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Live Blog: Maryland State Wrestling Tournament

Update: Consolation finals, third-place bouts

Northern of Calvert County qualified four wrestlers for the state tournament, but the Patriots have had quite a strong showing at Cole Field House thus far as three Northern wrestlers will place in this year's tournament.

Senior Quentin Leadbeter wrapped up his high school career by pinning Atholton's Kevin Beck in 4:05 to claim third place at 125 pounds. It was satisfying redemption for Leadbeter, who lost to Beck in the quarterfinals 8-2. Leadbeter has placed in the state tournament every year of his high school career.

"It has to be one of the toughest weights in the state," said Leadbeter of the 125-pound class, which included Tyler Goodwin, Adam Krop, Alex Rice and Beck. "It's a great feeling to finish third....(Beck) gave me a whooping the first time, I came back and had my mindset in the consis and I knew I wanted to see him again."

Leadbeter knew he would need to be quicker on his feet, and try to be more aggressive offensively in his rematch with Beck and the decision paid off, allowing him to gain control before eventually turning the Raiders' senior to his back.

Freshman Eric Hoffman also captured third place, earning a 12-6 decision over Springbrook's Joseph Galeano at 140 pounds. Hoffman finished the season an impressive 36-3.

But the Patriots are still waiting for their third and final place-winner to wrestle and determine his finish. Freshman Brant Leadbeter will face Wilde Lake sophomore Alex Polonsky for the 103-pound crown.

And as always, if you want to get caught up on the brackets you can check out the MPSSAA's live updates for 4A/3A brackets (team scores) and 2A/1A brackets (team scores).

Update: 2:12 p.m.

285-pound semifinal
-Josh Hamilton (Reservoir) pinned in 42 seconds Brandon Barnes (River Hill)
-Taylor Gload (Hereford) 2-0 decision over Dylan Drew (Stephen Decatur)

Reservoir junior Josh Hamilton never beat his Howard County rival Brandon Barnes before. In fact, he had lost to Barnes three times in the past two seasons, but when Hamilton saw another potential matchup looming in the state semifinals he wondered if it might be his turn.

Hamilton never imagined he would pin Barnes in 42 seconds though, and when the referee's hand slapped the mat he started jumping up and down with his arms extended upward.

"To go from not even qualifying for regionals last year to a state finalist is the greatest feeling in the world," Hamilton said. "I know he likes to grab my head and pull down but I was waiting for it. He turned me over to my back real quick and I was scared for a second but rolled my way out of it and I just caught him in a move."

Hamilton's berth in the state finals could help the Gators capture the State Tournament's team title. Part-way through the consolation quarterfinals, Reservoir led in the team standings with 88 team points over second-place La Plata's 68. It would be an impressive feat for the 4A/3A dual champion Gators, who qualified just six wrestlers for the state tournament -- but of those six three, Hamilton, Mark Colabucci (145) and Mike Mullens (152) are in the finals.

Update: 1:48 p.m.

145-pound semifinals
-Connar Zimmerman (La Plata) 3-1 decision over James Roach (B-CC)
-Mark Colabucci (Reservoir) won by injury forfeit over B.J. Frederick (Leonardtown)

152-pound semifinals
-Martez Allen (Leonardtown) 3-2 decision over Andrew Hollern (Parkville)
-Mike Mullens (Reservoir) 15-11 decision over Jeremy Byrd (Annapolis)

160-pound semifinals
-Reed Neubaum (Quince Orchard) 7-1 decision over Keyshaun Ward (Bowie)
-Zeke Gammill (Damascus) 6-5 decision over Hunter Rowe (Huntingtown)

171-pound semifinals
-Chris Urps (Chesapeake) 2-0 decision over Marc Neilson (Thomas Johnson)
-Pat Downey (North County) 5-2 over Brandon Phillips (Dulaney)

189-pound semifinals
-Taylor Leighton (Whitman) 4-1 decision over Tony Maroulis (Magruder)
-Pat Carey (North County) pinned in 44 seconds Desean Martinez (Clarksburg)

215-pound semifinals
-Mwanza Wamulumba (Meade) 6-3 decision over Mike Dailey (Urbana)
-Bernard Wolley (Seneca Valley) 6-3 decision over Alvin Harris (Wilde Lake)

Update: 1:30 p.m.

