One thing Boys' Latin junior heavyweight Brandon Carver did not want to do yesterday in his Dundalk Tournament title bout against Patapsco's Bill Hook was get thrown to his back.
The 275-pound Hook had pinned 38 of his previous 39 opponents.
Carver, at 235 pounds, was tossed, but he also was lucky.
Hook, a defending Baltimore County champ, tossed Carver for a two-point takedown in the first period. But Carver's shoulders landed out of bounds, so near-fall points were not awarded.
"They don't usually get up from that, but this time, I missed it," said Hook.
With 45 seconds left, Carver overcame a 3-0 third-period deficit for a 6-4 upset win over Hook. Carver's four-point takedown -- a bear-hug to a trip -- landed Hook on his back.
Carver was joined in victory by Rob Arnold (160) and Henry Friskey (125) as 10th-ranked Boys' Latin (202 points) routed runner-up Harford Tech (137) and 17 teams representing Howard, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties.
Carver said his late flurry was risky. "But I got up under him and vTC he was late on his over-hook," said Carver (14-1), who has avenged his only loss to St. Paul's Nick Alevrogiannis.
"He tried to headlock me, but I squeezed with all my heart and the big guy went down."
Friskey pinned all four opponents, including his 12th fall of the season, over Eastern Tech's James Davis (7-1) in 1: 46 of their title bout, and Arnold had three pins and a 14-3 decision.
Finishing second for the Lakers were James Jeffcoat (112) and Mitch Owens (145), with Kevin Nash (119) and Flip McKenzie (130) placing third, and Henry Blue (103) fourth.
Harford Tech's Tony Martinelli (135) improved to 7-0, racking up 15 near-fall points in a 24-8 technicall fall over Parkville's Ray Ihle (10-2).
Chesapeake's Jeff Eveleth (112), a sixth-ranked junior, earned Outstanding Wrestler at the tournament for the second straight year, improving to 11-0 with two pins, an 11-0 decision and a 15-0 technical fall. C. Milton Wright's John Thorton (160) won the Outstanding Upperweight award, pinning three times and scoring a 9-1 decision.
Motivated by last year's third-place finish at states, Thortonopened with a title at the North East Tournament. "States, that's on my mind every time I step on the mat," Thorton said.
Also impressive was Annapolis Christian's second-ranked Luke Palumbo (14-1, nine pins), who won a battle of ranked wrestlers at 103. Palumbo's takedown 45 seconds into overtime gave him a 4-2 decision over Chesapeake-AA's sixth-ranked Matt Eveleth (10-1).
"It was close, but I was able to come out on top," said Palumbo, joined in victory by teammate Ben Mahaffey (130).
Palumbo already has split bouts with Curley's fifth-ranked Darien Kess, and owns a pin over Franklin's junior league state champ Matt Schuster. And it only gets tougher, as his future includes matchups against top-ranked Mark Heincelman (Magruder), No. 3 Chase York (Damascus), No. 4 Danny Natterman (Loyola) and McDonogh's unbeaten Zak Johns (12-0).
C. Milton Wright's Jake Still (119, 11-2) won his first high school title by pinning twice and slipping past Joppatowne's previously unbeaten Doug Smith, 3-2. Still has seven pins.
Dundalk's Dominic Campbell (140) countered Dunbar's city champ Jihad Hayward for an overtime takedown and a 10-8 win. Campbell and Hayward are each 8-1.
Parkville's Gary Burkhardt (152) is 11-1 after slipping past Chesapeake's John Mosca, 5-3. Mosca is 10-2, and Perry Hall's Chris Pike (145) improved to 9-1, with a major decision.
Patapsco's John Jacobs won at 189 with four straight falls.
Pub Date: 12/20/98