Handling two Howard County foes - Glenelg by a 38-27 count in the semifinals followed by a 36-32 win over Oakland Mills in the final - the host and No. 4 Hammond wrestling team captured the Class 2A-1A South region dual meet at home last night.
The Golden Bears pinned their way past Oakland Mills to secure a trip to Saturday's state dual-meet championships, to be hosted by Thomas Johnson High in Frederick County. Hammond goes in as defending state dual meet champs.
Justin Harding got the final started at the 215-pound class, decking Mike Santiago in 48 seconds for his second pin of the night. Devon Gillett (112), Zach Halper (125) and Vince Taweel (140) also earned pins with 130-pounder Eric Wee and 135-pounder Jose Maldonado also earning decision wins to help the Golden Bears build a 31-11 lead.
Oakland Mills advanced to the final with a comeback win over Calvert of Northern County, getting pins from 145-pounder Javon Saunders and 160-pounder Jeremy Askew to lead the way.
Class 4AM-w3A East No. 11 Broadneck upset No. 9 Old Mill, 39-23 at Old Mill. The Bruins went to 17-1 in duals with Old Mill falling to 13-3.
In the semifinals, Arundel's Justin Bowser, who is The Sun's No. 1 ranked 125-pounder, pinned his Broadneck foe in 32 seconds for his 137th career victory. #Bowser, All-Metro last season as a junior after winning the 4AM-w 3A State title, is 32-1 this season and could tie and break West's record next weekend (Feb. 17-18) in the Anne Arundel County Championships at Annapolis. Class 4A-3A North Jeremy Seipp (103), Josh Trainor (112), Ronnie Seipp (119), Tom Goretsas (125), Robbie Bell (135), Tyler McLeod (140), Zach Forbes (145), Alex Smearman (160), Adam Raver (171) and Jason Thoeman (189) all won twice for North Carroll (15-1), which defeated Tuscarora, 68-3, and, Catonsville, 64-15, in the semifinal and final.
Class 2A-1A North Shaun Reider (140) and Bobby Fouts (152) led the Bulls (16-0) with two pins each; state champion Josh Asper (145) and Anthony Shabdach (215) each had a pin and a decision; and Jeremy Keil (119) scored a 9-5 upset of the Eagles" Cody Rosen-Stone, who lost for just the second time. #Louis Stiffler (275) pinned Kyle Burke of Owings Mills (13-3) to avenge an earlier loss; and David Fouts (119) and Andy McClean (135) won by major decision as Hereford advanced to Saturday's 2A-1A state semifinals.
Owings Mills state runner-up Ben McCree (189) bumped up two weight classes to improve to 28-0 with 25 pins; Irwin Coleman (152), had a pin and a decision; and Tony Mack (125) and Mitchell Barker (130) had technical falls against Hereford. Paul Stoyanovsky (171) won two decisions.
The Bulls won their semifinal, 63-18, over Baltimore City's Douglass (9-2), including pins from Reider, Asper, Fouts, Shabdach and Tyler McCrea (275).
Class 2A-1A West Kyle Hayghe (152), Nick Fenn (171), Brandon Gervie (189), Eddie Digman (275) had two pins each, Crit Jennings (140) had two technical falls, and Sean McNelis (125) also won twice as Liberty (14-2) edged Beall (14-1) by 42-32 for its first state finals berth. The Lions" 39-31 semifinals win over host Southern of Garrett (14-1) was clinched by Justin Wildburger (215).
Class 2A-1A East Stephen Decatur (16-0) advanced with a 33-28 win over visiting Harford Tech (13-3), but the Cobras' got victories from state runners-up Mike Long (130) and Matt Kahl (145), the latter, 4-3, over Latra Collick.
Sun reporters Glenn Graham, Lem Satterfield and Pat O'Malley contributed to this article.