140-pound semifinals
-Nick Romero (La Plata) 3-2 decision over Josh Sanders (Bowie)
-Ron Vaughters (Old Mill) 7-3 decision over Eric Hoffman (Northern)

After failing to place in the state tournament a season ago, Romero gutted his way through a tight match against Sanders.

"I just kept trying to figure out what he likes to do and keep trying to wear him out," Romero said. "I wanted to keep it as close as I could. This is something I've been working toward since I started in junior leagues in sixth grade. I'm not sure I can explain how excited I am."

Romero's task in the finals will not be an easy one though as he'll face defending state champion Vaughters. The Old Mill junior boasts a reputation as one of the most physical wrestlers in the region, but he knew he would have to wear Hoffman down before he could even think about scoring.

"I wasn't even worried about getting points in the first period," Vaughters said. "I just wanted to keep working his head and try to tire him out. I didn't want to waste my energy riding him out either so I just cut him and tried to take him down."

Update: 12:49 p.m.

130-pound semifinals:
-Jordan Tolbert (Magruder) earned a pin in 3:57 over Steve Sparks (Hereford)
-Frankie Goodwin (Arundel) technical-falled, 16-0 Eric Harder (Reservoir)

135-pound semifinals:
-Tanner Wrublik (Tuscarora) 1-0 decision in the ultimate tie-break over Curtis Taylor (South River)
-Salaman Riddell (Old Mill) 5-2 decision in overtime over Peter Tatanish (Urbana)

This is where the first major upset of the championship brackets occurred Saturday as Riddell, a junior who transferred to Old Mill from Mount St. Joe's this season, earned an escape with no time remaining in the third period to force overtime.

"I just kept thinking 'I've gotta get out,'" said Riddell, who a week ago was pinned in the 4A/3A East region finals after he led that match 7-1. "Losing last week might have been the best thing for me. It made me refocus and take this week very seriously."

For Tatanish, who was a state champion in 2008 and a runner up in 2009, this is the second-straight year he's been foiled by a Patriot in the state tournament. Old Mill's Ron Vaughters defeated him last year for the state title, and it was Vaughters who helped prepare Riddell for this matchup.

"Ron and Coach (Dan Youngblood) both told me to watch out for the leverage moves he has," Riddell said. "We have the same general style so it was kind of like wrestling myself. Ron really helped me get ready for this one though."

Update: 12:33 p.m.
A reminder that if you need to get caught up on the brackets, the MPSSAA is updating them in a timely manner here.

119-pound semifinals
-Parke Overmiller (Magruder) 10-4 decision over Danny Poore (Reservoir)
-Cameron Kirby (River Hill) 2-0 decision over Michael Henning (Northwest)

125-pound semifinals
The final everyone has been looking forward to will happen this evening as Arundel's Tyler Goodwin takes on two-time state champion Adam Krop from Urbana.

Goodwin, the sophomore wunderkid, earned a 16-0 technical fall in 2:30 against Stephen Decatur's Donovan Daniel. Meanwhile, Krop bested Atholton's Kevin Beck with a 5-2 decision. The pair have never wrestled against each other, but it should make for an interesting final bout that's for sure. Goodwin has earned at least a major decision over every other top contender at 125 pounds in the state.

Update 11:44 a.m.
The championship semifinals are underway here at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

At 103 pounds Wilde Lake's Alex Polonsky pinned Urbana's Nick Frank in 3 minutes and 29 seconds. He'll face Northern freshman Brant Leadbeter, who earned a 7-3 decision over Broadneck's Collin Harrell.

"I'm just so excited to have the opportunity. I don't think I ever really imagined getting to wrestle for a state title as a freshman," said Leadbeter, who is carrying on the family tradition of excelling at wrestling -- his older brother Colin was a state champion in 2006 and 2007, and Quentin, a senior will face Chesapeake's Alex Rice in the consolation semifinals later this afternoon.

At 112 pounds: Perry Hall's Shaun Murphy claimed a 7-3 decision over Reservoir's Josh Knox. But in the other semifinal, defending state champion Nathan Kraisser scored an impressive 16-2 major decision over Quince Orchard's Eli Bienstock.

Kraisser and Bienstock faced off in 2009 for the 103 title, and the Centennial sophomore had looked forward to another meeting.

"It was great. He came out aggressive and forced me to match that," Kraisser said. "It's thrilling to get the chance to be (in the finals) again. Hopefully I'll win another one."

By Katie Carrera  |  March 6, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  Wrestling  
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