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Old Mill takes lead into semis Reigning champs go for record 5th crown Class 4A-3A wrestling


Old Mill has a slim 36.5-31 lead over Charles County's McDonough heading into today's semifinal round of the 4A-3A state tournament at Western Maryland College.

Both No. 3-ranked Old Mill, which is going for an unprecedented fifth straight crown, and McDonough, have five wrestlers in today's semifinals. No. 7 Randallstown (23 points), with four wrestlers in the semis, trailed third-place Quince Orchard (39).

Quince Orchard entered in front with 23 points, getting all seven wrestlers through the first round, compared to six for Randallstown and Old Mill -- each with 19.5 points -- and with McDonough (17 points) getting five of six through.

"We really think we have a shot to win," said Randallstown defending state champ, Johnny Montgomery.

"We're going to go back, plan our strategy and and get fat for tomorrow."

Randallstown's Brandon Grodnitzky (125, 27-6) eliminated Old Mill's Dave Basta, 7-6, in the first round and blanked his quarterfinal opponent, 7-0.

He'll face Chesapeake's co-No. 6 Ron Alexander (29-4), who had a pin and a decision. Grodnitzky's twin, Justin (135, 26-9), knocked off Quince Orchard's top seed, Diego Garcia, 4-2.

Montgomery (145, 31-1) and two-time regional champ, Kent Morrison (160, 30-3), will meet Old Mill's state champ, Marc Procaccini (30-3) in the semifinal.

Old Mill's Jason Bryant (103, 29-4) opened the quarterfinals by pinning Quince Orchard's David Chee (29-5) in 1:46, and fourth-ranked teammate Kevin Seavey (130, 31-6) did the same to Quince Orchard's Chris Miller in 5:17. His twin brother, Ken Seavey (140, 31-6) and teammate Todd Hultgren (152, 29-5) each scored technical falls.

Old Mill's lone defeat came when McDonough's Dan Kilcoyne reversed Old Mill's Rick Oleszczuk (135, 28-4) with five seconds left to win, 2-1. Randallstown lost two, including top seed Jerry Thomas (171), who was pinned by Poly's Rashaad Kitchen.

Aberdeen's two-time state champ, Zack Fowl (119, 30-0), reached the semifinal on a pin and a decision. On the 119-pound bracket's other side, Broadneck's fifth-ranked Charlie Bennett (30-4) pinned his quarterfinal opponent and will face Wheaton's fourth-ranked Steve Barwick in the semis.

Walbrook's George Chandler (130, 28-3) upset Franklin's second-ranked Jerry Hudson (29-1, 8-6) in overtime to face Paint Branch's two-time state champ, Craig Middledorf, today.

"I knew he'd try to work legs . . ." said Chandler. "So every time he reached up, I took him down with a duck-under. That's how I won."

Severna Park's sixth-ranked Jamie Kuch (112, 28-6) used a technical fall and a first period pin. He'll see Laurel's Danny Suite (30-0), who pinned last year's state champ, Tim Novack (Frederick).

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