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Owings Mills collects third straight crown


Eric Fishel typifies this year's Owings Mills wrestling team: He's simply dominant.

With an 8-3 victory over Eastern Tech's Shane Peddicord yesterday in the Baltimore County tournament finals at Pikesville, he improved to 33-0 and helped the No. 2 Eagles claim their third straight county championship.

"Peddicord is a good opponent, and today he wrestled with more heart than any opponent I've ever faced," Fishel said. "Every year our team's goal is always to win the state title. This brings us one step closer."

Rob Cooper (119 pounds), Jon Demchick (135), and Sasha Binder (140) joined Fishel with victories, helping Owings Mills collect 230 1/2 points. Overlea (155) and No. 12 Eastern Tech (119 1/2 ) followed.

Cooper, a defending state champion, delivered what was perhaps the most impressive finals victory, with a 15-5 major decision over another defending state champion, DJ Scarponi of Hereford.

Binder, the state's top-ranked public school wrestler, improved to 31-0 with a 15-9 decision over Catonsville's Alex Broadwater. Demchick scored an 8-4 decision over Parkville's Kyle England.

Overlea had two champions in Kyle Krumholtz (125) and Dan Sexton (152).

Krumholtz was joined on the winner's podium by his younger brother, Mason, who wrestles at 145 for Kenwood.

Mason Krumholtz delivered a standout performance with his 11-5 victory over Owings Mills' Mike Kessler.

"Kessler is very well-known. He's known to be a great, great wrestler. I haven't really made a name for myself just yet," said Krumholtz, a two-time county champion, who improved to 31-0.

Woodlawn crowned a champion, Corey Lawson (130), who avenged an earlier loss to Owings Mills' Ryan Nash, with a 4-2 victory.

Dulaney had two lightweight champions in James Knox (112) and Scott Carroll (103). Carroll broke open a 7-7 match with his pin of Franklin's Steve Silberman.

In a showdown of state finalists, Knox won his second county title, 3-1, over Pikesville's Alex Prezenchuck.

"I saw that he was reaching, and I knew if I could get by his first line of defense I could get in and I could score," Knox said of his match-winning takedown.

Patapsco's Eric Hood (189) won his second county title, 1-0, over Dulaney's Tim Turner. Eastern Tech's Justin Shaffer (160) took home his team's only title with a 6-1 decision over Overlea's Keon Ceaser.

Loch Raven's Tyler White (215) and Pikesville heavyweight Phil Thomas closed out the night with pins. Thomas earned his second county title.

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