Harford Tech locks up county title; Holman's pin at 171 over Aberdeen's Farmer guarantees Cobras crown


Marcus Holman pinned Shane Farmer in 1: 44 of their 171-pound bout to clinch a 35-27 victory for Harford Tech over perennial power Aberdeen in a Harford County league tri-match yesterday at Edgewood.

The muscular Holman, a second-year wrestler with a 12-10 record, countered Farmer's cradle, forced him over with a half-nelson and flattened him for an insurmountable 35-17 lead as the Cobras (9-2, 7-0) clinched their first Harford County title.

Holman's effort was an upset.

Farmer was runner-up at Saturday's Aberdeen tournament, losing 9-5 to the state's No. 2-ranked 171-pounder, Curley's Pat Curran. He had earlier gone the distance with C. Milton Wright's third-ranked John Thornton, losing 11-3.

"He tried to cradle me, but I backed up, stuck in a half and that was it," said Holman. "I missed last year because of grades, so I'm making a comeback, putting God first."

A 16-0 technical fall by John Ishibashi (152, 20-1) had Aberdeen within 23-17, but a 41-second pin by the Cobras' Zach Coleman (160) set up Holman with a 29-17 lead. Aberdeen closed with a pin by state runner-up Matt Kunkel (189, 21-0) and a major decision by Mike Miller (Hwt.).

Aberdeen (7-3, 5-2), winner of three state titles, had won 13 straight county titles (19 overall) until being dethroned last year by Fallston -- Harford Tech's next opponent.

"I was hoping for .500 this year, but we've improved faster than expected," said 11-year Cobras coach Gary Siler. "We were second at the Dundalk Tournament, won the Bo Manor Tournament and were second at Edgewood's. We've had a pretty good season."

The Cobras swept the first three bouts for a 14-0 lead, with Todd Purshun (119) overcoming a 2-0 deficit for a 58-second pin, a technical fall by Brian Harrison (112) and a decision by Jermaine Wilson (103).

Aberdeen won three straight to come within 14-12, including a first-period pin by Randall Overstreet (130) and decisions by Tom Guerrera (135) and Rafael Rabassa (125).

But Harford Tech won two straight to go up 23-12, including a first-period fall by Tony Martinelli (145, 20-1). A 3-1 decision by teammate Todd Ess (145) over Emiliano Reverson preceded Martinelli's win.

The Cobras, as a team, used arm-bars, tilts and wrist control well against Aberdeen.

Wilson overcame deficits of 2-0 and 5-2 in a 11-8 win over Scott Blevins. Wilson trailed 5-4 when his second-period arm-bar tilt for three nearfall points gave him a permanent lead.

Harrison tilted Charles Murray for nine of his 13 nearfall points in the final period of a 21-6 technical fall.

"We knew it would be tough, but we didn't wrestle well," said Aberdeen's Overstreet. "We'll have to make a comeback at counties."

The Cobras later ripped Edgewood 54-19, on pins by Harrison, Ess, Coleman, Holman, Jon Comer (135) and Nick Mannion (189).

Overstreet, Ishibashi and Kunkel all pinned in Aberdeen's 70-6 rout of Edgewood, whose only double winner was Jon Lee (125).

Pub Date: 2/02/99

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