Undermanned Vikings start in 12-point hole Mount Hebron HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PREVIEW

December 06, 1992|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Mount Hebron's wrestling team isn't leaving itself much room for improvement.

Coming off a 4-8 season with one win against a county opponent -- 33-30 over Atholton -- the Vikings have begun the 1992-1993 campaign either vacant or thin in six positions.

They are forfeiting at 103 pounds and heavyweight, guaranteeing 12-point deficits entering every match. In addition, the Vikings have just one wrestler at 112, 160, 171 and 189.

And five starters are lost from last season.

"We don't have any depth at 103, 112 and 160 and up, so if we have any injuries, we're in real bad shape," coach Bill Hamel said. "We'll just have to see what happens."

Hamel is stocked with wrestlers in the middle weights. His brightest spots are seniors and returning starters Scott Cooper (119) and Steve Boswell (135).

Last year, Cooper wrestled at 112 pounds. A control wrestler with a good takedown, he finished 14-5, won the county championship and placed third in Class 2A-1A, Region III. He is the favorite to claim first in the county at 119, Hamel said.

Boswell had a 12-4 mark, third in the county and fourth in the region.

Hamel noted that Cooper and Boswell face some "tough" competition because there are a lot of wrestlers in their divisions.

Sophomores Evan Murphy (145) and Devon Runion (189), juniors Josh Southworth (112), Mark Pearson (130), Matt Fadrowski (140), Chris Page (160) and Jason Chung (171), and seniors Brian Linn (125) and Wes Garrison (152) complete the roster.

Just two consistent wrestlers, though, probably won't cut it. And without a feeder program, Hamel says it's difficult to contend with perennial county powerhouses Oakland Mills and Hammond.

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