Jensen helps Randallstown finish 2nd


Randallstown's Mike Jensen, top-ranked at 171 pounds in the Maryland State Wrestling Association, helped lead the Rams to a runner-up finish in Saturday's Edgewood tournament.

Jensen pinned his two opponents in a combined 2 minutes, 58 seconds. He is 17-0 this season, and his career record is 78-1-1.

The No. 9 Rams lost the title to Rising Sun of Cecil County, 165.5-165. A freshman whom coach Jeff Langrehr declined to name threw his headgear after an early-round loss, costing Randallstown (8-1 in dual meets) a team point deduction for unsportsmanlike conduct.

For Randallstown, Brandon Grodnitzky (130, 15-3) and Johnny Montgomery (145, 17-1) were champions. For third-place Edgewood, Ty Long (125) and Minh Dang won titles.

Steve Truitt (112) was a titlist for fourth-place St. Paul's.

In Saturday's 21-team Friends tournament, defending Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference champion Carver (6-1, 6-0) placed five wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes.

Carver junior Edward Overton (189, nine pins) improved to 13-0 with his title.

"I was pretty relaxed today," said Overton, who had two pins and two decisions in the tournament. "I hadn't been wrestling too well lately, but I'm back on track now."

Carver's Rodney Clark (145) placed third, and the Bears' fourth-place finishers were Jerry Reaves (112), Mike Franklin (135) and Kama Owens (160).

For Friends, defending 145-pound MSA champion Todd Helman raised his record to 21-0. And Southwestern's Joe Gamble, the MSWA's fourth-ranked 152-pound wrestler, moved up to 171 pounds where he scored three pins. His record is 26-1.

For St. Mary's, Phil MacWilliams (130) improved to 18-2 with his Friends tournament crown.

Broadneck (6-1), ranked No. 7 by the MSWA, captured its tournament title Saturday by edging the MSWA's No. 2-ranked Riverdale Baptist, 163.5-160.

The Bruins had individual champions in top-ranked Shawn Miller (119, 18-0), fifth-ranked Seth Lopatkiewicz (160, 17-1) and Chris McTamany (152).

Lopatkiewicz pinned his three opponents in a combined 3:12.

Severna Park (third, 125.5) had champions in Paul Ehemann (135, 17-3) and Scott Woodland (140, 17-3), but Severna Park's Aaron Cree (189, 18-2), was a 4-3 upset loser to Riverdale Baptist's Blaine Gasch.

For Northeast (fourth, 118.5), the Kusick twins, Marty (103, 17-0-1) and Mike (112, 17-1), won titles.

Mike Kusick pinned Southern's Sherrard Neal (third in the state last year), pounded Riverdale Baptist's Benny Ferro, 15-0, and decisioned Broadneck's defending Class 4A-3A state champion Charlie Bennett, 2-0, for the title. Kusick had lost, 6-0, to Bennett earlier in the season.

Southern heavyweight Robert Burley (15-2, 13 pins) added the Broadneck title to the crown he won at Southern last weekend.

Curley's only victory in Friday's 59-6 loss to Mount St. Joseph was Gary Mryncza's 140-pound pin in 4:50 over the Gaels' Chad Votta. Mryncza is ranked No. 4 at 135 pounds.

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