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Overlea tramples Eastern neighbors; After fast start, Tech sputters, falls by 45-15


"You can sit next to me, but watch for my elbows flying," Eastern Tech stat keeper Brenda Jaski warned a nearby spectator before yesterday's match with Overlea. "If I get excited, I can't be responsible. It's a neighborhood thing."

But Jaski found little to cheer about as the visiting Falcons (4-1) swept six straight bouts, turning a 13-6 deficit into a 45-15 Baltimore County non-league rout between schools separated by a 15-minute Baltimore Beltway ride.

Even Jaski's "crush," as she put it, Eastern's 145-pound Jason McGraw, got crushed, 10-3, by Yinka Ajiboye (9-1) during a match between rivals so intense that county coordinator Ron Belinko, a former coach at both schools, came to watch.

But the Mavericks (4-2) won only four bouts, including an 11-0 rout by Dave Wooden (171) over Zach Sergotick (171), whose brother wrestled at Eastern Tech five years ago. Wooden is 10-1.

"A lot of their people are from the same areas, go to the same places," said regional champ Justin Mitchell (189), who pinned his seventh opponent to improve to 9-0. Teammate Mike Banks had a 33-second fall in the heavyweight bout. "Nothing like the Overlea-Fullerton neighborhood rivalry."

Eastern Tech, minus 140-pound regional runner-up Wes Woodard (broken collarbone) took three of the first four bouts. Travis Shirkey (103) scored an 8-1 decision, Erik Stark (119) won by 13-4, and James Davis (125) improved to 11-1 with a pin.

But Alfred Clark had a 21-second pin at 112 for Overlea, whose sweep began with a fall by county and region champ Jason Laubach (130). His cousin, James Laubach (135), then took 44 seconds to finish his man. Then Chauldry Aszal (140) nailed his opponent.

Ajiboye, county and region champ Derrick Oxendine (152) and Abi Kassim (160) all won decisions as the defending county and region champs tuned up for today's tournament at defending Class 3A-4A state champ Arundel.

Owings Mills county streak, alive since '92, ends, 28-26

Unranked Franklin handed No. 7-ranked Owings Mills its first Baltimore County dual-meet loss since 1992 yesterday, squeezing out a 28-26 win.

Indians freshman Matt Shuster (103) scored a 6-2 decision over previously unbeaten Clayton Arnold (7-1), and a 5-1 decision by senior John Schuster (189) clinched the upset.

Twins Luke (140) and Sam Mays (145) had consecutive pins for Franklin (5-1), which also got a major decision by Stan Wagner (119) and decisions by Joe Landsman (152) and Kevin Hebbel (130).

Matt Shuster's bout with Arnold was a rematch of last year's 95-pound junior-league state title bout, also won by Shuster, who is 11-2 as a varsity wrestler.

"But he was undefeated, so I was nervous before the match," said Matt Shuster, whose brother, Andy, a sophomore, lost, 5-0 at 171 to Kenny Ricker. "Andy had a tough match, but I knew John would win. It's great."

Owings Mills (5-1) got late pins from region champ Matt Summerlein (160) and Travis Anderson (heavyweight), major decisions by Drew Bowers (135) and Harris Kaplan (130), and a decision by Scott Silverstein (112).

Luke Mays, who is 12-0, sparked his brother with a fall in 3: 55. Sam, who is 3-1 and recovering from a shoulder injury, took 3: 19 to vanquish his opponent.

"I listened for Sam during the match," Luke said. "After he won, I knew we'd win as a team, we were so pumped up."

Pub Date: 1/08/99

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