Three champs guide Glenelg to 1st title

The Baltimore Sun

COLLEGE PARK -- The heartbreak for Glenelg lasted an entire year after losing three individual state title matches last season, coach Scott Delpo said.

The Gladiators, however, set a goal to avenge those losses, and they came roaring back with five wrestlers in the Class 2A-1A state finals yesterday at the University of Maryland.

Danny Bichner, Chris Stinnett and Tim Chase each took home crowns, and Glenelg won its first team title with 134.5 points, well ahead of second place Southern-Garrett (105).

"We did not want to walk away like last year when it looked like we were leaving a funeral. We wanted to win this tournament," Delpo said. "We said to the seniors, 'You don't want to lose your last tournament. You'll feel it for the rest of your lives.' "

Bichner locked down James Reilley of Smithsburg at 135 pounds for a 5-2 victory. Bichner, a two-time state runner-up, was one of the three Gladiators who fell short in a title match last year.

"The reason why you wrestle is to win that state championship," Bichner said. "It feels great to finally get one."

In the next match, Stinnett became the Gladiators' second state champion of the day with a victory over Pete Miljevic of Perryville. Stinnett also was a runner-up last season and led 11-4 before finishing with an 11-7 victory.

Chase later rounded out Glenelg's day with a 6-3 victory over Andy Ganoe of Northern-Garrett at 152. Chase has been offered a scholarship to wrestle at the Virginia Military Institute next season.

South Carroll also had three state champions and finished fourth overall.

Cam Hobin beat Brendan Conway of Glenelg, 8-1, at 119; Zac Stavish knocked off defending champion Tony Mack of Owings Mills, 3-1, at 160; and Tyler Mullen earned a 9-6 victory over Brandon Johnson of Middletown at 171.

At 103, Avi Friedman of Owings Mills finished the season 37-0 after pinning Cameron Kirby of River Hill in 2:46.

"This is the first time he has actually weighed what the weight class has been," Owings Mills coach Guy Pritzker said. "He has always been underweight. Last year, he wrestled at 103 and he only weighed 94 or 95 pounds. He has always been better than a lot of kids at his weight; he has just been smaller."

Scott Mantua became a two-time state champ for River Hill at 112 with an 8-4 victory over Lex Ozias of Southern-Garrett. It was Ozias' only loss of the season.

At 125, George Scheffel of Southern-Garrett knocked off Brian Marcoux of Glenelg, 3-2, in triple overtime. It was the second consecutive state championship for Scheffel and the second consecutive runner-up finish for Marcoux.

Lester Andrews of Mardela successfully defended his state crown by beating River Hill's Nathan White, 6-3, at 130.

At 215, Noah DeVore of Mountain Ridge beat Hammond's Mitch Cowger, 3-1. And in the final match, Joe Waters of Wicomico beat Oakland Mills' Mike Santiago, 6-2, for the 285-pound title.

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