Arundel already had its win clinched earlier last night at Northeast, but the No. 3 Wildcats still managed to save their best for last.
Heavyweight Jeff Blachly scored a major decision over last year's county champ, James Taylor, to put the finishing touches on an overwhelming 52-9 win over a short-handed Northeast team.
The No. 14 Eagles had to forfeit four weight classes with three of their regulars academically ineligible until Monday. They simply couldn't keep up with their county rivals from Gambrills.
And while there was no drama left on the scoreboard, there was still plenty plenty on the mat when the two heavyweights stepped up.
Last season, Taylor took three out of four matches against Blachly -- all by one point. In their first go-around this year, Blachly made an early statement, jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the first period and coming away with the 14-6 major decision.
"He beat me three out of four times last year, so I wanted to prove the one time I did beat him wasn't a fluke," said Blachly. "I was really aggressive -- that's what coach [Buddy Hepfer] teaches -- and just went after him. It was real big to get out to the 5-0 lead."
A takedown midway through the first period followed by three back points provided Blachly with the early lead and he extended it to 10-2 in the second period to maintain control. Blachly, who wrestled at 190 pounds last season, is now at 210. Taylor could tell.
"I made a couple of mistakes early and he's a lot stronger this year," he said.
Hepfer said Blachly was ready to go.
"Jeff took the match to him," he said. "If you're going to be any good, you have to beat the guys that beat you. It's his senior year, if you don't look forward to this -- forget it."
The Wildcats also got first-period pins from 130-pounder Pat Ortman and Matt Neidig at 171, along with a major decision from Eric Johnson at 152.
They also found a way to come through in the tight matches with Pat Crouse (140) getting a late reversal on Dominic Servio to earn a 5-3 decision and Greg Klingler also taking control in the last two minutes to score a 7-4 decision over Josh Diffendall at 145.
Matt Stoy also got three points with a 9-5 decision over Don Jarmer at 135.
For the Eagles, Dereck Northrop came away with a pin at 103 with Joe Bowman following with a decision at 112.
Pub Date: 12/16/98