Bayhawks’ Vo wins county wrestling title
Tech’s Wagner takes second place
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.
Jerry Vo of Chesapeake won the first county wrestling title for the Bayhawks since 1991.