Old Mill had plenty to cheer about at holiday tourney

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

Four-time state champion Old Mill (186.5 points) had seven finalists and five individual champions in capturing its second straight St. Stephen's/St. Agnes Holiday Wrestling Classic last week.

The second-ranked Patriots, who were far ahead of runner-up and co-No. 10 Gilman (152.5) in the eight-team affair, had champions in Jason Bryant (112), Kevin Seavey (130), Rick Oleszczuk (135), second-ranked state champion Marc Procaccini (160) and Don Patterson (189).

Mark Hines (145) and Todd Hutlgren (152) were runners-up, with Bill Schleifer (103) and Dave Basta (125) taking third, and Kevin Seavey (140) and heavyweight Bob Shaffer placing fourth.

"It was a great confidence booster for some of the kids," said Old Mill coach Mike Hampe, whose Patriots (152.5) beat host St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (133.5) for last year's crown, with Bryant, Hutlgren and Procaccini placing second, and Oleszczuk finishing fourth.

"We're still schooling the kids," said Hampe.

Gilman placed 10 of the 11 wrestlers it entered in the top three of their weight classes, with fourth-ranked Gerard Harrison (119, 13-0) getting two pins, a technical fall and an 8-3 title-bout victory over Park View's state champion Mark Hernandez.

Runners-up were Arman Taghizadeh (103), Jamie Biddison (171) and heavyweight David Shapiro, and Allen West (112), Mike Henke (135), Rob Carr (145), Mike Kim (152) and Mark Shavers (160).

At the 20-team University of California (Pa.) tournament last week, top-ranked Mount St. Joseph placed three wrestlers in the top four of their weight classes, with second-ranked MSA champion heavyweight Dave Sunderland finishing second.

Top-ranked MSA champion Kevin Neville (152) was fourth, as was fifth-ranked teammate Shane McCarthy (145). Top-ranked MSA runner-up Danny DeVivo (160) failed to place after finishing fourth a year ago.

The Gaels' sole tournament champion of a year ago was Chad Votta (140), who was graduated.

Loyola's Dave Daniecki (189, 14-2) is wrestling in the state's toughest weight class and may be facing the most brutal schedule of any area grappler.

His only losses were 3-1 against Riverdale Baptist's second-ranked Marcus Foran, and 5-3 on an overtime takedown against Smithsburg's top-ranked two-time 2A-1A state champion Chris Kretsinger.

Against Kretsinger in last weekend's Leopard Invitational at Smithsburg High, Daniecki (eight pins) had a 3-0 second-period lead. But in the third, Daniecki was penalized for locking hands and allowed Kretsinger to tie the bout with a buzzer-beating reversal.

In overtime, Kretsinger (7-0, six pins) stopped several charges by Daniecki, then countered him for the bout-winning takedown to improve his career record to 66-3.

Kretsinger's three losses have come twice against a two-time West Virginia state champion, with the other during his sophomore year to Linganore's Chris Butler,the eventual 4A-3A state champ.

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

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