Six area wrestlers finished second at the National Prep Wrestling Tournament at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa., yesterday. Among them was St. Paul's freshman Eric Friedman at 103 pounds, who lost in overtime in his first national final, and Mount St. Joseph senior Curtis Holmes, who lost in sudden death after five overtime periods failed to decide his 145-pound match.
"Curtis lost in a rideout," McDonogh coach Pete Welch said of the 2-1 match that went to Justin Martinez of Wyoming Seminary. "They finished the overtime periods tied, and then the guy who scored first gets to decide where he wants to start. If he picks bottom, which Curtis did, then he has 30 seconds to escape. If he doesn't, the other wrestler is awarded the point.
"Time ran out just as Curtis was about to break free. It was disappointing for him, but those two kids know each other so well, they've split four or five matches in their careers, they both showed great sportsmanship."
Mount St. Joseph finished fourth in the team standings and McDonogh was fifth. Archbishop Spalding was 11th, Archbishop Curley 17th and St. Paul's 21st.
Friedman lost, 5-1, to Mark Grey of Blair Academy, and his teammate Pete Galli, also a freshman, finished fourth. On the bus ride home, St. Paul's coach Jay Braunstein said there was nothing being talked about but the great season the team had had, winning the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, and then finishing 21st among 123 schools in the national competition.
"We had six kids from Maryland finish runner-up," Braunstein said. "It was so exciting. Fans for Mount St. Joe and St. Paul's were sitting in the same section, and everyone cheered for each other. The schools from Baltimore had a great tournament."
Mount St. Joseph's Frankie Goodwin pinned Archbishop Curley's Brett Przywara in 3:27 to reach the 119 final, where he lost, 7-1, to Sean Boyle of Blair Academy.
Mount St. Joseph teammate Karl Green lost, 6-5, in the 285-pound final to Wyoming Seminary's Mike McMullan; McDonogh's Shane Milam (171) was pinned by Blair Academy's Ed Ruth in 2:25; and McDonogh's Alex Pagnotta (189) also lost a close decision, 8-5, to Max Huntley of Blair.
Anne Arundel County: : No. 3 Old Mill needed a dramatic late rally to win the Class 4A-3A dual-meet state title last weekend, but the Patriots didn't have any problems in taking a third consecutive Anne Arundel County tournament title last night at Broadneck.
The Patriots finished with five individual champions as they clinched the team title long before the final round began, easily beating South River, 237-134. Old Mill coach Dan Youngblood wanted to make sure his team didn't have a letdown after such an emotional victory last week.
"We didn't want to come out flat here," Youngblood said. "We made sure that we stayed focused on the goal all week."
Old Mill put eight wrestlers in the finals. The Patriots had all 14 of their wrestlers in the consolation finals or the championship round.
Ron Vaughters (135) and Patrick Mahoney (145) were the first two, followed by twins Thomas Sillaman (160) and Michael Sillaman (171), with heavyweight Aaron Hawkins ending the night with his second straight county title. Vaughters also was a repeat winner.
Logan Reece (Arundel, 103), Ben Ward (South River, 112), Houston Zemanski (Broadneck, 119), Joe Kidwell (Arundel, 125), Brady Massaro (Severna Park, 130), Doug Spear (Glen Burnie, 140), Joe Gebronsky (North County, 152), Pat Carey (North County, 189) and Mwanza Walamulumba (Meade, 215) were the other champions.
Baltimore County: : Hereford kept its eyes on the prize at the Baltimore County championships yesterday at New Town and despite being two wrestlers short of a full team won the title for the third time in four years.
With two Bulls, David Fouts (152) and Taylor Gload (215), winning titles and 11 of the team's 12 wrestlers placing - eight of them among the top three - Hereford beat Owings Mills, 203-182.5. Milford Mill, last season's champion, was third with 137 points.
"We're getting better and better," Hereford coach Ron Causey said. "We willed ourselves, wrestled with conviction as a team to make up for two missing weight classes.
"Fouts used his experience to win the title, 4-1, and Taylor was dominating. He's a monster. I was working with him in practice and he threw me to the mat. I got up with a fractured rib, torn muscle and bruised kidney. And he's just a junior."
Gload won a 9-0 major decision in his match against Abe Tadros of Owings Mills and said afterward that he dominated mostly on instinct.
"Last year I couldn't wrestle because I was out with a concussion," Gload said. "This time, I was nervous - I'm always nervous - but this is very satisfying."
Howard County: : Scott Mantua (112), Nathan White (140), Scott Trench (171) and Jake Pace (215) captured individual titles in leading River Hill to the Howard County championship last night at Marriotts Ridge.
River Hill (193.5) was followed by Reservoir (173), Hammond (164.5) and Oakland Mills (153).