Oakland Mills' Seidman making a tough move on Rosenberg's county record Wrestling notebook

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

Four more wins and Oakland Mills wrestler Adam Seidman will break the county victory total held by the Scorpions' three-time state champion Jeff Rosenberg.

Rosenberg had 106 victories and four county titles at Oakland Mills four years ago, winning the state title three times and placing third as a freshman. His achievement made him the state's first wrestler to win three crowns and to place another year.

Seidman, a three-time county champion with a 12-1 record, didn't get his 103rd victory easily.

He earned a tough 2-1 decision over Wheaton's county and regional champion Giscard Grant, who brought an 11-0 record into the title bout of the Lackey tournament after winning the 23-team Magruder Tournament a week earlier.

Seidman is the sixth-ranked 145-pounder by the Maryland State Wrestling Association, but he dropped to 140 pounds to face Grant, who placed fourth in last year's 4A-3A state tournament and is second-ranked at 140 by the MSWA.

Until the bout-ending whistle Saturday night, Seidman had finished second, third and second at Lackey.

Last year, he captured crowns at Annapolis and Arundel. Seidman placed third at Annapolis this year, and will defend his Arundel tournament crown next month.

"Lackey was the only high school tournament I hadn't won," said Seidman, a regional champ last year. "That, and the state tournament."

Seidman qualified for the state tournament as an alternate as a freshman, losing a first-round decision to the eventual state champion from Thomas Stone. He placed third in the regional and 4A-3A state tournaments as a sophomore, but lost in last year's championship semifinal and consolation semifinal.

* Lost in Centennial's last-place finish at the eight-team McDonogh tournament over the weekend is the fact that the Eagles' Jason Nagle (112) wrestled well en route to a third-place finish. Teammate Anthony DiPietro (160) placed fourth for the Eagles.

Nagle scored an 11-2 decision over his first-round opponent, Son Nguyen of Franklin, before going down, 10-2, against the eventual champion -- North Carroll's top-ranked, defending 2A-1A state champion Jeremy Myers.

He rebounded to beat Gilman's Allen West, 4-0, with West coming off of a third-place finish at the Magruder Invitational.

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 take 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, in a match he said "was against the guy who had the best [takedown]shot of anyone I've seen this year."

That's saying a lot, considering Daniecki has faced Riverdale Baptist's No. 2-ranked Marcus Foran, Wilde Lake's fourth-ranked Nate Cassella (a 10-4 win) and Arundel's sixth-ranked Greg Booth (an overtime victory).

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.

* In a key match, the DeMatha Stags, who finished fourth in the 18-team Lackey event, will meet Northeast and Chesapeake tomorrow night in what should be a competitive night of wrestling. Northeast (5-0) and Chesapeake (3-1) are ranked No. 4 and No. 13, respectively, in The Baltimore Sun poll.

DeMatha's Robert Alexander, who pinned Broadneck's former state champion Charlie Bennett for the Annapolis tournament crown, bumped up to 125 pounds at the Lackey tournament. Alexander, who won the season-opening victory in the Maryland Catholic Invitational at Baltimore's Curley, scored three first-period pins to reach the Lackey title bout -- where he suffered his first loss, 5-4, to McDonough's fifth-ranked Tim Cummins.

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