Schisler, Crill take tough roads to capture Region I championships


Brad Schisler of Westminster, Matt Crill from South Carroll and Matt Warner of Westminster provided the biggest surprises at Saturday's Class 4A-3A Region I tournament at Randallstown.

Schisler (135, 23-7), seeded sixth, knocked off the top three seeds and won his weight class.

Fifth-seeded Crill (152, 23-10) followed a route similar to Schisler's. He knocked off the first, third and fourth seeds and took his weight class.

Warner, seeded seventh out of eight wrestlers in his weight class, scored a pair of victories before falling in the finals.

Schisler started the day with a 10-5 defeat of third-seeded Anthony Pasko of Bel Air. Schisler made the final with a 12-4 rout of second-seeded Tim Gardner of Dulaney.

Schisler then won the regional championship with a convincing 5-2 victory over the top seed, Justin Grodnitzky of Randallstown. Schisler controlled the match, as Grodnitzky could not score until the final seconds.

Schisler, who took second in the Carroll County championships, used his strength to keep Grodnitzky from doing any damage.

Crill routed fourth-seeded Ethan Kushner of C. M. Wright, 14-4, in the first round. The Cavaliers wrestler advanced to the finals with a 4-2 victory over top-seeded Chad Gurrera of Aberdeen.

The championship match against Joe Castor of Franklin was all Crill. The South Carroll wrestler jumped out to a big lead and rolled to an easy 13-2 victory.

1l This victory may have helped ease the sting of his tough 4-2 overtime loss to North Carroll's Saidrick Lewis at the Carroll County championships. Lewis won the match with a quick move in the opening seconds of sudden-death overtime.

Warner (103, 20-10) beat second-seeded Dave Schmidt of C. M. Wright, 4-3, in the opening round and followed that with a 7-6 decision over sixth-seeded Ryan Zimmerman from Bel Air in the semifinals.

Dan Simancek of Dundalk met Warner in the finals. The Baltimore County wrestler scored a 6-3 victory for the regional title.

South Carroll and Westminster, the lone Carroll County teams at this tournament, finished ninth and 10th, respectively, with 63.5 and 50.5 points. Randallstown won the tournament win 147 points.

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