Late pins give Hammond upset


Hammond's wrestling team keeps jumping hurdles, and there seems to be no end in sight.

Last season it won its first Howard County tournament title.

Last night the Bears, ranked No. 7 in the metro area by The Baltimore Sun, played host to Lackey and scored their first victory over the Chargers from Charles County, who are ranked 10th by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

And the Bears did it in dramatic fashion, scoring falls in the final two matches for a 32-31 triumph.

"Lackey and their coach Glenn Jones are a model wrestling program and to beat them is another hurdle for our program," Hammond coach Bill Smith said.

Hammond heavyweight Pedro Barbosa trailed Lackey's Brian Gray 4-1 in the second period before a cross-face move started a chain reaction that ended in a match-deciding fall at 3:25.

Hammond 189-pounder Jim Weston had lost to Scott Supulski earlier this season but pinned him last night in 44 seconds.

The Golden Bears' Brian Law also earned a big victory at 140 pounds, scoring a 15-4 major decision over Chris Boring, who had beaten Law, 22-10, at the Douglas Tournament earlier.

Another big victory came at 130 pounds, where Hammond's John Motley pinned Keith Wood at 5:12. Wood had placed first and Motley fourth at the Douglas Tournament.

Woods led 2-1 after two periods and was ahead 5-1 in the third before Motley scored a quick reversal and pin. The turnaround took just seven seconds.

"I just got mad and didn't even think," Motely said. "I just headlocked him."

Motley's pin gave Hammond a 16-4 lead in team points as it followed victories by Amit Kapoor (103), Mike Chang (112) and Josh Zillmer (119). Chang's was a 10-0 major decision.

Hammond's Bryce Armstrong won at 135, a 5-3 decision in which Armstrong rode out Jeremy Kirby the entire scoreless third period.

The Bears led 20-7 after Law's victory, but a pin at 145 by Lackey's Ryan Hersey started the Chargers on the comeback trail.

The 152-pound match could have been a crucial mistake for Hammond, as Chris Williams was called for an illegal slam and ended up losing by default to Bill Yeager who was unable to continue. That gave Lackey six team points and brought it within 20-19.

After Kevin Gilligan (160) and Nathan Kamieciak (171) scored pins for Lackey, Hammond trailed 31-20 and its dream of a milestone victory seemed to have faded -- only to be revived by Weston and Barbosa.

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