Owls’ Martinez, Pointers’ Watson win titles
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:27

Dundalk finishes 10th overall

by Bill Gates

    Before last year, Dundalk hadn’t had a county wrestling champion since 1997.
    Now, the Owls have their second consecutive individual county crown.
    Alfred Martinez defeated Franklin’s Nick Montanye 6-3 in the finals of the 126-pound weight class on Saturday at Franklin High.
    It capped a memorable weekend for the top-seeded Martinez.  With his 18-3 technical over Parkville’s Alex Carrion in the quarterfinals, Martinez tied the school record for career wins (111) held by Britain Doesch and Dan Simancek.
    Martinez broke the record with a 10-3 decision over Hereford’s Andrew Lopez and now has 113 career wins.

Wayne Maddox, who ended Dundalk’s county champion drought when he won the 285-pound title last year, finished third at 285 pounds.
    After winning his first match with a pin and beating Franklin’s Patrick Allen 5-1, the third-seeded Maddox lost to Steven Gbale of Milford Mill in the semifinals, 7-1.
    Gbale was a Delaware state champion last year before moving to Maryland.
    “Maddox did well, but couldn’t defend against Gbale’s shots,” Dundalk coach Chad Goodnight said.
    He came back to take third place by beating Hereford’s fourth-seeded Patrick Anderson in the consolation finals 10-3.
    Martinez and Maddox helped boost Dundalk to a 10th-place team finish overall.
    Hereford won the team title over three-time defending champion Owings Mills 200.5-186. Catonsville (143.5) was third, followed by Eastern Tech (112.5) and Western Tech (107).
    Perry Hall (106) took sixth, with Pikesville (95) seventh, Dulaney (90.5) eighth and Franklin (84) in ninth.
    Dundalk scored 76.5 points. Sparrows Point (66.5) finished in 12th place.
    “I’m really happy where we finished, ahead of Milford Mill, Sparrows Point and Towson,” Goodnight said. “Finishing ahead of Sparrows Point isn’t the same as beating them head-to-head, but it’s almost as satisfying. I’m really proud of our guys.”
    (Sparrows Point defeated Dundalk in three dual matches this season).
    Randy Watson won the 120-pound county title for the Pointers.
    The second seed, Watson won a 7-1 decision over fourth-seeded Isaiah Mack of Owings Mills in the finals.
    Watson defeated Catonsville’s Ryan Whittington in the quarterfinals, 9-3, and edged second-seeded Dylan Ruiz of Dulaney in the semifinals 3-2.
    Dundalk’s Joe Scott finished fourth at 106 pounds, and Rodney Jones took fifth place at 220 pounds for the Owls.
    Scott, seeded fourth, lost in the second round but came back to win three matches in the consolation bracket before getting pinned by Franklin’s Austin Widerman in the consolation finals.
    Jones lost to top seed and eventual champion Mike Swiger of Hereford in the second round, 3-1.
    He then won two matches in the consolation bracket before losing in the semifinals and then beating Necho Freeman of Western Tech for fifth place, 11-4.
    For Sparrows Point, Chris Petrovia finished fourth at 113 pounds and James Krug was sixth at 195 pounds.
    Krug, the defending county champion, was seeded first despite not having wrestled all season due to an injury.
    After beating Joel Harrell of Overlea in the quarterfinals, 7-1, Krug was pinned by fourth-seeded Payton Beachum in the semifinals in 4:18.
    With his knee bothering him, Krug defaulted in the consolation semifinals and the fifth/sixth place match.
    Petrovia, seeded fourth, lost in the quarterfinals and won two matches in the consolation bracket before getting pinned in the finals by Perry Hall’s Trey Settle in 1:23.
    Dundalk and Sparrows Point will compete in the Class 1A/2A North regional tournament on Friday and Saturday at Owings Mills High.