There were no more comeback miracles left last night in the exhausted bodies of Northeast High's outstanding senior wrestlers Anthony Brown, Tony Serio and Tyrone Eaton.
"All season long, it's been up to Tyrone, Tony and me to bring us back and we just couldn't do it tonight," said Brown after the 15th-ranked Eagles had fallen, 28-23, to North East of Cecil County in the semifinals of the Class 1A-2A East Region dual-meet championships at Northeast.
"You can't be depending on the same three people all the time," said Brown. "The pressure has been on us and we just wore down. We needed some help in the middle weight classes."
But North East of Cecil County could not handle Rising Sun in the 1A-2A East championship match last night, falling to its Cecil County rival, 36-20. Rising Sun (15-1) now advances to Saturday's state dual-match championships at North Carroll.
Northeast of Anne Arundel was trailing, 19-11, before Brown (160 pounds), Eaton (145) and Serio (189) got on the mat. And at least two of these three talented wrestlers needed a big win -- a tech fall for five points or a pin for six points. But all three had to settle for three-point decisions and it just wasn't enough to pull out the victory even though they had led the Eagles (10-3) to a 23-22 lead entering the heavyweight bout.
North East (13-1-1) just had too much of an advantage with Steve Ayers in the heavyweight class and he bolted to a 5-0 lead in the first period before pinning Northeast's Chad Willhelm 2: 46 into the bout.
The Ayers pin wiped out the brief Northeast lead and quickly ended the match, sending a hush over the Eagles' fans who had visions of another comeback victory.
But Northeast coach Al Kohlhafer felt his wrestlers "did better than we expected."
"We just had to bring up too many junior varsity wrestlers this season and put them on the mat," he said. "That will be good for us next year but was unfortunate for us this season."
Sophomore 103-pounder Bob Couch continued his heroics for Northeast last night, improving his record to 22-1 with a tech fall over North East's John McMann.
Couch's tech fall and Don Jarmer's pin at 112 pounds gave Northeast an 11-0 lead. But the Eagles never won again until Eaton got on the mat.
Pub Date: 2/13/97