No. 8 Old Mill fends off upset-minded Northeast, 29-22 Hines' overtime win, pin by Johnson seal victory


Ben Hines handed Northeast's Tony Serio his second loss of the season, 2-1, on an overtime stalling call in the 189-pound bout, giving No. 8 Old Mill (11-1, 10-1) momentum in an eventual 29-22 Anne Arundel County League victory last night.

Northeast led, 22-20, with two bouts left after reeling off four straight wins. There was a pin by Anthony Brown (160), a major decision by county runner-up Tyrone Eaton (145) and decisions by Tom Cain (152) and Shawn Maurer (171).

But the Eagles (10-2, 9-2) wanted pins at 145 and 171, where Old Mill had freshman Eric Hultgren and first-year wrestler Bryant Burns. Instead, the Patriots had Hines' win, coupled with the 10th pin of the season by Dane Johnson (heavyweight).

"It was a tough call, but I got the ref on my side by tapping his knee and going to the side for shots on singles. He [Tony] wasn't doing anything," said Hines (21-7), who leads his series with Serio, 2-1. "When our guys at 145 and 160 didn't get pinned, I knew we were going to win."

Northeast had its only other lead, 3-0, after a 4-2 decision by Bobby Couch (103) over Eric Hill. But the Patriots, minus injured region runner-up Gary Serago (140, 16-3), went up, 10-3, by winning the next three bouts.

No. 5 Chris Combs (112, 23-1) scored seven takedowns in a 17-5 decision of Northeast's Don Jarmer. Teammate Chris Deadder (119) led 5-0 and nearly pinned James Fleming, but had to hang on for an 8-5 decision. Then the Patriots' Dave Hicks (125) overcame a 5-0 first-period deficit to edge Dave Reitmeyer, 8-7.

It was 10-6, after Northeast's Dominic Serio (130) broke a 5-5 tie against Brandon Croghan, winning, 8-5, on an escape and takedown with 11 seconds left. But Old Mill extended its lead to 20-6 after a decision by county champ Rich Sampson (135, 23-4) and a pin by Eric DeCosmo (140).

"They handled all our power in the lighter weights, which surprised us a little," said Hines. "But we won because some of our inexperienced wrestlers over-achieved."

Pub Date: 2/08/97

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