Archbishop Curley coach Gregg Kessler watched his seventh-ranked Friars wrestling team edge No. 10 Hereford and No. 11 Owings Mills to win the Franklin Invitational yesterday. But Kessler had a little more fun in this tournament than in most.
The reason: Kessler was a four-time state champion at Owings Mills in the early 1990s and got a rare chance to compete against his old coach, Guy Pritzker, who won his 400th match last week. Kessler is in his third year as a coach at Curley, and his team earned three individual titles and one second-place finish to score 201.5 points, beating Hereford (196.5), Owings Mills (169) and Mountain View (169).
"I love having Guy at the same tournament," Kessler said with a smile. "He's still my coach, and I still learn from him."
Pritzker and Kessler clearly have fun when they coach against each other, throwing jokes back and forth during matches and keeping things light.
"It's so much fun coaching against Gregg," Pritzker said. "He brings a good sense of humor and great coaching to a match. I'm so proud of him."
Curley got individual titles from Vince Scarinzi (103 pounds), Ali Saadulaev (145) and heavyweight Tony Powell, all by decisions. Brett Przywara (119) took second, losing a tough 4-2 decision to Avi Friedman of Owings Mills.
Hereford made it interesting, getting championships from David Fouts (152), Ian Thompson (160) and Taylor Gload (189). Friedman was the lone Owings Mills champion. The Eagles got second-place finishes from Kevin Dufour (112) and Abe Tadros (215).
North Carroll was the only other local team to gain two championships, thanks to Mason Goretsas (125) and Kyle Lemmon (135). Lemmon and Clarence Gould of Northwestern were tied at 3 in a match that went to three overtimes before the North Carroll wrestler pulled out an 8-3 decision.
Francis Scott Key's Shawn Eyler (112), Milford Mill's Adeleke Ibironke (130) and Glen Burnie's Doug Spear (140) were the other local winners.
Jericho Christian Academy 59, No. 4 Seton Keough 57: : The visiting Gators (13-6) were leading by four with 1:27 left in the game before committing three turnovers as the Lions tied the score with three seconds left and won the game at the foul line.
Seton Keough had a five-point lead at halftime.
Asya Bussie and Amber Singletary each finished with 15 points for the Gators.
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.