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Overlea's Mitchell wins battle of unbeatens; 9-3 defeat in first for Northeast's Cain; Falcons have 3 winners


The host school's fourth-ranked Justin Mitchell (189) bounced Northeast's third-ranked Tom Cain, 9-3, in a title-bout of unbeaten wrestlers in yesterday's 13th annual Overlea tournament, during which no team points were kept.

Mitchell (17-0) scored two takedowns and, in the third period, three near-fall points against Cain (17-1), who was fourth at last year's states.

Overlea crowned two other champs in sixth-ranked wrestlers Jason Laubach (119) and Derrick Oxendine (152).

But Cain's teammate, James Taylor (Hwt.), won the Outstanding Heavyweight award for decking Patapsco's 275-pound Bill Hook (12-1, 12 pins), who has 48 pins over the last two seasons and was third at states last year.

"I pinned him preseason, so I figured I had a good chance," said Taylor, whose 17-2 record includes losses to Arundel's third-ranked Jeff Blachly and Thomas Stone's fourth-ranked Matt Smith. "I weigh 230, so he's a lot bigger than I am, so it probably looked like I was overmatched -- but I caught him."

Oxendine (17-1), a county and region champ, had two technical falls, a pin and a 12-7 title-bout victory over Perry Hall's Chris Pike (18-2) that included five takedowns.

A 125-pound regular, Laubach (17-1) pinned twice, won 7-0, then built a 13-0 lead over C. Milton Wright's Jake Still (20-3) en route to winning, 13-2. "Guys felt lighter at 119 and they weren't as strong. I'm definitely staying down," said Laubach, a county and regional champ.

A reversal with five seconds left was good for a 2-1 decision by C. Milton Wright's No. 2 John Thorton (171, 21-0) over Patapsco's fourth-ranked Joe Bena (7-1). Thorton, a third-place finisher at states, said "It was a title match, but we both wrestled too conservatively."

Bena, a fourth-place finisher at states said: "I didn't feel he had control for the reversal or even a point because I still had his head."

Broadneck's Jake Dove (112) improved to 16-4, decking all four opponents -- the first one in only 22 seconds. Dove's teammate, Jim Melton (125), used two pins, a major decision and a 9-3 title-bout victory to reach the victory podium.

Pub Date: 1/24/99

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