Brother act helps Old Mill capture 3rd straight title


WESTMINSTER -- Old Mill had two individual champions and placed four others in the top four of their weight classes, capturing its third straight Class 3A-4A state wrestling title last night.

The Patriots outdistanced second place North Carroll, 130.5-99.5.

"When we lost the Annapolis tournament to Mount St. Joseph's earlier this year, we knew we needed to work hard," said 16th-year Old Mill coach Mike Hampe. "But we didn't go crazy. The kids just continued to work hard and then turned it up a notch this weekend."

Old Mill's Layman brothers, Brent (135, 36-1), and Brian (160, 31-0) each captured titles to become the third sibling champion combination in one year in tournament history. Brent won a 9-3 decision over Westminster's Justin Ott, and Brian pinned Perry Hall's Steve Amenta.

North Carroll's only champion was 152-pounder Dave Foster (31-1), who was a runner-up last year. Foster beat South River's Brian Hunt, 7-2.

Chesapeake's 135-pound senior Brian Eveleth (34-0, 23 pins) picked up his seventh technical fall victory of the season, 21-5, over McDonough's Larry Green. Eveleth pinned his three previous opponents.

"This really meant a lot to me since I couldn't be here last year," said Eveleth, whose season ended prematurely last year with a rotator-cuff injury. He was as 25-0 with a county title.

A state tournament runner-up last year, Annapolis' 145-pound Pat Flynn improved to 33-0 with his 3-2 decision of Meade's Luther Scott (29-4). All of Scott's losses came by close decision to Flynn.

Broadneck sophomore Charlie Bennett (34-2) used an early escape and a late takedown to win, 12-8, over Old Mill's Steve Lundstrom. Lundstrom (29-5), who defeated Bennett for the county title, lost a dual meet and the regional title to Bennett.

Bennett's teammate, 112-pounder Shawn Miller was not as fortunate in his championship bout. Paint Branch's Craig Middledorf, the 103-pound state champion last year, overcame a 3-0 third period deficit with a pair of takedown's and two back-points for a 6-4 victory. Miller (34-1) had beaten Middledorf earlier in the year.

Randallstown's Mike Jenson (34-0) won the 171-pound title after finishing third last year.

Frederick's Trevor Doing pulled an upset victory over North Carroll's top-ranked 119-pounder Tom Dell, 12-10. Doing trailed, 6-4, midway through the second period when he escaped and scored a five-point takedown. Dell finished as a runner-up for the second straight year. He lost last year's title, 14-10, to Thomas Stone's Ronnie Ruffner.

Heading into the championship finals, Old Mill led, 120.5-95.5 and had the tournament wrapped up mathematically.

An 8-2 consolation semifinal victory by 140-pound Patriot John Bliss over North Carroll's Jason Myers gave the Patriots a 114.5-92.5 lead. North Carroll needed pins by its four remaining wrestlers in order to secure a tie but only got a 10-6 decision from third place Bob Alban.

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