Seidman sets county mark for wins


Oakland Mills' Adam Seidman won his third straight Arundel Tournament crown yesterday to eclipse by two the Howard County record for career victories with his 108th career win in the title bout.

The 140-pound Seidman (17-1) scored a reversal with two seconds left in the final 30-second overtime period for a 6-4 victory over St. Benedict's Hector Ortiz, a defending state champion from Newark, N.J.

Seidman (108-13 for his career) led, 2-0, early in the first period but trailed 4-3, when he tied the match on an escape with 20 seconds remaining in regulation.

After neither wrestler scored a takedown in the first two-minute overtime, Seidman chose the bottom position for the tie-breaker, with the top wrestler needing only to prevent an escape to win. But with 10 seconds left, Seidman still had not gotten away from his muscular foe.

"When he stuck in the legs on me I thought I was dead and I started thinking about the states last year," said Seidman, whose final match of last season ended with an overtime consolation semifinal loss to Chopticon's Jun Davis.

"Last year, I didn't get a restart. I was lucky that this referee called a stalemate. I knew I had to get one point, so when he got high, I just sucked his head under."

St. Benedict's won the team title.

"I knew he [Ortiz] was going to be super," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Carnahan, whose Scorpions (83 points, sixth place) also had champions in Geoff Henderson (160, 13-5) and heavyweight Justin Wethington and a third place from sophomore Wade Mitchell (112).

"Adam showed he's a guy who can win the big one with the pressure on," Carnahan said. "That's the sign of a champion, and this should help him in March."

Seidman, who has seven pins, officially broke the record with his third straight pin in 3:34 of his semifinal victory over Northeast's Ron Katzenberger.

Henderson, who normally goes at 152 pounds, held off Quince Orchard's Chad Dorfman, 3-1, in his semifinal bout and edged Northeast's regional champion, Al Grunder, 6-4, in the championship.

Wethington (8-4) reached his title bout after a 6-4 decision over Arundel's previously unbeaten John Noon (15-1, 11 pins). He then pinned St. Benedict's Raul Davila in 4:32 of the title bout.

Mitchell dropped a 5-2 semifinal decision to DeMatha's Bill McKinney, the eventual runner-up, but won decisions of 13-2 and 7-0 for third place.

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