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Aberdeen wins 3 classes, places 2nd in region


Chad Gurrera, Patrick Elliott and Tommy Free won individual titles, and Aberdeen placed second to Owings Mills in the team race as the Class 1A-2A North Region wrestling tournament completed a two-day run at Pikesville High yesterday.

Gurrera, a senior and one of four Aberdeen finalists, was the only successful one with a 4-2 decision over Mike Gorleski of Hereford at 152 pounds.

Elliott, a Fallston junior, defeated Stan Leazer of Owings Mills, 10-4, and Free, an Edgewood freshman, improved to 15-0 at 103, beating Jeff Brochu of Havre de Grace for the second time in eight days, 7-1.

The runners-up in the championship bracket were Aberdeen's Frank Johnson, Kit Doran and Chris Allen, plus Brochu and Warriors teammate Corey Pascuzzi (25-4), top-seeded at 119. The loss was the junior's first since before Christmas.

Five others claimed thirds -- North Harford's Jason Eicholtz, Paul Konschak and Tom Staab; Giro Cristello of Aberdeen, and Travis Volmar of Joppatowne.

The first four in each weight class advance to the state meet Friday and Saturday at Western Maryland College.

Harford County champion at 160, Gurrera (26-1) took an early lead, was in front 3-0 after two periods, and, he said, "I just went through the moves," to protect the margin. Gorleski (27-6), runner-up in Baltimore County, closed to 3-2, but an illegal hold by him provided the leader with his final margin.

Elliott (25-4) gained revenge for a 10-2 loss to Leazer in the Friends tournament. He took an early 5-1 edge, then pulled away from a 5-4 lead with a takedown and three back points in the closing 30 seconds.

With seedings based on points rather than possible head-to-head meetings, Free was ranked no better than fifth after being sidelined because of his asthma and getting a late start on the season. He scored a major decision over Towson's top-seeded Ryan Haden, 11-2, in the semifinals. A win by Brochu set up a rematch of last week's county final.

At the county meet, Brochu was sick and had to quit partway through the match, and Free admitted his asthma bothered him in the hot gym. This time, the conditions were better and he said there was no discomfort as he got a second-period reverse and five third-period points to thwart Brochu, a junior, who had been fourth in this regional a year ago.

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