Chesapeake and Old Mill wrest titles Arundel duo pins down tourney wins

December 30, 1991|By Lem Satterfield

Old Mill and Chesapeake overwhelmed separate eight-team fields in weekend tournaments, with each Anne Arundel County team placing 11 wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes.

Chesapeake (216 points) outdistanced second-place Northeast (158.5) and kept host Arundel from winning its 11th straight holiday tournament crown Saturday. Top-ranked, three-time Class 4A-3A state champion Old Mill (152.5) edged host St. Stephens/St. Agnes (133.5), Yorktown (132) and last year's champion, Robinson (101) in Alexandria, Va.

For the Patriots, who were third in the tournament a year ago, senior state champion Brian Layman (171 pounds) won his second consecutive crown, improving his record to 8-1. Senior teammate John Bliss (145, 9-0) remained his squad's only unbeaten wrestler. Chesapeake got titles from sophomore Doug Horton (130, 8-2) and senior Steve Kopp (145, 10-1).

For seventh-place Gilman (68.5), John Kim (135, 14-0) was also a champion at St. Stephens/St. Agnes.

Placing second for Old Mill were sophomores Josh Buckland (95, 2-1) and Jason Bryant (103, 7-2), junior Todd Hultgren (152, 7-2) and senior Mark Proccacini (160, 4-1). Chesapeake sophomores Steve Shirk (119, 3-1), Rob Zittle (125, 6-4) and Steve Davis (135, 3-4-1) were runners-up.

"We're strong throughout the lineup," said Chesapeake coach Tom Slichter, whose Cougars (3-0 in dual meets) finished third in last year's tournament.

Third-place finishers for Chesapeake were Mark Downey (103), Rich Brown (112), Ron Shirk (152), Tony Perillo (160), Shawn Somers (171) and Chuck McConnell (189). Old Mill's No. 3-ranked heavyweight Don Marco, No. 3 Ernie Longazel (189) and Young Chang (140) were third, and Steve Lundstrom (112), Vytas Dulys (119) and Rick Oleszczuk (135) were fourth.

"We got exposed to a lot of different techniques," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe. "St. Stephens/St. Agnes is the defending Independent Schools champ, so this should really help us down the road."

For Northeast, freshman twins Marty (103) and Mike (112) Kusick and sophomore Steve Smiddy (119) all improved to 11-0, and the Eagles' 152-pound champion Al Grunder raised his record to 10-3.

While the Kusicks each scored technical falls and Grunder, a junior, pinned Wilde Lake's Robert McGrain in the third period, Smiddy had a tougher time, winning, 6-5, over Steve Shirk.

Each of third-place Arundel's (143.5) finalists were victorious. Wildcats senior Phil Stratton (160) blanked Glen Burnie's John Wehn, 7-0, and junior teammate Greg Booth (171) scored a second-period pin over Wilde Lake's Nate Casella, a defending Howard County champion. Booth, a county runner-up last year, improved to 10-0 and Casella dropped to 9-2.

Three more wrestlers remained unbeaten. Mark Nevin (125) improved to 8-0 for fourth-place Glen Burnie (142 points) as did heavyweight Jeff Katona for sixth-place Meade (116).

No. 4-ranked junior Rick Staab moved to 12-0 for fifth-place Dundalk (127), getting his 10th pin in the second period to win his second consecutive Arundel tournament crown.

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