Oxon Hill qualified six wrestlers for the Maryland Class AA-A Region III wrestling tournament semifinals in yesterday's first day of competition at Largo High School. Lackey, Bowie, Eleanor Roosevelt and DuVal each qualified five wrestlers.
Today at 10:30 a.m., the semifinals and semifinal consolation rounds will be wrestled. Championship matches begin at 7:30, with the top two finishers in each weight class advancing to the state meet.
The early rounds went well for two of the region's top wrestlers as Parkdale 105-pounder Sean Burgess (28-3) and Laurel 98-pounder David Land (27-1) both advanced. Against one another, Burgess and Land, who normally wrestles at 105, have split eight matches over the past two years and have tied in total points with 39.
But in last week's Prince George's County wrestling championships, Burgess beat Land for the first time this season to make his 1987-88 record against him 1-3. This past week, Land dropped from the 105-pound weight class to compete in the 98 pound weight class, where he pinned Larry Smith of DuVal in just 18 seconds yesterday.
Burgess advanced to the semifinals after a first-round forfeit.
Later in the first round, Oxon Hill's Darrin Huckaby (9-1) returned to the wrestling mat for the second time since a five-week layoff, and pinned Ryan Bacon of DuVal in just 52 seconds.
After finishing fourth in the state in the 167-pound weight class last season, he injured a ligament in his knee earlier this season. Last week at the county meet, Huckaby tried out his knee for the first time since the injury, and won the county title in the 185-pound weight class.
"I worked it back into shape, and now it seems pretty strong," he said of the knee.
Today, Huckaby will wrestle Dustin Yee of Eleanor Roosevelt, who advanced by beating Brian Taylor of High Point, 20-4.
"He's really short and stocky and strong, it's tough to get a shot at him," Huckaby said of Yee. "I'll wrestle defensively against him. But there's really no strategy, you just have to feel him out on the mat."
At the conclusion of the first day of competition. Bowie led the team standings with 23 points. Douglass was second with 22.50 points and Oxon Hill third with 21.50.