The Bel Air wrestling team's goal was to defeat Rising Sun this season, and the Bobcats got their wish at last weekend's Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference tournament.
Rising Sun had beaten Bel Air last month and clinched the regular-season title, but the Bobcats earned some revenge in last weekend's UCBAC tournament in Aberdeen. Bel Air captured four individual titles and edged defending champion Rising Sun, 247-232.5.
Bel Air earned four individual championships. Sean Ellenby (125 pounds), Zach Keller (135), Matt Cross (152) and Everett Wittstadt (215) all took first place to give Bel Air its first UCBAC team title.
Bel Air last won a team title in the Harford County tournament in 2000.
The Bobcats were hoping to find more success in yesterday's regional wrestling tournament. The question will be how many wrestlers they can qualify for this weekend's state tournament at the University of Maryland.
Fallston swimming -- The Cougars won a second straight state swimming championship last Monday, taking the boys' Class 3A-2A-1A title at the University of Maryland. Fallston won the Class 4A-3A championship last year, and its seniors ended a perfect career, having never lost a meet during their four-year run. They finished with 341.5 points to easily take the title, beating out Annapolis (209) and Havre de Grace (169). "It was something that we wanted and worked for," Fallston co-coach Sheri Huppenthal said. "I was kind of nervous because our senior boys had never lost ... during their whole careers, and they wanted to go out not losing one." They did just that. Jack Gottschalk, Bradley Huppenthal and Paul Zoli led the way. Gottschalk won the 50- and 500-yard freestyle races. Huppenthal took second in the 100 butterfly and third in the 200 individual medley, while Zoli won the 200 freestyle and finished second in the 100 freestyle. Zoli, Huppenthal, Gottschalk and Mark Ledford combined to win the 400 freestyle relay. Nick Tomechko, Jamie Hicks, Huppenthal and Gottschalk swam on the victorious 200 medley relay team. Tomechko also took fourth in the 100 backstroke and seventh in the 200 IM, finishing an emotional senior season in which he came back after being seriously injured in a car accident in September. The Fallston girls finished in fourth place with 173 points, eight behind runner-up Frederick. Middletown won the team title with 230.5. Emily Wagner led the Cougars with a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke and third-place finish in the 200 IM. The Fallston girls had won the Harford County and regional titles.
Havre de Grace swimming -- The Havre de Grace boys took third place in the state meet despite having only six swimmers. The Warriors finished with 169 points, edging Middletown (168.5) and North Harford (165.5). Jeff Riley (second in 100 backstroke, third in 100 freestyle), his brother, Tom (fourth in 500 freestyle, sixth in 100 breaststroke) and Tommy Phelan (fifth in 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly) played big roles in the third-place finish. That same trio combined with Ryan Callaghan to finish second in the 200 medley relay and fourth in the 400 freestyle relay. Those two strong performances proved crucial since relays are scored with twice as many points as individual races.
Basketball playoffs -- The Havre de Grace boys enter the regional playoffs as the county's only top-seeded team, getting the No. 1 spot in Class 1A South. The Warriors finished with a 13-9 l record, and ended up second in the UCBAC Susquehanna Division. Havre de Grace will host the Harford Tech-Perryville winner tomorrow night. Aberdeen's boys tied Long Reach for the top seed in the Class 3A East region, but the Howard County school won a coin flip and took the No. 1 spot. The Eagles were awarded the No. 2 spot and a first-round bye. The regional tournaments will be played throughout this week, with the regional finals scheduled for Friday and Saturday.