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Several area wrestlers are still alive after the completion of the first two rounds of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association state wrestling tournament Friday at the University of Maryland's Cole Field House.

The tournament, which is being wrestled on eight mats, resumes Saturday morning. The consolation rounds start at 9:30 a.m, and the semifinals begin at 11 a.m.

No. 4 Glenelg (42 points) leads the Class 2A-1A team championships after the first day, with a one-point advantage over No. 2 Winters Mill (41). No. 8 Owings Mills is in fourth place (35.50), followed by No. 12 Oakland Mills in fifth (30). Baltimore County's Sparrows Point is in tenth place with 21 points.

Urbana of Frederick County enters the final day in first place in Class 4A-3A with 53.50 points, while No. 6 River Hill is the highest-scoring school from the Baltimore area with 27.50 points. Mount Hebron (fifth with 24 points) and No. 10 Wilde Lake (seventh with 21 points) are the other Baltimore area schools in the top 10 in 4A-3A.

A few upsets highlighted the early rounds of the tournament.

Western Tech's Tejon Anthony, a defending state champion, lost in the first round at 132 pounds to Forestville's Courtney Britton. Also, Calvert's R.J. Hibbard beat Owings Mills' Antwan Reddick, a state runner-up last year, at 152 pounds. River Hill's Michael Beck, who entered the tournament with a 33-0 record at 106 pounds, lost in the second round to Westminster's Ryker Eckenbarger.

In Class 2A-1A, Carroll County placed more wrestlers into the semifinals than any other jurisdiction in the Baltimore area with 11. No. 2 Winters Mill leads the county with four wrestlers (Wes Cook at 145 pounds, Cody Sharkey at 152, Chase Cullison at 170, and Jake Utz at 285). South Carroll, North Carroll, and Liberty each advanced two wrestlers.

Eight Baltimore County wrestlers advanced to the second day. No. 8 Owings Mills (Demetrius Johnson at 145, Komil Juraev at 182), Sparrows Point (Randy Watson at 120, Chris Long at 138), and Dundalk (Marlon Jones at 220, and Wayne Maddox at 285) each placed two wrestlers.

Howard County also posted a strong showing, with seven wrestlers advancing at the 2A-1A level. No. 4 Glenelg (Tim Null at 106, Anthony Pagnotta at 170, and Sean Twigg at 285) and No. 12 Oakland Mills (Zach Hensley at 120, Roy Kadje at 285, and Jaron Smith at 160) each advanced three wrestlers.

In Class 4A-3A, Howard County dominated local jurisdictions with 11 wrestlers advancing to the semifinals. Mount Hebron placed three wrestlers (Jeff Hayden at 106, Joe Kendrick at 152, and Ryan Hassan at 220), while No. 6 River Hill (Cory Daniel at 195 and Logan Kirby at 220), No. 10 Wilde Lake (Malik Jackson at 145, and Tola Morakinyo at 170) and Reservoir (Mason Kilcarr at 132 and Sam Rowell at 152) placed two wrestlers each.

Five wrestlers from Anne Arundel County advanced into the 4A-3A semifinals. Arundel (Tanner Chaplain at 120), Broadneck (Cameron Harrell at 132), No. 7 South River (Collin Alley at 145), Severna Park (Sam Ziff at 152) and North County (Malik Smith at 182) each advanced one wrestler.

Four wrestlers from Harford County advanced to the semifinals in the two classifications. In 4A-3A, Aberdeen's Travis Huber (126), C. Milton Wright's Ben Swanson (145) and Bel Air's William Holder-Moore (170) moved into the final four in their respective weight classes, while Fallston's Ridge Myers (195) will compete in the 2A-1A semifinals.

W.E. B DuBois' Deon Hector pinned Lackey's Mike Laury at 195 pounds to become the only wrestler from Baltimore City in the semifinals.

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