Walbrook coach has happy homecoming

December 21, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

*TC If Wavie Gibson comes around bragging about his Walbrook wrestling team's effort in last weekend's Salisbury Christmas tournament, try not to blame him.

Gibson is a 1982 graduate of Mardela High in Wicomico County, where he became the school's first state champion as a senior.

So after his Warriors (142 points) went down to the Eastern Shore and captured the 14-team tournament crown -- two spots in front of his alma mater -- the stocky coach could tell his former rivals that he could still deliver a championship performance.

"Most of the coaches there knew me, including Pat Briscoe, the coach of [tournament host] Parkside, who was coaching when I was in high school," said Gibson, whose Warriors entered the tournament for the second year. "We were seventh last year, so winning was special for me and the guys on the team."

The Warriors, who were coming off an eighth-place finish at Chesapeake (Anne Arundel County) the week before, entered the championship finals with a slim lead (122-119) over runner-up J. M. Bennett.

But three of the Warriors' four finalists emerged victorious, including George Chandler (130, 7-1) and Mark Hollingsworth (145). They defeated wrestlers from Mardela, which entered the event ranked No. 10 by the Maryland State Wrestling Association.

Another winner was Jamil Stokely (160), who survived a first-period ankle injury to defeat Bowie's Brock Tucker, 11-8. The winning margin was the same as in Stokely's upset of Northeast's regional champion Alan Grunder at Chesapeake, where Stokely placed fourth.

Runner-up Kevin Hughes (112) scored an upset over a Virginia state champion, William Bailey of Nandua High, before losing a 5-4 championship-bout decision to Parkside's Chung Yeah.

Kevin Muldrow (135) and Kevin Forrester (171) placed third for the defending Maryland Scholastic Association B Conference-champion Warriors, who are gaining valuable tournament experience for their inaugural venture into the MPSSAA's 4A-3A regional and state meets.

"There's a banner at my old school with my name on it," said Gibson. "I keep telling [the wrestlers], 'That's what we're shooting for.' "

Boys' Latin was shooting for -- and surpassed -- Aberdeen in the 23rd annual John Carroll tournament over the weekend, placing 12 of its wrestlers in the top three spots of their weight classes to beat the Eagles, 205-155.

Only two of the Lakers (2-0) eight finalists -- Tim Berger (112) and Shane Marquess (135) -- won individual titles, with runners-up in Ashley Harrison (119), Jim Quinn (130), Lev Galitzen (140), Chris Smith (171) and Pat Cairns (189).

Placing third for the Lakers were Ashley's twin brother, Mike (125), Mike Cangemi (145), Erik Fitez (152) and Jarrett Leeb (160), offsetting five individual champions from Aberdeen, which had a third-place finisher and two who finished fourth.

The Eagles were coming off a victory over Cecil County's North East -- tied for 10th in the MSWA rankings -- with individual champs in two-time state champion Zack Fowl (119), Kit Doran (140), Chad Guerrera (152), Chris Allen (189) and heavyweight Aaron Wanless.

Fowl is the MSWA's top-ranked wrestler.

The effort by Allen (7-2) followed his decision of North East's fourth-ranked

Andy Vanover in last week's dual meet.

Two of the MSWA's highly ranked wrestlers -- Edgewood's top-ranked Minh Dang and St. Paul's sixth-ranked Steve Truitt -- battled at 125 pounds. Dang, a 2A-1A state tournament runner-up last year, used an overtime takedown to win, 3-1.

Overlea (2-1) finished third with two champions, John Fields (145) and Walter Clark (160), who contributed key victories in the Falcons' respectable 40-23 dual-meet loss to Owings Mills, the two-time 2A-1A state champion.

Against Owings Mills, Fields' third-period pin overcame an early 2-0 deficit against Eric Wingrat, and Clark scored a 16-0 technical fall. These two wrestlers, along with John Carroll tournament runner-up Lonnie Means (152), are the base around which Overlea coach Bruce Malinowski hopes to build this season.

Gilman's Gerard Harrison (119) ran his record to 10-0 with his second straight McDonogh tournament title and is the MSWA's third-ranked wrestler in his weight class. Harrison owns a 2-1 victory over Wheaton's Steve Barwick, a 4A-3A state tournament runner-up last year who is ranked No. 2 at 125 pounds.

Harrison edged Barwick to earn the Magruder tournament crown two weeks ago and appears to be the favorite to win an MSA crown this year after last year's runner-up finish.

In the Friends Classic invitational over the weekend, Westminster (158 points) and Loyola (154) finished a distant second and third, respectively, to then-No. 6 and two-time defending 2A-1A state champion Owings Mills (191) in the five-team, round-robin affair.

Under a complicated scoring system developed by tournament organizer and Friends coach Tom Lomonica, the Owls (2-2) had 11 wrestlers among the top three in their weight classes, compared to 10 for Loyola.

Champions for Owings Mills were Josh Ellin (103), Adam Fink (112), Greg Kessler (135), Jason Pinsky (160), Grant Johnson (171) and heavyweight Clint Helphinstine.

Kessler, a two-time state champion, scored a 15-0 technical fall over Loyola's two-time MSA champion Tim Spielman.

Loyola had four individual champions -- third-ranked Dave Daniecki (189), fifth-ranked Greg Smith (140), Jason Gibson (119) and Dave Miller (145).

Daniecki edged Owings Mills' previously unbeaten Ed Overton, 1-0.

Smith edged Westminster's tough Brad Shisler, 8-7, for the second time this season in a wild match. He downed Shisler in an earlier dual meet, 3-2, and overcame a 4-2 deficit with three takedowns in the latest meeting.

Carver had a bittersweet tournament at McDonogh, finishing seventh in the eight-team field behind Poly.

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