Hammond gets fast start, powered by a dozen pins Wrestlers breeze in tri-meet opener

December 07, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Howard County's defending dual-meet wrestling champion Hammond used 12 pins to power past its season-opening tri-meet opponents Glenelg, 58-15, and South Carroll, 40-19, Friday.

Eight of the Bears' 13 wrestlers were double-winners, with regional champion Pat Brennan (189), Erin Woodward (145) and Brian Law (125) pinning both of their opponents.

Defending county champion Mac Goudy (171), Relly Evans (103), John Motley (135) and Josh Stokes (152) also won twice.

"I felt that South Carroll would be very strong because they beat Glenelg, 63-8," said Hammond coach Bill Smith. "But our kids just stepped right up, and I'm really pleased. I only see us getting better."

The Bears (2-0) will need to be at their best if they're going to defend their title against No. 11 Wilde Lake, which finished a strong third in last year's county tournament, behind Oakland Mills and the Bears.

Hammond won't be able to defend its titles in the Southern (Anne Arundel County) tournament or the one at Frederick Douglass (Prince George's County). Douglass bumped

the Bears to make room for in-county rivals, and the Southern tournament folded.

But Hammond, which returns five county place winners from last year's 13-1 squad, should see plenty of action in tournaments at Charles County's Lackey, Baltimore's Friends and Harford County's Edgewood.

The season is barely two weeks old, but Mount St. Joseph wrestlers Danny DeVivo (160) and Kevin Neville (152) say their concentration has been tested.

And if their combined 16-0 record is any indication, they are passing with flying colors.

Although the top-ranked Gaels (169) finished second to Riverdale Baptist (195.5) in the Annapolis tournament over the weekend, the two wrestlers found individual success in a team setback for the 17-time defending Maryland Scholastic Association champions.

DeVivo, a Highland resident who captured the Curley tournament crown a week earlier, secured an overtime takedown for a 6-4 win over Old Mill's defending state champion, Marc Procaccini.

"I'm winning the closer matches this year," said DeVivo, who finished second at Curley last year and third at Annapolis. He will try to defend his Chesapeake-AA crown this weekend.

"I knew the match would be close, but I was making a few mistakes that made it closer. But I sped it up for the last 10 seconds and got the takedown to win."

Neville, a Woodstock resident,had hoped to meet eighth-place Randallstown's (94 points) state champion Johnny Montgomery in the final, but Montgomery (third place) was upset, 6-2, by third place McDonough's (127 points) Chris Hawkins.

Neville downed Hawkins, 10-3.

"I was kind of anxious because I thought I would wrestle Montgomery and I'd heard a lot about him," said Neville (8-0), an MSA champion who a week earlier pinned all four of his opponents in 6:28 to capture the Curley tournament title. "I thought Hawkins would be a tight match, but it didn't turn out that way."

Another county resident, the Gaels' David Inkman (119),

dropped a 2-0 semifinal decision to the eventual champion, DeMatha's Robert Alexander, before rebounding to take third place.

A young Oakland Mills squad finished in an 11th-place tie with Walt Whitman at Annapolis.

Oakland Mills' three-time county champion Adam Seidman (145), whose 97 career wins is nine shy of the school's all-time victory total, was the Annapolis champion last year but dropped an 8-0 decision to McDonough's third-ranked, state runner-up Damon Newsome in the semifinals.

Seidman finished third, then watched Newsome win the title, 9-4 over the Gaels' top-ranked Shane McCarthy -- who was a runner-up to Seidman a year ago.

Geoff Henderson (152) was another bright spot for the Scorpions, going 3-2 in his bouts, which included a second-period pin and a 15-1 major-decision victory.

Henderson narrowly missed a top-four spot after dropping a 5-1 decision to Montgomery in the consolation semifinals.

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