Ex-Calvert Hall champ Knox wins Tampa meet

Wrestling notebook

January 04, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Greg Knox, a 1992 Calvert Hall graduate and former Maryland Scholastic Association and National Prep champ, has carried his success on to the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J.

Competing as a post graduate in last weekend's Sunshine Open, in Tampa, Fla., Knox (a 14-0 record) emerged as the champion in the 47-man, 112-pound weight class.

"My first two matches I pinned the guys pretty quickly, the second guy in 21 seconds," said Knox, who won six bouts. "I beat the third guy, 10-4, on five takedowns and then I wrestled a guy who placed fifth in the junior nationals and beat him, 8-3.

"I was surprised with that match because I looked up some old records and saw that he had beaten a second-team All-American in last year's junior nationals."

Knox beat former Georgia State champion, Richard Robinson, 11-3, in the semifinals, and won his title bout, 6-1. The former second-team All-Metro wrestler has a B average and is being recruited by Brown, Duke, Pennsylvania and Franklin & Marshall tTC universities.

Knox's former teammate, Calvert Hall's fifth-ranked, MSA champ Brendan James (135, 12-2) led the Cardinals to a ninth-place finish in an extremely tough Herndon Invitational tournament last week.

James dropped his title bout, 3-1, to Riverdale Baptist's third-ranked Jeremy Young, and his fourth-ranked teammate, Gino Amasia (98) downed Stonewall Jackson's Todd Mason, 12-4, for his title. Calvert Hall's Brian Kapp (103) was fourth.

Top-ranked Mount St. Joseph's No. 2-ranked MSA champ Dave Sunderland (heavyweight) was second at the University of California (Pa.) tournament. Finishing fourth were top-ranked MSA champ Kevin Neville (152) and fifth-ranked Shane McCarthy (145). Top-ranked Danny DeVivo (160) failed to place.

As the only high school wrestler -- all others were in college -- in his weight class at the Wilkes Open in Wilkesboro, Pa., Owings Mill's two-time state champion and All-American Grant Johnson (171) won two matches to reach the quarterfinals, before losing, 6-5, to the eventual champion from Penn State.

Loyola's defending MSA champion and No. 3-ranked Dave Daniecki (189 pounds, 14-2) has lost only to Riverdale Baptist's No. 2 Marcus Foran, 3-1, and in overtime, 5-3, to Smithsburg's No. 1 two-time 2A-1A state champ Chris Kretsinger. Daniecki (eight pins) had a 3-0 second-period lead against Kretsinger (7-0, six pins) in last week's Leopard Invitational at Smithsburg, but allowed the bout-winning takedown in overtime. Kretsinger (a career 66-3) has lost only to a two-time West Virginia state champion (twice), and once to Linganore's 4A-3A champ Chris Butler.

Daniecki, an All-Metro wrestler, has beaten Arundel's sixth-ranked county and regional runner-up Greg Booth and Wilde Lake's fourth-ranked three-time county champion and state runner-up Nate Casella. He also handed Owings Mills' previously unbeaten Ed Overton his first loss in nine matches.

Other titlists for third-place Loyola were fifth-ranked Greg Smith (14-1), two-time MSA champion Tim Spielman (135) and Al DiPietro (171).

An expected matchup between Smith and Smithsburg's second-ranked 2A-1A state runner-up Doug Batey (145, 30-1 last year) never materialized. Batey moved up a class to win. Hereford's third-ranked 2A-1A state champion Jesse Channell (160, 7-0) missed weight.

Smithsburg's John Noggle (112) won his second straight crown, pinning Harford County champ Brandon Moore for Moore's first season loss.

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