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Slutzky leads Aberdeen to crown Harford wrestling


Aberdeen's Matt Slutzky took the first step in his bid to sweep every postseason championship of his career by winning his fourth straight county title at the Harford County Wrestling Tournament at Fallston High last night.

Slutzky, who won a 5-0 decision over C. Milton Wright's Chris Miller at 135 pounds, led the Eagles to their eighth straight county title. Aberdeen, which also got a title from Zack Fowl at 112 pounds, scored 146.5 points to beat second-place Edgewood with 110.5. North Harford was third with 89.5 and C. Milton Wright fourth with 84.5.

Slutzky became the second four-time champion in the 23-year history of the tournament, joining Chris Franklin, a 1990 Aberdeen graduate. Slutzky, ranked second by the Maryland State Wrestling Association at 140 pounds, will try to become the state's first four-time state champion.

No team in the tournament had more than two champions. But the Eagles, who won their 14th title since taking their first in 1976, had three runners-up and three consolation champions. Fowl, ranked No. 1 by the MSWA, survived a second-period scare from Edgewood freshman David Schimmel before winning a 20-7 decision.

The Eagles also picked up points from runners-up Chad Gurrera (145), Mike Taylor (160) and Charles Shannon (171). Frank Johnson (119), Asa Cromwell (140) and Aaron Wanless (heavyweight) won their consolation bouts.

Bel Air, Edgewood, Fallston and North Harford also had two champions each.

In probably the toughest weight class in the tournament, 125, Bel Air's Scott Birth dealt Jim Ervine of Havre de Grace his second loss of the season. Birth won a 10-3 decision over Ervine, ranked No. 5 by the MSWA.

Rob Smallwood (152) also won for Bel Air. Minh Dang (119) and John Lamancusa (heavyweight) won titles for Edgewood. Edgewood placed three other wrestlers in the finals -- Schimmel, Billy Carr (130) and Tim Beach (152). The Rams got consolation victories from Ty Long (125) and Chris Robinson (135).

Fallston's Derek Schwarz (140) and Max Dodd (145) and North Harford's Brandon Moore (103) and Marc Perrine (160) also were champs. The other winners were C. Milton Wright's Ryan Arist (189), Harford Technical's Brian Johnson (130) and Havre de Grace's Tom Burdsall (171).

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