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Harford wrestlers bring home 7 region titles from two tournaments

Havre de Grace sophomores Michael Sweigart, left, and Gavin Lloyd, each won region titles Saturday. Harford County wrestlers won seven titles overall and 29 qualified for the state tourney.
Havre de Grace sophomores Michael Sweigart, left, and Gavin Lloyd, each won region titles Saturday. Harford County wrestlers won seven titles overall and 29 qualified for the state tourney. (Randy McRoberts / Aegis staff)

Harford County wrestlers won four titles Saturday in Ridgely at the Class 1A-2A East Region tournament hosted at North Caroline High School.

In all, 15 Harford wrestlers finished fourth or better to qualify for next week’s Maryland State Wrestling Tournament in Upper Marlboro.

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In addition, at the Class 3A-4A North tournament at Paint Branch High School in Burtonsville, three region titles were won by Harford wrestlers and 14 overall qualified for the state tourney.

In Ridgely, Havre de Grace boasted two champions with sophomores Gavin Lloyd and Michael Sweigart both winning region titles for the first time.

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Lloyd, who missed out on a title chance a year ago, due to not making weight, won the 145-pound title with an 8-2 decision over Fallston’s Cameron Pires.

Pires took Lloyd down to start and led 2-0 after one period, but Lloyd put Pires on his back twice in the second period to slide ahead, 5-2. Lloyd then added an escape and follow-up takedown in period three for the win. “He's a second-year wrestler and he's been able to take me down a couple of times, we've wrestled a lot this season,” Lloyd said. “It's a good feeling to be my coach's first regional, so it was a good thing to make him happy.”

It was two matches later when Sweigart gave Havre de Grace and coach Josh Foy its second title at 160.

Sweigart fell behind North Caroline’s Trenton Hilliard 2-0 early. Sweigart, though, gained an escape and then took Hilliard down to his back for a 4-point move, stopped by the period ending.

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In period two, turned Hilliard on his back again and pinned him in 3:13. I’ve heard from a lot of people, he's a good wrestler. He’s good on bottom, he did a lot of switches and I did a good job with controlling them," Sweigart said. “When we got into a battle to get control, I got him flat and that's when I took my time to get a wrist and a half and then run it to get the pin.”

North Harford junior Josh Mitchell stunned the entire crowd with his win at 132. Mitchell fell behind unbeaten Ryan Bauer of North Caroline 7-0 rather quickly. It was 9-0 in the second period before Mitchell scored his first point with an escape.

The Bauer lead was 15-4 over Mitchell midway through the final period, when the unexpected happened. Mitchell came from the bottom and put Bauer flat on his back. Seconds later, Mitchell scored the pin in 5:03.

Joppatowne junior Chris Kalambihis added the fourth title at 220. A quick takedown and a set of near fall points set the tone early for Kalambihis. Another takedown in period two and an escape in period three gave Kalambihis a 7-2 win over Kent Island’s Haydn Blanchard.

“I wrestled smart, did what I know,” Kalambihis said. “I already wrestled him before, so I knew what I had to do coming in.” Blanchard pinned Kalambihis in the previous meeting. “I’m happy I got my rematch, It was a good time to have it now.”

Fallston senior Christian Wilson was beaten in the 170 final, losing 6-5 to Parkside's Eli Sellinger.

Harford wrestlers taking third were Patterson Mill’s Kyle Pulket, 113; Harford Tech’s Jared Pomfrey, 170; and Havre de Grace’s Chris Boyd, 182, and Jesse Fenner, 285.

Fourth place finishers were Fallston’s Logan Mullaney, 126; Patterson Mill’s Brian Wheatley, 138; Tech's Kelvin Mendez, 152, Jonathan Fletcher, 160; and Havre de Grace’s Ben Long, 170.

Lorin, Riveira lead 3A-4A

In Burtonsville, Bel Air senior Brent Lorin and C. Milton Wright sophomore James Riveira, as well as CMW junior Teddy Stinson, won titles.

It was Lorin’s third after missing out a year ago when Riveira won his first. Lorin pinned his way through the 113 bracket and finished with a 4:24 pin of CMW’s Constatinos Gourgoulianis. Lorin also beat Gourgoulianis in the previous week’s UCBAC final.

Riveira also pinned his way to a second straight 120 crown. In the final, Riveira needed just :51 to put away Urbana’s Colin Acton.

Teammate Stinson scored three straight decisions to win the 182 title. Stinson beat Adam Pfeiffer of Sherwood, 11-6, to collect his first region crown.

CMW teammate Sawyer Sturla felt disappointment for a second consecutive week. Sturla, a senior, came in the top seed at 285, but like the UCBAC final, Sturla was forced to be a runner-up. Sturla fell, 5-0, to Aimrick Nya of Springbrook in the final.

Bel Air senior Sincere Montgomery also placed second after coming in as top seed at 126. Montgomery reached the final, but was pinned in 1:55 by Urbana’s Austin Bohn.

Harford wrestlers with third place finishes were Bel Air’s Ethan Vogel, 106; Jacob Reed, 132; and Dave Abboud, 152. Also, Edgewood’s Kyle Brown, 138; and Daviyon Johnson, 285.

Taking fourth were Troy Dureza, 120, of Bel Air and Jake Blanchard, 138; and Logan Dvorak, 160, of CMW.

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