The Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference wrestling tournament began Friday at Aberdeen High School. Two rounds of championship bracket action were contested and one round of wrestle backs and action was concluded by more than an hour before the scheduled 9 p.m. stoppage time.
Wrestling action is to continue Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with a second round of wrestle backs, followed by the championship semifinals at a projected start time of 10:30 a.m. Following a one-hour lunch break, wrestling will resume at 1 p.m with consolation bracket matches. Championship finals are slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.
In Friday's action, three quarterfinal upsets and one missed weight highlighted an otherwise routine night of action. The biggest of the upsets came at 132 pounds, where Harford Tech freshman Andrey Kalwa knocked off the top seed, Colin Beck, of North East. Kalwa, who entered the event with a 17-17 record, beat Beck (25-5), 7-4.
Edgewood senior Noel Spencer (third seed, 22-3) was upset as well at 120, falling by pin in 4:49 to C. Milton Wright junior Nick DiMattia. The other upset came at 160, where CMW senior Philip Flint (third seed) lost, 6-4.
Bo Manor's A.J. Jourdan, a third seed at 126, missed competing by failing his weigh-in. CMW junior Mike Ritz took advantage, winning twice to reach the semifinals.
Defending champion Fallston leads the team standings with 78 points. Bel Air, last year's runner-up, is second with 63.50. Patterson Mill and Bo Manor are tied with 56 points each, while Rising Sun rounds out the top five with 55.