Three elimination bouts toward the county heavyweight wrestling title begin tonight, offering a main event between Old Mill's No. 3-ranked Don Marco and Southern's No. 4-ranked Robert Burley.
That event features two seniors -- Burley (5-1, five pins) and Marco (8-2, five)-- in a rematch of last year's county final, won 2-0 by Marco. Each was a regional runner-up and finished third in the state, Marco in Class 4A-3A, Burley in Class 2A-1A.
"I've been waiting for this ever since I beat him, 7-1, this summer," said Marco of their bout in the Eastern Nationals. The 225-poundMarco was second, and Burley third.
"But this time," said Burley -- a staunch 202-pounder who bench-presses 355 pounds -- "I'm up to the challenge."
Also stepping it up is Annapolis' 230-pound senior DeMond Galloway (8-3), who was third and fourth, respectively, in last year's county and regional tournaments, and fourth at the Annapolistournament this year.
He lost once each to Marco and Burley a year ago and is hoping to put behind him two losses from this season -- one to Oakland Mills' top-ranked state champion Monte Spencer and another to Walt Whitman's sixth-ranked Emil Dolzeal.
"Galloway had his best competition at the Annapolis tournament," said Annapolis coachDave Gehrdes, whose Panthers, ranked No. 5 in The Baltimore Sun poll, bring a 4-2 dual-meet record into tonight's match with North County.
"He's shooting pretty good takedowns, but he's got to learn to use his weight better," Gehrdes said.
The latter has come naturallyto Galloway's 230-pound opponent tonight, North County sophomore Corey Fowler (9-3).
"He's doing a lot of things that a coach can't teach," said North County coach Chuck Markiewicz of Fowler, who placed third in both the Chesapeake and Arundel tournaments.
"He's got two more years, and I can't wait until he starts lifting weights."
Lifting Glen Burnie's 240-pound junior Paul Musil is a tough task. His3-5 record is deceiving since he's coming off a run
ner-up finishat Arundel, where he lost, 3-1, to Meade's unbeaten Jeff Katona (10-0).
Northeast visits Glen Burnie tonight as the Eagles go for Coach Al Kohlhafer's 100th career victory. Musil could help prevent that from happening.
Arundel's 205-pound Brian Sands (8-5, three pins) has allowed just two of his matches to go the distance. Tonight, Sands takes on Chesapeake's 220-pound senior Kevin Sellers (11-3, eight pins), who is coming off of a third-place finish in Saturday's Aberdeen tournament.
In the Arundel tournament, Sands pinned a 275-pounder from Dundalk before losing, 9-5, to Fowler and finishing fourth. Sellers was pinned twice at the Arundel tournament -- once by Fowler --after having won the Cougar Invitational the previous week.