Patriots, Eagles and Cougars have grip on county supremacy HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING PREVIEW

December 06, 1992|By Pat O'Malley Arundel

Annapolis

Senior Mitch Schanken is another potential starter at 125.

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Glen Burnie

Improving from an 0-12 season two years ago to 2-10-1 last season, Glen Burnie coach Bruce Sider has more wrestlers with varsity experience than most other county teams.

Sider begins his 13th season with six returnees, although heavyweight Paul Musil is the only senior.

"We had the biggest turnout since 1986 when 60 kids came out," said Sider, who had 54 candidates. "But nothing takes the place of experience."

Four juniors with limited experience are back in Brian Bauer (112), Jason Baldwin (130), Mike Abbott (140) and John Dailey (160).

"And we have another junior who could be somebody to keep an eye on in Darrell Miner," said Sider. "He could become a very good wrestler."

Two freshmen made the team in Jay Queer (119), who has youth league experience, and Jeremy Bruce (103), a transfer from Belgium.

"I guess we have to look to the future because we are young like everybody else, and lost a couple key wrestlers to academic probation," said Sider. "I'll be happy if we can get two or three wins as a team."

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Meade

It wasn't a job he was looking for, but now that he has it, Meade rookie coach Al Korolowicz is going full tilt.

"I was substitute teaching here and after they found out about my background, they asked me to take the coaching job," said Korolowicz, who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the Johns Hopkins University wrestling program.

Korolowicz inherits a program that has changed coaches frequently the past few years and won only four matches the past two years. The Mustangs were 1-11-1 last year and have little experience.

"Academic ineligibility is killing us because we have the top part of our team missing," said Korolowicz, who hopes a tutor program he developed will put most of them back in good standing.

Meade's top two wrestlers are the Cruz brothers, senior Jess (140) and junior Mark (152). Korolowicz expects production from senior captain Mike Walker (140 or 145) and senior heavyweight Mike Butz.

"We're heavy in the middle weights but lacking from 171 and up," said Korolowicz. "It's going to take awhile, but I'm committed to turning this around."

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North County

North County has 10 wrestlers back from last season, which may not sound promising to a team that lost every match. But new coach Song Chang, an assistant to Chuck Markiewicz last year, is encouraged.

Returning to the Knights are seniors Dave Thomas (130), Denny Stiegler (140), Tony Ruffin (145), Charles Douglas (152) and Butch Springfield (171), and juniors James Collins (103), Shawn Potwin (125), Rich Collins (130), Ryan Seggerty (135) and Corey Fowler (heavyweight). Fowler's most impressive win last year was a 3-2 decision over MSA champion Dave Sunderland of Mount St. Joseph.

Chang has 13 newcomers -- seniors Jamie Raynor (125), Mike Quarles (140), Jim Wedeking (152) and Jimmy Lee (189), junior Jeff Rose (160), sophomores Keith Schultz (103), Brandon Ogden (112) and Joe Key (145), and freshmen Jason Stiegler (112), Brooks Wedeking (112), Brian Balonis (125), Charles Jones (130) and Kevin Bloomquist (135).

"We had a bigger group at first, about 40 kids, but they started dropping off," said Chang. "With the group we have now, I expect good things, especially from Jason Stiegler. He'll probably be our new star after everyone else is gone."

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Northeast

Northeast coach Al Kohlhafer said he is looking for his team to be competitive, "and hopefully, we'll win some matches."

Northeast lost just one starter from a team that sent five wrestlers to the states last year. Among the returnees are sophomores Marty and Mike Kusick. Marty (103/112) was 28-1-1 at 103, and won the county and region meets before placing third in the states. Mike (112/119) was 28-2 at 112, and finished as county champion and region and state runner-up.

Senior Al Grunder (160/171) was the county runner-up, region champion and state semifinalist at 152, at 22-9. Junior Jason Grunder (145/152) was fourth in the county and region at 140. Senior Bill Katzenberger (152/160) was second in the county and third in the region at 145. Junior Steve Smiddy (125/135) was third in the county at 119.

Kohlhafer likes the potential of freshmen Dale Bowers (103/112) and Chris Morrow (119/125). They're joined by senior Jeremy Funk (160/171), juniors Matt Jewer (125/135), Lonnie Harris (135/140) and Ken Fowler (189/heavyweight), and sophomores Ron Katzenberger (141/145) and Dan Defenbaugh (heavyweight).

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Old Mill

"We're young" are the first words out of Old Mill coach Mike Hampe's mouth when describing his team. "We're talented" wouldn't be a bad way to follow.

The Patriots won an unprecedented fourth-straight state Class 4A-3A championship last winter, qualifying a state-record 12 wrestlers for the meet. They also broke county (229 points) and Region IV (267) scoring records.

With seven sophomores, this team has a much different look.

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