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N. Carroll's Jackson, S. Carroll's Muller repeat; Cavaliers take team title with 4 individual winners; 3A-4A North wrestling


Fran Jackson (125) and Mike Muller (152) each repeated as regional champions, and South Carroll, with four individual winners, easily captured the team crown in the annual Class 3A-4A, North tournament yesterday at Fallston High School.

Jackson (24-2), a sophomore from North Carroll, and last year's county-region-state champion at 103, needed a takedown in the last 20 seconds to get by Mike Winters (26-9) of Dulaney, 5-3, and Muller (30-4), a senior from South Carroll, recovered from a 4-0 first-period deficit to stop Gary Burkhardt (31-2) 42 seconds into the second period.

In addition to Muller, the South Carroll Cavaliers got championships from Kellen Weber (103), Dan Patterson (112) and Bryan Hamper (130) in leading a 1-2-3 sweep for Carroll County teams with 157 points. North Carroll was second, 102, and Westminster third, 96 1/2, in the 18-team field.

The top four place winners in each weight class qualified for the state championships, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Western Maryland College.

Patterson (29-2) and Muller recorded the only pins of the championship round.

Patterson, a sophomore, stopped Bel Air junior Chris Bland (23-5) in 3 minutes, 3 seconds.

Muller thwarted Burkhardt, a Parkville senior whose only previous loss had been to Derrick Oxendine (by 7-5), a two-time Baltimore County and regional champ from Overlea, at 2: 41.

"He was in a zone. He simply dominated his class," South Carroll coach Pete Olson said of Patterson. He decisioned Adam Tenney of Westminster in the quarterfinals, then pinned J.C. Cropf of Fallston and Bland.

En route to his title, Muller, the No. 3 seed, beat No. 2 John Ishibashi of Aberdeen in the semifinals, 11-6, and Burkhardt, the top seed.

Burkhardt took his opponent down and then got him in a cradle for two near-fall points and a 4-0 lead, before Muller got a reversal at the end of the period, then took charge in the second segment.

"Every year, people put me on my back and I win, and vice-versa," said Muller.

"I thought I was OK when I got past Ishibashi, but then people told me Burkhardt was good and I saw his record, and I thought, 'Uh oh.' "

Olson said: "When Burkhardt had him in a cradle and Muller was working against him, it was beautiful. They were both expending so much energy and there was no motion. He beat two excellent wrestlers."

Of the 13 individual championships, Carroll schools won seven; Harford, three; Baltimore County, two; and Howard, one.

Kellen Weber, the fourth seed, set the tone for South Carroll's second regional title when he beat No. 1 Tim Bauer of Parkville and No. 2 Kyle Smith of North Carroll at 103 pounds. He beat Smith 16-6, equaling their season series at 2-2 after Smith had defeated him for the county title.

In the only other all-Carroll final, Hamper got back at Westminster's Sam Hughes for two earlier defeats, going up 5-0 in the first period on his way to an 8-3 triumph.

Westminster's Kyle Burger made his No. 1 seed stand up, as he used a 5-0 first-period advantage to go winging toward a 12-2 decision over Dominic Campbell of Dundalk.

Mark Richard, a Liberty senior who won the county title last week at 140, came right back to win at the region level, holding off Alex Petrilli, 6-5, after leading early 5-0.

John Thornton and Matt Kunkel extended their unbeaten streaks.

Thornton, a C. Milton Wright senior, improved to 32-0, beating Shane Farmer of Aberdeen in the final, 11-2. Aberdeen senior Kunkel moved to 27-0, taking the title with a 7-3 conquest of South Carroll's Anton Enrique.

Class 1A-2A, West

Francis Scott Key was fourth in its 1A-2A, West Regional, won by Northern of Garrett County, which qualified 10 wrestlers for next weekend's state tournament at Western Maryland College.

Nate Yinger (103) was the Eagles' sole champion, with Greg Frech (heavyweight) finishing second and Brian Owings (112), Clint Day (140) and Ronnie Howard (145) finishing third.

Pub Date: 2/28/99

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