison said. "Worked out my way this time and I'm happy to bring home the gold two times in a row."

Cougar teammate CJ Austin, a junior, wasn't so fortunate a couple title bouts later, losing the 145 title to Patuxent junior Matthew Gancayco by 8-6 decision.

The match was deadlocked, 6-6, late in the second period after a wild first period, that saw both wrestlers collect back points.

"He came out right at me and I wasn't expecting that," Austin said. "He caught me in a headlock and picked up a couple of back points and I think if he hadn't done that, I could have come out on top."

Austin countered with a cradle for back points, but it was a takedown in the second period that decided the bout.

Austin struggled the entire third period to get free or gain a match-tying reversal, but it was not to be. Austin finished the year 37-2.

Taylor leads Bobcats

Bel Air senior Jeff Taylor finished second in the 3A-4A, 132-pound weight class, leading three Bobcats to the awards podium. Taylor was decisioned 9-4 by Arundel senior Tyler Goodwin. Goodwin won a 16-1 technical fall over Taylor a week ago in the East Region finals.

In Saturday's loss, Taylor fell behind, 5-0, before getting a point for unsportsmanlike conduct against Goodwin. Taylor's other three points came on escapes.

John Cross and William Holder-Moore each placed sixth in their respective weights of 152 and 170 in 3A-4A.

Cross, a sophomore, wrestled to a 3-3 record and defaulted out of the fifth place match. Cross finished 34-12.

Holder-Moore, a junior, also went 3-3 for the Bobcats, losing out on fifth place after falling by pin. Holder-Moore finished the year 37-6.

Brush is fourth

Harford Tech's lone entry, senior Dillon Brush, wrestled to a fourth place finish at 182 pounds in the 1A-2A tourney. Brush lost his bid for third in the last 10 seconds of his bout with Parkside's Erick Miranda.

Brush tied the score, 4-4, with an escape with less than 15 seconds remaining. In the battle for a winning takedown, Brush and Miranda went down to the mat and Miranda came out on top, taking Brush down and also collecting a set of back points for the 8-4 decision.

Brush posted a 4-2 mark to finish the year 42-4.

The others

Fallston sophomore Joe Medicus was an opening round winner at 106 pounds in the 1A-2A tourney. Medicus was then knocked into the loser's bracket after a quarterfinal loss, where he won a match and then lost a match shy of the placement rounds. Medicus finished the year 31-9.

Cougar teammate Austin Rutkowski, a 182-pound junior, was also knocked out before the placement round. Rutkowski was beaten in the opening round, but wrestled back for two consolation wins, before losing a second time. Rutkowski finished the year 32-12.

Patterson Mill freshman Jake Nikkila also started with a win at 126 in 1A-2A, but lost in the quarterfinals. Nikkila added a win in the consolation bracket, but then lost in the consolation quarterfinals. Nikkila finished at 35-7.

Patterson Mill senior Corey Myers was 1-2 at 195. Myers finished 32-9.

C. Milton Wright saw both of its wrestlers knocked out before placement rounds. Doug Their, a 170-pound sophomore, lost in the opening round, but rebounded to win a consolation bout, 8-3, over Franklin's Ignacio Munoz. Their (30-12) was then knocked out in after a 7-3 loss to Perry Hall's Patrick Clemons.

Teammate Ty Rochester, a 220-pound senior, went 0-2 to finish 31-10.

Other Harford wrestlers participating in the tourney included North Harford's Jordan Avig, 0-2 at 113 in 3A-4A action. Avig, a sophomore, finished 28-11.

Aberdeen's lone entry, senior Jasaan Beck, was also 0-2 at 152 in 3A-4A action. Beck finishes at 29-13.

Brown leads Panthers

Perryville sophomore Chris Brown was a runner-up at 113 pounds in the 1A-2A tournament. Brown took a 1-0 lead over Parkside's Anthony Rivera with a second period escape, but Rivera used a third period reversal to win, 2-1. Rivera also beat Brown a week earlier, 6-3, in the 113-pound finals of the East region tourney. Brown finishes 40-2, with both losses to Rivera.

Amos Harlan was Perryville's other place winner, taking third at 138. Harlan, a senior, won 2-0 in overtime over Century's Kyle Tye in the consolation final. Harlan lost his opening match and then won five straight to end the season 40-4.

Perryville's other three state wrestlers each finished 2-2. Senior Joe Antoshak (120) finished 33-12, while senior Andrew Brown (126) ended the year 33-10.

David Doring, a 170 junior, ended the season 36-10.

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