Oakland Mills rode comeback victories by Chris Coy and Vaughn Regelin to a closely contested 40-27 wrestling win over visiting Centennial yesterday.
Heavyweight Sam Gobrail also produced his first varsity win, and Regelin (130 pounds), Sean Kendig (215), Dan Sayre (103), Jeff Plasse (125) and Carlton Maughan (171) earned pins for the Scorpions (5-5 overall, 3-3 league).
Regelin's pin turned out to be the most important victory for Oakland Mills. Trailing 11-2 early in the second period, Regelin earned a reversal and then pinned Dave Shellem in 2:26.
"I was still confident even though I was down 11-2," said Regelin, a senior who missed half of last season with a broken hand. "He was killing me, but I didn't think he was that much better than I was. I like to wrestle on top, and once I gained control it was over. I wasn't giving up."
Regelin (14-6), who recorded his ninth pin, bumped up to 130 pounds from his normal 125 to wrestle Shellem, and his win gave Oakland Mills an imposing 30-9 lead.
"Vaughn has been weak on the bottom, but we worked a lot with him the day before at practice and it paid off," said Scorpions coach Brad Howell. "He's a dangerous wrestler who can put your lights out if you let your guard down."
Oakland Mills was buoyed at 119 by Coy's 14-12 overtime victory against Mike Bayless. Coy (1-2), a first-year varsity junior, trailed 12-10 with 30 seconds left in the final period when he scored a reversal. He then earned his first varsity win with an overtime takedown.
"I went into the match thinking I would lose, but I just kept getting up and scoring takedowns,' he said.
Gobrail (1-1) was also a first-time varsity winner over Greg Cook at heavyweight, 7-0.
"This was a great matchup between two teams around the same level," said Centennial coach Todd DeCrispino. "I told Shellem to take the top to start the second period instead of a neutral position because I thought he would have a better shot at a pin, but it backfired."
DeCrispino said his team got the matchup it wanted at 135 pounds, where the Eagles' Dominic Ventura (12-2) drew Antonio Josiah (16-4) and the more experienced Ventura pinned Josiah in 4:31.
Kendig improved his record to 17-0 with a 45-second pin at 215 pounds over Sinjan Bose. Plasse improved to 16-1 with a pin in 3:24 over Eric Wu.
Mike Montanez of Centennial improved to 12-2 with his pin over Vincent McClain in 3:15. And Centennial's Evan Bulger moved to 13-3 with a 15-0 technical fall over Tony Chadwick.
"Both teams had guys who wrestled great and other guys who made mistakes, and we were just able to capitalize on their mistakes," Howell said.