Mryncza has score to settle with Pendles Wrestling notebook

December 14, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Sean Mryncza was just getting into the groove.

After having pinned his first two opponents, and blanked Mount St. Joseph's Jake Lissau, 5-0, in the semifinals of last weekend's Chesapeake Cougar Invitational, the 103-pound Archbishop Curley wrestler sat in the bleachers as the consolation championship round began Saturday.

With the championship finals to begin shortly, Mryncza mentioned Dunbar's Bruce Pendles, the second-ranked, defending Maryland Scholastic Association champion and an old junior-league foe. Mryncza took exception to a feature that ran in last week's Baltimore Sun, in which Pendles said he leads his series with Mryncza, 3-2.

"You know, I've pinned him at least six times in junior leagues," said Mryncza. "I've got the charts at home to prove it."

Mryncza (8-2, five pins) then went out and hammered Bladensburg's previously unbeaten Neal Sanchez, racking up a 10-0 lead -- including five second-period back-points -- en route to pinning him in 3 minutes, 49 seconds.

Mryncza said he hopes to resolve things with Pendles later in the MSA tournament, should Pendles drop from 112 pounds.

Defending MSA B Conference champion Walbrook fared well at Chesapeake, with runner-up George Chandler using a pin, a technical fall and a decision to reach the championship bout, where he dropped a 4-2 overtime decision to No. 7 Northeast's Steve Smiddy.

Runner-up Kevin Forrester (171) had two pins and a major decision before losing a wild match, 13-9, to South Carroll's Charles Setter. And Jamil Stokely (160, fourth) upset Northeast's regional champion Alan Grunder, 11-8.

"Forrester was a big surprise, and George lost a tough one. A couple of kids are just a fraction away from where I need them to be," said Walbrook coach Wavie Gibson. "But it's still too early to say how we'll do in the league."

To win Hereford's Invitational, 172.5-143 over Dundalk, No. 6 Owings Mills placed nine wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes. The Eagles' (3-0) individual winners were top-ranked, two-time 2A-1A state champions Gregg Kessler (135, 6-0), who has four pins and two technical falls, Grant Johnson (171, 6-0, six pins) and Ed Overton (189, 6-0).

Also for the Eagles, Josh Ellin (103) was a runner-up to No. 14 Franklin's Sean Groszkowski.

No. 13 Dundalk's only champion was 4A-3A state champion Rick Staab (145, 9-0, six pins), with runner-up finishes for Dan Dehn (130), Bob Hurley (140), Rick Estes (160) and heavyweight Don Forbes.

Joining Groszkowski as champions for third-place Franklin werthe Hudson brothers, Jim (125, sophomore) and second-ranked Jerry (130, senior), who was third in last year's 4A-3A state tournament.

Eastern Vocational Tech's Wayne Gast (119), a 4A-3A statrunner-up last year, pinned Franklin's county champion Matt Rendleman in 4:34, and Loch Raven's fifth-ranked Mike Brammer (152) edged Towson's sixth-ranked Shawn Kopalchick, 5-4. Brammer beat Kopalchick, 4-3, in the Loch Raven tournament a week earlier.

Milford Mill's third-ranked, 2A-1A runner-up Gary Harris and Chesapeake's Tom Strong (140) were the other champions.

Third-ranked Gerard Harrison (119) won his title, 2-1, over Wheaton's second-ranked, 4A-3A runner-up Steve Barwick to lead No. 12 Gilman to a third-place finish in the 23-team Magruder tournament.

Teammates Alan West (112, third), Mark Shavers (160, fourth) and Jamie Biddison (171, fifth) also placed for the Greyhounds.

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