A snowstorm canceled last year's Old Mill-Northeast dual meet, but last night's Anne Arundel County showdown, before a riled-up crowd at Old Mill, proved worth the wait.
Top-ranked Don Patterson (189, 17-1) pinned Adrian Spears with 44 seconds left, which, coupled with a forfeit to Old Mill's Chris Riggin (Hwt.), hoisted the third-ranked Patriots (12-0, 10-0) to a // 33-27 victory.
Old Mill improved its series lead to 7-2 over the fourth-ranked Eagles (12-1, 9-1) and can wrap up its 11th county dual-meet crown with wins over North County and Annapolis next week.
"This was nothing new for me, I've been in that position before. I just went out and did my job," said Patterson, whose eighth pin of the year followed Ron Katzenberger's 3-1 decision over his teammate Eric Donoway at 171.
Before facing Northeast, Old Mill gained a measure of revenge, 36-27, for a loss of a year ago over DeMatha, ranked No. 3 in the state.
But it was the Eagles they really wanted.
"I was worried because I thought we were so flat against DeMatha," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe. "The crowd was into it and it was hot in the gym. We had a little talk, Donnie Patterson straightened them out, and they came out excited."
Yet it was Northeast which led, 18-3, after the first four bouts, including pins by defending state champion Kusick twins Marty (112, 19-0) and Mike (119, 19-1), who are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the state, and Glen Lail (125, 17-3). Lail's came over Old Mill's Gary Serago, who entered the bout at 12-4.
The Eagles had expected a win from Glen Mosco (103), but the Patriots led, 3-0, after Jarod Marquardt, who dropped from 112 pounds, built a 6-0 lead en route to a 6-2 decision.
"They were counting on a win down low, but I couldn't wait to get down to 105," said Marquardt, who took advantage of the 2-pound weight allowance.
"I worked really hard in practice this whole week. Everything RTC came together for me."
But the Eagles got a bigger upset at 140, where T. R. Fleming (13-3) -- a third-year wrestler -- scored a third-period reversal for a 5-3 win over Paul Hultgren (12-3), putting his team ahead, 24-12.
It followed Old Mill's Tim Patterson (130, 11-4) and Dale Bowers (5-2), who were tied at 3 entering the final period in which Patterson -- who trailed 3-1 at one point -- used an escape and a takedown to win, 6-3.
But Jay Queer (135, 21-1) put Northeast up, 21-6, by avenging last year's regional title bout loss, 13-6, over Old Mill's state runner-up Nick Basta, scoring six back points. Queer was denied his 17th pin.
However, Old Mill pulled within, 24-21, on a pin by Mike DiLeonardi (145, 16-3), a 12-5 decision by Mike Hines (152), and a pin by Larry Webster (160) in 3:36.
"Fleming wrestled great, in fact I thought the entire team did," said Northeast coach Al Kohlhafer. "It hurt us to lose at 103, but we had some guys who really did well."
A key win against the DeMatha (7-2) came at 160, where Webster's first-period pin turned a 21-21 tie into a 27-21 lead. Donoway (171) then needed a takedown in a 5-3 overtime victory over Chris Edwards. Patterson's pin clinched it, 36-21.
At 103, Marquardt trailed, 6-5, against DeMatha's J.P. Lang when he used a five-point takedown in the final 20 seconds to win, 10-6.
* Arundel 39, Chesapeake-AA 25: Pat McGrath (140 pounds) pinned Ted Halligan in 23 seconds to lead host Arundel over Chesapeake-AA. Mark Chesla (152) and Vince Fauntleroy (189) also pinned their Cougar opponents in under a minute.