Owings Mills’ Alex Dufour and Phil Smith win fourth region crowns in 2A/1A action


by Billy Loverocket

The expectation on Saturday afternoon at Overlea High School was a couple of four-time region champs would be crowned and Owings Mills’ Alex Dufour and Phil Smith (both No.1 in the state’s 2A/1A rankings by BillyB’s Wrestling World) did not disappoint.

At 113, Dufour replicated his Baltimore County title bout result with Lansdowne’s No. 3 Riley Bozeman, pitching another 7-0 shutout. Dufour and Smith will be in search of their third consecutive state titles next weekend at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.

“To me, I feel like it (being region champ) sets me up better for states,” said Dufour. “It feels good to win it four times. We wrestled last weekend, so we kind of felt each other out. I wanted to try and win by more, but it was the same score as last week. I feel like I picked up the tempo more this time around and I plan to pick up the tempo more coming into next weekend.”

Four time champion Phil Smith of Owings Mills works from the top.

Smith’s fourth title was won in showmanship fashion, he and his opponent, Kendrick Emani (Sparrows Point), arranged to do simultaneous flips shortly into their 152lb title match. The crowd enjoyed the moment as laughter and smiling faces filled the gym.

Then the business of the match unfolded, and it became obvious to Emani quickly there would be no Hollywood ending added to the lore of their previous antics. The Eagle rolled to a 19-4 technical fall unloading a full arsenal on the Pointer. His freshman title was a 4A/3A North version while he was at Franklin.

“It’s pretty fun,” Smith said. “I wanted to come out there and dominate the match but also have fun in the match. Winning the fourth title was a good experience. It took a lot of commitment, a lot of hard work, grinding every day, practicing seven days a week, and it paid off.”

Despite that setback, the day had its share of good vibes for Sparrows Point as their three champions paced the field.

No. 1 Lexx Carr (195) made his second trip to the top of the region podium with a commanding 9-0 major-decision over No.4 Patrick Ford (Dunbar), which was also win No.100 for the senior. Carr has wins over the number three through five guys in the 2A/1A rankings.

Carr downed No. 3 Alfred Murdock (Western Tech) in the Baltimore County finals last week, No.5 Connor Morton (Patterson Mill) in a dual meet, and now Ford.

“I’m actually pretty excited,” Carr added. “But I’m really tired right now, not gonna lie. The whole week off for my knee hurt my conditioning. I’m excited for next weekend, for states, so I can show everybody, prove them all wrong. I actually don’t like that (being No.1 going into states). I like to be the underdog. I like to fight. I’m just going to go in levelheaded, give them what I ‘ve got to give them. If I walk out with a title, I walk out on top.”

No. 5 Jake Rallo was pushed to the edge in his 170lb title bout with New Town’s No.6 Zavion Woodard. The junior needed some late magic to pull out a one-point win, 7-6. Rallo won the county final 4-2 over Woodard last week and pinned the sophomore in a dual meet.

Sparrows Point’s Jake Ralo added a regional title to his outstanding season.

“I think it’s good (winning a region crown),” said Rallo. “(When things were getting tight) I said I have to change what I’m doing, change how I wrestle. I set up differently and came at him with a different plan.”

No.4 Luke Hoenig (138) scored his first taste of region supremacy with an overtime takedown in the first frame to get by Overlea’s Jerome Vonziah (No. 5), 4-2.

Hereford got in on the title chase for Baltimore County too, taking two wall charts back north with them. No.6 Owen Bell (106) came up short in his first two encounters with Sparrows Point’s No.7 Dominic Ambrosino. The Bull gained the upper hand in the county finals winning 2-1. The freshman put a 4-2 victory in the region records.

“I wanted to pretty much do the same thing (as last week),” Bell continued. “(I wanted to) have the same mind set. That’s what I thought about, and it worked. I thought about last week and how happy I was after beating him. (I) put that in my head when I went out there and I just kind of did it. Winning regions is pretty cool but I still have a ways to go.”

Teammate Morgan Vandergrift (No.6 at 120) turned around last week’s county final loss to the Point’s No.5 Wayne Brooks, 6-4. This time, edging his rival by one, 8-7.

“I needed to do something new,” Vandergrift relayed. “I had to basically go in there and give it my all. This week I went with the coaches and reviewed some of the video, saw some things I needed to work on to get ready for this match and that was pretty much it. (This)feels pretty good, it feels great actually.”

