Eagles survive nail-biter with Sparrows Point, post six champs


by Billy Loverocket

The differences in the Owings Mills wrestling team (No. 13 in the Maryland state rankings) and No. 12 Sparrows Point’s squad were as slim as the rankings and team scores indicated that this weekend.

On Saturday evening at New Town High School, Owings Mills laid claim to the Baltimore County Tournament title under first year head coach Ryan Mackin by just two points, 207.5-205.5. The Eagles had the win secured when the Point’s Lexx Carr lost in the 195lb title bout.

That result emphasizes the starkest difference in the teams, both had nine placers, both had six in the finals, but the edge was gained by what happened in the gold medal round. The Eagles went six-for-six, while the Point could only crown one champion.

“What can I say?” Mackin said. “Any tournament you go to you’re going to be let down and wish someone had the opportunity to make the podium who didn’t.  Overall though I’m not only happy, I’m impressed. The ones put in the position to step up, stepped up big time. What an amazing finals, to say I’m proud of them is an understatement.
“I think I was realistic headed into the team race but knew, at least mathematically, we still had a pulse. A few times this year I’ve pulled the team, or part of the team, aside to give them a pep talk. Generally I’ve done these when the stakes are high or the odds are stacked against us and the guys have done a great job responding. I figured if there was ever a time these guys need a pep talk, it’s now. I planned to pull the six finalists aside and give them the speech of a lifetime. Then….. I forgot. I heard an announcement that they had a new batch of hotdogs at the concession stands so I went over there, got caught up in a conversation and before I knew it the finals were starting.”
“The guys knew what was on the line though and stepped up,” Mackin continued. “Two months ago they would have needed someone to stress the importance of the moment but they’ve grown so much. They had their game faces on and were ready to go. It makes me proud of their growth. I also never got the hotdog, in case you were wondering because I got distracted by the conversation I got wrapped up in. Attention to detail has never been my strong suit.”

Reaching the top of the podium for Owings Mills were, No. 9 Damen Tiller (106), No. 4 Alex Dufour (113), No. 1 Phil Smith (138), No.11 Machiavelli Amaya (145), No. 1 Roell Ngounou (160), and No. 9 Diondre Space (182).

Dufour, a defending 2A/1A state champion, rang up a major-decision over No. 22 Wayne Brooks (Sparrows Point), 12-2, for his second county championship. Joining him as a two-time champ is Ngounou, who pinned Jake Lure (Sparrows Point), 4:36.

The Eagles other defending state champion, Smith, grabbed his third Baltimore County wall chart after pinning Milford Mill’s Jabias Barr, 3:18.

At 145, Amaya won one of the deepest weights of the tournament. In the finals, Amaya rolled to a 10-1 major-decision over No. 24 Daylon Duncan (Kenwood). To reach the finals, the Eagle edged the Point’s Mike Fouts (No. 13), 2-1. Duncan pulled off an upset on the others side of the bracket when he downed No. 18 Deontae Frederick (Catonsville), 9-8.

Placing fourth for Owings Mills were Dre’yon Eure (132) and Daniel Olorundare (220). Chris Barnes was injured and fell to sixth at 126.

Sparrows Point’s lone grappler to gain superiority in his weight was No. 25 Danny Davis with a 6-2 win over Lansdowne’s Jacob Lipscomb at 132lbs.

Finishing second for the Point were, Brooks, Matt Fouts (126), Lure, Jake Rallo (170) and Carr. Finishing in the bronze spot were Richard Davis (126), Mike Fouts and Drew Gorsuch (182).

Hereford’s Jimmy Kells (No. 4) won his second county crown, making quick work of Rallo in 35 seconds at 170. Those points helped lead the Bulls to a third-place finish with 153 points.

Hereford saw eight guys hit the awards stand, but the lack of finalists kept them from the top of the standings. Jack Amos (113), Nick Moore (195) and Josh Goodwin (285) were bronze winners. Noah Traband placed fourth at 106. Jack Wickiser landed fifth at 132, and settling for sixth were Morgan Vandergrift (120) and Zack Zaruba (152).

The rest of the finals docket was a star-studded affair with state ranked wrestlers in every weight.
The biggest showdown unfolded at 220lbs with Western Tech’s state runner-up, Ike Kalu (No. 2) squaring off with two-time state placer No. 4 Elijah Solomon (Franklin). Solomon would win this clash of the titans in overtime, 3-1, to lay claim to his third Baltimore County gold.

