Aberdeen Eagles

Wrestling

December 15, 1991

Aberdeen Eagles

Coach: Dick Slutzky, 20th season.

Assistants: Dave Easter, Brent Slutzky, Jerry Lacey, Karl Edwards, Kerry North.

Last year's record: 15-2, county champs, fourth in state Class 1A/2A.

Top returnees: Matt Slutzky (sr., 140), Zack Fowl (jr., 112), Brett Johnson (sr., 119), Mike Taylor (sr., 171), Aaron Wanless (jr., UNL), Todd Jones (sr., 152), Frank Johnson (so., 125), David Mumpower (jr., 135).

Key newcomers: Mike Davis (so., 103),Chris Nicholes (so., 112), Richard Shapiro (jr., 145), Chad Guerrera(so., 145/152), Charles Shannon (sr., 189), Kit Doran (fr., 125/130).

Coach's outlook: "I don't think we're going to be as dominant aswe have been. Everybody's got two or three good kids. I think it's going to be spread out a lot more than it has been. The thing that would help us is maybe we can take more seconds, thirds and fourths thaneveryone else."

Harford County Sun's outlook: As usual, the Eagles are the overwhelming favorite. They are coming off their 13th county title season -- the seventh in a row. This year, the Eagles move upto Class 3A/4A, but that won't affect their dominance in Harford County. Matt Slutzky (32-1 last year) will try to become the first ever to win four straight state titles. He is ranked No. 1 in his weight class by the Maryland State Wrestling Association. Fowl (31-2) goes after his second straight title. He is ranked No. 2 by the MSWA. Brett Johnson and Wanless were also county champs last year while Jones andTaylor were second. With 52 guys on the team, the Eagles have more depth than anyone else.

BEL AIR BOBCATS

Coach: Gene Blizzard, second season.

Assistants: Bruce Reilly, Doug Dempsey.

Last year's record: 7-5-1.

Top returnees: Scott Birth (sr., 125), Rob Smallwood(sr., 152), Franklin Jones (jr., 103/112), Anthony Pasko (jr., 130),Hana Chong (jr., 140), Brandon Barrett (jr., 160), Chris Kruse (jr.,171), Sean McGraw (sr., 189), Andy Clark (jr., UNL).

Key newcomers: Lucas Vanderwerff (fr., 103), Brian Stewart (fr., 119), Matt Birth(fr., 119/125), Dan Skurdal (so., 112), Ken Stork (so., 119), Joe Strazzire (so., 130), Steve Thomas (so., 145/152), Harry Ivers (jr., 145), Greg Bardour (so., 112).

Coach's outlook: "We have something we haven't had in the past -- we have a lot of depth. We have 55 kids and a lot of them have rec experience. We've been able to start off at a little bit faster pace than we have in the past."

Harford County Sun's outlook: The Bobcats finished third in the county last year,and Blizzard will have them battling for a spot in the top three again this season. Defending county champ Scott Birth (26-3) was third in states last year at 119. He is ranked No. 4 at 125 pounds by the Maryland Wrestling Association. Birth won his class at the Bel Air Tournament, but the Bobcats also had three other winners -- Pasko, Smallwood and Vanderwerff. Bel Air came within two points of winning the team title. The Bobcats have improved their depth with the addition of three talented freshmen, although Matt Birth, Scott's brother, has missed the early season with a lower back injury. With their combination of strong veterans and talented newcomers, the Bobcats should improve easily on last year's mark.

C. MILTON WRIGHT MUSTANGS

C. MiltonWright Mustangs

Coach: Carl Holston, fifth season.

Assistants:Ken Bryant, Mark Jacovitte, Mike McWhorter.

Last year's record: 8-7.

Top returnees: Aric Schwab (jr., 125), Chris Miller (sr., 140), Vince Pucciarella (so., 103), Ron Lentz (sr., 119), Gordon Reilly (jr., 135), Ethan Kushner (jr., 145), Kevin McGovern (sr., 152), Ryan Arist (sr., 189), Jason Joines (sr., UNL).

Key newcomers: Steve Stallard (sr., 130), Will Hanks (fr., 189), Rick Denny (so., 160), Barry Mitchell (so., 171), Jim Greene (so., UNL), Tim Politowicz (jr., 160), Dave Poole (jr., 112), Mike Schmidt (so., 135).

Coach's outlook: "We just made a big jump. We have everybody back, and we're loaded. We have a full jv team and the rec program up here is going full throttle. I'm really happy with what we have and with what we have coming up."

Harford County Sun's outlook: Looking for the most improved team in the county? Look no further than the C. Milton Wright. Withnine starters back, Stallard moving over from Aberdeen and new talent to fill in the holes, the Mustangs should move up with a bullet. Inthe early weeks of the season, however, the Mustangs are hobbling along. Four top wrestlers -- Schwab, Miller, Lentz and Poole (an experienced transfer from Oregon) -- will have to sit until the new year after discipline problems got them suspended from meets for the rest of1991. Once these four are back on the mat, the Mustangs should challenge for a spot in the top two in the county. Holston expects Schwab,Miller, Lentz, Stallard, Reilly and Joines to be in the battle for individual county titles.

EDGEWOOD RAMS

Coach: Chris Burns, fourth season.

Assistants: Matt Zvitkovitz, Denny Miller.

Last year's record: 12-3.

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