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Randallstown High senior Mike Jensen pinned Owings Mills Sigmund Frazier in the first period of their 171-pound championship match to clinch a Rams victory in the 32nd annual Baltimore County wrestling tournament title at Chesapeake High last night.

Randallstown heavyweight Eric Gertner also won a decision in the tournament's last match to give the Rams 180.5 points and their first title since 1981.

Owings Mills finished second with 175.5 points and Perry Hall third with 139.

Jensen, though, seemed to steal most of the tournament spotlight with his pin of Frazier in only 20 seconds that gave Randallstown a one-point lead.

"I feel great especially for the kids because they were the ones who worked their butts off," said Randallstown coach Jeff Langrehr. "We've been working for this moment since I came here two years ago. I knew that if it was close going into Mike's match that he would win it for us."

But did he expect a pin?

"Well, yes," said Langrehr. "This guy has an 87-1-1 high school record."

Jensen, a defending state champion, was brilliant through the tournament. Four matches. Four pins. No bout lasting longer than two and a half minutes.

And oh, was he great against Frazier. Jensen got a bear hug pinning both of Frazier's arms against his body. Then in one swirling motion, he lifted, twisted and flattened Frazier.

The move left the capacity crowd mesmerized.

"I just caught him at the right time and a little off balance," said Jensen. "Now we just hope to win the regions and do well in the state tournament."

Besides Jensen and Gertner, Randallstown, which had five wrestlers in the finals, had two other county champions in Justin Grodnitzky (125-pound weight class) and Jason Montgomery (145). Grodnitzky had the toughest match of all the Rams having to get an escape with 1:20 left in the match to defeat EVT's Dustin Auffarth, 3-2.

Owings Mills, which also had five wrestlers in the finals, had two county champions in Greg Kessler (130) and Grant Johnson (160), both of whom won state titles a year ago.

The Golden Eagles lost three team points during the tournament because one wrestler was improperly dressed, and another FTC player as well as coach Guy Pritzker were called for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Pritzker taught most of Randallstown and Owings Mills wrestlers in the Randallstown Optimist junior league program.

"It would have been a real bummer to lose by two points or less," said Pritzker. "Overall, I'm happy with the way we wrestled. Randallstown just wrestled a little better."

Franklin, which finished fifth with 100.5 points, had three champions in Matt Rendelman (112), Jerry Hudson (119) and Kevin Groszkowski (135). Other champions were Milford Mill's Gary Harris (103), Dundalk's Rick Staab (140), Kenwood's Brian Persinger (152) and Perry Hall's Jeff Peach (187).

Staab, Kessler, Johnson, Persinger and Jensen were defending county champions.

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