No. 14 Antonio DeShields (Woodlawn) held true to his state ranking when he got past No. 16 Carr, 3-1, in the 195lb final. Another Point wrestler came out on the wrong end of marquee matchup when No. 15 Marquis Kemp (Loch Raven) staked claim to the 120lb crown with an ultimate tie-breaker win over No. 18 Matt Fouts, 4-3.

Dulaney’s Sam Bloch (No. 18) authored a mild upset in the 152lb final, sliding by No. 16 Joel Turner-Rogers (Woodlawn), 7-6. No. 12 Demetrius Daniels climbed to the top of the heavyweight stand with a 5-2 win over No. 24 Nick Schiefelbein (Dulaney).

At 126lbs, Eastern Tech’s Ryan Wagener (No. 3) added county title number three to his resume. The returning state runner-up pinned Overlea’s Jerome Vonziah in just over a minute, 1:06.

“I guess this team accomplishing so much my first year as head coach is a cool experience but my title doesn’t really matter,” added Mackin. “I’ve been coaching for a long time and the emotional investment with the kids feels the same no matter what my role is. We walked out with a team trophy, and I’m really happy for everyone.

“However, plaques or trophies are tangibles and can be replaced. The feeling of Damen Tiller running across the mat and hugging me after winning a county championship, after knowing all that kid has been through. Or seeing Daniel O (Olorundare) receiving a fourth place medal and starting to cry because of how proud he is. Those are the types of experiences I really value. My title means very little in the big picture.”

Team Scores (Top 15)
1. Owings Mills 207.5
2. Sparrows Point 205.5
3. Hereford 153
4. Woodlawn 115
5. Dulaney 112.5
6. Eastern Teach 100
7. Lansdowne 97.5
8. Western Tech 87.5
9. Franklin 72
10. Catonsville 69
11. Kenwood 66
12. Milford Mill 62
13. New Town 61
14. Parkville 54
15. Loch Raven 53

106
1st Place Match
Damen Tiller (Owings Mills) 25-2, Jr. over Riley Bozeman (Lansdowne) 26-5, So. (Dec 1-0)
3rd Place Match
Matt Haines (Eastern Tech) 31-7, Jr. over Noah Traband (Hereford) 28-10, Sr. (Dec 2-0)
5th Place Match
Brandon Katz (Dundalk) 25-12, Fr. over Erik Langley (Parkville) 20-13, Fr. (Fall 4:09)

113
1st Place Match
Alex DuFour (Owings Mills) 31-4, Jr. over Wayne Brooks (Sparrows Point) 37-2, Fr. (MD 12-2)
3rd Place Match
Jack Amos (Hereford) 28-10, Sr. over Darren Brown (Western Tech) 13-11, Sr. (Fall 0:58)
5th Place Match
London Brown (New Town) 28-8, Sr. over Philip Bramucci (Dulaney) 25-6, Sr. (Inj. 0:00)

120
1st Place Match
Marquis Kemp (Loch Raven) 38-1, Sr. over Matt Fouts (Sparrows Point) 12-1, Jr. (UTB 4-3)
3rd Place Match
Henry Friskey (Overlea) 25-6, So. over Connor Meadows (Perry Hall) 25-9, So. (Fall 2:42)
5th Place Match
Phil Canty (New Town) 19-9, Sr. over Morgan Vandergrift (Hereford) 32-7, Fr. (Inj. 0:00)

126
1st Place Match
Ryan Wagner (Eastern Tech) 34-1, Sr. over Jerome Vonziah (Overlea) 25-4, Jr. (Fall 1:06)
3rd Place Match
Richard Davis (Sparrows Point) 40-4, So. over Jamal Everette (Franklin) 34-8, So. (MD 12-0)
5th Place Match
Clayton McAlister (Dundalk) 26-10, Sr. over Chris Barnes (Owings Mills) 5-3, Sr. (For.)

