With its wrestling victories over No. 3 Broadneck and No. 5 Chesapeake last night, host and No. 1 Old Mill virtually secured its 10th Anne Arundel County league dual meet title.
Ranked No. 1 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, the Patriots defeated the MSWA's No. 7 Bruins (8-2, 7-1), 41-16, and beat the No. 9 Cougars (7-2, 6-2), 49-8.
Highlighting the night was the Patriots' Marc Procaccini (160, 12-2-1), who scored a takedown in the last four seconds for a 4-2 victory over Broadneck's fifth-ranked Seth Lopatkiewicz (17-2).
"I've been gunning for him ever since last year," said Procaccini, a junior who helped Patriots (12-0 overall) to improve to 8-0 against the county. "He was a total leg wrestler, so I work on countering those yesterday, and it worked."
Broadneck's fourth-ranked defending state champion Charlie Bennett (112, 18-2) downed Old Mill senior Steve Lundstrom (14-7), 3-0, in a rematch of last year's 103-pound state final. Lundstrom, who edged Bennett for last year's county crown, trails the series, 4-1 between the two wrestlers.
Double-winners for Old Mill included sophomore Jason Bryant (103, a 15-4 record), juniors Kevin Seavey (130, 10-4) and Rick Oleszczuk (140, 10-3), and top-ranked senior John Bliss (145, 18-0). No. 4-ranked Brian Layman (171, 16-2), No. 3-ranked Ernie Longazel (189, 19-1) and No. 3-ranked heavyweight Don Marco (18-2) also won twice.
Against Chesapeake, Bryant and Lundstrom sparked the Patriots to a 10-0 lead with consecutive technical fall victories.
Chesapeake still trailed, 15-8, after decisions from their only individual winners, sixth-ranked Doug Horton (135, 16-2) and Steve Shirk (119, 12-2), and after the Cougars' Ron Alexander (125, 17-2-1) battled Old Mill's Joe DeLong (4- 6-1) to a 9-9 draw.
The Patriots swept the rest of the matches, however, including pins from Todd Hultgren (152, 16-3-1), Layman, Longazel and Marco.