No. 1 Gaels rule Cougar Invitational

December 13, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Mount St. Joseph's 125-pound wrestler, Russell Fecteau, was the epitome of his team's season yesterday.

After finishing second to Riverdale Baptist in the Curley and Annapolis tournaments, the top-ranked, 17-time defending Maryland Scholastic Association champion Gaels (235 points) blew away the 16-team field at yesterday's Cougar Invitational at Chesapeake (Anne Arundel).

"It's incredible. I feel like I'm on top of the world tonight," said Fecteau, a junior who improved to 11-2 with his 7-1 decision over Frederick's Tim Fields and joined four teammates on the victory stand.

"Those two previous tournaments helped," added Fecteau, who was second and third, respectively, at Curley and Annapolis. "I knew I had to have my head together at all times. I'm trying to make a name for myself, to prove I'm not a fluke."

For the Gaels, fourth-ranked Paul Scott (135, 10-2), fifth-ranked Shane McCarthy (145, 11-1) and top-ranked defending MSA champ Kevin Neville (152, 11-0) won their tournament crowns for the third straight time, and top-ranked Danny DeVivo (160, 11-0) won it for the second straight year.

Second-ranked heavyweight Dave Sunderland (10-1) used two pins and a 7-0 decision to win. McCarthy pinned his four opponents in a combined 5:21. DeVivo pinned his way into the finals before earning a 4-0 decision over Frederick's fifth-ranked Randy Suter (4-1). DeVivo won last week's Annapolis crown in overtime over Old Mill's second-ranked 4A-3A state champ Marc Procaccini.

No. 7 Northeast (Anne Arundel County) was second with 196, the best the Eagles have done in four of the tournament's six years, finishing ahead of Frederick (179.5), the Maryland State Wrestling Association's ninth-ranked team.

Both of Northeast's county champion Kusick twins, 112-pound Marty (6-0, four pins) and 119-pound Mike (6-0, three pins), were titlists, as was teammate Steve Smiddy (130, 5-1), who required an overtime takedown to hand Walbrook's (112, eighth) George Chandler his first loss, 4-2, in three matches.

Marty, ranked No. 3 by the MSWA, used three pins to reach the final, where he overcame deficits of 2-0 and 4-3 to win, 8-4, over Frederick's Sam Henry.

Second-ranked Mike used two technical falls and a pin to reach his title bout. He won by default over Mount St Joseph's MSA runner-up David Inkman, who broke his finger during a 3-1 upset victory Frederick's defending 4A-3A state champion Tim Novak.

Chesapeake's (169, fourth) 140-pound junior Rob Zittle (6-0) used two pins and two decisions to remain the only unbeaten wrestler for the 10th-ranked Cougars. And South Carroll's Charles Setters (171, 6-2) won a wild match, 16-9.

Curley's 103-pound Sean Mryncza (8-2, six pins) built a 10-0 lead before pinning Bladensburg's previously unbeaten Neal Sanchez in 3:49. Mryncza's only losses are to Calvert Hall's fourth-ranked Gino Amasia and Riverdale Baptist's sixth-ranked Nate Powell.

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