Chesapeake beats N. County but loses to Northeast, 47-21

December 09, 1992|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Chesapeake wrestling coach Tom Slichter wanted to use yesterday's tri-match with North County and host Northeast as a gauge to see how far his team had come.

All he learned, however, was that his No. 10 Cougars still have a long way to go.

Seventh-ranked Northeast struggled in the middle weights, but got the pins it needed in the lower and heavy weights to secure a 47-21 victory over their cross-town rivals.

"We have some weak points, and Northeast really exposed them today," said Slichter, whose team will face the Northeast again in this weekend's Cougar Invitational at Chesapeake. "They came ready for bear, and we just weren't ready.

"We weren't in shape, and a lot of that is my fault. We hit one or two moves, and we had to stop and rest."

Northeast picked up big points in the early bouts on pins by Dale Bowers (103 pounds), Mike Kusick (119) and Chris Morrow (125), and a technical fall at 112 by Marty Kusick.

Steve Smiddy, who won 28 matches and finished third in the county for Northeast last season, was leading 3-2 when disqualified for biting his 130-pound opponent Ron Alexander.

The Chesapeake kept its mathematical hopes alive when Steve Shirk (135) and Steve Davis (140) decisioned their opponents. Chesapeake looked to have gained the momentum it needed when 145-pound Rob Zittle fought from behind to defeat Ron Katzenberger 8-6 in overtime.

Northeast answered with four straight pins to end the suspense. Jason Grunder (152) started it off by pinning Keith Weaver 1:08 into the second period. Alan Grunder (160) and Jeremy Funk (171) followed with first-period falls and Ken Fowler (189) closed it out by pinning Greg Virgich with 16 seconds left in the first period.

"I was hoping that our kids were ready for this match, and I think they were," said Northeast coach Al Kolhafer. "This is an intense rivalry, and I thought every one of my kids did an excellent job tonight. Nobody let up."

Neither team had much difficulty with North County: Northeast claimed a 53-13 victory, Chesapeake a 49-18 win.

Heavyweight Corey Fowler and 135-pound Dave Thomas were the only two double-winners for North County. It took Fowler just 20 seconds to dispose of Northeast's Dan Defenbaugh, and luckily so, as he needed every ounce of energy to defeat Chesapeake's Chuck McConnell, 14-10.

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