Owings Mills wrestler Eric Vinores scored a significant dual- meet victory with last night's 6-1 decision over previously unbeaten Eric Robinson at Kenwood.
His win sparked a 52-18 rout, the 38th straight win by second-ranked, defending 2A-1A state dual and tournament champion Owings Mills (9-0), but it doesn't rank nearly as high as another battle Vinores has been winning.
Diagnosed with juvenile diabetes four years ago, the 125-pound junior wears a detachable insulin pump on either his leg or hip 24 hours a day.
"When he was first diagnosed at 13 years old, he couldn't cut weight at all," said his father, Stan. "Now, he can cut a little bit, but he has to regulate his diet and be very careful."
Vinores was on his game against Robinson. After a scoreless first period, he went ahead 3-0 on a second-period escape and takedown and held off his rival for the win.
"Some people drop out of sports when they have diabetes," said Vinores, who can safely lose up to 5 pounds. "But being able to participate makes you appreciate this sport a lot more."
Kenwood won only four matches, with none being any bigger than an 8-6 overtime victory by unranked, 145-pound Baltimore County and region champ Mason Krumholtz (12-0) over top-ranked Mike Kessler (14-1).
The junior was explosive on his feet, with all three takedowns coming off an outside single. His overtime takedown came near the edge of the mat 29 seconds into the extra session against a wrestler who earlier had upset two-time defending 4A-3A state champ Nathan Bachmann at 152 pounds.
Kessler had rallied to tie the bout at 4 midway through the second period. Down, 6-4, he sent the match into overtime with a takedown.
"I was able to get on his legs after faking the lockup, and then sliding down for a low single. But he's a great wrestler and was able to start a comeback," said Krumholtz, who kept his toes in bounds for his second takedown and a 4-1 lead heading into the second period.
"I've been doing nothing but keeping my head together and focusing on this match," Krumholtz said. "It's been on my mind for three or four days."
Pinning for Owings Mills were No. 2 Sasha Binder (140, 15-0), No. 2 Eric Fishel (171), Nikolay Geraskin (189) and Will Norat (215). Sixth-ranked Ryan Nash (130, 13-2) and Jon Demchick (135, 14-3) won decisions, and No. 2 Rob Cooper (119, 13-1) received a forfeit.
Kenwood (6-2) got pins from Kristian Droneburg (160) and Dave Thomas (112), the latter with 27 seconds left.