Smiddy works OT, allowing Northeast to double pleasure Wrestling

December 16, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

No. 7 Northeast cruised to easy victories over both South River, 50-12, and Southern, 58-6, last night, but one Eagles wrestler -- Steve Smiddy -- worked overtime.

Against South River, last year's 3A-2A league dual meet champ, the Eagles (4-0) swept the first eight bouts to put the match mathematically out of reach, 34-0, getting pins from Dale Bowers (103), second-ranked Mike Kusick (119) and Nick Patras (140), with decisions by Smiddy (130), third-ranked Marty Kusick (112), Chris Morrow (125), Matt Jewer (135) and Ron Katzenber (145).

South River (2-1-1), which later defeated Southern (0-2), 34-24, trailed the Eagles, 50-0, after Jason Grunder's (152) major decision, a pin by his regional champion brother, Alan (171), and a forfeit for Bill Katzenber (160). But pins by Seahawks Jaron Hairston (189, 8-0) and heavyweight Jason Spraybury prevented the shutout as the Eagles secured the county 3A-2A league title with the sweep.

Smiddy, however, required an overtime takedown for a 4-2 win over the Seahawks' Jamie Reid (6-1), similar to his title-winning effort in last weekend's Chesapeake tournament. There, Smiddy also used an overtime takedown for a 4-2 victory over Walbrook's George Chandler.

But against Southern's fifth-ranked Sherrard Neal, Smiddy lost on overtime riding criteria. Smiddy, a junior, had a 3-1 lead on Neal before allowing a double-leg takedown with 10 seconds left.

"They should have never gone into overtime, it just never should have happened," coach Al Kohlhafer said of Smiddy (6-2), who was third in last year's county tournament. "If he had gotten into a good stance, he would never have lost it. You can believe that there will be a lot of work done on that."

Hairston's eighth pin of the season and another by heavyweight Chris Love secured the match against Southern and the 101st victory for coach Chilly Orme. In an exciting 119-pound bout, a third-period five-point headlock by South River's Travis Murdock -- a natural 112- pounder -- overcame a 4-0 deficit for a 5-4 victory over Southern's Tyrone Neal Jr., the coach's son and younger brother of Sherrard.

"I don't think Smiddy was as strong as I was, but he was flexible," said Sherrard Neal (6-2), who pinned his South River opponent. "I guess I'm not in tip-top shape, or I wouldn't be gassing so much. Being ranked gives you something to wrestle for."

Southern's other bright spot was Nate Boothe (125), who won decisions in each of his bouts, including a wild one, 11-9, over Northeast's Chris Morrow.

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