Hammond's Joey Killo's first varsity match was one to remember.
The sophomore, who was 16-0 on the JV team and is nicknamed "Ice", earned a pivotal pin at 135 pounds that gave defending county dual-meet champion Hammond a lead it never relinquished yesterday.
Hammond's 37-22 victory over visiting Oakland Mills (7-2 overall, 4-2 league ) kept the Bears (8-3, 6-0) unbeaten in league competition with three matches left.
"They told me just before I came out that I'd be wrestling varsity," Killo said. "I just tried to do the best I could."
Against Oakland Mills' Brian Clavelle, Killo led 9-3 after one period before earning a pin in 2: 17.
"He [Clavelle] lifted his arms so I sank a half nelson and knew as soon as I lifted his head I'd get it," Killo said.
Clavelle had been the hero with a surprising pin in Oakland Mills' victory over Atholton Saturday.
"Killo was our big gamble and it paid off," Hammond co-coach Paul DiRienzo said. "We thought the rest of the matches would go pretty much the way they did."
The headline bout was supposed to be at heavyweight between Hammond's Matt Nelson and Oakland Mills Jay Frizzelle, the defending county champ.
But both wrestlers were disqualified in the second period with Nelson leading 2-1 when they crashed into the scorer's table. Both had been warned and penalized a point for unsportsmanlike conduct at the end of the first period when they had to be held back by teammates.
The other headline wrestler, Hammond's Vaymond Dennis at 140 pounds, didn't wrestle because Oakland Mills forfeited.
"We had some injuries that kept us from wrestling Vaymond," Oakland Mills coach Brad Howell said. "Everyone wrestled well on both sides and showed a lot of stamina. They had more experience and exploited it. We were hoping to get to heavyweight and still have a chance. But we gave up too many bonus points."
Hammond's Jason Freiert (103 pounds), Mark Read (152), Pat Jameson (160) and Killo recorded pins. Read and Jameson were both wrestling up a weight class. And Nick LaSalle (130) earned a major decision against Dena Glisan, 18-5.
Kevin Chrapaty (171) of Oakland Mills won the match's hardest-fought bout. He decisioned Geoff Glaeser, 12-11, by scoring a reversal with 16 seconds left.
Pub Date: 1/27/99