Seidman again has look of a champion Scorpions' star aims for fourth county crown

January 03, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

Scanning the walls of Oakland Mills' tradition-laden, orange-and-black "wrestling paradise," one will notice Adam Seidman listed as a Howard County champion in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Will the senior's name be posted again this year? Seidman and coach Steve Carnahan agree on the answer.

"Yeah, definitely," said Seidman, who wrestles at 140 pounds. "I've won three in a row and I'm a senior now and it's do or die."

Carnahan said: "That's true, there's no doubt about it. I've been around the sport long enough to be able to gauge how kids stack up with their ability, and there's no question in my mind that Adam is the best wrestler in the county. If I picked one wrestler this year and say he could be in states, it would be Adam."

If it becomes reality, Seidman will be only the third wrestler to capture four county titles, joining Atholton's Tim Lewis and Oakland Mills' Jeff Rosenberg. Seidman has championships in three weight classes -- 119 as a freshman, 125 as a sophomore and 135 as a junior.

Topping those marks, he claimed the Class 2A/1A, Region IV crown last year (130) and placed third in the state and regional tournaments as a sophomore (125).

With a career record of 103-15, Seidman needs four victories to surpass Rosenberg, a three-time state champion, as the all-time county winner. Seidman is 12-1 this season, most recently capturing four wins and the 140-pound championship at the 17-team Lackey Invitational Tournament.

Before Lackey, Seidman was the Maryland State Wrestling Association's sixth-ranked 145-pounder. He plans on keeping 140 as his primary weight, as he, Juri Freeman (103), Geoff Rosenberg (152) and Justin Wethington (heavyweight) are the keys to the Scorpions' bid for a third consecutive county title.

Just once -- as a sophomore to Howard's Alexis Gough -- has Seidman lost in the county.

Not brash but confident, he believes there's only one county opponent at 140, Wilde Lake's Tony Crawford, who can upset him. "That's if [Hammond's] Josh Stokes or Erin Woodward don't drop to 140," he said.

"He's proven over his career to be one of the toughest wrestlers ever in the county," said Hammond coach Bill Smith, who sees a "war" in a potential Seidman-Woodward matchup. "He has that heart where he just isn't going to quit."

Seidman's wrestling heart has been pumping since age 4, when he first took to the mat. He has competed nationwide in junior league and two junior Olympic tourneys, in which he finished 2-2 in 1991 and 0-2 in 1990.

Indeed, Seidman is rich in seasoning and talent, and Carnahan believes the wrestler's father, Jerry, a high school and college wrestler and currently coach at Walter Johnson High in Montgomery County, deserves much credit.

Carnahan said: "His greatest asset is his wealth of experience. He came to us as a very skilled athlete and his father was probably the greatest influence in developing him as an outstanding high school wrestler."

Smith credits a lot of Seidman's development to Danny Ricker, Carnahan's predecessor who coached Seidman in his first three seasons. "[Ricker] pushed him to get him as good as he is right now," Smith said.

Not a pinner, Seidman scores a lot of points with the "mind-set that I'm going to go out there and kill somebody," he said.

This season, he has just one pin, but has eclipsed Rosenberg's school record of technical falls (11) with two. On his feet, Seidman handles opponents with the "ankle pick" and "fireman's carry," and uses the "short sit-out series" to record escapes.

"It's like a legalized fight," Seidman said. "You go out there and take all your anger out on some people."

Carnahan characterizes Seidman as a "complete wrestler who is three-dimensional."

"He's very effective on his feet and from the top and bottom positions," Carnahan said. "A lot of times you'll get a kid who's effective in one or two of those areas, but not all three. You can expect to see Adam make something happen in each of those positions."

Seidman wants to make an impact on the college mats, where a freestyle system -- not the high school folkstyle -- is used.

"I have better balance," said Seidman of freestyle, a more aggressive style where points are awarded for initiating contact. "Hopefully, I'll get a scholarship."

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