132
1st Place Match
Danny Davis (Sparrows Point) 27-5, Sr. over Jacob Lipscomb (Lansdowne) 22-4, Jr. (Dec 6-2)
3rd Place Match
Sam Ganas (Towson) 30-6, Sr. over Dre`yon Eure (Owings Mills) 26-6, Sr. (MD 12-4)
5th Place Match
Jack Wickiser (Hereford) 20-18, Jr. over Christian Logan (Pikesville) 19-8, So. (MD 12-4)

138
1st Place Match
Phil Smith (Owings Mills) 27-0, Jr. over Jabias Barr (Milford Mill) 26-3, Sr. (Fall 3:18)
3rd Place Match
Osman Sheriff (Western Tech) 20-11, Sr. over Payton Collins (Lansdowne) 23-11, Sr. (Dec 5-3)
5th Place Match
Antonio Chance (Loch Raven) 36-6, Sr. over James Fitzsimmons (Dulaney) 22-16, Fr. (Dec 8-7)

145
1st Place Match
Machiavelli Amaya (Owings Mills) 34-5, Sr. over Daylon Duncan (Kenwood) 41-3, Jr. (MD 10-1)
3rd Place Match
Mike Fouts (Sparrows Point) 36-3, Sr. over Deontae Frederick (Catonsville) 31-6, Sr. (Dec 11-4)
5th Place Match
Justin Jackson (Carver A&T) 23-13, Jr. over Sam Mensuphu-Bey (New Town) 17-5, Sr. (Fall 3:30)

152
1st Place Match
Sam Bloch (Dulaney) 27-2, Sr. over Joel Turner-Rogers (Woodlawn) 31-1, Sr. (Dec 7-6)
3rd Place Match
Ethan Lazarek (Eastern Tech) 5-1, Sr. over Darius Riley (Kenwood) 17-17, Sr. (Fall 4:13)
5th Place Match
Kyree Gregory (New Town) 19-8, Jr. over Zack Zaruba (Hereford) 17-16, Jr. (Inj. 0:00)

160
1st Place Match
Roell Ngounou (Owings Mills) 26-2, Sr. over Jake Lure (Sparrows Point) 27-14, Jr. (Fall 4:36)
3rd Place Match
Vincent Caldwell (Loch Raven) 33-7, Sr. over Noah Dow (Dulaney) 30-8, So. (Fall 2:54)
5th Place Match
Michael Bowers (Catonsville) 25-16, Jr. over Joseph Young (Perry Hall) 27-12, So. (Inj. 1:00)

170
1st Place Match
Jimmy Kells (Hereford) 32-1, Sr. over Jake Rallo (Sparrows Point) 36-6, So. (Fall 0:35)
3rd Place Match
Zavion Woodard (Dulaney) 24-9, Fr. over Theirno Cherif (Woodlawn) 29-6, Sr. (Fall 2:15)
5th Place Match
Anoin`te DeWitt (Catonsville) 25-10, Sr. over Anthony Sekulow (Parkville) 13-11, Jr. (Dec 4-2)

182
1st Place Match
Diondre Space (Owings Mills) 33-3, Sr. over Justyn Briscoe (Woodlawn) 18-1, Fr. (Dec 5-1)
3rd Place Match
Drew Gorsuch (Sparrows Point) 37-3, Sr. over Taemar Rollins (Carver A&T) 28-9, Jr. (Dec 9-7)
5th Place Match
Alfred Murdock (Western Tech) 29-9, So. over Charles Huntley III (Kenwood) 28-10, So. (Fall 3:43)

195
1st Place Match
Antonio Deshields (Woodlawn) 32-1, Sr. over Lexx Carr (Sparrows Point) 14-1, Jr. (Dec 3-1)
3rd Place Match
Nick Moore (Hereford) 15-7, Sr. over Chiedu Chika (Franklin) 28-6, Jr. (Fall 1:48)
5th Place Match
Perryn Publico (Eastern Tech) 24-14, Jr. over Kevin Aguilar (Kenwood) 29-11, Sr. (Dec 6-2)

220
1st Place Match
Elijah Solomon (Franklin) 37-1, Sr. over Ike Kalu (Western Tech) 27-1, Sr. (OT 3-1)
3rd Place Match
Brandon Nguyen (Lansdowne) 24-5, Sr. over Daniel Olorundare (Owings Mills) 22-9, Jr. (UTB 3-2)
5th Place Match
Jodan Morant (Milford Mill) 25-10, Jr. over Will Kelly (Dundalk) 22-14, Sr. (Dec 11-8)

285
1st Place Match
Demetrius Daniels (Parkville) 30-2, Sr. over Nick Schiefelbein (Dulaney) 32-5, So. (Dec 5-2)
3rd Place Match
Josh Goodwin (Hereford) 29-7, Sr. over Brian Nguyen (Lansdowne) 25-10, Sr. (Fall 4:48)
5th Place Match
Angel Figueroa (Milford Mill) 19-11, So. over Ahmad Thompson (Woodlawn) 17-13, Jr. (Fall 3:59)