1990-91 Anne Arundel County Wrestling At A Glance

North County Knights

December 12, 1990

Head coach: Chuck Markiewicz (first season).

1989-1990 record: First season for the school.

Top wrestlers: Seniors, Sam Paik (103), Joe Ross (171), Jim Ray (Hvy); junior, Ji Kim (189); sophomore, David Thomas (125).

Coach's outlook: "We had 35 kids come out originally, but now we're two or three short on the junior varsity. But we have a full varsity squad. In our wrestling room, we're wrestling inexperienced guys against each other and right now we're lacking people who can make the others on the team better. But we're going to be a lot more competitive than I originally thought. And by the end of the season, we're hoping that our best varsity guys can make a difference in a weight class or two."

Anne Arundel County Sun's outlook: Markiewicz, who ended his 12-year coaching tenure at Meade last year, was accustomed to "80 wrestlers" there.

Well, Markiewicz' Knights revisited his old school this past weekend and got better-than-expected results. Kim and Ross each placed third in the Meade tournament. Kim, who drops from heavyweight where he won more than 20 matches last year, has an extensive background in judo. Paik and the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Ray each finished fourth in the tournament. Thomas, who was third in the state in Millersville's junior league program, wrestled well against some tough opponents. But the Knights are still a few years away from becoming a competitive county team week in and week out. As it is, they must remain healthy to avoid being shut out by the county's more powerful teams.

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