No. 5 South Carroll wins 2nd straight 2A-1A title in Cole farewell
By Mike Frainie
For The Baltimore Sun|
Mar 11, 2015 at 2:03 PM
COLLEGE PARK — Monday night's state wrestling tournament brought down the curtain on Cole Field House. It also brought a state championship for one local team.
The championship came down to the next to last match, when South Carroll's Tim Null won the title with a 5-3 victory over Oakdale's Kyle McDonald at 113 pounds. No. 5 South Carroll finished with 123 1/2 points to win its second consecutive Class 2A-1A title.
"It was a great team effort," Cavaliers coach Bryan Hamper said. "We brought six wrestlers, and all six of them placed. You really can't ask for anymore than that.
No. 4 Oakland Mills finished second in 2A-1A with 114 points.
Damascus won the 4A-3A title with 146 points, besting North Hagerstown (122) and No. 6 River Hill (96).
The tournament was the final event to be held in Cole Field House before it is closed and renovated into an indoor practice facility for the Maryland football team.
In the 4A-3A tournament, River Hill's Matt Shealy opened the evening by breaking up a 2-2 tie entering the third period and nearly pinning No. 15 Arundel's Nathan Gainey, but instead settled for a 5-3 decision.
At 132 pounds, Digital Harbor's D'Andre Reed used a reversal late in the match to pull out a 6-5 win over North Hagerstown's Hunter Faith.
Centennial's Austin Kraisser won his second consecutive state title, dominating Leonardtown's Andrew Lee, 21-4, at 152 pounds.
Meade's Travis Chibede followed Kraisser's win with a victory of his own, decisioning Old Mill's Cody Hertz, 8-3 at 160 pounds. It was also Chibede's second state title.
Anne Arundel County recorded another state titlist when Paul Kalafos scored a takedown in the closing seconds of regulation to tie his match, and then another in overtime to defeat Damascus' Owen Brooks, 9-7 at 170 pounds.
At 285 pounds, Annapolis' Drecon Hudson pinned North Hagerstown's Arron Dopson 3:27 into their match to give the Panthers a state titlist.
In Class 2A-1A, Oakland Mills' Jaron Smith won his second straight state title and dominated Mountain Ridge's Austin Clark before pinning him 1:49 into their match at 182 pounds.
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"It took a lot of hard work to get back to this point," said Smith. "Championships are won in the off season, and that hard work paid off. I just opened up on him until I caught him in a power half and pinned him."
In the next match at 170 pounds, Smith's teammate Sidique Furet won his first state title, breaking up a tight match late and decisioning Catoctin's Kevin Simmell, 4-1.
In the evening's most exciting match, North Carroll's Owen Rill trailed Northern-Garrett's Justin Opel, 2-1 with about 45 seconds left. Rill managed to turn Opel onto his back, and pinned him with 30 seconds left.
"It's indescribable," said Rill of his win. "I lost to him 3-0 in the regionals, and I pushed myself for this. I've been practicing that cradle, and it worked at just the right time."
South Carroll's Jamar Williams pulled out a tough win in overtime, defeating Oakdale's Logan McKoy, 4-2. His teammate, Joey Thomas won the 106 title with a 7-1 decision over Oakland Mill's Kyle Farace at 106.