Harford County’s top two wrestling teams squared off on the mat in Bel Air Wednesday evening where the Bobcats hosted nearby rival C. Milton Wright in UCBAC dual meet action.
The Mustangs led through five matches, but the Bobcats won eight of the final nine bouts, including seven straight, to pull away for the lopsided, 47-18 win.
"I think the score doesn’t show how close all the individual matches were," Bobcats coach Craig Reddish said. “We pulled out a couple of the close ones, we won two overtime matches and that makes a big difference."
Jack Brink, one of 16 Bel Air senior wrestlers honored pre-meet, opened the meet with a 1:39 pin of Cameron Wood at 220 pounds.
CMW’s Sawyer Sturla quickly evened the score, pinning Damanveer Aulakh in 2:32 at 285.
At 106, Kyle Heidel dominated Demetrios Gorgoulianis for a 22-7 tech fall victory and a brief Bel Air lead of 11-6.
Constantinos Gorgoulianis put the Mustangs out In front, 12-11, with a pin at 113. Gorgoulianis took Troy Dureza down in the second period and to his back for a pin in 2:35.
That set up another battle between Bel Air's Brent Lorin, a two-time state champion, and CMW's James Riveira, a defending state champion.
Riveira took Lorin down three times in the first period for a 6-2 lead. Riveira added an escape to begin period two. Lorin then took Riveira down, but Riveira quickly reversed and led 9-4 through two periods.
“I was trying to conserve my energy, control the pace of the match the whole time,” Riveira said. “Really just control the match."
Riveira added two more takedowns in the third period, while Lorin, who tried to chin whip Riveira throughout the match, scored three escape points before scoring a takedown at the end of the match won by Riveira, 13-9.
"The chin whip, he does that every match and I knew it was coming,” Riveira said with a smile. “I was waiting for it and as soon as he hit, I just rolled.”
The Riveira win gave the Mustangs a 15-11 lead, but Bel Air was on the verge of a string of wins.
Sincere Montgomery started the wins with a :35 pin over Jakob Bartosch at 126.
The next two matches went to overtime. At 132, Shy-Ello Mosley scored three points late to force OT and then scored a takedown in overtime to beat Juan Ortega, 10-8.
At 138, Jacob Reed edged Jake Blanchard, 3-1, in overtime.
The Bobcats then scored a pair of pins. Grant Cole scored a five-point move in the first period against Mark Hopkins at 145 and then pinned him in 2:45.
Dave Abboud followed with the quickest work of the night. Abboud needed just :14 to put away Robert Samuel at 152.
The win gave Bel Air a 35-15 lead. “I just had it in my mind that we need to punch off this win. We need pins to secure the win, so I went out there and didn’t want to waste any time,“ Abboud said. “I wanted to try and put him away early and that’s what I did.”
Teammate Evan Cole outlasted Andrew Van Syckle for a 12-9 win at 160, which locked up the win for the Bobcats.
The Cobras had seven wrestlers win in both meets. They were Pierce Courtalis, 132; Kelvin Mendez, 152; Jonathan Fletcher, 160; Evan Moore, 182; Nick Warner, 195; Kyle Haviland, 220; and Andrew Jones, 285.
Fallston also posted a win over Rising Sun, 48-30.
The Cougars had three wrestlers win twice. They were Logan Mullaney, 126; Cameron Pires, 145; and Christian Wilson, 170.
Eagles get win
Aberdeen’s win came at Elkton where the Eagles won big, 66-15. The Eagles won seven bouts by forfeit.
In the contested wins, Joseph Turner pinned Melvin Rau in 1:35 at 106 pounds. RJ Rzepka added a pin at 132, pinning Tyler Sciuto in 2:12.
Jordan Dill added a win by pin as well at 138, stopping Richard Davies in 1:10. At 145, Christian Rucker also pinned, beating D’Andre Manlove in 2:00.
Forfeit winners were Marco Denu, 120; Johnathan Turner, 126; Austin Sarra, 152; Jason Whittington, 160; Jayquan Wilson, 170; John Byers, 182; and Brandon Bishop-Giles, 195.
Hawks beat Warriors
North Harford knocked off visiting Havre de Grace, 42-39.
North Harford winners were Jason Ramsland, by fall at 113; Luke Reinecke, by forfeit at 120; Tristin Charron, by forfeit at 126; Josh Mitchell, by forfeit at 132; Kole Iddings, by forfeit at 138; and Andrew St. Clair, by fall at 152.
Winners for the Warriors were Ben Long, by fall at 170; Christopher Boyd, by 7-3 decision at 182; Skylar Lindsay, by forfeit at 220; Jesse Fenner, by forfeit at 285; Ayden Boyd, by forfeit at 106; Gavin Lloyd, by fall at 145; and Michael Sweigart, by fall at 160.