Archbishop Curley sophomore Cameron Torres is not typical of most of his teammates, who virtually grew up wrestling in area junior programs.
"I didn't even know wrestling existed as a sport before high school," said Torres, 15, who came out for last year's team at coach Alan Gebhart's urging. "I went 3-14, but I went to camps, stayed with it. Now, I'm 6-2."
Torres' dedication paid off with yesterday's 112-pound title in Perry Hall's 18-team tournament. Down by three points with 11 seconds left, he headlocked North Carroll's Josh Trainor for a reversal, three near-fall points and a 10-8 win.
"It's the first time I've ever placed in a tournament, let alone won one," Torres said.
He was joined in victory by teammates Tyler Scarinzi (103), Daniel Miller (119), Phil Novak (130) and Dan Miller (171) as the 10th-ranked Friars (222.5 points) outdistanced seventh-ranked runner-up North Carroll (178.5) for the tournament crown.
Scarinzi had a first-period pin and beat two others by a combined 17-1, including Atholton's previously undefeated Rob Eloshway for the title. Daniel Miller had a pin and two decisions, the last by 5-1 over C. Milton Wright's Tom McCord. Novak had a pin and outscored three others by a combined 36-2, and Dan Miller had two pins and a 12-1 victory.
North Carroll's only titlist was Tim Hutchins (140). Down 3-2 entering the third period, Hutchins (9-1) scored a reversal and two near-fall points to win a battle of state runners-up, 6-3, over Eastern Tech's Chris Clark (7-2).
Wilde Lake (158 points) edged No. 12 Boys' Latin (139.5) for third place. Its champions were sophomore Zach Brown (189) and senior David Miles (215), who both scored first-period pins to rise to 8-0 and 7-1, respectively. Brown broke a 2-2 tie when he headlocked Loch Raven's Valentin Riazanov (11-0) for the pin in 1:37.
"I was nervous because he'd never been scored on," Brown said of Riazanov, who has nine pins and two technical falls. "I thought I'd give him a good match, but I didn't think I'd pin him."
Pacing Boys' Latin were Justin Fitch (160) and James Winn (275), who improved to 6-1 and 8-0, respectively.
Kenwood's titlists were Eric Robinson (135) and state champion Mason Krumholtz (152), who improved to 6-0 and, 5-0, respectively. Krumholtz won a battle of unbeatens, 9-4, over Boys' Latin's Grady Gamble (9-1), earning outstanding upper-weight honors.
Robinson improved his series lead to 3-1 over North Carroll's Tyler Macleod (7-1, seven pins) with a 6-2 win. Robinson successfully countered Macleod's cradle pinning hold, which the wrestler had used last year to overcome a 6-0 deficit in a 9-6 victory over Robinson.
Catonsville's Alex Broadwater (145, 9-0) won a battle of unbeatens, 19-8, over Boys' Latin's Marc DiPasquale (7-1), against whom he used four duck-under takedowns down the stretch.
Atholton's Jeff Zillmer (125) improved to 3-1, stunning Sparrows Point's Alex Weber (7-2), cradling him for the pin in 1:42 to earn outstanding lower-weight honors. Weber's only previous loss had been to Hereford state champ D.J. Scarponi, 4-2.