State's mats filled with activity


The object of the state regional wrestling tournaments, running tomorrow and Saturday at various sites, is to qualify wrestlers for the state tournament. Only the top four finishers in each weight classification will advance to the state tourney at Western Maryland College on March 1-2.

One of the season's most dominant wrestlers has been Broadneck's Shawn Miller. The junior 112-pounder has pinned 22 opponents in winning all of his 27 matches. He pinned his way to the Anne Arundel County championship last weekend and will go after his second regional title in the Class 4A/3A Region IV tourney this weekend at Meade. There, among others, Broadneck will face Anne Arundel County champ Old Mill and Howard County champ Oakland Mills.

Old Mill, the defending Class 4A/3A state champ, has a strong tandem in the Layman brothers. Brian (160 pounds) is 23-0 and Brent (135) is 28-1.

Some other area unbeatens include Chesapeake's Brian Eveleth (125), 26-0; Annapolis' Pat Flynn (145), 26-0; and Aberdeen's Dan Osorio (140), 26-0.

Once-beatens include Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky (135), 25-1; Southern-AA's Jason Brauthwait (145), 24-1-1; South River's Brian Hunt (145), 25-1-1; and Annapolis' Chip Cochran (140), 26-1.

In a key Class 2A/1A Region II matchup at Overlea, Aberdeen, the three-time defending state champ, will run into Baltimore County champ Owings Mills.

The latest Maryland State Wrestling Association rankings have Owings Mills listed No. 2 behind Mount St. Joe and ahead of No. 3 Old Mill, No. 4 North Carroll, No. 5 Broadneck, No. 6 Gilman and No. 7 Annapolis. Tied for eighth are Smithsburg and South Hagerstown, and Aberdeen is No. 10.

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