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Few surprises as UCBAC wrestling tourney gets under way

The Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Wrestling Tournament finally got under way Monday and with very few surprises.

The defending champion Bel Air Bobcats are looking strong for a repeat. The Bobcats, 115.5 points, have 10 wrestlers in the semifinals, which will be Tuesday's first action when action resumes at 3 p.m.

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Patterson Mill is second in team points with 100.5, but the Huskies have just five in the semifinals.

One of those five, senior Jake Nikkila had one of Monday's highlights. Nikkila's quarterfinal win, a 1:59 pin of Have de Grace Shane Andrews at 126 pounds, was the 146th of his high school career, making him Harford County's all-time winningest public school wrestler.

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Through Monday's action, two rounds each of winners and losers brackets, there were a few upsets. The biggest, by seeding, came in the quarterfinals in the 145 and 195 weight classes.

At 145, North Harford's Keith Schmidt pinned Chris Hanna of North East in 4:43. Hanna was the second seed. At 195, Fallston's Gabe Wagner pinned Edgewood's David Coates in 3:41. Coates was the third seed.

Rounding out the team scoring were Harford Tech, 89; Fallston, 76.5; North Harford, 72; Aberdeen, 66; Bo Manor, 58.5; Rising Sun, 54.5; North East, 48.5; Elkton, 46.5; Perryville, 40; C. Milton Wright, 31; Edgewood, 26; Joppatowne, 26; and Havre de Grace, 22.5.

The matchups in Tuesday's semifinals are:

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106-Mike Maas (Patterson Mill) vs.. Cody Seibel (Bel Air); Matt Childs (Rising Sun) vs. Devin Hyman (Fallston).

113-David Reagan (Bel Air) vs. Donavyn Hohman (Fallston); Colin Day (North East) vs. Alex Lloyd (Havre de Grace).

120-Colin McDonald (Patterson Mill) vs. Tyler Miller (North East); Andy Schwarz (Harford Tech) vs. Tyler Ham (Bel Air).

126-Jake Nikkila (Patterson Mill) vs. Eric Baranoski (Fallston); Dylan Morris (Aberdeen) vs. Josh Hewes ( Bo Manor).

132-Brady Stafford (Bel Air) vs. Brent Iwanowski (Patterson Mill); Will Sadowski (North Harford) vs. Jonathan Lechert (Harford Tech).

138-Austin Mitchell (North Harford) vs. Liam Bowers (Bel Air); Ariq Nixon (Edgewood) vs. Logan Ziervogel (Fallston).

145-Andrey Kalwa,(Harford Tech) vs. Jordan Stewart (Aberdeen); Matt Sciamanna (Bo Manor) vs. Keith Schmidt (North Harford).

152-Cameron Watts (Bel Air) vs. Tyler Butler (Harford Tech); Collin Beck (North East) vs. Eugene Zacerous (Perryville).

160-Scott Miser (Bel Air) vs. Luke Reuter (Fallston); Zaavon Kenenske (Elkton) vs. Jacob Sweigart (Havre de Grace).

170-Angelo Koulatsos (North Harford) vs. Josh Hucke (Harford Tech); DeValle Williams (Elkton) vs. Sam Queen (Bel Air).

182-Wyatt Graham (C. Milton Wright) vs. Sean Davis (Aberdeen); Tom Gomez (Bel Air) vs. Greg Fiackos (North Harford).

195-CJ Alle, (Aberdeen) vs. Rodney Fisher (Bo Manor); Gabe Wagner (Fallston) vs. Mason Herzing (C. Milton Wright).

220-Joe King (Patterson Mill) vs. Patrick Lawrence (North Harford); Rocko Hillhouse (Aberdeen) vs. Cody Dermeyer (Bo Manor).

285-Dakota Crawford (Bel Air) vs. Enes Dugme (Elkton); Ricky Denu (Aberdeen) vs. Caleb Warner (Harford Tech).

Patriots are second

John Carroll was looking to snatch another tournament title over the weekend, but despite placing 12 wrestlers at the Maryland Independent (private schools) State Tournament, narrowly missed winning its first state wrestling championship and had to settle for second.

The Patriots, who were without a starter because of a misdiagnosed skin issue, earned 243.5 points, eight behind winning McDonogh's 251.5. Patriots coach Keith Watson says he had the required doctor's documentation as is stipulated in the rules, but the host school McDonogh trainer raised enough fuss that the tourney officials gave in and the wrestler was not allowed to compete.

Watson believes the wrestler, Adam Berg, could have amassed 12 to 15 points, which would have made the Patriots champions.

For those who did wrestle, senior Hunter Ritter (195) became a three-time state champion. Joining Ritter atop the award stand was senior Chris Almony (170), who won his first state title afterplacing secondtwo years ago and third last season.

Senior Zach Dwyer (126)made the finals and garnered a second-place finish.Otherplace-winners were Luke Strappelli(106); Mike McCabe (113); CJ Skokowski (120); Brian Chalmers (132); Austin Smith (138); Steve Jernigan (145); Andy Millner (152); Austin Ross (160); and Christian Scott (285).

The state place-winners willtake their shots atbecoming national champions at the 79thNational Prep Championships held at Lehigh University this weekend.John Carroll's 12 qualifiers are five more thanin 2013 when they placed fifthinthe 151 team field.

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