Montgomery County champion Seneca Valley dominated the field yesterday, scoring 89.5 points, taking four individual titles and winning the Maryland AA-A Region II wrestling crown at Sherwood High School.
Whitman was second with 71 points, and North Hagerstown third with 65.5.
Three of Seneca's four finalists won by pins. At 112 pounds, top-seeded John McCaffrey dropped Paint Branch's Jeff Blake in 5:48. Next, in the 119-pound class, Seneca's Carl Martin staged a 5:12 pin over top-seeded Brian Rhodes of Rockville.
Top-seeded 132-pounder Joe Hawkins took the Eagles' third individual title, a 3:07 fall over Fort Hill's Bill Dumphy.
The Screaming Eagles' 145 pounder, Ben Krensky, was leading by 9-2 in the third period. But he was caught by Wootton's Tom Levin in a cradle. Krensky went on to hold off Levin's last-minute surge and win the match, 9-5.
The day's most exciting match, in the 126-pound class, was between Wheaton's Tae Cha and Whitman's Kevin Roggin. Late into the third period, Roggin scored two back points to win, 4-1.
At 98 pounds, Gaithersburg's seventh-seeded Shawn McIver proved to be the biggest surprise. Earlier, he had beaten the second and third seeds. Yesterday, he beat Larry Bassin of Whitman for the title, 6-3.
Other champions were Churchill's David Williams in the 105 division, who recorded a 2:29 fall over Gaithersburg's James Styslinger, Rockville's Jeff Stroud, at 138 pounds, with an 11-0 decision over Einstein's Pete Siarkas, Whitman's Basher El-Fiky with a technical fall over Richard Montgomery's David Hessie.
At 167 pounds, John Shelly beat Einstein's Charles Barber, 10-0. In the heavyweight division, Paint Branch's Eric Washington pinned Kennedy's Phil Tindley in 3:54.