Sending four wrestlers to the final round and coming away with four champions, Kent County had just enough to get past Owings Mills and Calvert to claim South River's 17-team Sonny Wells Seahawk Invitational yesterday in Edgewater.
Kent finished the night with 167 points, while Owings Mills, ranked No. 8 in the metro area, had to settle for a share of second place with Calvert at 164.
"We had a real bad day," said Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker. "We haven't wrestled in nine days and didn't practice the last two. You have to give Kent credit, they wrestled well. We had a lot more bad breaks than we've ever had, but we still ended up in second."
Friday's icy conditions condensed the planned two-day tournament into one. With weigh-ins starting at 7: 30 in the morning, it made for a long day.
Kent County didn't seem to mind, getting titles from Donnie Yerkie (119); Mike Blake (130); Chris Fox, who pinned Owings Mills' Jason Summerlin in the first period at 152; and Grant McLaughlin to make the most of the trip.
Clayton Arnold was Owings Mills' only tournament champ, earning a 9-1 major decision over Calvert's Justin Brittain at 103.
Senior Nick Alley, a state champ his sophomore year and a two-time All-Anne Arundel first-teamer, led Southern-Harwood to a sixth-place finish by coming away with a first-period pin over Atholton's Bryan Radik at 112.
Atholton, 7-3 on the season, had three other runner-up finishers -- Jason Hanfman (125), David Loeffler (130) and Brian Mullinix (171) -- to take fourth with 121 points, one in front of Anne Arundel's Northeast. Host South River finished eighth with 81.5 points.
"We were hoping to do better in the finals -- we had four in and lost all of them," said Atholton coach Bruce Linblad. "But you learn when you get to that level, so next time we'll get better. We just want to keep on improving."
At 189, Northeast's Tom Cain improved to 12-0 on the season with a tight 6-5 decision over Chopticon's Chip Williams. The match was scoreless after one and tied at 3 going into the final two minutes. After an early escape, Cain added a takedown to take a 6-3 lead and was able to hold on to remain unbeaten.
His heavyweight teammate, James Taylor, wasn't as fortunate, losing to Thomas Stone's Matt Smith by way of a third-period pin.
Pub Date: 1/17/99