Noon helps Arundel win own tourney Wrestling

December 31, 1992|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

John Noon's 3-2 heavyweight decision over Dundalk's Don Forbes lifted the hosts to 217.5-216 victory in yesterday's 14th-annual Arundel Holiday Invitational wrestling tournament.

Runner-up Dundalk (4-0) had 17 overall pins, but Arundel (3-1) had champs in Dan Waters (119, 8-1) and sixth-ranked, county and regional runner-up Greg Booth (171, 9-1).

"I knew it would be close," said Noon (10-0, eight pins). "Both teams had seven finalists, so I felt it was up to me."

Arundel finished ahead of West Virginia's Independence (201.5, third), which was third in its state tournament last year, Chesapeake (180, last year's champ), and Wilde Lake (151.5), which is 5-0 in dual meets.

Dundalk's champs were Dan Simancek (103, 9-2); Erik Cuppett (152, 10-3), third-ranked, county, regional and state champion Rick Staab (145, 16-0). Staab (11 pins) winning his third crown by pinningall three of his opponents.

A much-anticipated meeting of Wilde Lake's fourth-ranked Nate Casella and Independence's Roger Fraley (6-1, six pins), became a takedown clinic for three-time Howard County champ Casella. Fraley entered the match with 64 career pins, but Casella's 14-5 victory -- including six takedowns -- so frustrated Fraley that he threw several punches.

"He was sorry on his feet and I basically tired him out," said Casella (11-2 ). "I didn't look at his reputation. I just told myself I'm the man, and people should be afraid of me."

Waters' twin brother, Don (125), dropped a tough one, 7-5, to Chesapeake's Ron Alexander (11-2, six pins). Alexander was joined in victory by teammate Steve Davis (130, 9-3), who pinned all three of his opponents.

North County's Meade tournament champ Dave Thomas (135, 11-2) blanked Independence's Chris Acord (third in the state), 6-0, in the first round before a pin and a major decision.

Chesapeake's county and regional champ Doug Horton (140, 5-1), last year's champ, lost, 7-4, to Independence's Jeff Taylor .. after leading, 4-0.

Booth won his second straight crown with his seventh pin. He edged Wilde Lake's fifth-ranked county and regional champ Mike Green, 6-4, in an overtime semifinal after trailing, 2-0.

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