Tournaments highlight busy weekend for local wrestlers

Dual meet tournaments highlighted the wrestling action over the past week, with activity in and out of the county.

In the lone tourney in Harford County, Aberdeen hosted an 11-team event known as the Golden Eagle Duals. Three more county schools, Havre de Grace, Fallston and Bel Air took part, in addition to Aberdeen, while neighboring Perryville was also a participant.

Other competing teams were Marriotts Ridge, Poly, Elkton, North Hagerstown, Springbrook and Annapolis.

Bel Air had the best finish, going 5-1 in preliminary rounds to get a shot in the finals. The Bobcats started with 40-33 loss to North Hagerstown, but won the next five. The Bobcat wins came over Aberdeen, 72-6; Havre de Grace, 65-18; Marriotts Ridge, 54-22; Perryville, 42-40; and Annapolis, 48-27.

In the finals, Bel Air lost to undefeated Springbrook, 50-17. Leading the Bobcats were William Holder-Moore and John Cross. Both were 7-0 at 170 pounds and 152, respectively. Jeff Taylor also went 6-1 at 132 and Christian Svoboda was 5-2 at 160.

Fallston had the next best finish among county teams, placing fourth. The Cougars rolled to four straight wins before suffering a 48-26 loss to Springbrook. The wins came over Marriotts Ridge, 39-34; Poly, 51-30; Elkton, 42-33 and North Hagerstown, 43-36. The Cougars finished off pool action by beating Havre de Grace, 51-24.

In the battle for third, Fallston lost to Perryville, 39-34.

Havre de Grace placed ninth with a 66-11 win over Elkton in the finals. The Warriors opened with a 45-33 win over Poly, but then dropped the next five matches. The Warriors fell to Marriotts Ridge, 66-18; Bel Air, 65-18; Perryville, 60-24; Annapolis, 48-33; and Fallston, 51-24.

Havre de Grace was led by two wrestlers, Josh Nuce and Tim Peters, who each went 6-1 at 126 and 220, respectively.

Aberdeen, as the host, did not wrestle in the final round, but wrestled in eight matches overall, going 2-6.

The wins came over Elkton, 72-12, and Poly, 72-12. The losses came against North Hagerstown, 59-15; Bel Air, 72-6; Springbrook, 66-4; Perryville, 61-15; Annapolis, 42-40; and Marriotts Ridge, 45-31.

Cobras go 3-3 at Keaser Duals

Harford Tech traveled to North County High School for the Second Annual "Keaser Classic" Wrestling Dual Tournament. The tournament is named in honor of former Brooklyn Park High School wrestler Lloyd Butch Keaser, the most famous wrestler to ever come out of Maryland. A former Naval Academy two-time All-American, Keaser was a world champion in 1973 and a silver medalist in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

The Cobras picked up wins over Oxon Hill, 61-9; Liberty, 42-31; and Hammond, 45-36. The losses were to Wilde Lake, 42-36; Leonardtown, 46-30; and North County, 50-18.

Bret Blevins, 126; Will Hughes, 285; and Tyler Butler, 138, each went 5-1 to pace the Cobra efforts. Tyler Granese, 120; Tim Torre, 152; and Dillon Brush, 182, who wrestled up to face better competition, each went 4-2.

Nathan Haskell, 113, and Jimmy Cosgrove, 138, both finished 3-3, and Colin Riley was 1-0 at 160.

Patriots are 5th in Solanco

John Carroll ventured north, across the state line, to Solanco High School in Quarryville, Pa., where the Patriots placed fifth among 20 teams in the 14th annual Mule Classic Wrestling Tournament.

Solanco easily won the event, followed by Blue Mountain of Schuylkill Haven, Pa., St Paul's, and Manheim Township, Pa.

George Weber was the Patriots best finisher, winning the 145 crown. Scott Strappelli was the Patriots lone runner-up finisher at 132 and Zach Dwyer was third at 106.Hunter Ritter was fourth at 170, while Zach Donato and Dan Kleble were both fifth at 160 and 195, respectively. Steven Jernigan, 126; Artie Milner, 120; Christian Scott, 138; and Christian Almony, 152, each placed seventh.

Mustangs, Rams place one each at Parkville

Wrestlers from C. Milton Wright and Edgewood each placed a winner in the Knightmare Invitational at Parkville High School.

CMW's lone place winner was Doug Their at 182. Their won a 1-0 decision over North Carroll's Jake Siepp in the consolation final. Their finished with a 4-1 record.

Edgewood's lone place winner was Marcus Gash, who placed sixth at 160 after a loss by pin to Hunter Wagner of Manchester Valley in the match for fifth place.

Loyola won the team title with 256 points. CMW was 12th with 52 and Edgewood 17th with 11. The tourney featured 19 teams.

Hawks split tri-meet

North Harford hosted a tri-meet Monday with North Carroll and Lansdowne. North Carroll won both matches easily, beating Lansdowne, 69-11, and North Harford, 61-14. North Harford defeated Lansdowne, 66-17.

Jordan Avig, 113/120, and Logan Smith, 138, were the two double winners for the Hawks.

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