Northeast trounces Chesapeake Wrestling

December 23, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

No. 4 Northeast and No. 13 Chesapeake got into their second wrestling brawl of the season and this time they invited DeMatha.

At the match held at Northeast, DeMatha's Stags (2-1), the seven-time Metro Conference champions, defeated Chesapeake (2-3), 40-23, before losing 49-15 to Northeast (7-0), which crushed Chesapeake, 48-18, for the second time this season.

The featured bout of the evening had Northeast's third-ranked 112-pounder Marty Kusick (9-0) dropping to 103, where he won, 8-7, over Dematha's top-ranked Todd Beckerman (17-1, 14 pins). Beckerman, a Crofton resident, trailed 4-0 after the first period and 6-3 entering the third, but cut it to 6-5 with his second of three takedowns.

It was 7-7, after Beckerman countered an escape with another takedown, but leading 8-7 with 21 seconds remaining, Kusick held him off.

"It was my plan to take him down the whole match, but he was quick and spun behind me because my shots weren't deep enough," said Kusick, who scored two reversals in the match. "I'm planning to go down to 103 for regions and states, but I dropped today because we weren't sure we'd get a win there otherwise."

Northeast rolled from there, winning all but three of the remaining bouts, with pins by Chris Morrow (125), Matt Jewer (135), Ron Katzenberger (140), Alan Grunder (160) and Jeremy Funk (171), technical falls by Mike Kusick (119) and Steve Smiddy (130), and decisions by county runner-up Bill Katzenberger (152) and heavyweight Dan Defenbaugh.

"Everyone sticks together as a team and we work our problems out," said regional champion Alan Grunder, one of the squad's three seniors, who improved to 9-3 with his seventh and eighth pins of the season. "In my four years here, this is the best team I've been on."

Against Chesapeake, DeMatha led 23-0 after the first four bouts,including Ron Alexander's (125) default loss to the Stags' fifth-ranked Robert Alexander (16-1), who trailed 2-0 when he couldn't continue after being slammed.

"We're friends, we wrestled all summer as teammates," said Alexander (9-2, four pins), who pinned his Northeast opponent. "He's protecting his season, I can't blame him if he was hurt."

DeMatha led 27-15 after the next five bouts, managing only Matt Allman's (145) 20-7 decision of previously unbeaten Rob Zittle (8-1).

Northeast led Chesapeake 24-6 after the first five matches. Dale Bowers (103), the Kusick twins and Smiddy (130) sandwiched their pins around one by Ron Alexander (125).

It was 27-6 after Jewer (135) overcame an early 2-0 deficit to win, 6-4, got decisions from Horton and Zittle (145). Zittle overcame a 2-0 deficit to win 4-3 over Jason Grunder (8-3).

Northeast put the match out of reach mathematically 48-12 with a decision by Bill Katzenberger (152) and pins by Alan Grunder (160), Funk (171) and Ken Fowler (189).

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