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River Hill wins last 5 for title in Howard


The pressure was on River Hill's 189-pound wrestler, Jesse Fawcett.

The junior needed to pin Howard opponent Joe Sedilko to give River Hill a one-point victory over Mount Hebron at the 33rd annual Howard County Championships last night at Centennial.

Sedilko had taken Fawcett to double overtime earlier this season before Fawcett won. This time, second-seeded Fawcett pinned fourth-seeded Sedilko with a cradle move at 4:33. And River Hill completed an unlikely 14-point comeback in the finals to claim its second straight county championship, 242-241.

"This is something I'll always remember," said Fawcett (23-7). "I got beat in the finals last year, but I wanted to win this for the team. "When the day started, I never thought it would turn out like this."

River Hill lost the county dual-meet title to Mount Hebron and was intent on reversing things. The Hawks sent seven wrestlers to the finals, which they entered trailing 232-218. They needed five champions and got them.

Ryan Green (27-0) of River Hill became the sixth Howard County wrestler to win four county championships. Green decisioned Dave Nakasone of Centennial, 4-2, at 140 pounds. A third-period reversal was decisive.

Green was one of four River Hill wrestlers who moved up a weight class in a strategic move by coach Earl Lauer.

"I was really nervous and he wrestled strong, but I wrestled just good enough to win," said Green. "It really feels good to see all the time I've put in pay off with something good."

Mount Hebron was set back when its top-seeded wrestlers at 171 and 189 lost earlier in the day, Scott Bissett losing to Steve Sessa of Hammond, 4-0, and Chris Garrow falling to Sedilko, 12-4.

River Hill was set back when its 171-pounder, Mike Lignelli, failed to make weight for his semifinal bout and forfeited.

In the night's most sudden turnaround, Russell Tebeleff (32-5) of Hammond got revenge on top-seeded Matt Ennis of Wilde Lake, who beat him in the county finals last season and then went on to win a state title. Trailing 9-2, Tebeleff pinned Ennis at 3:41 to win his first county title and the Glenn Devane Most Valuable Wrestler Award. Tebeleff had beaten Ennis earlier this season.

In one of the closer championship bouts, Mount Hebron's Austin Laws took top-seeded Atholton junior Scott Radik to overtime at 112 pounds before losing, 8-4. Laws tied Radik 4-4 with two seconds left in regulation on a stalling call. It was Radik's first county title and his third win this season over Laws.

Neal Nakagama (23-4) of Oakland Mills won his third county title. The top-seeded junior decisioned Zach Wendel of Mount Hebron, 7-4.

Doug Ramsey (25-1) won the 103-pound title for the second year by decisioning Vince Cina, 10-2. It was his third win over Cina this season.

In a controversial match, Grant Gormley (23-7) of Mount Hebron won his first county title by decisioning Jeff Plasse, 4-2. Plasse was penalized a point for pushing Gormley off the mat with the score tied 2-2 in the third period.

River Hill's twin brothers, Nick and Ryan Shevland won county titles. Ryan (135) won on a second-period reversal over Zak Porta of Mount Hebron, 4-2, and Nick (152) defeated Jim Holtzman of Centennial, 10-4.

Baltimore City

It was definitely better late than never for Douglass' Darrell Brown.

Unable to participate in meets and tournaments during the regular season because of grades, Brown made the most of his opportunity in the Baltimore City wrestling championships last night at Northwestern, claiming the 152-pound championship.

Brown handled last year's runner-up, Kevan Fletcher of Patterson, in a 19-5 major decision to earn Outstanding Heavyweight Wrestler honors.

Though he was academically eligible to wrestle, Brown's parents wanted him to improve his grades in a couple of courses before allowing him to return to varsity competition.

"I was working so hard for this," said Brown, who won his first two matches by pins. "I came in here with the lowest record. Nobody really knew me."

In the team competition, No. 14 Patterson continued its dominance, winning its sixth consecutive championship. The Clippers, who won the city dual-meet crown for the sixth straight season earlier in the week, ran up 200.5 points, 80 more than second-place Poly.

Baltimore County

In a tournament full of upsets, Owings Mills avoided the big takedown and earned the sixth Baltimore County title for 20th-year coach Guy Pritzker, 203-197, over No. 13 Dulaney at Parkville High.

Individual champions for the No. 4 Eagles were Mike Cooper (119 pounds) and Clayton Arnold (135), with runner-up performances from Mike Kessler (125) and Eric Fischel (160), third-place finishes from Jason Jacovsky (103), Sasha Binder (130) and Adam Metzger (152), and a fourth place from David Jacovsky (112).

No. 1 heavyweight Konstantinos Kosmakos (36-0) won by injury default against Eastern Tech's Billy Farmer (25-6, 22 pins), becoming Dulaney's first repeat county titlist.

Lem Satterfield and Derek Toney contributed to this article

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