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Old Mill regains hold on state title


When Northern-Calvert dethroned five-time champ Old Mill last year, it broke the Baltimore area's nine-year long stranglehold on the 3A-4A state crown.

But yesterday at Western Maryland College, the fourth-ranked Patriots pulled a reversal and pinned down their sixth crown, 90.5-64, over LaPlata.

Sixth-ranked Paul Hultgren (130, 29-4) and Mike DiLeonardi (145, 30-6) won titles, Mike Hines (152, 34-7) and No. 2-ranked Don Patterson (189, 32-2) were second, and Eric Donoway (171) was fourth for Old Mill.

Hultgren, a senior who suffered rib injuries in a near career-ending car accident as a freshman, came off an 11-2 semifinal win over Parkville's Paul Kretchmer before grinding out a 1-0 victory over Dulaney's third-ranked Alex Leanos, a state runner-up for the second straight year.

"It's a great team win after losing last year. The fact that my brother was a state champ really motivated me," said Hultgren, whose older brother, Todd, was a 152-pound state champ two years ago.

DiLeonardi (145, 30-6), avenged a loss of a year ago, 3-1, in the semifinals over Howard's sixth-ranked Eric Paskin, who finished third in the state for the second straight year. He then scored an overtime takedown to get his fourth win of the year, 8-6, over Arundel's Isaac Haertel (29-5).

Patterson pinned Antoine McCoy (34-4) in his semifinal, before losing, 5-3, to Centennial's sixth-ranked Joon Kim (32-1).

Kim was impressive in reaching the final with a first-round default, a technical fall and by scoring six near-fall points in an 11-4 semifinal trouncing of Churchill's fifth-ranked Dhani Jones (28-2).

"I knew Don Patterson would be the main guy, and I was ready for him," said Kim, Centennial's first champ since Cliff Kraiser (126) in 1983. "I wanted to use my best move, the headlock, but he never gave it to me."

Haertel, a sophomore county and regional runner-up to DiLeonardi, reached the semifinal after handing Frederick's John Harper (30-1) his first loss, 13-6, and overcoming a 6-1 deficit to beat Perry Hall's Rich Hanzevack, 8-6, in overtime. He trailed Hanzevack with 10 seconds left when his five-point takedown forced overtime.

Arundel's third-ranked Mark Chesla (152, 32-2) won his second crown, 7-5, in overtime over Old Mill's Mike Hines in a rematch of their regional final, won by Chesla.

Hines, who missed most of last year with a back injury, downed South Carroll's sixth-ranked Charlie Conoway, 10-2, in the semifinal. Chesla survived a rematch of last year's state semifinal, 8-7, over Woodlawn's Mykol Thomas, whom he beat, 5-4, last year.

"It's a new year, but people expect you to do it again. It's pressure, but you have to rise to the occasion," said Chesla.

South Carroll's No. 2-ranked Mike Chenoweth (160, 31-1) won his second straight title impressively despite having to lose five pounds Friday night.

His 12-6 semifinal win came over Magruder's third-ranked Brian Dyer (29-2), last year's 152-pound state runner-up, and his 11-1 title bout victory came over LaPlata's fifth-ranked John Panhurst (33-2).

Meade's fourth-ranked Adam Butts (171, 30-2), a state runner-up last year, pinned his first three opponents and crushed Suitland's Dan Ropel (20-2) by 15-4 to become his school's first state champ.

Arundel's Phil Scheifer (112, 21-3) upset Northern's sixth-ranked region champ Eric Miller, 5-2, in the quarterfinals, Quince Orchard's Rod Garcia, 4-2, in an overtime semifinal, and handled LaPlata's Dan Wilkinson, 4-1, for the title.

Franklin's Sean Groszkowski (135) rebounded from a disappointing fourth-place effort in last week's regionals to pin LaPlata's regional champ Billy Moffet in the first round, score a technical fall in the quarters, and bounce Frederick's Shane Hildebrand, 6-2, in the semifinal, and blow out Churchill's Blake Zimmet (29-4) by 10-2 in the finals.

Chesapeake's fourth-ranked Travis Gottlich (103, 31-1) had a pin and out-scored his next two opponents by a combined 15-2, before falling 6-5 to Quince Orchard's regional champ Insuk Choe (31-4), after leading, 4-0.

Centennial's Jason Nagle (125, 26-5) led 5-2 before losing his title bout, 6-5, to Frederick Douglass' Chiyanna Black on near fall points with 16 seconds left.

Laurel's Sydney Billups (140, 35-0) won a battle of defending champs, 4-3, over Frederick's two-time champ Tim Novak (31-1) on a stalling call with 16 seconds left.

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