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1991 Anne Arundel County Wrestling At A Glance

December 08, 1991

Head coach: Dave Gehrdes (12th season)

Assistant coaches: Sam Salamy and Ray Ward

1990-1991 record: 13-1, tied Old Mill and Broadneck for 4A leaguetitle, third in county tournament

Returnees: Seniors Chip Cochran(145), Tom Sfakiyanudas (135), Ford Baumgardener (140), Demond Galloway (hvy.), Ira Robbins (130), Seth Robbins (125) and Ray Henson (171); juniors Kevin Owen (103), Brandon Tinker (189); sophomore Mike Zambernardi (103).

Newcomers: Seniors Nick Samaras (130) and Dan Flynn (160).

Coach's outlook: "We've got 10 varsity starters back, so we've got a pretty balanced team. But as always, everything's going to come down to matchups. I know Broadneck and Old Mill have got a lotback and Chesapeake isn't looking bad either."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Coming off a year when the Panthers won the Arundel High Invitational Tournament and also a share of the county dual-meet title -- each for the first time in Gehrdes' tenure -- the head coach feels like he may be on a roll. Meetings with the Bruins and the Patriots are just four days apart. And with four state qualifiers back and a host of solid wrestlers spread throughout a balanced lineup, thiscould be the year the Panthers win the county crown outright. It's going to take consistency throughout the season, however.

ANNAPOLIS CHRISTIAN

Head coach: Dick Bitzer (third season)

Assistant coach:Dan Clabbers

1990-1991 record: 5-3 as an independent

Returnees: Seniors Todd Painter (130) and Pete Stone (152); juniors Aaron Fagan (125) and Chris Barber (171); sophomores Seth Adema (119), Brad Harrison (135) and Dave Sloat (140).

Newcomers: Junior Steve Burr (145); sophomores Matt McClellan (112) and Sean Brown (189); freshman Matt Einstein (hvy.).

Coach's outlook: "We had a real big turnover with our squad, so we're in a rebuilding year. We lost seven kids to graduation and transfers so it's hard to say how the new kids are going to develop. Our strong point will probably be in the lower weight classes. They're coming around. The more the kids are on the mat, the better it's going to be for them. We have a lot of new kids who are really committed and really working hard. We're a very, very small school, so we don't have the kids to draw from, but the ones who have come out have really stuck with it."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Bitzer is doing the right thing in taking the wait-and-see approach. The Eagles are inexperienced, but so our many of their opponents. Awinning season will be difficult to manufacture, but not impossible.

SPALDING CAVALIERS

Head coach: Jim Nemeth (sixth season)

Assistant coaches: None

1990-1991 record: 5-4, third in the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference

Returnees: Seniors Osric Prioleau (171), Ralph Ellis (hvy.) and Carlos Santoni (160); juniors Jack Bailey (152), Chris Snead (119), Mike Tekippe (171), Tae Kim (189) and Ryan Neenan (135).

Newcomers: Sophomores Steve Angelis (125) and Mike Reisner (103); freshmen Matt Gomes (145) and Jason Hardman (112).

Coach's outlook: "A lot depends on whether the guys wrestle like I know they can. We had 20 kids out and we're fitting them in here and there. But we've got four kids with decent experience. Our senior captain, Osric, is a fourth-year starter. And Ellis, a football player, was fourth in the Curley tournament last weekend -- the first time in many years. We start our C Conference on Dec. 18 and we hope to improve, little by little."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: After coming off their best season in Nemeth's tenure, the Cavaliers are encouraged and ready to tackle tougher competition. To that end, Nemeth has added an improved Severna Park squad to his schedule. They'll also wrestle twice against up-and-coming Annapolis Area Christian.

ARUNDEL WILDCATS

Head coach: Buddy Hepfer (21st season)

Assistant coaches: Mark Fraser, Sean Huyer and Jeff Amdur

1990-1991 record: 7-7, seventh in county tournament

Returnees: Seniors Phil Stratton (160) and Rick Gladwell (135); juniors Greg Booth (171) and Chad Bawell (119); sophomore Phil Meenan (103).

Coach's outlook: "I have a very young team, and I still can't tell how good we are from our scrimmages. It may take (yesterday's Meade Tournament) and a few matches before I'll have a better idea. But we had 42 kids come out, which is more than in the past few years. And we've got a full varsity lineup.You've got to go with what you've got, a week at a time. But our guys should be all right, if they stick it out."

Anne Arundel County Sun outlook: Hepfer's top prospects are Booth and Meenan, who had combined for 46 victories after the county tournament. But the veteran coach wants to avoid embarrassing losses like last year's shutout against Old Mill and another huge setback against Broadneck. So while themany newcomers get acclimated to the county's stiff competition, guys like Bawell and Stratton will have to come up with some big victories down the stretch to help the Wildcats improve on last year's disappointing season. Only then can the season be deemed a success.

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