WESTMINSTER, MD., MARCH 4 -- Broadneck wrestlers swept all six of their quarterfinal matches and added two more victories in the semifinals tonight to take a one-point lead over Old Mill after the first day of the Maryland Class AA-A state championships at Western Maryland College.
In the B-C class, Eastern Vocational Tech finished the semifinal round with 28 points, ahead of Aberdeen's 25 points and Beall's 19.
The semifinals will begin Saturday at noon with the championship round following at 6 p.m.
After the quarterfinals, Broadneck led Old Mill, 22-14. But in the semifinals the Bruins got wins from only two of their six wrestlers: Dale Miller's pin at 1:25 over Oxon Hill's Steve Frazier at 105 and Andy Claxton's 7-3 decision over Damon Royster of Randallstown at 138.
Old Mill had the best overall performance in the semifinal round, scoring 13 points to narrow the lead to only one. At 98 pounds, Old Mill's Gary Baker scored a 14-2 decision over Wheaton's Tom Lam. After Baker, a pin by Greg Wise at 132 and decision victories by Bruce Strazza over Joel Smith of Patapsco (3-1) at 138 and Billy Boyce over David Hessie of Richard Montgomery (16-0) at 155 put the Patriots back into contention.
After Vince Frampton of Franklin (20-7) upset Parkdale's Sean Burgess (31-4) at 105 in the first round, no favorite was eliminated until the heavyweight bout between Steve Thornley of Eleanor Roosevelt (21-3) and Bill Ferencz (29-1) of North Carroll.
Thornley, a 6-foot-9, 253-pound senior, was the favorite going into the match. However, trailing, 7-0, entering the final period, Thornley couldn't overcome the deficit and lost, 7-6.
Two tightly contested battles took place at 155 and 185.
At 155, which seems to be the most heavily contested weight class, Robert Spillman of Laurel defeated Chris Vranish of Arundel, 4-3. Spillman trailed entering the final period, but a quick reversal gave him two points and the match.
At 185, Darrin Huckaby of Oxon Hill (14-1) defeated Shawn Dykes (24-3) of Kennedy, 15-1, establishing himself as a title favorite.