Bay­hawks’ Vo wins county wrestling ti­tle

Tech’s Wagner takes sec­ond place

The Avenue News - - FRONT PAGE - By BILL GATES bgates@ches­pub.com

Ch­e­sa­peake wrestler Jerry Vo was hav­ing a tough time in the 113-pound fi­nals at the Bal­ti­more County championship tour­na­ment on Satur­day at Perry Hall.

His nose was bleed­ing and wouldn’t stop — and wrestlers have a lim­ited amount of time to bring bleed­ing under con­trol. The trainer fi­nally wrapped a ban­dage around Vo’s head, cov­er­ing his nose.

The nose­bleed was stopped, but now there was the lit­tle mat­ter of his nose be­ing blocked.

“I couldn’t breath through the tape,” Vo said af­ter de­feat­ing top-seeded Ge­orgey Reit­erer of Lans­downe 8-7 for the county ti­tle. Vo led 6-0 early in the sec

ond pe­riod on a take­down, re­ver­sal and a near-fall, but Reit­erer came back to tie the match at 6-6 in the third pe­riod.

That was par­tially due to the breath­ing prob­lems, Vo said. “I had to breath through my mouth, but the tape ws cov­er­ing my mouth, too. But they had to stop the nose­bleed; I was gush­ing.”

Vo re­versed Reit­erer with an arm roll late in the third pe­riod for an 8-6 lead, then let the Viking wrestler es­cape to make it a one-point match and es­sen­tially turn it into a ‘next take­down wins’ sit­u­a­tion.

“I knew he would look for a re­ver­sal to win the match, so I let him up to put us in neu­tral,” Vo said. “I felt I was bet­ter in neu­tral; its one of my fa­vorite po­si­tions.”

Reit­erer was un­able to get a take­down in the re­main­ing sec­onds.

Vo, who trans­ferred to Ch­e­sa­peake in Jan­uary af­ter his family moved to the ar­eas from Egg Har­bor, New Jer­sey, did not have enough Mary­land matches to earn a seed in the county tour­na­ment.

Prior to the tour­na­ment, a coach from an­other school called Vo a “dark-horse” threat to win. “No one knows any­thing about him, but New Jer­sey is a strong wrestling state,” the coach said.

To win the county ti­tle, Vo had to defeat the top three seeds at 113 pounds.

Af­ter open­ing the tour­na­ment with a tech­ni­cal fall over Here­ford’s Jack Wick­hizer, Vo pinned third-seeded Nabizhan Zavu­tatse of Pikesville in 45 sec­onds.

That put Vo in the semi­fi­nals against scond-seeded Joel Turner-Rogers of Wood­lawn. Vo won, 8-7.

“He had to go through the best in the county to win,” Ch­e­sa­peake as­sis­tant coach An­drew Ro­mano said.

Win­ning the county ti­tle also earned Vo a spot in this week­end’s Class 1A/2A North Re­gional tour­na­ment at Pikesville. Oth­er­wise, Vo did not have enough match points to qual­ify for the re­gional tour­na­ment.

“I haven’t re­ally had a prac­tice part­ner,” Vo said. “I asked ran­dom peo­ple to prac­tice with me at the county tour­na­ment. Ev­ery­one [in the bracket] was a mys­tery to me, es­pe­cially since i dropped down from 120 [pounds] for the tour­na­ment.”

Ryan Wa­gener of East­ern Tech took sec­ond at 120 pounds, los­ing to top-seeded Jimmy Cavin of Here­ford in the fi­nals, 6-0.

Wa­gener, who had been seeded sec­ond, reached the fi­nals by pin­ning De’An­gelo Mace of New Town in 1:25 and pin­ning third-seeded Mike Fouts of Spar­rows Point in 1:36.

Zach Dell took third at 126 pounds for the Mav­er­icks, pin­ning Spar­rows Point’s Skyler Minutelli in 3;35 in the con­so­la­tion fi­nals.

Matthew Hin­kle of East­ern Tech placed fourth at 145 pounds af­ter an in­jury de­fault in the con­so­la­tion fi­nals. Hin­kle suf­fered a con­cus­sion af­ter his head was slammed into the mat by De­shawn Wil­son of New Town; ob­servers felt it was an il­le­gal move and Wil­son should have been dis­qual­i­fied and Hin­kle awarded third place.

Hin­kle is likely to miss the re­gional tour­na­ment this week­end.

Matthew’s twin brother, Hunter Hin­kle of Ken­wood, fin­ished fourth at 138 pounds af­ter los­ing to Here­ford’s Ryan God­frey 5-0 in the con­so­la­tion fi­nals.

Ken­wood’s Drew Cheezum took sec­ond at 195 pounds, fall­ing to Franklin’s Eli­jah Solomon 3-1 in the championship match.

Cheezum reached the fi­nals by up­set­ting top-seeded Noah John­son of West­ern Tech in the semi­fi­nals, 6-5. Cheezum had been seeded fourth.

The Blue­bird’s Yukon Ryan took fourth at 182 pounds. He won his first two matches be­fore meet­ing Spar­rows Point’s na­tion­ally-ranked Ethan Smith in the semis and be­ing pinned in 1:20.

Thomas Heath fin­ished fifth at 138 pounds for East­ern Tech.

Spar­rows Point won the over­all team ti­tle over Owings Mills, 184-171. Here­ford was third with 149.5 points.

East­ern Tech (81 points) fin­ished in eighth place. Ken­wood (56) fin­ished 14th, and Ch­e­sa­peake (27.5) took 20th place.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

Jerry Vo of Ch­e­sa­peake won the first county wrestling ti­tle for the Bay­hawks since 1991.

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