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Harford wrestlers bring home eight region titles from 1A-2A tournament

Harford Tech's Andrey Kalwa, right, tries to slip away from Bohemia Manor opponent Matt Sciamanna as they compete in the semifinal round of the 145-pound class during Saturday's 1A-2A East Regional Wrestling Tournament at North East High School.
Harford Tech's Andrey Kalwa, right, tries to slip away from Bohemia Manor opponent Matt Sciamanna as they compete in the semifinal round of the 145-pound class during Saturday's 1A-2A East Regional Wrestling Tournament at North East High School. (Aegis photo by Matt Button, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Eight Harford County wrestlers were crowned region champions Saturday night at the Class 1A-2A East Region Tournament contested at North East High School in Cecil County.

Fallston and Patterson Mill each had three champions, while Harford Tech had two. Havre de Grace also had two finalists, but both finished as runner-ups.

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Of all 14 titles, none was any more exciting or quick than two won by the Cougars.

Junior Logan Ziervogel fell behind 5-1 in the first period of his 138-pound title bout against top-seeded junior Mike Jantz of North Caroline.

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The Jantz lead was 7-3 as the match entered its final 10 seconds. That's when Ziervogel made a move that he and Fallston fans won't long forget. Ziervogel took Jantz down and right to his back in the final 7 to 8 seconds. It was the classic five-point move and this one gave Ziervogel an 8-7 win.

"I thought he had me, he's a great wrestler, but somehow I pulled it through and came away with the win," Ziervogel said. "It was a lateral drop. I guess he lightened up a little bit and I just threw it and took him straight to his back, almost pinned him."

Teammate Gabe Wagner not only won the 195 title, but also celebrated his birthday in style. Wagner, a senior who missed much of the season with a meniscus injury, stunned the UCBAC earlier in the week.

Wagner did it again Saturday from the fourth seed. He opened with a pin, knocked of the top seed, 6-2, in the semis and then pinned the third seed, Bo Manor's Rodney Fisher, in the final in just 11 seconds.

"I lost to him my first match back off my injury," Wagner said of Fisher. "I caught him in a cement mixer."

Fallston also won the 106 crown with Devin Hyman in full control over Rising Sun's Matt Childs. Hyman scored takedowns in the first and third periods and a reversal in the second. Childs scored a late escape point in Hyman's 6-1 win.

"I was just trying to stay on my offense, I know how he likes to get down in that front headlock position," Hyman said. "That's where I had to score and that's what I did to get most of my takedowns and I know I could ride him and that's what I did most of the match."

Two of Patterson Mill's titles were won at the same time. Championship matches were wrestled two at a time, trying to shorten the day and get the lower Eastern Shore teams back on the road for home sooner.

So, Colin McDonald and Jake Nikkila won the 120 and 126 titles, respectively.

McDonald was third in the state last year, but this was the junior's first region title. McDonald was dominant against North Caroline's Luke Masten, scoring in all three periods en route to a 9-0 major decision.

"I knew he was going to be a tough opponent because I had him at the regional team duals and I beat him 7-0 there," McDonald said. "I knew it was going to be somewhat of a fight. I just got all the rest I could before that match so I'd be ready to go."

Nikkila, meanwhile, had a little tougher time with Gavin Garcia of Cambridge-South Dorchester.

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Nikkila, a region champ last year, took a 4-0 lead into the third period and seemed to be heading to a shutout as well. Garcia had other ideas and rolled Nikkila onto his back long enough to get three points and Nikkila's attention. The senior held on for the 4-3 win, the 151st of his career.

Senior Joe King added the Huskies third title at 220. King took down North Caroline's Tristan Merson twice in the first period. The second time King put Merson on his back and recorded the fall in 1:12.

Two juniors, Andrey Kalwa and Caleb Warner, won championships for Tech. Kalwa won the first at 145, 10-7, over North Caroline's Brandon Eaton. Kalwa nearly pinned Eaton in the first period and led 7-2 after one.

Eaton outscored Kalwa, 3-1, in period two to tighten up the bout, but Kalwa matched Eaton 2-2 over the final two minutes for the win.

Warner won the 285 title by pin. Trailing 3-2, Warner got Jose Vazquez of Parkside on his back and that was it. Warner pinned in 3:48.

Havre de Grace's two losses came at 113 and 160.

Freshman Alex Lloyd locked up with Mardela's Nasir Tucker at 113 and lost, 5-4. The match was tight throughout and tied 2-2 into the third period.

Tucker took a 3-2 lead with an escape and then added a takedown for a 5-2 lead. Lloyd added an escape point and then was awarded a stall point, but time ran out on any further chances.

At 160, junior Jacob Sweigart battled Alex Eaton of North Caroline. Eaton scored a first period takedown, but Sweigart was given a point when Eaton illegally slammed him.

Trailing 2-1, Sweigart was in the up position to begin the second period, but Eaton reversed him and pinned him in 3:12.

Harford also had five wrestlers place third or fourth, qualifying each for next weekend's state tournament.

Placing third were Fallston's Donavyn Hohman at 113; and Tech's Andy Schwarz at 120.

Taking fourths were Patterson Mill's Michael Maas at 106; Tech's John Lechert at 132; and Fallston's Luke Reuter at 160.

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