Over the past years, there have been three names when discussing the powerful teams of the UCBAC: Rising Sun, Harford Tech and Bel Air. But, for the past three years there has only been one name engraved on the conference championship plaque: Bel Air.
And while falls kept the No. 20 Harford Tech Cobras in the dual meet, it was the combination of eight individual wins and a couple bonus points which led the No. 11 Bel Air Bobcats to a much needed UCBAC win, Wednesday, 35-30.
The Bobcats, coming off recent losses to Perry Hall and No. 3 John Carroll, only notched two falls to the Cobras’ four, but saw two added tech falls from Tony Proctor (130) and Steve Cross (140) combine with a major decision by William Holder-more at 160 to hold a 29-12 lead over host Harford Tech nine matches into the meet.
Pinners for Bel Air were Jeff Taylor, earning the first Bel Air win of the night in the meet’s second bout, and Tom Kuegler, closing the night with Bel Air’s final win at 189 to post the nearly uncatchable 35-point finish.
Down 35-18, the Cobras would have needed three straight falls to earn another 18 team-points and top the Bobcats by one, but instead saw just one fall from Nathan Haskell (103) combine with decisioners Mike Vega (215) and Will Hughes (285), falling just short.
Haskell was joined by three other teammates in pinning performances, including Tyler Granese, opening the meet with a fall at 112, James Cosgrove (135) and Dillon Brush (171), and the Cobras surely missed out on added bonus points due to injured starters.
Mike Bush, John Cross and Queen added wins to the Bobcat scorebook with decisions at 125, 145 and 152, respectively, culminating in Bel Air’s eight bouts won.
Bel Air will soon face Gwynn Park, Feb. 5, as Harford Tech will play host to Atholton, Feb. 4.
No. 11 Bel Air 35, No. 20 Harford Tech 30
112 Tyler Granese (HT) pins :32 Ryan Beveridge (BA) [6-0]
119 Jeff Taylor (BA) pins :12 Bret Blevins (HT) [6-6]
125 Mike Bush (BA) dec 4-1 Brandon Hoch (HT) [6-9]
130 Tony Proctor (BA) tf 17-2 Chase George (HT) [6-14]
135 James Cosgrove (HT) pins 5:45 Brandon Childress (BA) [12-14]
140 Steve Cross (BA) tf 17-0 Joe Malanga (HT) [12-19]
145 John Cross (BA) dec 4-2 North (HT) [12-22]
152 Queen (BA) dec 5-3 Colin Riley (HT) [12-25]
160 William Holder-Moore (BA) mdec 8-0 George Majchrzak (HT) [12-29]
171 Dillon Brush (HT) pins 4:31 Calhoun (BA) [18-29]
189 Tom Kuegler (BA) pins 2:05 Sekora (HT) [18-35]
215 Mike Vega (HT) dec 8-7 Jeff Traore (BA) [21-35]
285 Will Hughes (HT) dec 10-5 Ben Ludwig (BA) [24-35]
103 Nathan Haskell (HT) pins 1:08 Gavin Ruppercht (BA) [30-35]