A double-overtime escape lifted Atholton junior Ryan Conroy to a 2-1 victory over Poolesville senior Roger Torres in a 145-pound battle of fourth-place state finishers at yesterday's Class 2A-1A South Regional at Glenelg High.
Torres entered at 35-0 with 130 career wins. Conroy (31-2), whose teammate, Robbie Eloshway (103), joined him as a champion, now looks to next weekend's state 2A-1A tournament at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House, where his class will be one of the toughest. It includes Hereford state champ Josh Asper, Harford Tech state runner-up Matt Kahl and Lansdowne third-place state finisher Jerry Lipsomb. Kahl and Lipscomb beat Torres at last year's states.
Two-time state champ Vince Taweel (140), Devon Gillett (112), Eric Yee (130) and Ryan McKevitt (152) won titles to pace No. 4 Hammond to the team title. Runner-up Oakland Mills crowned Jeremy Askew (171) and Kevin Klink (189), with the latter winning, 6-4, over Hammond's Steve Sessa, who pinned Klink in last week's Howard County final.
Also winning were Glenelg's Bichner brothers, Dan (119) and Matt (160), along with teammate Chris Stinnett (125).
Counting on its depth in a deep region, Old Mill survived the Class 4A-3A East, out-pointing runner-up Broadneck, 126.5-112, with Arundel giving Anne Arundel County a 1-2-3 finish by scoring 99 points.
Greg Saumenig won the 112-pound class, Justin Sobleskie won at 140 and The Patriots qualified seven wrestlers for next weekend's state tournament at College Park.
Leading Arundel's effort was 125-pounder Justin Bowser, who became the second wrestler in Anne Arundel to claim four county and region crowns. The senior came away with a 10-1 major decision over Old Mill's Dallas Evans in a rematch of last weekend's county final.
North County 160-pounder Tyler Sheldon pulled off the biggest upset. Seeded third, Sheldon pinned River Hill's top-seeded standout Alex Angelidis in the semifinal round and then upset Severna Park's second-seeded Tom Massie by decision in the final.
River Hill, which got titles from 103-pounder Nathan White, 152-pounder Taylor Green and heavyweight B.J. Benning -- a 2-1 overtime upset over Old Mill's Justin Faithful -- took fourth with 91 points.
Advancing 10 wrestlers to the 4A-3A state tournament, North Carroll ran away with the 4A-3A North region yesterday at Woodlawn as the Panthers crowned six individual titlists.
Champions Jeremy Seipp (103 pounds; 31-3 record), Josh Trainer (112, 30-3), Tom Goretsas (125, 31-4), Tyler Macleod (140, 33-3), Zach Forbes (145, 25-8) and Nathan Shaffer (215, 13-9) helped North Carroll (213.5 points) beat second-place Woodlawn (110) by more than 100 points.
Woodlawn claimed four individual champions: Justin Wildy (130, 21-7), Charles West (152, 28-3), Jariel Waters (160, 23-3), and Alex Harper (heavyweight, 11-1).
Other individual champs were: Linganore's Casey Marwine (119, 28-2), Dulaney's Matt Jacobs (135, 32-3), Urbana's Kevin Pemo (171, 19-11) and Parkville's Razzaq Muhammed (189, 26-1).
State champ Josh Asper (145), Jeremy Keil (112) and Andy McLean (135) all won titles as No. 5 Hereford dethroned Owings Mills, 214.5-196.5, at Poly. Bobby Fouts (152) and Eric Keil (160) were second, David Fouts (125), Steve Keil (130) and Louis Stiffler (275) were third, with Shaun Reider (140), Ray Willette (171) and Anthony Shabdach (215) were fourth as Hereford sends a school-record 11 wrestlers to next weekend's state tournament.
Jeremy Keil (29-4) pinned Owings Mills' Cody Rosen-Stone (28-2) in 2:15, evening their series at two wins each. Owings Mills crowned Tony Mack (130) and Kyle Burke (275) and Ben McCree (160). Mack (33-1) has 20 pins and five technical falls, and McCree (34-0), 30 pins.
Other champs were Milford Mill's Terrence Owens (119) and Miguel Davis (189); Eastern Tech's John Mullinix (152) and Ryan Andrzejewski (171); Sparrows Point's Evan Pritchett (215); Pikesville's Ben Barker (103); Loch Raven's Frank Goldsmith (125); and Poly's Sammy Johnson (140).
Crit Jennings (140) and Eddie Digman (275) were first, Steve Pedigo (135) and state champ Brandon Gervie (189) were second, and Nick Fenn (171) third as Liberty placed third behind Frederick County's Walkersville and Southern of Garrett County.
Gervie (39-1) was upended, 3-1, in overtime by Francis Scott Key's Luke Schuster, ending his 75-bout winning streak. Gervie is 5-1 against Schuster, whom he has pinned three times.
Other titlists were Francis Scott Key's Reuben Gill (119) and Winters Mill's Dan Sharkey (145), with runners-up in South Carroll's Tyler Mullen (152) and L.P. Schoonmaker (171); Winters Mill's Jake Pennington (103) and Dave Menasche (160); and Century's Alex Grassi (119).
Two-time state runner-up Mike Long (130), state runner-up Matt Kahl (145) and fourth-place state finisher Mark Taylor (112) won titles, Eric Haskell (125), Ryan Overstreet (135), Jonathan Woods (152) and Jeff Gardner (171) were second, and Matt Oates (119), third as Harford Tech edged runner-up Stephen Decatur by two points.