Top-ranked Patriots rolls to title Anne Arundel wrestling

February 23, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Top-ranked Old Mill won its eighth Anne Arundel County title last night at South River with a record 229 points, breaking the record of 203.5 it set a year ago.

All five of Old Mill's champions are ranked by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Top-ranked John Bliss (145, 23-0) pinned all three of his opponents; fourth-ranked, defending state champion Brian Layman (171, 22-2) used two pins and a technical fall; sixth-ranked Marc Procaccini (160, 18-2-1) won his title bout, 5-4, over Broadneck's Seth Lopatkiewicz on a last-second takedown; and third-ranked Ernie Longazel (189, 24-1) downed Severna Park's Aaron Cree, 5-1.

Southern heavyweight Robert Burley (22-3) held a 6-0 lead over Old Mill's Don Marco (24-2) with 34 seconds left in the bout, but Marco rallied -- nearly pinning Burley -- before winning 8-7 on a buzzer-beating takedown. The bout was a rematch of last year's county final, which Marco won, 2-0.

"I was seeded second in this tournament and he was first -- and I was the county champ," said Marco, whose only losses came against Oakland Mill's top-ranked Monte Spencer. "I didn't deserve second seed. I was ready to give up, but I've worked too hard for this."

For runner-up and No. 5 Annapolis (132 points), Tom Sfakyianudas (135, 24-3) beat South River's Steve Glasgow, 11-6, and Chip Cochran (152, 25-1) cruised to his second straight title with a 7-1 victory over Northeast's Al Grunder.

Broadneck's top-ranked senior Shawn Miller (119, 27-0) won his third county title, 2-0, over South River's Greg Nida, saying afterward, "It feels good to win, but I want to go undefeated." Last year, he went 34-1 and was the state runner-up.

South River's Billy Whitcher (125, 27-1) was a county and regional runner-up to Miller last year. This year, he won the title with a 12-6 win over Annapolis' Seth Robbins. Another former runner-up, Chesapeake's Doug Horton (130, 23-3), held off Old Mill's Kevin Seavey, 6-4. Severna Park's Scott Woodland (140, 25-3) defeated Horton for last year's title and this time nipped Annapolis' Ford Baumgardener, 3-1.

For fourth-place Northeast, the Kusick twins -- Marty (103, 22-0-1) and Mike (112, 24-1) -- continued their quest to become only the fifth and sixth freshmen to win state titles. Marty pinned Old Mill's Jason Bryant and Mike won, 6-0, over Broadneck's defending Class 4A-3A state champion Charlie Bennett (24-3).

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