State wrestling championships

River Hill's Cory Daniel raises his arms in victory after defeating Northern Calvert's Kyle Lamond in the finals of the 4A/3A 220 pound weight class. (Brian Krista, Patuxent Publishing / March 8, 2014)

It had long been a dream of South Carroll wrestling fans for the Cavaliers to win a state title. Yesterday the Cavaliers finally did that, though they'll have to share.

No. 12 South Carroll used a major decision by Jake Pooton over Fallston's Austin Rutkowski at 182 pounds in its final match to tie Kent Island, 94-94 for the Class 2A/1A state title.

Pooton led the match 7-0 late in the third period, but intentionally let Rutkowski up and gave away a point. He then scored a takedown to give South Carroll an 8-point lead and the major decision it needed to tie the match.

"That was a lot of pressure that we put on him," Cavaliers coach Bryan Hamper said. "I told him to wrestle his match and that came first, but he knew the situation. He's a terrific kid, and he came through when we needed him. It was great to watch."

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Hamper said he'll take the split decision and the state title.

"We've finished second here five times. I've experienced it twice as a wrestler, and once as a coach," Hamper said. "Kent Island brought 11 wrestlers here, and we brought seven. All our kids contributed, and I couldn't be prouder."

Mountain Ridge (74.5 points), Catoctin (70) and Middletown (67.5) rounded out the top five among 2A/1A teams.

In another win for Carroll County, North Carroll's Eddie Merrill avenged his loss in the state championship last year, building a big lead and defeating Kent County's Jake Peacock, 7-2, to win the 170-pound title.

"I knew he hadn't seen me, so I decided to try my favorite move, the fireman's carry," said Merrill, who finished his senior season 39-2. "It worked, and I built a 4-0 lead. After that, I calmed down and just wrestled my match."

No. 13 Oakland Mills' Jason Smith won the 160-pound title, defeating Century's Wes Dantzler, 8-2, in the final.

No. 4 Hereford's Brock Turnbaugh was Baltimore County's lone titlist. The senior defeated Fallston's Alex Helm, 11-6, at 220 pounds to win for the Bulls.

In 4A/3A, Howard County was dominant. Wrestlers from the county won seven of eight finals, including six of seven at the 4A/3A level. That was more than any other jurisdiction.

No. 5 River Hill finished second in the 4A/3A tournament with 921/2 points, four points behind champion North Hagerstown. Northern Calvert (81 points), Damascus (80.5), and LaPlata (691/2) rounded out the top five.

The Hawks had a trio of state champions, including Cory Daniel at 220 pounds, Logan Kirby at 195, and Michael Beck at 120.

Daniel defeated Northern Calvert's Kyle Lamond, 6-0, in a match he controlled throughout. Kirby had to work a little harder for his, defeating Casey Wokocha of Eleanor Roosevelt, 8-4. He finished the season 44-1, and will wrestle at Harvard next year. Beck defeated Mount Hebron's Jeff Hayden, 5-2, in his match.

The state title for Daniel was his second in a row (the previous one was at 195) and he finishes his high school career with an 88-0 record the past two years.

"I wrestled [Lamond] in the quarterfinals last year, and he's gotten bigger, stronger, and faster," said Daniel, who will wrestle at North Carolina next year. "He was a worthy opponent. It's been an honor to wrestle at River Hill, and I'm just glad I finished it out the right way."

Howard's Jared Rodriguez scored an escape with less than 30 seconds left to defeat J.D. McKoy of North Hagerstown, 5-4, at 182 pounds. Centennial's Austin Kraisser, a sophomore, finished his season 36-1 and defeated North Hagerstown's Brendon Colbert, 3-1, in the final at 145.

Kraisser narrowly lost in the state championship as a freshman last season. Reservoir's Mason Kilcarr won his first state title, a 5-0 decision over North Hagerstown's Hunter Faith, at 132 pounds.

Anne Arundel County crowned a pair of state titlists.

Annapolis' Stanley Proctor won his first state title, defeating Morgan Way of Urbana, 3-2 at 138 pounds. Meade's Travis Chidebe also won his first title with a 6-3 decision over Northern Calvert's Jackson Drum.

State Wrestling Championships

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Team Scores: 1. North Hagerstown, 96.5; 2. River Hill, 92.5; 3. Northern, 81: 4. Damascus, 80.5; 5. LaPlata, 69.5; 6. Huntingtown, 62; 7. Stephen Decatur and Reservoir, 61; 9. Northwest (Montgomery), 54.5; 10. Winston Churchill, 51.

Individual Results: 285 – Holland (HUN) d Tilton (QOR), 4-3; 220- Daniel (RVH) d Lamond (NOC), 6-0; 195: Kirby (RVH) d Wokocha (ELR), 8-4; 182 – Rodriguez (HOW) d McKoy (NHG), 5-4; 170 – Cable (LAP) d Sharp (THS), 2-1, OT; 160 – Chidebe (MEA) d Drum (NOC), 6-3; 152 – Sutton (WCH) d Jackson (WLD), 5-3; 145 – Kraisser (CTN) d Colbert (NHG), 3-1; 138 – Proctor (ANN) d Way (URB), 3-2; 132- Kilcarr (RES) d Faith (NHG), 5-0; 126 – Margolis (LAP) tf over Wetzel (WES), 23-9; 120 – Beck (RVH) d Hayden (MTH), 5-2; 113 – Macklin (DAM) d Arnold (CHO), 5-4: 106: Couglin (NOC) p Ngonga (NWM), 1:15.


Team Scores: 1. South Carroll and Kent Island, 94; 3. Mountian Ridge, 74.5; 4. Catoctin, 70; 5. Middletown, 67.5; 6. Oakland Mills, 65; 7. Hereford, 61; 8. North Caroline, 60: 9. Williamsport, 55.5; 10. Southern Garret, 51.5.

Individual Results: 106 – Bertoni (MID) d Hamrick (SOG), 4-0; 113 – Shaffer (SOG) d Null (SCL), 9-5; 120 – Brown (PEV) d Fischer (SNH), 3-0; 126 – Savage (OAD) d Opel (NOG), 5-1; 132 – Smith (KTI) d Kuegler (LIB), 5-2; 138 – Wivell (CTT) p Anthony (WTE), 5:29: 145- Perella (CTT) d Couto (CAL), 7-5, OT; 152 – Martz (MTR) d Smith (KIT), 11-4; 160 – Smith (OAK) d Dantzler (CNT), 8-2: 170 – Merrill (NCL) d Peacock (KTC), 7-2; 182 – Pooton (SCL) md Rutkowski (FAL), 9-1; 195 – Olauson (QAN) d Scott (SMI), 15-7; 220 – Turnbaugh (HER) d Eckstein (PPM), 11-6; 285 – Blades (NCN) p Helm (FAL), 1:42.