Lansdowne kept two more titles in the county realms as No. 8 Jacob Lipscomb captured the top spot at 126, blanking Dunbar’s Dominic Williamson, 6-0. No. 7 Kyree Briscoe used a fall (3:33) over Owings Mills’ Azeez Oingbango for his win. Both grapplers won county titles a week ago.

Overlea’s No. 7 Jarius Cannon secured a wall chart for the hosts planting Sparrows Point’s Jake Lure at the 2:43 mark of the second period for his second straight title.

Dunbar did Baltimore City proud with two champions, No.2 Camerin Deville (132) and No.2 Dion Crews-Harris (285). Crews-Harris decked Milford Mill’s No. 8 Angel Figuerora 29 seconds into the second period, 2:29, for his championship.

Deville was featured in the marquee bout of the final round with No.3 Amondre Wooden (Owings Mills). The match played out at the expected high pace, the action essentially non-stop. Deville’s frantic style eventually overwhelmed the stud freshman. When the dust settled, a third region crown awaited the junior after posting 13-5 major-decision.

“The thing I was thinking was, just keep the pressure on him,” Deville elaborated. “I knew my shots were going to come. I told my coach before the match that I was going to get back to my blast doubles. All my shots work from the double. I knew to keep putting pressure on the head and he was going to break and that’s what he did.

“Coach always told me that you have to have the DeSanto style. Don’t worry about seedings, no rankings, nothing and that’s what I did. I came into the tournament as the third seed and I came out as the champ. The third title feels good. I was a little bit nervous, but I knew I was going to come out ahead because I was better mentally.”

Francis Scott Key posted two champs, No.4 Nathan Perry (145) and No.10 Wyatte Johns (220). Perry used a workmanlike performance for a 6-1 win over New Town’s Tyree Tyson. Johns upset No.6 Perryn Publico (Eastern Tech) with a first period fall, 1:26.

The top four finishers in each weight class qualify for the MPSSAA State Tournament on March 6th and 7th. Team scores are no longer kept at the individual region tournaments.

Pictured above: Owings Mills’ Alex Dufour works for a takedown of Lansdowne’s Riley Bozeman in their 113 championship match.

***All Rankings referenced are by BillyB’s Wrestling World

106
1st Place Match
Owen Bell (Hereford) 32-6, Fr. over Dom Ambrosino (Sparrows Point) 35-8, Fr. (Dec 4-2)

3rd Place Match
Devin Page (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 31-11, Fr. over Robert Morris (Digital Harbor) 26-8, Sr. (Fall 2:43)
5th Place Match
Jaylon McDonald (Owings Mills) 12-19, Jr. over Zach Kinloch (Francis Scott Key) 28-11, So. (For.)

113
1st Place Match
Alex Dufour (Owings Mills) 36-3, Sr. over Riley Bozeman (Lansdowne) 29-3, Jr. (Dec 7-0)

3rd Place Match
Matt Haines (Eastern Technical) 33-1, Sr. over Joseph Gary (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 27-10, So. (Fall 3:43)
5th Place Match
Tyler Maynor (Sparrows Point) 31-12, So. over Isreal Tate (Milford Mill Academy) 16-17, So. (MD 14-1)

120
1st Place Match
Morgan Vandergrift (Hereford) 26-4, So. over Wayne Brooks (Sparrows Point) 29-8, So. (Dec 8-7)

3rd Place Match
Corey Anderson (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 22-7, So. over Marcus Chase (Overlea) 19-12, Jr. (Dec 5-1)
5th Place Match
Dorrian Jackson (Eastern Technical) 29-11, Jr. over Carl Hackley (Owings Mills) 15-16, Jr. (TF-1.5 3:12 (15-0))

126
1st Place Match
Jacob Lipscomb (Lansdowne) 38-1, Sr. over Dominic Williamson (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 24-6, Fr. (Dec 6-0)

3rd Place Match
Junore Battle (Digital Harbor) 30-5, Sr. over Timur Sharpinov (Owings Mills) 21-15, Sr. (Fall 0:42)
5th Place Match
Mark Causey (Hereford) 15-20, So. over Anthony Lopez (Patterson) 16-4, So. (MD 11-3)

132
1st Place Match
Cameron Deville (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 35-3, Jr. over Amondre Wooden (Owings Mills) 36-5, Fr. (MD 13-5)

3rd Place Match
Richard Davis (Sparrows Point) 42-5, Jr. over Jack Wickiser (Hereford) 27-16, Sr. (Dec 7-2)
5th Place Match
Robert Dupree (Frederick Douglass-b) 25-6, So. over AJ Powers (Eastern Technical) 13-18, Jr. (Dec 7-4)

