Jamie Blankenship pinned Harford Tech's Dom Bonvegna in 3: 19 of their 189-pound title bout to lift Eastern Tech over Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, 171-to-168.5, for the team crown in yesterday's second Dundalk Invitational.
With his fourth pin of the 16-team tournament (sixth of the year), the county and regional runner-up offset victories by the Cougars' No. 5 Carl Cicchetti (152, 6-0). Cicchetti had edged North County's WT Aye by 5-3, and No. 4 Chad Duncan (171, 8-0), a 12-2 winner over North County's Michawn Yuvenico (8-2).
"It's great to get the pin, but there was no pressure to do it," said Blankenship, who is 10-0. "Even if I'd have just won a decision, we'd have won [by .5.]"
While Blankenship was impressive, fifth-place Kenwood's All-Metro state runner-up Chuck Jones (130, 12-0) was voted the tournament's Outstanding Wrestler. Jones, ranked No. 1 in Maryland, got his ninth pin of the year in 43 seconds over Chesapeake's Josh Boyd (6-2). Teammate Matt Myrick (160, 10-2) edged city runner-up Leonard Bridgeforth (8-1) by 11-6 on a take-down and a late three-point near-fall.
North County (third, 136 points) had three finalists but no champs as fourth-place Patterson's 209-pound Claude Marrow (9-0) won his heavyweight bout, 7-5, over North County's 260-pound Tony Chase (7-2). Marrow's teammate, Charles Harris (125, 9-0), won a battle of unbeatens, 9-7, over Perry Hall's Jay Barzyk (4-1).
Sixth-place Dundalk had two champs. County and region runner-up Travis Williams (140, 13-0) got his eighth, ninth and 10th pins before winning his title bout, 19-3, over Harford Tech's K.C. McQuiston (5-2). County champ Rich Reesey (112, 11-2), a region runner-up, pinned his 10th opponent in Chesapeake's Matt McNees (5-1) with 10 seconds left.
Another battle of unbeatens featured Franklin's Tim Groszkowski (145, 10-0) winning in overtime, 13-8, against Harford Tech's Bobby Mills (6-1). Mills trailed, 8-4, with six seconds left in regulation before sending the bout into overtime by scoring a reversal and two near-fall points.
At 119, Parkville's David Heath (11-1, five pins) and Eastern Tech's Demetrios Gourgoulianis (8-1, six pins) had in common a victory over Reesey. But what separated them was Heath's takedown with 45 seconds left in the second period, which held up for a 2-0 decision for his second tournament title since Pikesville two weeks ago.
Harford Tech's Paul Boniface (103, 7-0) had a 15-0 rout of Franklin's Stan Wagner, but Christian Early (135, 10-5), of Annapolis Area Christian, won the tournament's toughest class, 10-2, over Southwestern's city runner-up Andre Wooden (4-1).
Pub Date: 12/22/96