Arundel was eliminated from the state 3A-4A dual-meet championships by Frederick, 30-29, yesterday, but the match at Howard wasn't quite that close.
Frederick coach Andre Jackson decided to forfeit the final two bouts -- 189-pound and heavyweight classes after Will Scheetz' 11-3 decision over Arundel freshman Jeff Blachy at 171 pounds gave the Cadets a 30-17 lead.
Tenth-ranked Arundel's day on the mats ended on an unusual note when Blachy was penalized a point for pulling on Scheetz's fingers, leading to the major decision.
Jackson said he forfeited the final two bouts to save his top weight-class wrestlers for last night's 3A-4A championship match against Northern of Calvert County.
"Northern is strong in the upper weights, and there was no use in having our guys go out there and wrestle when we already had the match won," said Jackson.
In all, it was a long afternoon for the Arundel wrestlers, who couldn't get psyched for the state semifinal match even though the stakes were high.
It had been three days since Arundel had upset fifth-ranked Broadneck, 29-21, in the 3A-4A East Region dual-meet championship match and the Wildcats could not reach that same intensity yesterday.
Arundel coach Buddy Hepfer said: "We didn't come out as well as we did against Broadneck, but we've done all right this year. This was our first time in the state dual-meet championships, and it was a learning experience."
The afternoon began on a high note for Arundel (12-3) when 103-pounder Pat Ortman pinned Frederick's Rocky Semon in 3 minutes, 54 seconds to improve his record to 18-5.
But everything began to disintegrate when the Cadets racked up a pin, a major decision and technical fall in the next three bouts for a 15-6 lead.
Things didn't get any better when Arundel's top wrestler, Isaac Haertel (18-1), had to struggle for a 7-5 decision over Keith Patterson in their 152-pound bout.
In the championship match, Frederick came away with a 33-28 win over Northern-Calvert.
Northern-Calvert jumped out to a 16-0 lead before the Cadets won the next eight matches to take control.
Billy Wynne (135) and Keith Patterson (152) had pins for Frederick, with Chris Davis scoring a 6-4 upset decision over Paul Hayden, ranked third in the state at 130.
In the Class 1A-2A state final, No. 7 Hammond (16-0) defeated No. 6 Francis Scott Key, 35-26.
Jared Zillmer got things started early for the Golden Bears with a pin at 112 and Tony Tan followed with a pin at 199. Hammond clinched the match when Hansel Henry earned a major decision over Key's Ryan Roach at 171.
Key (15-1) had advanced to the final match by stunning previously unbeaten Owings Mills, No. 1 in the metro area and fifth in the state, 33-27, in the semifinals.
For the second year in a row, Owings Mills was without starter Willie Broadnax (189 pounds), who was attending his brother'swedding as the best man.
It was a key bout because a pin by Key's Bobby Bollinger (189) put the match mathematically away, 33-21, offsetting a forfeit to Owings Mills' Anthony Smith (heavyweight, 23-1).