Key avenges loss to Hammond by winning Bears' tournament


Last Saturday, No. 2 Hammond edged No. 3 Francis Scott Key for the 1A-2A state duals title. But last night the Eagles reversed the Bears, who played host to their first 12-team Invitational Tournament, 213.5 to 210.5.

Bobby Bollinger (189 pounds) scored a first-period pin against Springbrook's Harry Saval to get Key over the top. "I knew it was close, but I wasn't sure how close. I was just hoping to make quick work of the guy," he said.

In a rematch of an earlier 6-5 victory, Francis Scott Key's Ryan Etzler (130, 22-3) beat South Carroll's Dan Alberter (20-2) in a 3-2 battle.

"I knew he'd try the [split cradle], which is why I didn't shoot a takedown in the last period," said Etzler, penalized twice for stalling in the last 40 seconds.

Hammond's No. 3-ranked freshman Jared Zillmer (112, 25-2) got falls in 13 and 57 seconds along with a title-bout major decision.

Zillmer now has a single-season school-record total of 22 pins, and teammate Tony Dakis (145) edged Key's Jordan Chiaruttini, 9-6.

But Zillmer's brother, two-time Howard County champ Josh (24-3, 12 pins), lost, 6-5, to Meade's first-year wrestler Willie Thomas (140, 21-5) on an escape with eight seconds left.

Meade's Matt Pandullo (103, 22-2) won a battle of freshmen, 7-4, over Hammond's Vaymond Dennis (22-7).

South Carroll's two-time state champ and No. 1 Mike Chenoweth (171, 23-0) entered the tournament having beaten four state-ranked wrestlers, including Centennial's defending state champ Joon Kim at 189.

But last night's hoped-for matchup with Hammond's No. 5 Howard County champ Hansel Henry didn't happen because Gaithersburg's Ben Bograd upset Henry, 5-4, in the semifinal.

Chenoweth flattened Bograd in 1:17 for his 17th pin of the year, and the 60th of his career. His first two opponents went in 1:22 and 56 seconds.

No. 2 teammate Charlie Conaway (160, 21-0, 13 pins) trailed, 3-2, early against Springbrook's No. 6 Jerry Phelps (19-2, 14 pins), but scored nine near-fall points in an 18-3 technical fall. Phelps' only previous loss was by fall to Sherwood's No. 4 Dameon Powell.

South Carroll's Mike Muller (135, 19-3) overcame a 5-0 deficit with a headlock for a first-period pin of Hammond's Mike Loula (22-6), and Glenelg's No. 2 Jeremy Lignelli (152, 22-0) routed Key's Tony Cahoon for the second time this year, 12-2.

In a 125-pound bout, Gaithersburg's Richard Pelaez (21-2), down from 130 where he suffered his only losses, edged Key's Jason Hooper (23-3) on a takedown in the final 30 seconds.

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