138
1st Place Match
Luke Hoenig (Sparrows Point) 42-3, Sr. over Jerome Vonziah (Overlea) 28-5, Sr. (SV-1 4-2)

3rd Place Match
Deon Jackson (Frederick Douglass-b) 24-7, Jr. over Gavin Corridon (Eastern Technical) 30-11, Sr. (Fall 2:46)
5th Place Match
Drew Bowen (Hereford) 19-22, Sr. over Kamerin Randall (Owings Mills) 13-17, Jr. (Dec 11-8)

145
1st Place Match
Nathan Perry (Francis Scott Key) 33-6, Sr. over Tyree Tyson (New Town) 23-11, Sr. (Dec 6-1)

3rd Place Match
Jayvon Irby (Milford Mill Academy) 18-12, Jr. over Devon Young (Overlea) 14-8, Sr. (Fall 1:59)
5th Place Match
Dominic Bullock (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 13-9, So. over Austin Jarvis (Sparrows Point) 6-5, Jr. (MD 12-3)

152
1st Place Match
Phil Smith (Owings Mills) 34-3, Sr. over Kendrick Emani (Sparrows Point) 22-14, Sr. (TF-1.5 1:01 (19-4))

3rd Place Match
Bodey Griffin (Francis Scott Key) 14-25, Fr. over Kevin Minh (Eastern Technical) 19-21, Sr. (Fall 4:21)
5th Place Match
Brandon Ako (Milford Mill Academy) 23-9, Sr. over Juwan Gary (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 9-18, Sr. (Fall 4:25)

160
1st Place Match
Jairus Cannon (Overlea) 27-3, Sr. over Jake Lure (Sparrows Point) 27-14, Sr. (Fall 2:43)

3rd Place Match
Sebastian Gomez (Owings Mills) 24-14, Sr. over Adler Wegener (Eastern Technical) 11-18, So. (Dec 2-0)
5th Place Match
Liam Weeks (Francis Scott Key) 8-20, Fr. over Antonio Bailey (Digital Harbor) 12-8, Sr. (Dec 7-3)

170
1st Place Match
Jake Rallo (Sparrows Point) 41-1, Jr. over Zavion Woodard (New Town) 31-3, So. (Dec 7-6)

3rd Place Match
Collin Thomas (Digital Harbor) 10-5, Sr. over Sam Kinloch (Francis Scott Key) 21-20, Sr. (Dec 8-3)
5th Place Match
Chibuzo Ibezemako (Lansdowne) 11-8, Sr. over () , . (Bye)

182
1st Place Match
Kyree Briscoe (Lansdowne) 37-1, Jr. over Azeez Oingbango (Owings Mills) 28-12, Jr. (Fall 3:33)

3rd Place Match
Dusin Akinuade (Milford Mill Academy) 11-5, Jr. over Ramero Jackson (Chesapeake-BC) 23-11, Jr. (Dec 9-4)
5th Place Match
Mike Brower (Sparrows Point) 26-11, So. over Gary Exum (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 7-10, So. (Fall 0:39)

195
1st Place Match
Lexx Carr (Sparrows Point) 40-2, Sr. over Pat Ford (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 27-6, Sr. (MD 9-0)

3rd Place Match
Howard Campbell (Digital Harbor) 5-2, Jr. over Seth Keemer (Overlea) 7-14, Jr. (Fall 2:11)
5th Place Match
Grady Dell (Francis Scott Key) 11-21, Jr. over () , . (Bye)

220
1st Place Match
Wyatte Johns (Francis Scott Key) 30-7, Sr. over Perryn Publico (Eastern Technical) 23-7, Sr. (Fall 1:26)

3rd Place Match
Nnamdi Anyakwo (Overlea) 23-11, Jr. over Wyatt Hall (Hereford) 19-7, Jr. (Dec 10-6)
5th Place Match
Jason Baughman (Milford Mill Academy) 16-15, Jr. over Kenyon Parker (Digital Harbor) 13-9, Jr. (For.)

285
1st Place Match
Dion Crews-Harris (Paul Laurence Dunbar) 30-3, Sr. over Angel Figueroa (Milford Mill Academy) 18-6, Jr. (Fall 2:29)

3rd Place Match
Jermar Bennett (Owings Mills) 23-10, So. over Wes Clash (Digital Harbor) 25-7, Sr. (Fall 2:21)
5th Place Match
Ben Heffer (Hereford) 26-16, Jr. over Shawn Wolford (Sparrows Point) 17-8, Jr. (TB-1 2-1)